Clearwater's bounty

By SCOTT KEELER, Times Staff Writer
Published August 28, 2007


Downtown Farmer's Market: From jicamas to pineapples, the Downtown Farmer's Market is full of fresh, delicious food. The weekly market offers myriad items, from seasonal fruit, vegetables, cheeses, breads and honey to jewelry and organic clothing. Stroll the market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. There's music from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Bob Fernandez at 727 461-7674 or visit www.clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.


B-I-N-G-O: The origins of this highly popular game can be traced back to 1530 Italy, to a game called "Lo Giuoco Code Loto." Try your luck as the numbers are called every Tuesday evening at the AMVETS Post 67, 1825 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Early bird game begins at 6:30 p.m., regular session starts at 7:30. Call (727) 631-0067.

"Tuesdays at Two": The DVD ELVIS '56 chronicles the pivotal year in Elvis Presley's career when the 21-year-old singer broke through on a national level. Includes the hits Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, and more. See the documentary at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Avenue. Free. Call (727) 298-3080.

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.


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 www.stpeteforpeace.org.


Beach concert:The De Leied Parrots are this month's featured performers, playing from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sunset Beach, located at the west end of Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic or purchase on-site concessions. Free. Call (727) 942-5628.

Open mike night: This free weekly event allows musicians, comedians, singers, poets and other performing artists to entertain in 10-minute segments from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays at the Witch's Brew coffee and ice cream parlor located 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 more information, call (727) 939-2774 or email peugene2004@yahoo.com


Largo art show: The Largo Art Association will present its summer art show at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, through Friday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 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: 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 nonnative 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 more information, call (727) 582-2581 or visit, www.flbg.org.

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 www.youthartscorps.org.

Family-friendly fun: Wind down from a long work week 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. the first Friday of each month along Florida Avenue between Alt. U.S. 19 and County Road 1. Free. Call (727) 934-7001 or e-mail FirstFridaysPalmHarbor@hotmail.com

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 currently on display at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. 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 more information call (727) 942-5605.

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. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The exhibition runs through Friday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 942-3955.

Guided hikes: Experience the natural beauty of Florida with free guided hikes through Brooker Creek Preserve's Education Center Trail, 3940 Keystone Road, East Lake. Hikes are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Advance registration is required. Call (727) 453-6800.

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.

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.

Thespians unite!: Adults interested in drama, dance, music appreciation and performance can meet like-minded enthusiasts at a gathering of the Performing Arts Club from 6:30-8 p.m. every Monday in the Safety Harbor Library Meeting Room, 101 2nd 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.