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By Compiled by KATHLEEN LANG

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 29, 2000

Things to do

Have a taste of the tropics' finest edibles when Sunken Gardens hosts a Tropical Fruit Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. On tap are rare and exotic tropical fruits for tasting, steel drum music, a petting zoo, guest speakers from area rare fruit councils, landscaping programs and tropical fruit trees for sale. The festival is included in admission of $4 adult, $3 seniors, $1 children. Call (727) 551-3100.

Help mark the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act when the Tampa Bay Spirit of ADA 2000 Torch Relay spans the Friendship Trail on the Old Gandy Bridge at 6:30 p.m. today. Forty-eight disabled individuals and civic leaders will relay a torch across the bridge from the Pinellas end to the Hillsborough side. Parking is available at Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd. N, in the northwest front corner by Barney's Motorcycle Sales, and next to Florida Marine Patrol with continuous shuttle back and forth from both parking areas to both entrances of the trail. Free. Call (727) 577-0065 or (813) 975-6560.

Keep the summer fires stoked at a grilling demonstration from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Dishes include yakitori skewers, duck with black raspberry sauce, quesadillas with fire roasted tomatoes and rib-eye steaks with chimichurri marinade. Free. Reservations required. Also an open house and food tasting is set from 2 to 4 p.m. today. Call (727) 736-6400.

Hear the roar of boat motors and watch water skiers fly by when the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team perform at 12:30 p.m. today behind the Oldsmar Flea Market off Race Track and Douglas roads. The team will present a one-hour performance featuring barefoot, jump, adagio, ballet, pyramid acts and more. Free. Call (813) 265-9685.

Things to view

Return to Rydell High with John Travolta and the gang tonight when TNT airs the 1978 classic Grease. For those few not familiar with the story line, Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) struggles to fit in with the Pink Ladies, while her boyfriend, tough-guy Danny (Travolta), deals with his feelings for her. 8 p.m.

Super-cyborg hunk Jean-Claude Van Damme is back in Universal Soldier: The Return, tonight on HBO. The 1999 movie has Van Damme facing Unisols that have been turned into a personal army by an evil artificial intelligence system. Rated R. 9 p.m.

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

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