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By KELLY STEFANI

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 2, 2000


Things to do

Get into the swing of things with swing dance lessons. Lessons begin at 7 p.m. tonight at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Stick around after the lessons and show off what you've learned in open dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5. Call (727) 893-1070.

Hip-hop lovers won't want to miss this seven-way music slam. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Warren G, Kurupt, Xzibit, the Eastsidaz take turns on stage beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at the Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are about $49 and $36 and are available by calling (813) 287-8844.

Orchids. These often delicate plants have become very popular, but sometimes it's hard to take care of them. Learn all about the care and repotting techniques it takes to keep Oncidium orchids healthy and happy at 7:30 p.m. today at the Elfers Multi-Purpose Center, 4136 Barker Drive, New Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 942-6936.

If you're tired of eating those same old, tried and true meals, put some zip into your menu with some free cooking classes. Vegetarian Chef Debby DeGraaff features Summer Sizzlers at 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Thursday at Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 873-7428.

You've cooked that perfect meal for a special occasion, but what wine goes with it? Expand your horizons in wine at a free wine tasting today at 6 p.m. at Blackstones Tapas Cafe, 301 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. Sample five selections of wines and mixed appetizers. Call (727) 517-7778.

Things to view

Many of the deadliest weather conditions are generated by bodies of water. From cyclones to El Nino, explore the impact the world's oceans have on the weather in Savage Seas Killer Storms tonight on WUSF 16. 4 p.m.

Take a trip back to the days of outlaws and shootouts when Wyatt Earp is called in to bring order to a lawless town in the 1955 hit Wichita tonight on PLEX. 6:35 p.m.

"Let me tell ya a story 'bout a man named Jed. A poor mountaineer barly kept his family fed." It's a Beverly Hillbillies marathon tonight on NICK. 9 p.m. to midnight.

She's a mother now, but the Material Girl hasn't slowed down. Catch the debut of Madonna's new video Music and a live one-hour interview with Madonna herself today on VH1. 4 p.m.

- Compiled by Times staff writer Kelly Stefani. She can be reached at stefani@sptimes.com.

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