Out and about

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2007


Music on the beach B-I-N-G-O! 

Bring a beach chair or blanket and relax as Lil Pearl and the Big Boys Blues band entertains at this month's Music on the Beach program from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sunset Beach, at the west end of Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Free, but donations will be accepted. On-site concessions. No alcohol or pets. Call (727) 942-5628.



Tuesday at Two: The Tuesday at Two film program continues with The Pursuit of Happyness. Will Smith stars as Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son. Film starts at 2 p.m. in Community Room A of the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Free. Call 727 298-3080.


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.

Tennis tournament: The Humane Society of Pinellas County's 14th annual Tennis Tournament in memory of Shannon Morton will feature a warmup party, Junior Fun night and two days of tennis starting Wednesday and running through Sept. 30. at Royal Racquet Club, 2565 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater. Registration forms are available at the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater, or at most tennis facilities in Pinellas County. Proceeds support the Humane Society of Pinellas. For ticket information and to register by phone, call (727) 291-8415 or (727) 799-3200.

Relax and renew: Treat yourself to a "Happiness Pit Stop," an alcohol-free happy hour from 5-7 p.m. at Blue Orchid Healing Center and Wisdom Hypnosis, both at 1003 Indiana Ave., Palm Harbor. Donation $25. The fundraiser features hypnosis, acupuncture and massage and proceeds will benefit The Blooming Place for Kids. Call (727) 771-7110 or (727) 781-8483.

Classic comedy: Arsenic and Old Lace will be performed at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Show times are 7 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are $12, $15 at the door, and available at the Dunedin Community Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin, and the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Call (727) 298-3299.


Family festival: The 23rd annual Dunedin Cup/Kiwanis Regatta and Festival will take place Thursday through Saturday and includes Thursday's 6 p.m. Regatta Ball at Bon Appetit, Friday's race skippers meeting at Knology Park and Saturday, from 10 to 4 p.m., great racing and a fun-filled family day of events in Marina Park on the waterfront in downtown Dunedin. For more information call (727) 734-3749 or visit the official Web site at www.dunedincup.org.

Living history: Veteran sponge diver Phil Fatolitis will discuss the early days of sponging at the Tarpon Springs Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society Depot Museum, 160 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 943-4624.


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.

The 'real' Tarpon Springs: St. Petersburg Times photojournalist Scott Keeler has memorialized the area's less "touristy" people and places with a collection of 82 color photographs is 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. through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.Free. Call (727) 942-5605.

Photographic expression: An exhibition of the work of Suzanne Camp Crosby, creator of "Photographs at the Crossroads," is at the Crossroads Gallery on the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew St. through Friday. 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.

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 Sunday. Call (727) 738-8010 or (727) 446-1708.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.



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.

DAN McDUFFIE Times (1998)