Out and about

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 12, 2007


Glass beadmaking demonstration

Hang out, drink free coffee and talk about art for an hour or so at the "Coffee and Conversation" series from noon to 1 p.m. at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. This month's special guest is Joseph Spencer, an Open Fire Enamelist who will demonstrate his technique - fire and all - to create delicate enameled beads made of glass. His work is currently on display at the Safety Harbor Museum. Call (727) 298-3322.

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Opera Rocks!: Join the Pinellas Opera League for a lively 10-week exploration of this theatrical art form at noon Wednesdays, today through Nov. 14 in the first floor meeting room of the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Fantasy and magic in the great operas will be discussed. Free. Bring your lunch or pick something up in the BW Cafe in the library atrium. Call 727 562-4970, ext. 5248.

Photographic expression: An artist's reception will he held at 6 p.m. for Suzanne Camp Crosby, creator of "Photographs at the Crossroads." The exhibition will be shown at the Crossroads Gallery on the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew St. through Sept. 28. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Call (727) 791-2400.

Double-6, anyone? Experienced domino players and those wishing to learn the game are invited to play from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at Largo's Highland Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Instructor Francis Novoa, president of the Tampa Bay Domino Club, will provide instruction on rules and strategies. Free with Rec card, $3 without. Call (727) 518-3016.

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.

Spice up your life: Create excitement on the dance floor when you learn how to Salsa, Merengue and Cha Cha at a beginner's Latin dance class from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m every Wednesday at Largo's Southwest Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. To get information on cost or to register, call (727) 518-3125.

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. Call (727) 734-8945 or visit www.stpeteforpeace.org.

Sentimental Expression: Enjoy creating a special Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas memory for a loved one or friend at the next Greeting Card Artistry class from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Largo's Highland Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Cost is $7 for residents, $8.75 for non-residents. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5005.


North Pinellas History: The public is invited to a meeting of the Palm Harbor Historical Society at 7 p.m. at the North Pinellas Historical Museum, 2043 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Discussion will include the Historical Society and Museum, and a video of early North Pinellas County will be shown. Refreshments will be served. Call (727) 724-3054.

Just for laughs: Enjoy the antics of the The Odd Couple (female version) presented by the Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Clearwater. Performances run through Sept. 16. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, including 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets $20, students $10. Advance reservations recommended. Call (727) 446-1360 or visit www.FrancisWilsonPlayhouse.org.

Tap your feet: "Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps" will Dixieland jazz it up from 6:30-9 p.m. at Coconut's Comedy Club, 2950 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Admission $5. No reservations required. Call (727) 724-3379.


Whodunnit?: Test your powers of deduction and tickle your funnybone at the same time by attending the play, Whodunnit, at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.. Performances are Friday, and Sept. 21, Saturday and Sept. 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday and Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are $20, Center members and students $18. Call (727) 942-5605.

PAVA reception and exhibit: Works from the members of the Professional Association of Visual Artists, on display at the Octagon Art Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, will be judged and awards presented at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 to 11 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m. Sunday. Show runs through Oct. 17. Call (727) 531-7704.


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 y docent tour at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Meet in the lobby of the museum, which is on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road. Admission is free on Sundays. Call (727) 712-5762.

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. Call (727) 582-2581 or visit, www.flbg.org.

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 on the first and third Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 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.

Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace: From jicama to pineapple, the Downtown Farmer's Market is full of fresh, delicious food. The weekly market offers a myriad of 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 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Bob Fernandez at (727)461-7674 or visit www.clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.

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 4th Street 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.

Ride the rails: Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading and the hobby of live steam firsthand with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are approximately 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passing sidings 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.

Dinner and music: 5 to 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 $7. Music provided by Ann Marie. Call (727) 584-2038.

Colorful creativity: An exhibition of watercolors by Viv Ruegger titled "The Alice Project," Ruegger's artistic interpretation of the timeless story of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and The Figuerido, a sculpture by Cindy Jones, are on display in the Carnegie and Osceola Galleries of the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Hand-crafted jewelry by Mary and Otto Glass can be viewed in the library's first floor lobby. Exhibition ends Nov. 27. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (727) 562-4970 ext. 5284.

Artistic expression: See the artwork of Phoebe Mekonne and Kampe Hanson at The Imago Art Group@Trailside 464 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. The works of Mekonne and Kampe, as well as that of 16 other artists, can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 733-5607 or (727) 736-6172.

New exhibits open: Three new exhibitions; Artist As Inventor, History of the Dot: David McKirdy, a 30-year retrospective, and Dada-Do: Area Students Go Dada! at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Call (727)298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org.

Afternoon Bingo: Bingo is played on Fridays with an Early Bird game at 12:15 p.m. and regular Bingo at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Dunedin Memorial Post 275, 360 Wilson St. Call (727)733-8153.

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. 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

Friday night fun: 5 to 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 from 7 to 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 dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Cost is $3 w/play pass, $4 with a Rec card, and $5 without. Space is limited to the first 30 participants. Call (727) 669-1914.

Folk Art exhibition:O Appalachia: Artists of the Southern Mountains, from the Ramona and Millard Lampell Collection, an exhibit comprised of more than 96 folk art objects by 34 self-taught artists from the mountain regions of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, is on display until Nov. 4 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Admission: $5 adult, $4 seniors, and free to children and students with ID. Sunday admission is free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (727)712-5226.

Dixieland dance: The Bayside Banjo Band plays Dixieland and old-time songs from 7:30 to 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 a gathering of the Performing Arts Club from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday in the Safety Harbor Library Meeting Room, 101 Second St. N. Free. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 224.

Budding artists: Hundreds of artworks from Oldsmar and Forest Lakes Elementary School students will be on display at the Oldsmar City Hall Art Gallery, 100 State St. W, through Nov. 16. The art can be viewed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Call (813) 749-1260.

Hometown artists: The Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History is showcasing the City's artists through a display of paintings, prints, calligraphy, photography and three-dimensional artwork. Most will be available for purchase. The exhibition runs through Oct. 31 at the museum, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S, Safety Harbor. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, free to kids younger than 7. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (727)726-1668 or email info@safetyharbormuseum.org

B-I-N-G-O: Its 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.

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.

Open mike night: Free weekly event allows musicians, comedians, singers, poets and other performing artists to entertain in 10 minute segments from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays 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 performers entertain. Call (727) 939-2774 or email peugene2004@yahoo.com

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 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; closed Monday. Call (727) 518-6833.

Youth Art: Youth Art Corps students works are on display through Sept. 19 at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Youth Arts Program. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.; closed Monday. Regular admission prices: $8 adults; $7 seniors (65 and older), $4 college students with valid identification; youth (age 7 to 18) $4; children 6 and younger and museum members get in free. Admission subject to change for special exhibitions and events. For more information on the Youth Arts Corps program of Family Resources, Inc., call 727-518-6833 ext. 301 or visit www.youthartscorps.org.

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. Mr. Keeler's donated works entitled "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. Call (727) 942-5605.