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GULFPORT - Gulfport's 14th annual GeckoFest will bring entertainment to streets and stages during a daylong spectacle on Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Beach Boulevard.

GeckoFest is free and family-friendly.

Amid the thousands of festivalgoers, hundreds of vendors and dozens of live musicians on two stages, attendees can expect to come face to face with acrobats, aerialists, break-dancers, escape artists, magicians, jugglers, fire performers and more. GeckoFest brings an interactive circus atmosphere to the waterfront village.

Each year, Gulfport celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, dedicated to the town's unofficial mascot and favorite reptile. GeckoFest has grown to become one of Tampa Bay's most anticipated events of the year.

Live music, a kid's activities area, and vendors throughout the village are all part of the fun. Strolling and stationary street performers are now also a hallmark of the GeckoFest tradition.

This year's street performers bring more fun and thrills to the streets than ever before, allowing visitors get close to the action. Many of the performances include interaction and audience participation with festivalgoers of all ages.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The sponge docks will be filled with artwork during Labor Day weekend for the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association’s annual Arts and Crafts Festival.

About 80 vendors will line the docks with their work for display and sale; food and beverages will also be for sale.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, with set-up beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday with cleanup finishing by 7 p.m. on Monday.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Community Volunteers is hosting its 11th annual Fashions with Flair silent auction and fashion show fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave. A gourmet lunch will be served.

Each year, the show features several leading ladies of Tampa Bay on the runway. Some of the models this year include the following:

- Margaret Word Burnside, executive editor of Tampa Bay Magazine

- Cat Coats, wife of former sheriff Jim Coats and co-founder of Beth’s Closet
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OLDSMAR - The city of Oldsmar plans its annual Celebrate Oldsmar Art Fair Saturday, Aug. 30, noon to 8 p.m., at R.E. Olds Park.

The event will feature art exhibits and sales, demonstrations of various art medium, and art-related activities for children.

This will be the second year the city has featured art and craft vendors at the annual Labor Day event, a family-friendly weekend that includes live music, food, a small carnival area, beer and wine and fireworks.

Vendor space is 12-feet-by-12-feet for $35. No tents are allowed. Tables and chairs will be provided.
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ST. PETERSBURG - In celebration of National Recovery Month, BayCare Behavioral Health and the Tampa Bay Rays will host a special discounted Sunday afternoon game when the Rays take on the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:40 p.m., at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Attendees will enjoy a discounted seat at this family-friendly event. There also will be pregame ceremonies in recognition of National Recovery Month. The Wiggles will give a special performance after the game.

Cost is $15. Call 940-2837.
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DUNEDIN - Dunedin’s Downtown Merchants Association will present Taste of Dunedin on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m.

In addition to offerings prepared by the famed Dunedin restaurants, this year’s event will include live music in Pioneer Park throughout the afternoon and arts and crafts booths and demonstrations along Main Street in Dunedin for people to enjoy as they walk around Florida’s Favorite Walkable City.

Everyone who purchases tickets for Taste of Dunedin, either in Pioneer Park on the day of the event or online at www.DuendinResturantWeek.com; www.TasteofDunedin.com will have an opportunity to register to win some prizes, including a three-day, two night stay in the Penthouse Suite at Beso Del Sol Resort.

All of Dunedin’s fine restaurants have been invited to participate. Since the event is sponsored by the Dunedin Downtown Merchants Association, many of Dunedin’s outstanding boutique shops will have taste items available along with information about the restaurants around town that have prepared the delicious foods. Of course, the Main Street Dunedin restaurants will have their own taste samples available, too. Proceeds of “Taste” will help DDMA produce future events during 2014.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Mahaffey Theater recently announced 20 new performances for the 2014-15 season.

The calendar features a diverse selection of programming, with comedy, R&B, inspirational and educational speakers, dance productions, family events, tribute artists, musical icons and more. Additional events will be added throughout the season.

For the first time, the venue is also offering a “build your own series” called Three for Me. Subscribers may select three or more of these newly-added shows, or mix and match with other shows already on sale and receive one complimentary drink per ticket purchased. Three for Me subscribers can also purchase tickets one week before the general public for the newly-added events. Three for Me is available exclusively by phone at 893-7832 and is only available for a limited time.
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TAMPA - Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo recently welcomed the arrival of two African serval kittens who will serve as outreach animal ambassadors for their species.

The 10-week-old felines were born in March in Boise, Idaho, and relocated to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in June aboard Southwest Airlines, snuggled inside a crate resting on a passenger seat between two (human) handlers in the main cabin.

The charismatic kittens weighed only about a half pound each at birth and were hand-raised together by zookeepers. At eight weeks, they made the 2,000 mile journey to Tampa where they continue to receive around-the-clock care from the Zoo’s animal outreach educators. The frisky felines are currently weaning from the bottle to a meat-based diet and have grown increasingly more active and playful.

As outreach educational animals, the servals will not be on exhibit within the Zoo, however, trainers will be working with the animals at noon daily in a temporary habitat to allow guests to see these captivating cats up close while learning more about them. Zoo trainers will use operant conditioning and positive reinforcement training to encourage the cats to walk on a lead and demonstrate natural behaviors like leaping high in the air, pouncing, chasing and carrying objects.
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ST. PETERSBURG - TradeWinds Island Resorts, the Official Beach Resort of the Tampa Bay Rays, are inviting baseball fans to head out to St. Pete Beach for fun-filled, family-friendly game watching parties of away games all season long. This year, the action takes place at Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort.

The games will be broadcast on a huge screen directly on the beach and Rays Radio will broadcast live. Rays announcer Rusty Kath and the Rays Street Team will also be on-hand with fun giveaways. Food and beverages including cookout items and buckets of beer will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed, but fans are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. Guests can try the new “bucking shark” ride for $4 per ride and slide passes will also be available for $15 (normally $37).

Game and party schedule

- Sunday, June 1, 1:35 p.m. - vs. Boston Red Sox
- Sunday, July 20, 2:10 p.m. - vs. Minnesota Twins
- Sunday, Aug. 10, 2:20 p.m. - vs. Chicago cubs
- Sunday, Aug. 24, 1:07 p.m. - vs. Toronto Blue Jays
- Sunday, Sept. 28, 1:05 p.m. - vs. Cleveland Indians
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• Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Doubt, A Parable
“Doubt, A Parable,” by John Patrick Shanley, Sept. 4-14, at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Opening night seats are $10.

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.

Nick Abounader directs the play. In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Recently seen on film with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep, this play is a must see. Cast includes Father Flynn, played by Michael Shurtz, Sister Aloysius (Jeannine Hinkel), Sister James (Michelle Procida), and Mrs. Muller (D. Cole).
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey; Aug. 1-Sept. 14, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.
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The Last Night of Ballyhoo
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Uhry, presented by Jobsite Theater; Sept. 4-28, at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m.

Tickets start at $34.53. Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Doubt, A Parable
“Doubt, A Parable,” by John Patrick Shanley, Sept. 4-14, at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Opening night seats are $10.

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.

Nick Abounader directs the play. In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Recently seen on film with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep, this play is a must see. Cast includes Father Flynn, played by Michael Shurtz, Sister Aloysius (Jeannine Hinkel), Sister James (Michelle Procida), and Mrs. Muller (D. Cole).
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Music in the Park
Music in the Park, Friday, Sept. 5, 7 to 9 p.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. Admission is free. For information, visit www.myseminole.com. Performing will be Rebekah Reid and Those Guys.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey; Aug. 1-Sept. 14, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.
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Terry Bozzio
Terry Bozzio, Friday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $14.95. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Bozzio will perform solo drum music on the world's largest tuned drum and percussion set. Drawing from jazz, classical and ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Bozzio is a storyteller, able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement and passion.

His live performance will be filled with classical forms and structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting and fiery drumming that will bring audiences to their feet.
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The Last Night of Ballyhoo
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Uhry, presented by Jobsite Theater; Sept. 4-28, at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m.

Tickets start at $34.53. Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Doubt, A Parable
“Doubt, A Parable,” by John Patrick Shanley, Sept. 4-14, at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Opening night seats are $10.

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.

Nick Abounader directs the play. In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Recently seen on film with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep, this play is a must see. Cast includes Father Flynn, played by Michael Shurtz, Sister Aloysius (Jeannine Hinkel), Sister James (Michelle Procida), and Mrs. Muller (D. Cole).
 ... Read More 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey; Aug. 1-Sept. 14, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.
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The ’70s Movie Series
The ’70s Movie Series, Saturday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $7. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. The double feature will include “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Alien.”
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The Last Night of Ballyhoo
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Uhry, presented by Jobsite Theater; Sept. 4-28, at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m.

Tickets start at $34.53. Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors
Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors, Sunday, Sept. 7, 3 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts Auditorium, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs.

Sponsored by the Tarpon Springs Band Boosters, the event is free, but tickets must be requested. To request tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tarpon Springs Band Boosters, PO Box 642, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-0642, to the attention of Judy Amorello.

For information, call 734-3202.

The Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors – America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form.

Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals and patriotic selections. The band will be visiting Tarpon Springs this year as part of their Florida tour.
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Doubt, A Parable
“Doubt, A Parable,” by John Patrick Shanley, Sept. 4-14, at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Opening night seats are $10.

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.

Nick Abounader directs the play. In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Recently seen on film with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep, this play is a must see. Cast includes Father Flynn, played by Michael Shurtz, Sister Aloysius (Jeannine Hinkel), Sister James (Michelle Procida), and Mrs. Muller (D. Cole).
 ... Read More 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey; Aug. 1-Sept. 14, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.
 ... Read More 
For more music and concert events, visit the live music calendar.
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