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The week ahead

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 18, 2001


Today

ART IN BLOOM 2001: Floral artworks and creations, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts' Sprout Festival at Straub Park, Beach Drive between First and Fifth avenues NE, St. Petersburg. There will be items for sale, activities for children, display booths and entertainment. At 3 p.m. at the museum, 255 Beach Drive NE, artist-in-residence Nan Colton offers "Beyond the Frame," a presentation on the life and works of 16th- and 17th-century artist Abraham Bloemaert. Call the museum for a complete listing of activities. Free. Call 896-2667.

POPS CONCERT SERIES: The Concordia String Quartet, 3 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 6315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Voluntary donations accepted. Call 578-1657.

TORTOISE NATURE HIKE: Learn about the conservation and ecology of the gopher tortoise on a special nature hike led by park ranger and field biologist George L. Heinrich, 9 a.m. at Boyd Hill Nature Park, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 893-7326.

ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Margaret Steward, Mainsail 2000 Best of Show winner, discusses her use of sculpture, photography and mixed media in her three-dimensional work, 2 p.m. at the ArtZone, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. Call 822-7872.

Wednesday

MORE THAN JUST BOOKS: the 33-member Heedless Horsemen Men's Chorus, 2 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. Free refreshments. Call 381-7825.

FLORIDA FLORA AND FAUNA: nature walk with Boyd Hill rangers, 3 p.m. at the park. Free. Call 893-7326.

LUNCH AND LEARN: The Art in Bloom 2001 series continues with a luncheon and lecture by William H. Vaughn, the landscape architect at Walt Disney World, 10:30 a.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $45 per person. Call 896-2667.

Thursday

HOOPS: The Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs take on the Kansas City Knights at 7:30 today and the Memphis Houn'Dawgs at 7:30 Saturday at the Bayfront Arena, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets run $6-$50. Call the Bayfront box office at 892-5767 or the ThunderDawgs at 823-4667.

FILM SERIES: The Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, presents the Hiroshi Teshigahara film Antonio Guadi, a view of the Spanish architect that influenced Dali, Picasso and Miro. Call 823-3767.

Friday

MUSIC AND MOVIE: Screen three short Charlie Chaplin films while Paragon Ragtime Orchestra plays original scores, 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater at the Bayfront Center, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Cost $27-$33. Call 892-5767.

THE DUKE: The Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg, shows the 1969 John Wayne classic True Grit at 1:30 p.m. Free. Call the center at 893-7622.

CANINE SOCIAL: Bring your four-legged friend to the Tail Waggin' Social Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Dog Gone Positive Training and KinderPaws Day Care center at 7620 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. Free refreshments and entertainment. Call 548-8300.

A CHANGE OF CLOTHES: The Junior League of St. Petersburg and Stein Mart stores in Pinellas County have teamed up for "The Style Exchange," an opportunity to donate gently used clothing to the women and children at the Center Against Spouse Abuse, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today and tomorrow. Women's and children's clothes may be taken to local Stein Mart stores, where donors will be given a 20-percent coupon toward any regularly priced item at the store and a receipt for tax purposes. For more information, call 895-5018.

CIVIC GROUP GARAGE SALE: The Riviera Bay Civic Association will hold its spring garage sale from 8 a.m.-4p.m. today and tomorrow. Thirty homes, between 78th Avenue N and 98th Avenue N, east of Fourth Street N, are participating. For information, call 576-5659.

Saturday

PASTA-BILITIES: Fifth annual spaghetti dinner, 6:30 p.m. at the Tramor Cafeteria, 123 Fourth St. S (adjacent to the St. Petersburg Times building), St. Petersburg. Ceramic plates will be decorated and donated by local artists, with proceeds going to help the hungry or homeless. Sponsored by St. Petersburg Free Clinic and Florida Craftsman. Tickets are $40 per person in advance or $50 at the door. Bobby Rich from MIX 100.7 FM acts as master of ceremonies. Reservations requested by Friday, call 821-1200, ext. 118.

HORSEPLAY: Cheer on Pinellas County Special Olympians in the Equestrian Games, 3 p.m. at Suncoast Trailblazers, 6199 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. A barbecue dinner and ribbon ceremony will follow the event. Call 381-0707.

BEACH AND TEACH: Dig for fossils and cast a net at the Pier Aquarium's "Spring Spa Beach Picnic," 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Bring a picnic lunch or utilize Nate's Hot Dog Stand. Call 895-7437 by Thursday for reservation.

I CAN'T MOVE MY ROOTS!: Learn how to divide and re-pot your orchids at 11:30 a.m., Oak Pavilion of Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Orchids for sale, too. Free with park admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors (55 and older) and $1 children under 12. Call 551-3100.

YARD SALE: More than 100 households gather for the Spring Yard Sale at St. Pete Beach City Hall, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Call 363-9244.

SCIENCE CENTER CELEBRATION: The Science Center of Pinellas County opens its 16th Century Indian Village, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Guests will see a replica of a Florida Native American village, with net and basket making, fire building, weaving, games, craft and tool construction, live music and storytelling. Free. Call 384-0027.

ROCKIN' GOOD TIME: The Fabulous Rockers, a Tampa Bay area group for more than four decades, perform at 8 p.m. at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15 plus service charge, general admission seating. Call 892-5202.

PIONEER JAMBOREE: The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, hosts a jamboree, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tomorrow. Hay rides, a petting zoo, refreshments, children's games, arts and crafts. $2 adults, $1 children over the age of 5. Free parking, no pets please. Call 866-6401.

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