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    © St. Petersburg Times, published May 18, 2001


    Free ballet

    The Florida West Ballet will present its 19th annual Spring Performance called Cats and Dogs at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. No tickets are required; this free performance is part of the ballet's community outreach program designed to offer the art of dance to those who might not be able to attend because of the high cost of tickets.

    Cats and Dogs is a modern ballet choreographed by James Buckley, a member of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. Included in the program are the dances Classical Suite from Le Corsaire, Spanish Suite, andStrauss Fantasy performed by ballet students from all over the Tampa Bay area who dance under the artistic direction of Robert de Warren and faculty members of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. For information, call (727) 823-3620.

    Countryside Celebration

    Help celebrate Countryside's 30th anniversary as part of the city of Clearwater and a new addition to the Countryside Recreation Center with adult entertainment and kids activities. First, enjoy a dinner dance featuring the Barracudas who will play upbeat 1950s, 1960s and 1970s music beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive. Tickets cost $15. At 10 a.m. Sunday, bring the children to "Kid's Day" for a mini-marathon at the center. The cost is $7 if you register in advance, $10 day-of-race. Afterward, kids can enjoy free carnival games, arts and crafts, a moon walk and trucks. All food will be priced at 30 cents, including hot dogs, popcorn and soda. For information, call (727) 669-1914.

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