By WILMA NORTON
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 15, 2001
ORCHID AUCTION: Hundreds of hybrids, divisions and orchid species from growers around the world are offered at this annual auction presented by the Florida West Coast Orchid Society. Doors open at 8 a.m., auction begins at 9, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12175 125th St. N., St. Petersburg. Free admission. (727) 582-2100.
TAMPA BOAT SHOW: Boats and boating products from major manufacturers, plus seminars, celebrity appearances, boat rides. Appearance by NASCAR legend Bobby Allison, 1-4 p.m., and free life jackets to first 100 kids in the door. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $8 adults, $3 ages 6-12. (813) 274-8511.
TEDDY BEAR ARTIST SHOW: Show and sale with more than 75 teddy bear artists from the United States, Canada, England, Germany and the Netherlands, who design and create collectible bears. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel. $5; $1 for preteens. Bring new, unwrapped toy for newborns to 3 years for Christmas Toys for Tots drive. (813) 879-5151.
SESAME STREET LIVE: "Let's Be Friends" production. 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. $10-$18; lap tickets for 18 months and younger, $5. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045.
STANLEY: Debut of series for preschoolers, based on children's book series. 10 a.m., the Disney Channel.
'70S MOVIE MARATHON: TNT airs some '70s greats (and not so greats). King Kong, 6 a.m.; Support Your Local Gunfighter, 9 a.m.; Duel, 11 a.m.; Shaft, 1 p.m.; The Sting, 3 p.m.; Saturday Night Fever, 5:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.; Grease, 8 p.m.; Carrie, 10:30 p.m.; and Chinatown, 3 a.m.
SPACE COWBOYS: James Garner, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Clint Eastwood come out of retirement for a space mission. 8 p.m., HBO.
WEB SITE OF THE DAY: www.salsaartists.com is sponsoring a talent search open to artists in all tropical genres. First prize includes a recording session, the opportunity to make a video, and a CD replication package worth up to $10,000.