Plumb House Museum
By TIMES STAFF
Published August 5, 2007
Historic house: Tour the historic Plumb House Museum, an original cracker-style house built in 1896. It houses period furnishings, vintage photographic collections and artifacts. The Clearwater Historical Society offers free tours from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 2. The two-story wooden house is at 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Free. Call (727) 446-2676 or (727) 399-1412.
Whimsical workshop for families: The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is offering a workshop for families from 2 to 4 p.m. at the museum, just west of U.S. 19 N at 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Included is a tour of the exhibition "Art of the Whimsical: Fabricated Sculptures by Esther Gentile," and a studio activity using found objects provided by the museum, or participants may bring their own. Cost is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers, free for kids younger than 7 with an adult. For details and to register, call (727) 712-5226.
Art explained: The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art offers a complimentary docent tour at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Meet in the lobby of the museum on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road. Admission is free on Sundays. Call (727)712-5762.Exotic Bird Show: The Suncoast Avian Society's 32nd annual Exotic Bird Fair continues from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Cost is $4 for adults, kids 12 and younger free. Call Mari Howard at (727) 726-6864 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock 'n' roll concert: Teens take note, Detroit's rock band the High Strung will perform a full set of rousing jams and talk about what it's like to write songs, perform and tour year-round at 7 p.m. at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. The group's videos have been seen on MTV, the band's been featured in Entertainment Weekly and Spin magazines, and were hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best new rock 'n' roll bands in America. Open to kids age 12 to 20. Free. For information, call (727) 562-4970 ext. 5244.
Male Career Expo: St. Petersburg College's Male Outreach Initiative will present a Male Career Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AD Lobby of the Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. Information will be available on careers in business, computer-related crime investigation, crime scene technology, education, fire science, law enforcement, nursing and other fields. Call (727) 791-5917.
Thespians unite!: Adults interested in drama, dance, music appreciation and performance can meet like-minded enthusiasts a gathering of the Performing Arts Club from 6:30-8 p.m. every Monday in the Safety Harbor Library Meeting Room, 101 Second St. N. Free. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 224.
Dixieland dance: The Bayside Banjo Band plays Dixieland and old-time songs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Monday at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-9204.
Male Career Expo: St. Petersburg College's Male Outreach Initiative will present a Male Career Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AD Lobby of the Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Road. Information will be available on careers in business, computer-related crime investigation, crime scene technology, education, fire science, law enforcement, nursing and other fields. Call (727) 791-5917.
Tidal Wave Tuesdays: Teens and pre-teens can beat the heat at a fun social night featuring swimming, dancing, water sports and more for middle and high school students from 7-9 p.m. at Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Cost is $3. Call (727) 518-3019.
Dinner dance: Indulge your continental tastes with a pasta dinner and dance from 5-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater, 200 McMullen Booth Road. Cost is $7 for members, $9 for nonmembers. Call (727)791-8698.
Artistic Contrasts: Two new exhibitions, "Art of the Whimsical: Fabricated Sculptures" by Esther Gentle, and "Art of the Ordered: Reverse Paintings" by Roy Witlin are on display through Aug. 26 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum on the campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students admitted free. Call (727) 712-5762.
Dinner & music: 5-8 p.m. every Saturday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Filet mignon, potato and salad will be featured. Cost is $6.50. Music provided by Ann Marie. Call (727) 584-2038.
Fish fry: 6-8 p.m. Fridays at the AMVETS Post 67, 1825 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Cost is $7 per person. Call (727) 631-0067.
Largo art show: The Largo Art Association presents its summer art show at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, through Aug. 31. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call (727) 518-3131.
Pursuing artistic excellence: "Pablo Siebel: Reflexiones Intimas," a collection of works by the Chilean artist Pablo Siebel, is on display until Oct. 14 in the Rhoda Newberry Reed Gallery of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Absorb Siebel's unique artistic style as he mirrors a life of myriad contrasts and contradictions, reflecting an understanding of human nature with all its passions and entanglements. Free for GCMA members, $10 for guests. Museum hours: 10-4 p.m.Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Call (727) 518-6833.
Flowers and more: Florida is home to more than 180 different types of butterflies. These jewels of the air are a year-round delight for visitors to the 150-acre Florida Botanical Gardens at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Stroll through hundreds of blooming flowers and plants and native and non-native ornamentals. Free and open to the public daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During summer weekends, tours through the Topiary, Butterfly, Celebration, Rose, Jazz, English Cottage and many other gardens are self-guided. For information, call (727) 582-2581 or visit, www.flbg.org.
Youth Art Corps: VStudent works are on display through Sept. 19 at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Free. Artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Youth Arts Program. Call (727)518-6833, ext. 301 or visit www.youthartscorps.org.Family-friendly fun: Wind down from a long workweek at Palm Harbor's monthly First Friday event and enjoy arts, crafts, rides, games, cold drinks and great food in a family-friendly atmosphere from 6-11 p.m. along Florida Avenue between Alt. U.S. 19 and County Road 1. Free. Call (727) 934-7001 or e-mail FirstFridaysPalmHarbor@hotmail.com.
Friday night fun: 5-8 p.m. every Friday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Seafood or chicken dinners will be available. Cost is $5.50-$6. Bill Johnson and his karaoke machine will entertain from 7-11 p.m. Call (727) 584-2038.
Enter your art: Artist applications for the 33rd annual Fine Arts, Crafts and Music Festival are available through the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, 1151 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Application deadline for the juried show is Sept. 11. Call (727) 784-4287 or visit www.palmharborcc.org/newsevents/decartfest.asp.
Summer magic: First Impressions Art Gallery unveils new Disney fine art from John Coleman, Toby Bluth and John Rowe, along with fresh, contemporary work from other artists. The gallery is at 3625 Alt. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 942-3955.
Farmers market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7674 or visit www.clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.