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Out and about

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 15, 2007


Today

Clearwater parade/street party: Clearwater's holiday parade begins at Crest Lake Park at 11 a.m. It will move west on Cleveland Street to Myrtle Avenue, where the Cleveland Street district will make its debut with a free family-oriented street party from noon to 4 p.m. The event features craft vendors, refreshments, live entertainment, Santa and fun activities for all ages. Bring canned goods or a new, unwrapped toy for donation to charity. Traffic will be closed along Cleveland Street until 4 p.m. from Myrtle Avenue to the bluff. Call 727 562-4800.

Holiday parade/candy cane hunt: Tarpon Springs' annual Christmas parade will begin at 10 a.m., travel through downtown Tarpon Springs on Pinellas Avenue (Alt. U.S. 19), and end at Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, with a candy cane hunt, pictures with Santa and music by Lisa Nicole. Call (727) 937-6109, (727) 942-7029 or e-mail to Chamber@tarponsprings.com

Nautical nightlights: Enter a vessel or simply enjoy a lighted boat parade on Lake Tarpon from 5:30-8:30 p.m.originating from Jack Willie's Tarpon Turtle, 1513 Lake Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Prizes will be awarded in five categories. For information, e-mail Angela Paris at angela@tarponturtle.com or call (727) 722-9030.

Art from nature: Florida artist Leonard Lewis will demonstrate how to turn queen palm seed pods into works of art from 2-6 p.m. at the Art on the Docks Gallery, 735 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 943-9298.

Seasonal songs: The Palm Harbor Community Chorus, directed by Anita Bona, will perform at 2 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Free, but donations accepted. Call (727) 709-5818.

Safety at sea seminar: The Clearwater Yacht Club will sponsor a discussion and demonstration of life raft deployment, shipboard fire fighting and proper use of flares from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 S Bayway Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Free. For reservations, call (727) 447-6000.

Dance for charity: The whole family is invited to a Zumba charity dance event to benefit Toys for Tots and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Stellar Fitness, 802 Franklin St., Clearwater. Toys and monetary donations accepted. Call (727) 461-9747.

Musical comedy: Countryside High School's drama department presents Honk, a cheery musical that appeals to all ages, at 7 p.m. at Countryside High School auditorium, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call (727) 871-1144 or e-mailboosters@chstroupe900.com

Sunday

Opera presentation: The Pinellas Opera League will show the opera DVDs/videos Diva On the Verge and Une Education Manquee at 1:15 p.m.at Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Free. Call (727) 812-4529.

Concert/Book signing: Opera baritone Sherrill Milnes joins his wife, soprano Maria Zouves, and the VOICExperience Singers in a concert of holiday favorites at 7 p.m.at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Reserved seating $15, center members $13. Call (727) 942-5605.

Gallery show: Works by Liz Minor, inspired by the subtropics and featuring a color-rich palette, will be exhibited in the Carnegie and Osceola galleries of the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., until Feb 26. Call (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.

Bird walk: Take a morning trail walk from 9-11 a.m.at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, and learn to identify common birds by sight, behavior and sound. Best for ages 10 and older. Free. Registration required by calling (727) 453-6800.

Monday

Gardens aglow: Enjoy the Illuminated Gardens at Florida Botanical Gardens nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 3. More than 425,000 lights welcome the holiday season in with style. The gardens are at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. For information, call (727) 582-2100.

Light the bayou: Set the bayou aglow with holiday spirit. For just $1 you can personalize a lambatha bag and it will be placed with hundreds more that annually edge Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs on the evening of Dec. 24. Call Sunset Hills Elementary School for information at (727) 943-5523.

Get close to nature

A snowy egret sits on a submerged mangrove limb while a great egret hunts behind it at Phillippe Park in Safety Harbor.

JIM DAMASKE Times (2002)

Today

Take a guided nature walk from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor. Closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent are recommended. Free. Registration required by calling (727) 669-1947.