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    Holiday happenings

    By EILEEN SCHULTE

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 8, 2000


    Holiday activities

    Lighted boat parade: The annual Clearwater Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, and will make its way past Coachman Park at 7:30 p.m. Before the boats come, enjoy a seasonal concert performed by the Clearwater Chorus. A fireworks display will follow the boat parade. Free. Call (727) 562-4809.

    Jingle mingle holiday street stroll: Come down to Cleveland Street from Fort Harrison to East Avenue in Clearwater from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and enjoy holiday music, horse-drawn hay rides, ponies, petting farm, carnival and inflatable games and of course, Santa. Call (727) 562-4813.

    Living Christmas tree: Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Clearwater will have its Christmas Festival and Living Christmas Tree at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 331 Cleveland St. The festival features dancers, singers and skits. Call (727) 441-1581.

    Chamber music on the beach: The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet will give an outdoor holiday concert as part of the Chamber Music on the Beach series at the home of Carol Skinner Alexander at 5 p.m. Saturday at 801 Bruce Ave., Clearwater Beach. Tickets cost $20. The price includes wine and cheese. Call (727) 446-7344.

    Christmas splendor by morning candlelight: The Lancaster family, also known as the Loved Ones group, will perform a Christmas concert at 10 a.m. today in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary Baptist Church, 331 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets cost $5 at the door. Call (727) 441-1581 ext. 106.

    Old-time christmas toy show: The Kiwanis Club of Seminole will sponsor its Second annual Holiday Farm Toy and Collectible Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Hess trucks, Texaco collectibles, construction trucks, antique toys, banks, among others will be on display or available for sale. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Admission price is $3, children under 10 get in free. Call (727) 393-3481.

    Christmas music feast: Baroque Southeast will present A Baroque Christmas at 8 p.m. today at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. (inside City Hall). The ensemble is one of the few groups in the South to perform on period instruments. Tickets cost $11; Performing Arts Center members and students pay $9.

    Christmas opera: The Florida Lyric Opera Association will present Amahl and the Night Visitors at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. (inside City Hall). The story is about a crippled beggar boy who lives in a hovel with his mother played by Mary K. Wilson. He receives a miracle when he gives his crutches as a gift for the Magi to take to the holy child they seek. The show is narrated by TV anchorman John Wilson. Tickets cost $10, Performing Arts Center members and students pay $8. Call (727) 942-5605.

    Breakfast with Santa: Children ages 2-7 can enjoy a morning of crafts and photos and breakfast with Santa from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Southwest Recreation Center, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Cost is $7. Register in advance. Call (727) 518-3125.

    Holiday cookies and crafts: An evening of holiday crafts and baking for mothers and daughters age 5 and up will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Recreation Center, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Cost is $5. Pre-register. Call (727) 518-3125.

    Choo choo Santa: All aboard! Children can ride the North Pole Express for free, and have their photo take with Santa for just $5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Largo Central Park, at the corner of East Bay Drive and Missouri Avenue. Call (727) 587-6720.

    Christmas on Main street: From 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday evening through Christmas, there will be free horse and buggy rides, Santa Claus in the park and live Christmas music on Main Street in Dunedin. Everyone is welcome.

    Scrooge: The OPAL performers will present Scrooge, a charming adaptation of A Christmas Carol at 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oldsmar Arts Centre, 402 St. Petersburg Drive, Oldsmar. Free. Call (813) 891-6507.

    Holiday lights tour: The Largo Community Center will host its Fifth annual Holiday Party and Lights Tour from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Largo Community Center, 65 4th St. NW, Largo. There will be a buffet, a guided light tour on a passenger bus and entertainment by the Tutterow Dancers. Cost is $22 for resident card-holders; $27 for non-resident card-holders. Call (727) 518-3131.

    Ballet: The Ballet Society will perform the Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets cost $12.50 for adults, and $6.50 for students. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5013.

    Holiday tea: Belleair Beach will host a Holiday Tea from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at City Hall, 444 Causeway Blvd. Belleair Beach to help celebrate the city's 50th anniversary. The event will be catered by the East Bay Country Club, and entertainment will be provided by a harpist. Door prizes will be given out. Free. Call (727) 595-4646.

    Theater and music

    Musical memories: Mercia Tillman, Ms. Senior Florida 1996, will perform a show called Musical Memories We Loved at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Seymour-Bell Senior Social Center, 940 Court St., Clearwater. Tillman will play three keyboards, sing many songs, and tell lots of jokes. Free. Call (727) 446-3878.

    Play: Clearwater High School will present the play How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the school auditorium, 540 S. Hercules Ave. Tickets are $8. Call (727) 298-1620 ext. 125.

    Euripiedes Medea: The theater department of St. Petersburg Junior College will present Euripiedes MEDEA at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Arts Auditorium on the Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. Free. Call (727) 791-2664.

    Miscellaneous

    Open house: Firefighters and paramedics of Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue invite the entire community to an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at station 27, 304 First St., Indian Rocks Beach. There will be live demonstrations, fire equipment displays, arson dog demonstrations and plenty of free hot dogs and soda. Call (727) 595-1117 ext. 0.

    Junk and jewel: The Belleair Garden Club will hold its annual Junk and Jewel sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair. Antiques, collectables and plants will also be offered for sale. Homemade soup, sandwiches, cookies, pies and cakes will be served. Call (727) 596-3562.

    Sunsets at Pier 60: Celebrate the end of the day with a festival of arts and crafts and live entertainment 5 to 8 p.m. at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. David Muse will perform tonight, Local Tourist (contemporary) will perform Saturday, and Rhodeside Band (contemporary) will perform Sunday. Free.

    Art

    ART EXHIBIT: The Gulf Coast Museum of Art will showcase the Songs of Maybelle Stamper through Jan. 28. The exhibit features about 80 framed chromo-lithographs, hand-colored stone lithographs, watercolors and drawings from Stamper's estate. She referred to her work as her "songs." Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors over age 62 and students. The museum is located at 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Call (727) 518-6833.

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