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By KATHLEEN LANG

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 23, 2000


Things to do

For a dose of free music and gulf breezes, pack a cooler and bring a lawn chair to Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater for the beginning of the Summer Concert Series. Dixieland tunes will be performed from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Dixie Express, which has invited Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society scholarship recipients to sit in with the band for a number. Five more bands will perform Friday evenings through July 28. Food and drinks available for purchase. Call (727) 562-4800.

Hear the story of a colorful Pinellas County businessman as the curtain rises on Webb's City today at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road. The comedy/musical was written and directed by St. Petersburg native Bill Leavengood. The plot tells the story of J.E. "Doc" Webb, who opened a tiny drugstore in 1925 that grew to a 10-block retail empire. Show times are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 and $17.50. Webb's City also will be performed at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg at 7:30 p.m. June 30, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 1 and 2 p.m. July 2. Call (727) 791-7400.

Dip into the Florida Aquarium "Splash" series from 6 to 10 p.m. today and every fourth Friday through Sept. 22 at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. The series features reduced admission, food and drink specials, live music and the aquarium's exhibits, including the No BoneZone invertebrates display. Tickets are $5. Call (813) 273-4000.

In the mood to try new fruit of the vine? Then sample wines from Down Under from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Fancy's Specialty Market, 1003 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, when Australian wines will be paired with hors d'oeuvres. Free. Call (727) 894-5300.

Things to view

A fear of flying class finds itself in its worst nightmare when terrorists threaten the class' training flight on Turbulence II: Fear of Flying, tonight on Cinemax. The new thriller stars Craig Sheffer, Tom Berringer and Jennifer Beals. Rated R. 8 p.m.

Teens, tune in for a peek at pop stars Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Smash Mouth, Destiny's Child and BBMak in the Walt Disney World Summer Jam Concert today on ABC. 8 p.m.

Compiled by Times staff writer Kathleen Lang. She can be reached at lang@sptimes.com.

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