The week ahead
By Times staff writer
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WILDLIFE MAGIC: Doug Skull educates all ages with giant roaches, toads and other unusual Florida animals, 1 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion of Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free with park admission. Call 551-3106.
FREE FILM: Mel Gibson plays Nick Marshall, a sexist ad executive blessed (or cursed) with the power to read the minds of women in What Women Want. Helen Hunt co-stars. 1:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. (PG-13, 124 min.). Call 893-7622.
EXHIBITION VIDEO SERIES: The Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo, shows the film Portrait of an Artist: Velazquez, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 23. Free. Call 518-6833 or check the Web site at www.gulfcoastmuseum.org.
PET PARENTING: SPCA seminar at 7 p.m. in the St. Petersburg Public Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N; topics include the benefits of spaying and neutering and obedience demonstrations. Please leave pets at home. Free. RSVP requested, 586-3591, ext. 121.
NATURAL HISTORY SPEAKER SERIES: Boyd Hill Nature Park, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, kicks off this year's program with Dr. Carlos de la Rosa of Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management, 7:30 p.m. in Oak Hall. Learn about aquatic plants and their interactions with insects in "All Wet in the Garden of Bug and Weevil: Plants, Insects and Aquatic Ecosystems." Free. Call 893-7326.
PETS AND PEOPLE: Lori Harris of the Pinellas Animal Foundation, 1:30 p.m. in the Princess Martha, 411 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 894-6788.
VOTING MACHINE FORUM: The public is invited to listen while Ken Welch, Pinellas County commissioner, and Deborah Clark, supervisor of elections, discuss proposed solutions to the failure of voting machinery and procedures in the presidential election, 6:15 p.m. in the St. Petersburg Times auditorium, 490 First Ave. S. Light refreshments served. Free. Organized by the League of Women Voters. Call 527-6881.
JAZZ BAND: Profiles in Jazz, 1:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Center. Free. Call 893-7622.
BIG NIGHT: The St. Petersburg Little Theater, 4025 31st St. S, opens its 77th season with the musical Meet Me in St. Louis, directed by A. Paul Johnson and choreographed by Christina White. This homespun tale of the Smith family's ups and downs is set at the 1904 World's Fair and includes such tunes as The Boy Next Door, Skip to My Lou, The Trolley Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Sept. 20-22, with matinees Sept. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. $16, $8 student with valid ID. Call 866-1973.
FOSTER PET PROGRAM: SPCA presentation on the benefits of being a foster parent to animals waiting for permanent homes, 6 p.m. Call 586-3591, ext. 112.
MUSIC IN THE PARK: Evening concert featuring the Barracudas, 6-9 p.m. in the Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; food and beverages available for sale. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers. Free. Call 391-8345.
REPTILES OF FLORIDA: Conservationist George Heinrich presents snakes and turtles, 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Oak Pavilion of Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free with park admission. Call 551-3100.
IN THE STUDIO: The Education Department of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art debuts this interactive series at noon. Join Carolyn Herr, ceramic studio manager, discusses how pottery is created and demonstrates both hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Free. Call 518-6833.
ALL-STAR COMEDY: Seven comics share the stage, 8 p.m. in the Bayfront Center's Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. The All-Star Comedy Giants Tour 2001 includes B. Cole, CoCo, Diane Corder, Lavell Crawford, Kenny Howell, Tony Sculfield and Damon Williams. $32.50 in advance, $35 day of performance. Call 892-5767 or check the Web site at www.stpete.org/mahaffey.htm.
NICE YARDS: Florida Yards and Neighborhoods tours certified yards, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register after 9 a.m. for this self-driven tour. Maps will be provided at registration. Meet at Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service, 12175 125th St. N, Largo. $5. Call 582-2124 for advance registration and information, or 582-2100.
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