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Demonic decorations herald the haunting season: Halloween will soon be upon us!

Bewitched and bedeviled, Pinellas residents busily prepare their costumes, stockpile sweets and seek out some of the area’s most terrifying Halloween happenings.

During this creepy season, communities throughout Pinellas and around the Tampa Bay area play host to horrifying haunted houses, fiendishly fun festivals and tantalizing trick-or-treating. With such a variety of activities, there’s plenty to do for the adult crowd as well as all the little ghouls and goblins.

Halloween costume swap

PALM HARBOR - East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, is offering a Halloween costume swap through Oct. 30. Families can bring new or gently used children’s costumes, sizes infant to teen, to the reference desk to swap for a different one. For those without a costume to swap, they can make a $5 donation for each costume. There is a limit of one costume per child. Proceeds will be used to purchase more costumes for next year’s swap as well as children’s programs and supplies. Costumes will be on display near the entrance to the Community Room. For more information, 773-2665.
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Fall festivals, Octoberfests, pumpkin patches and more. Florida may not have "colored leaves," but it celebrates the season between summer and winter regardless. These celebrations are a variety of fun with something for everyone to enjoy.

Pumpkin Patch

PALM HARBOR - East Lake United Methodist Church, located at 2801 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor, will host its annual Pumpkin Patch through Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call 784-9250.
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TAMPA - From family thrills and spooky shrills, to best-of brews and handcrafted suds, visitors will have an abundance of options to experience all-around fun this fall in Tampa Bay.

Halloween Events

Busch Gardens is hosting its annual Howl-O-Scream event, which promises unexpected terrors around every corner, including new terrorizing experiences inside the garden and greenhouse of Dead Fall, new scare zones, a Cursed Front Gate Experience and live entertainment.
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LARGO - The 36th Annual Country Jubilee is bringing a variety of musical talents to Pinellas County’s Heritage Village on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each band will play 45-minute sets.

The Leigh and Steve Humes Duo, the Rose Island Band and The Shut Yer Trapp Family Band are back by popular demand. The Leigh and Steve Humes Duo have been performing together throughout Florida for over 20 years. They are respected singers-songwriters, and they play solo, duo and together with the Leigh Humes Band. The Rose Island Band plays electric Americana and folk rock music. The four-person band plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards/bass and drums while singing three-part harmonies. The Shut Yer Trapp Family Band is a Safety Harbor family band compromised of mom, dad and two sons playing pre-1900s songs.
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MADEIRA BEACH - Start with a smorgasbord of seafood, mix in some fishing and finish it with live music and entertainment. That’s the recipe for the 33rd annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26, at John’s Pass Village.

Each year the event, hosted by The John’s Pass Village Association, looks to provide visitors with a weekend full of taste bud teasing, sight pleasing, and ear vibrating diversion. This year, organizers say the seafood selection has doubled, the entertainment schedule has been upgraded and the competition is heating up.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The 22nd annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will be Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S., at Bayboro Harbor, St. Petersburg

This free festival is a celebration of literacy featuring nationally renowned authors, book signings, panel discussions and a variety of entertainment. The USF St. Petersburg campus is located in downtown St. Petersburg, and attendees may utilize campus and downtown parking, giving easy access to all events throughout the day.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Creative Clay Inc. will host Folkfest St. Pete Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, a free folk art, music and craft beer festival, in the heart of the Edge District in front of its headquarters, on the 1100 block of Central Avenue.

Proceeds assist Creative Clay in serving hundreds of community members with a variety of obstacles to accessing the arts.

Folkfest St. Pete attracts professional folk artists from all over the Southeastern United States, including returning artists Missionary Mary Proctor, Katherine Michael, Jellykoe, Mr. B and Mojo Morris. More than 50 artists will exhibit this year, offering art, home décor items, garden accessories and jewelry.
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ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society and its ethnic member groups present the 40th annual International Festival Thursday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 2, at Vinoy Park.

In addition to ethnic foods and cultural displays, Folk Fair offers a multitude of special entertainment in the form of dancing, singing and drumming by more than thirty ethnic groups.

On the two school days (Oct. 30-31), Giving Tree Music will engage groups of students in drum circles, and various student groups will be performing on the main stage, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the general public will enjoy music from Mongolia, featuring a beautiful instrument called Horse Head Violin (Morin Khuur), Polynesian dancers plus folk music and dancing from around the world.
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• Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
4NR2 concert
Enjoy the sounds of 4NR2, A Foreigner Tribute Band, Friday, Oct. 24. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax outdoors under the stars in waterfront Horan Park, located at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

Activities start at 6 p.m. and the band will take the stage at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Complimentary valet parking is available. Food, beer, and wine available for purchase.

For more information call 727-363-9245 or visit www.spbrec.com.
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Andy McKee with special guest Mark Kroos
Andy McKee with special guest Mark Kroos, Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $19.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

McKee's style of playing and compositions have earned him an international fanbase.

Mark Kroos is a rising star in the guitar world that simultaneously utilizes two necks of his double neck guitar to create his unique sound. This is a not to be missed show of world-class guitar talent.
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Arrival: The Music of ABBA
Arrival: The Music of ABBA, Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $30. Call 893-7832 or visit www.themahaffey.com.

The band will play hits such as “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Does Your Mother Know,” “Take A Chance,” “SOS,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Super Trouper,” “Money Money Money,” “Waterloo,” “Honey Honey,” “Fernando,” “I Do I Do I Do,” “Chiquitita,” “Knowing Me Knowing You,” “Summer Night City,” “Thank You For The Music,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and many more delivered with such accuracy that it’s hard to believe that it’s not the real ABBA on stage.

 
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Chalk Art Festival
Third annual Chalk Art Festival, Oct. 24-26, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Beach Walk, 333 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. For information, visit www.clearwaterbeachchalkwalk.com.
Dracula: The Vampire Strikes Back
“Dracula: The Vampire Strikes Back,” by Thomas Ribbits and Tim Saward; Oct. 24 through Nov. 2, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children age 11 and younger are free with each adult ticket.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Call 866-1973 or visit www.spcitytheatre.org.
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Erica DiCeglie and the Holy Jazz
Erica DiCeglie and the Holy Jazz will perform Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 301 58th St. S., St. Petersburg. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 347-3215.

This concert is a fundraiser for the Amigos Center (an outreach for farm workers) in Immokalee. Erica DiCeglie is a local recording artist. She has cut two albums and currently has a song at No. 4 on the Reverbnation website. Holy Jazz is a fantastic musical journey into the heart of the Gospels combining music, words, and imagery.
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Hamlet
“Hamlet,” by Shakespeare, Oct. 10 through Nov. 2, at New Stage Theatre and Conservatory, 11650 131st St. N., Largo. Performances will be Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m.

Tickets are $30. Call 813-817-2585 or visit newstagelargo.org.

Starring Chris Jackson as Hamlet, New Stage Theatre and Conservatory’s production of one of theater’s most iconic works – “Hamlet” – will be presented through an adaption inspired from Laurence Olivier’s famous film, and will feature seven transformational actors.
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John’s Pass Seafood Festival
MADEIRA BEACH – The 33rd annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival will be Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26, at Historic John’s Pass Village located in Madeira Beach.

The festival will feature an art and craft show, entertainment and more local seafood vendors than ever before.

New this year, food vendors will be going for bragging rights with free entry to food competitions, including Best Grouper, Best Seafood Dish, People’s Choice, and the inaugural Battle in the Gulf Pass to the Plate Ceviche contest. Local restaurants are welcomed and encouraged to enter the contests and/or reserve booth space.

Visit wwwJohnsPassVillage.net.
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Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park, Friday, Oct. 24, at John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park, 420 Main Street, Dunedin. Admission is free. For information, call 812-4530.
Oktoberfest
TAMPA – The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Bright House Network, Tampa Bay Downs and Warsteiner Bier will sponsor the 19th annual Top o’ the Bay Oktoberfest Oct. 24-26, at Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa.  

Oktoberfest hours will be Friday, 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Parking is free.  

Oktoberfest will bring the best of Old Bavaria and new Florida together for three full days of authentic German food, drink, music and dancing. The event will feature a carnival and midway, a great arts and crafts show and loads of interesting vendors.  

Attendees can get into the act by participating in one of the hourly contests on and around the main stage. There will be contests of strength, endurance and sheer determination such as: Stein-holding, Log sawing, Keg tossing and Barrel rolling.  

For information, call 813-855-4233 or visit www.utbchamber.com.
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Pieces of a Dream
Pieces of a Dream, Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., at The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $30. Call 822-3590 or visit mypalladium.org.

 

Former bassist Cedric Napoleon, drummer Curtis Harmon and keyboardist James Lloyd founded crossover jazz group Pieces of a Dream in Philadelphia as teenagers in 1976. Although they were jazz-oriented, the group also emphasized R&B and incorporated funk, quiet storm, hip-hop, new jack swing and smooth jazz into their recordings, which often featured vocalists such as Barbara Walker, Eva Cassidy, and Maysa Leak.

Grover Washington Jr. produced their first three albums – “Pieces of a Dream,” “We Are One” and “Imagine This” – all of which were released on Elektra from 1981 through 1983. Three additional ’80s releases, including a pair co-produced by Lenny White, appeared on EMI-Manhattan.

Saxophonist Ron Kerber became a member in the 1990s – an addition that preceded varied releases throughout that decade for Blue Note. In the early 2000s, Pieces of a Dream moved to Cleveland’s Heads Up label, where they remained for a decade. In 2013, they released “In the Moment” on Shanachie.
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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Cinderella,” Oct. 21-26, at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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Stone Crab Feast
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Keegan’s Seafood Grille will host its seventh annual Stone Crab Feast Oct. 24-26, with special pricing while supplies last.

Live music will be provided by local artists such as BillyD, Pamela Love and Jason Reagle.  Keegan’s is at 1519 Gulf Blvd. Hours will be Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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• Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Bill Maher
Bill Maher, Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $50.75. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

With more than 20 years of experience in television, Bill Maher has earned more than 32 Emmy nominations for his hit TV shows and specials. Maher’s first creation, the late night talk show “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC-TV), ran from 1993 to 2002 and featured a round-table discussion of current events with four guests coming from pop culture, politics, and news.

For the past 12 years, “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO) has combined Maher’s unflinching honesty with big laughs and has featured many well-known guests including Howard Dean, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Cory Book and Michael Moore.
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Brickworld
Brickworld, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, in the Special Events Building at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Hours will be Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General admission is $10 in advance and $11 the day of the show.

The show will feature 40,000 square feet of creations all built from Lego bricks by local Lego enthusiasts. There will be interactive activities, such as the Lego and Duplo play brick areas, seek and finds, and fighting robots.

Visit www.brickworld.us /tampa.
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For more music and concert events, visit the live music calendar.
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