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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001

Things to do

The Florida Strawberry Festival wraps up. Gates open 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Concerts by Alabama at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. A few free seats, others $10. Admission $7, children free. Festival Grounds, Plant City. (813) 752-9194.

The 14th annual FossilFest features fossils of Florida and the U.S., plus artifacts, gems, minerals, fossil "touch tables" for the kids and games. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, U.S. 301 off Interstate 4, Tampa. $3 adult, children free. (813) 909-9358.

The fourth annual Tampa Bay Auto Fair car show with more than 6,000 vehicles also is at the Florida State Fairgrounds and includes a Cruisin' Collector Car auction, music and food. Raffle for Olivia Newton-John's Mercedes Roadster benefits Rotary's Camp Florida for special needs children. 8 a.m. until about dusk. (727) 449-1963.

Artist Thomas Kinkade makes appearances at Brandon TownCenter at 2 p.m. and at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg at 4:30 p.m. Free.

Las Damas de Arte, an annual art show and sale, features works for sale by women artists. The gala "Sunday in the Arts" includes wine tasting, fine catering and entertainment, 5:30-8 p.m. $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit charity. Scarfone/Hartley Galleries, University of Tampa Campus, Brevard and North B streets. (813) 253-6217.

The Little Everglades Steeplechase horse-racing event includes four steeplechase races and one flat race. Gates open 9:30 a.m., first race 1 p.m. General admission $10 per person or $40 a carload. Children free. U.S. 301 at Gould Road, 1 1/2 miles north of downtown Dade City.

Imagine . . ., an American Stage "Theatre for Families" production, was written and is performed by St. Petersburg native Ian Beck. 3 p.m. $15 adult, $7 for ages 12 and younger. 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Things to view

The NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show airs at 6:30 p.m., WTSP-Ch. 10.

Bravo cable network premieres Inside the Actors Studio: Gwyneth Paltrow. 8 p.m.

Andre Braugher crosses over from Gideon's Crossing to guest as Dr. Ben Gideon on The Practice. 10 p.m., WFTS-Ch. 28.

- Compiled by Times calendar editor Wilma Norton. Information can be sent to weekend@sptimes.com.

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