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The week ahead

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001


TODAY

LEGAL INFO: Mary Little from Gulfcoast Legal Office will talk about power of attorney and debt collection, 1:30 p.m. in the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 893-7622.

SUNDAY SOCIAL: An evening social and ballroom dance for couples and singles with the Sig Harder Orchestra, 6 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. Full bar, smoke-free, light snacks. $5 at the door. Call 893-1070.

BEYOND ADORNMENT: Elinor Gollay and Rex Brasell present an informal talk on beads and their use around the world, 3 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Touch and examine beads from ancient times to present day that were used for everything from money to rituals. Free. Call 896-2667.

MONDAY

NIGHT PARADE: The Festival of States mainstay with 60 units participating, 8 p.m. from Vinoy Park down Bayshore Drive to the Bayfront Center. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Limited bleacher seating for $6. Call 898-3654.

WEDNESDAY

FINANCIAL ADVICE: Bob Wood from American Express financial advisers group speaks at 1:30 p.m. in the Sunshine Center. Free. Call 893-7622.

THURSDAY

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK GALA: American Stage presents an evening of fine dining and the debut of Love's Labour's Lost, this year's Shakespeare in the Park performance, under the stars at Demens Landing, First Avenue S and Bayshore Boulevard in downtown St. Petersburg. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m. catered by Redwoods, the Garden and Haiku Sushi. A 1930s theme complements the musical adaptation of the romantic comedy. Original music and lyrics by Bob McDowell. The gala is $85, which includes performance and play. Opens Friday. General admission is $7 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; $10 Friday and Saturday. Reserved chairs $22 all evenings. Call 823-1600, ext. 203, for gala tickets or 823-7529 for performance.

ART, MUSIC AND LUNCH: The Bow Frogs of the Pinellas County Youth Symphony perform and the Junior Docents discuss works in the collection at 12:15 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. Bring a lunch; desert and beverage provided. Free with museum admission. Call 896-2667.

"ROMEO AND JULIET': The reinvention of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, plays at 6 p.m. at the Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free with museum admission (half-price after 5 p.m.). Call 823-3767 or check the Web site at http://www.salvadordalimuseum.org.

BALLROOM DANCE: with the Bruce Ralg Band, 6 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino. $5 at the door. Call 893-1070.

FRIDAY

PATSY CLINE TRIBUTE: C.J. Harding performs a show honoring the country legend, 8 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call 893-1070.

GET DOWNTOWN: 5:30 p.m. street party on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets. Jazz by the Mike McCarthy Band, food by local restaurants, and street beverage sales. Proceeds benefit the Volunteer Action Center. Free. Call 393-3597.

CAJUN/ZYDECO CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Three days of music, food and the spirit of the bayou, 1-4 p.m. rain or shine on the waterfront behind the Bayfront Center, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Six bands and Creole, Acadian and Cajun cuisine. One-day pass, $10; or $25 for all three days. Call 892-5767.

SATURDAY

FLORIDA NATURALIST SERIES: Ranger George Heinrich presents a two-part educational program on Florida's Riverine Turtles. 1-4 p.m. today at Boyd Hill Nature Park's South Branch Library conference room, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg; and April 8 for a full-day canoe trip on the Rainbow River. $30. Advance registration required, attendance limited. Call 893-7326.

BIRD WALK: See hawks, osprey and songbirds on a morning stroll through Boyd Hill Nature Park, 8-9:30 a.m. A park ranger leads the walk, which is free. Meet at Gate 4. Call 893-7326.

PARK PROMENADE: St. Petersburg Preservation walking tour highlights 25 historic downtown structures, 10 a.m. beginning at Williams Park fountain, First Avenue N and Fourth Street. Approximately two hours, no reservations needed. $3. Call 824-7802.

DALI ILLUSTRATES THE CLASSICS: Eckerd College theater troupe introduces kids and families to Shakespeare, 1-3 p.m. at the Salvador Dali Museum. $2, punch and cookies included. RSVP by Thursday. Call 823-3767.

AQUARIUM FISH HUNT: 1 p.m., the Pier Aquarium, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Prizes to successful fish finders. Donations accepted. Call 895-7437. For a complete list events at The Pier check the Web site at http://www.stpete-pier.com.

MASTERWORKS CONCERT: The Florida Orchestra and Master Chorale perform Berlioz's Celestial Requiem, 2 p.m. at the Bayfront Center's Mahaffey Theater. Jahja Ling conducts. $20-$38. Call 892-5767.

PARADE AND PIERFEST WEEKEND: The Annual Festival of States Parade at 9:30 a.m. ignites a weekend of marching bands, extreme sports, a custom car show, arts and crafts, a carnival, interactive games and exhibits. Limited reserve bleacher seating for the parade, $6. Call Festival of States office for details, 898-3654.

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