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HOT WATER TOUR: Personal watercraft races, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. off Spa Beach, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free for spectators. Call 821-6164.
a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 893-7724.
BIRD WALK: Boyd Hill Nature Park, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, 8-9:30 a.m. Free. Meet at Gate 4. Call 893-7326.
CLEARWATER PATRIOTISM: Concerts, exhibitors, carnival games and food, 4-11 p.m. Also 4-10 p.m. Wednesday. Coachman Park, Drew and Cleveland streets, downtown Clearwater. The Tuesday schedule: Grass Roots, 7:30 p.m.; BTO, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday: Chris Standring, 4:30 p.m.; Mostly Pops Orchestra with John and Mary K. Wilson, 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. No coolers allowed on Tuesday. Coolers permitted July 4, but no alcoholic beverages. Call 562-4800.
WAY BACK WHEN: Special presentation of national and local blues artists, 8 p.m. in the Catherine A. Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. Richard Price, Rock Bottom, Sandy Atkinson and Dan DeGregory. $10. Call 893-1070.
FOURTH OF JULY
Pier Aquarium, 800 Second Ave. NE, presents Catchin Critters Knee Deep, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Spa Beach.
Free concerts, 1-10 p.m. at The Pier, featuring local bands Ambush Reggae, Stormbringer, Back Track Blues Band, and Rob Tyre and the Love Rockets. Special guest Rick Derringer at 8 p.m.
Make your own arts and craft in the Pier rotunda, 5-8 p.m.
Fireworks from Spa Beach Park, 9 p.m.
United States Coast Guard performs the lowering of the Colors (Flag) at sundown on the steps of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Ceremony accompanied by bugler playing taps.
Sandcastle contest, 10 a.m.-noon, then games, food vendors and family picnics in the park at Gulfport Beach, along Shore Boulevard.
Live music in front of the Casino, Beach and Shore boulevards, children's pageant at Catherine A. Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, 3:30 p.m.
Parade, 7 p.m.; flag disposal ceremony, 8 p.m.
Fireworks on beach, 9 p.m.
ST. PETE BEACH
GET DOWNTOWN: Central Avenue between Second and Third streets closes from 5 to 10 p.m. at this monthly first Friday celebration. Local restaurants serve food and proceeds from beer and wine street sales benefit Tampa Bay Harvest. Please leave pets, coolers and glass containers at home. Free. Call 709 3892
MARS ... UP CLOSE: Mars will be closer to the earth than it has been in 13 years, so the Astronomy Club of St. Petersburg sets up its telescopes from 6 to 10 p.m. to give the public a look. The telescopes are in front of Studio Seven Lamps & Antiques, 3062 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, as a part of the monthly Gulfport Art Village Gallery walk. Free. Call 321-0830.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Jo Bruno's Dixieland Hot Dogs keep your toes tapping with Dixieland Jazz, 7-9 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free.
EAST MEETS WEST: A Japanese and Exotic Fruit Festival and commemoration of the 40-year anniversary with St. Petersburg's sister city of Takamatsu, Japan. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Also on Sunday, same time. Local restaurants provide Japanese cuisine, educational presentations on ikebana, origami, calligraphy, karate and growing tropical fruit. $6, $4 seniors, $2 children. Includes park admission. Call 551-3100.
EAST MEETS WEST II: The extended event from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. features fruit, food, entertainment and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit Fossil Park Youth Baseball's "Team USA" -- 15 local players traveling to Takamatsu in August. $20, $10 children. Tickets available at Sunken Gardens and City Gear retail store, 301 Central Ave. Call 896-8166.
AMERICANS ON PARADE: Professional storytellers LilliStarr and StoreeBrooke, 10 a.m. in the Pinellas Room of Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Bring kazoos, bells, whistles and drums and high-step in a patriotic parade and celebrate America's music, poetry, legends and tall tales. $5 Call 823-9131 or 347-2100.
ADOPT-A-THON: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a special weekend of activities, including extended hours and reduced adoption fees during this busiest of seasons. The Sports Animal (WDAE 620 AM) broadcasts live from noon to 2 p.m. with shelter open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Free pet behavior advice. Adoption fees are $25 for cats and dogs, $5 for rabbits, $40 pot belly pigs and $25-$50 for iguanas and ferrets, including carrier. Call 586-3591.
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