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Out and about: Berry, berry interesting

Published August 21, 2007



Blackberries aren't just for pie: Have any luck persuading grandpa to stop using your cell phone as a nutcracker? Does great-aunt Flo use CDs as coasters? If you know a way to interest seniors into embracing today's technology, write about it and share it at the Writer's Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call 727784-3332.


Show your stuff: Studio 1212, founded in 1970 and the oldest art cooperative in the Tampa Bay area, invites all artists to bring in their paintings for a free critique from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Studio 1212 Gallery, 1405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Call (727) 446-4566.

East Asian artistry: Learn more about Sumi-e, the technique of East Asian brush painting, from artist and educator Robbie Miles, who will be the featured guest at a presentation co-sponsored by the Clearwater Sister Cities Inc., and the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Clearwater. The free event is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew Street, Clearwater. Free. For more information, call Clearwater Sister Cities, Inc. president Lois Sewell at (727) 726-0260.

Dinner dance: Indulge your continental tastes with a pasta dinner and dance from 5 to 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.


Peace vigil: 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays at Edgewater Park, next to the Dunedin Marina, at Alt. U.S. 19 and Main Street, Dunedin. For information call (727) 734-8945 or visit

A little bit of everything: Jewelry, painting, glass sculpture, mixed media, pottery, books and more will be on display at the "New Members Exhibition," from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at Artist's Way Cooperative Gallery, 1403 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Call (727) 738-8010 or (727) 446-1708.


Novel opinions: Join the members of the Oldsmar Book Discussion Club as they talk about author Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time at noon in the meeting room of the Oldsmar Public Library, 101 State Street W, Oldsmar. Call (813) 749-1178.

Open mike night: This free weekly event allows musicians, comedians, singers, poets and other performing artists to entertain in 10 minute segments from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Witch's Brew coffee and ice cream parlor at Oak Trail Books, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. Once a month a pre-arranged group of performers entertain. For information, call (727) 939-2774 or e-mail

Plumb House Museum: 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 the first and third Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. year round. 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Free. Call (727) 446-2676 or (727) 399-1412.


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: Tuesday through Saturday, 10-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; closed Monday. Call (727) 518-6833.

Flowers and more: Enjoy Florida's natural beauty at the 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

Youth art: View Youth Art Corps student 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

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 to 11 p.m. along Florida Avenue between Alt. U.S. 19 and County Road 1. Free. Call (727) 934-7001 or e-mail

The 'real' Tarpon Springs: While a resident of Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg Times photojournalist Scott Keeler memorialized the area's less "touristy" people and places with a collection of 82 color photographs on display at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. Mr. Keeler's donated works titled "Jewel on the Gulf: A photographic Celebration of Tarpon Springs and Its People" can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays until Sept. 28. Free. For information, call (727) 942-5605.

[Last modified August 21, 2007, 08:05:51]

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