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Out and about

By Times Staff Writer
Published August 30, 2007



Spider friends: See spiders under a microscope, study their webs and go on safari to look for the giant golden silk spider from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dunedin Nature Center, 1910 Ed Eckert Drive. This is an interactive program for children 3 to 5 years old. $4 with Dunedin Recreation card, $5 nonmembers. Participants must preregister at the Dunedin Community Center, 1141 Michigan Blvd. or online at Call 727 298-3271.

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 onsite 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 at Oak Trail Books, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. Signup begins at 6:30 p.m. Once a month, a prearranged group of performers entertain. For more information, call (727) 939-2774 or e-mail


Threshers and white socks: Clothes to Kids is holding a fundraiser in conjunction with the Clearwater Threshers. Bring a package of new socks or underwear to the doubleheader at Brighthouse Networks Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, and receive a ticket voucher for a future Threshers game. A BMX bike will be raffled. First game starts at 5 p.m. $3, $6 and $8 seats. Call (727) 467-4457.

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 $6 to $6.50. Bill Johnson and his karaoke machine will entertain 7-11 p.m. Call (727) 584-2038.

Kids' night out: Kids ages 9 to 15 can get together for an evening of games, activities and pizza from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Cost is $3 with play pass, $4 with recreation card, and $5 without. Space is limited to the first 30 participants. Call (727) 669-1914.

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. Deadline for applications for the juried show is Sept. 11. Call (727) 784-4287 or visit


Celebrate Oldsmar: Fun for the entire family 1 to 9 p.m. Sept. 1 at R.E. Olds Park on Shore Drive, featuring food, carnival and pony rides, and the annual fireworks display. Free admission. Call (813)749-1260.

Ballet video: The DVD of the ballet Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in the video center of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, on the campus of St. Petersburg College. Free. Call (727) 784-9512.

Music, food and laughter: Relax and enjoy the sounds and tastes of the tropics at a Caribbean Nights event featuring jerk chicken, curry, Prince Rupert's Famous Fire Limbo Review, Anakowona Dancers and Drummers from Haiti, and the Sundrummers from 4-8 p.m. at Coconuts Comedy Club, 2950 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Cost is $5. Stay for the comedy show afterward. Call (727) 797-5653.

Gotta dance?: Teens, adults and seniors can learn dances like the jitterbug and lindy hop from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW. Admission includes a basic East Coast swing dance lesson. All levels are welcome. Casual dress. No alcohol permitted. Cost is $7 per person. Join anytime. Call (727) 518-3131.

Insect safari: Discover what makes an insect an insect and search for them in the wild at a fun, hands-on family program from 1 to 2 p.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Preregistration is required and program is limited to 20 children. Free. Call (727) 453-6800.


Largo art show: The Largo Art Association will present its summer art show at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, through Aug. 31. 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.

Youth art: 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 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

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 viewed9 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 newDisney 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 Aug. 31. 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. Preregistration 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, located 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 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Monday at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-9204.

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.

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 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays year-round. The two-story wood house is at 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Free. Call (727) 446-2676 or (727) 399-1412.

Dinner and music: 5-8 p.m. every Saturday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Filet mignon, potato and salad featured. Cost is $7. Music by Ann Marie. Call (727) 584-2038.

Dixieland dance: The Bayside Banjo Band plays Dixieland and old-time songs 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.

B-I-N-G-O: The origins of this highly popular game can be traced 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 at 6:30 p.m., regular session at 7:30. Call (727) 631-0067.

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.

Downtown Clearwater summertime marketplace: 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. Musical entertainment 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Bob Fernandez at (727)461-7674 or visit

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

Nature's finery: 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,



Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad (LCRR). There are approximately 1.2 miles of main line track running through beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open for public runs the first full weekend of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.Largo Central Railroad engineer Robert Davis, above, of Largo, had a full passenger load on the large-scale model train pulled by the F-7 CSX engine on a Sunday in 1998. Left, Otis Lawrence, left, a winter resident of St. Petersburg, and Ralph Tucker, a winter resident of Seminole, construct additional storage steel racks in 2004 for LCRR trains. The railroad began in 1991, according to Tucker.

SCOTT KEELER Times (1998)

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