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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.

Ghost Tours of Madeira Beach

Ghost Tours of Tampa Bay offers walks Friday through Sunday, beginning at 8 p.m., at 150 Boardwalk Place W., Madeira Beach. Guests will have an opportunity to get in the Halloween spirit with bone-chilling tales of wandering spirits, haunted mansions, phantom lovers and age old curses. Cost is $15 a person for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12. Call 398-5200 or visit www.ghosttour.net/johnspass.html.
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PASS-A-GRILLE - The second annual Chowder Challenge, hosted by the Friends of the Gulf Beaches Historic Museum, is Sunday, Nov. 9, 1-5 p.m., at Hurley Park in historic Pass-a-Grille, 1500 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach.

Proceeds provide funds for continuing preservation of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum.

The public can sample and judge some of the best chowders in Tampa Bay - rain or shine - as local restaurants compete for the Golden Ladle Award and other awards, including the People’s Choice.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Historical Society offers its annual fall fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Ross Norton Park Recreation Center, 1426 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Adults will be admitted for $12 and children 12 and under for $6. Servings include fried catfish, hush puppies, grits, cole slaw, iced tea or coffee.

Proceeds will go to the maintenance of the Plumb House Museum.

The fish fry is also a fundraising event for the preservation and restoration of the South Ward School on Harrison Avenue, which is scheduled to house museums of Clearwater, Pinellas County schools, Clearwater Bombers and Florida folk art.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The 34th annual Ukrainian Autumn Fest will be presented Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9, at Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 434 90th Ave. N.

Hours will be Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will feature authentic Ukrainian food such as borsch, holubtsi, pierogies and potato pancakes all available for

take-out. Also available will be Ukrainian beer, Ukrainian arts and crafts, vendors, church tours, children’s rides and games, polka lessons, music for dancing both days with music performed by Cathy and the Lorelei Band and dance performances by Shoom Ukrainian Dancers.

A silent auction and raffle will be presented Sunday. The winner need not be present. Free parking will be available on site.
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LARGO - The 2014 Indian Rocks Jamboree will run Nov. 6-9, at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road.

The fall festival will feature music, carnival rides, local food vendors, and the church’s famous corn fritters.

The fun will kick off Thursday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m., with the opening of the carnival, food tent, and Charis Christian Books & Gift’s annual Jamboree Sidewalk Sale. This year the food tent will again feature great food from local vendors including the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks Food Service Team, Road Trip Café, The Smokin’ Rib Shack, Sardo’s Pizza, and Colonel’s Kettle Corn.

The entertainment will start Friday night, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. with the church’s very own Southern Gospel group God’s Country performing as part of our “Grand Ole Gospel Opry” on the outdoor stage.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Friends of the Library will host its second Antiques Appraisal Fair on Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the auditorium at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N.

The event is open to the public. No reservations are required.

In addition to last year’s list of six generous volunteer appraisers and dealers, Gary DesMarais of Asian Willow Gallery will be on hand to lend his knowledge of Asian items. Appraisers and dealers will be seated by specialty. Appraisals for large items, such as furniture - or for antique firearms - will not be available, but small antiques, collectibles and books are welcome. Cost are $5 for a single item or $12 for three items; additional items are $4 each. All proceeds will benefit the library.

For information, call 827-0110.
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TREASURE ISLAND - What was once the Fall Fly at TI kite festival is changing its name and dates this year.

This year the Veterans Day Fall Fly at TI will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9 on Treasure Island behind the Thunderbird Beach Resort.

The popular event will feature kite games, stunt kite lessons, and a novice-focused kite flying competition.

Members of the Eastern League Sport Kite Association will be on hand to demonstrate aerobatic kite flying in precision and ballet disciplines. Kites fly across the sky choreographed in an intricate dance to music, for the enjoyment of the crowd. Revolution Kites will be on hand to teach those in attendance to fly four-string stunt kites. Kite flyers will also be displaying large inflatable kites, similar in size to Parade Balloons seen in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.
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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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ST. PETERSBURG - The Studio@620 will present this year’s Studio Honors Saturday, Nov. 1, 6:20 p.m., at the historic Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The Studio Honors program will recognize five couples in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The Magic of Community will feature an evening of arts, culinary tastes and community.

The community honors program began in 2009 as the Social Justice Pioneer Awards and in 2011 was renamed Studio Honors. In 2012, the Ola Mae Jones Emerging Artist Award was established honoring studio co-founder and director Bob Devin Jones’ mother who passed in 2011 and was a profound influence on his life. These honorees have been volunteers or artists at the studio and the award includes a monetary stipend for the emerging young artist’s artistic endeavors and/or college expenses.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The City of Tarpon Springs is pleased to present a series of workshops in Greek bouzouki for youth and adults by Leonidas Zafiris and Elias Poulos. The workshops are scheduled Sundays, Oct. 12 and 26, Nov. 2, 23 and 30 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21, at the Safford House, 23 Parkin Court.

Classes will be divided into adult (2-2:55 p.m.) and youth (3-4 p.m.) sections. Cost is $5 per class.

Originally from Greece, Leonidas Zafiris is an outstanding professional bouzouki musician and teacher who is re-locating to the Tarpon Springs area. Prior to working in Toronto for the last several years, Zafiris played bouzouki for many of the top vocalists in Greece for over 25 years.
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GULFPORT - Organizers of Gulfport’s annual Gecko Ball are encouraging the public to vote now on the theme of next year’s event.

The seventh annual Gecko Ball is scheduled on Aug. 29, 2015, building on the tradition of this increasingly popular annual event one week before Gecko Fest.

Past themes have included “Geckos in Wonderland” (with an Alice in Wonderland twist), “The Lizard of Oz” (evoking all things Oz), “Hooray for Geckowood!” (Hollywood glamour), "Gecko Night Fever" (1970s/Disco), and “Roaring Geckos,” the 1920s/Gatsby era theme from earlier this year.
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Entertainment Calender
• Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Born to Ride Day of the Dead Jam
PINELLAS PARK – The second Born to Ride Day of the Dead Jam is Saturday. Nov. 1 at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. Doors open at 11 a.m. Performances begin at noon.

Performers include Blue Oyster Cult, Billy Squier, Foghat, Molly Hatchet and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. There will also be a Celebrity Stage featuring actors from the show “Sons of Anarchy.”

General admission tickets are $20. Visit www.borntoridejam.com.
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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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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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Miracle on South Division Street
“Miracle on South Division Street,” by Tom Dudzick, Oct. 25 through Dec. 21, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater.

Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.

Cost is $32 for dinner and the show.

Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle, Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $40. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Boyle’s success to date is outstanding, including 650 million YouTube hits and the most watched clip of 2009. She has received two Grammy nominations, has sold more than 22 million albums, has No. 1 albums in more than 40 countries, and also has a significant number of platinum certifications.

Boyle is the first and only artist to ever enter the Billboard 200 at number one with a debut album and spend six consecutive weeks at the top, as well as the first and only person over 50 to debut at No. 1 with their first album, and the first solo act and only female artist to have two albums “I Dreamed a Dream” and “The Gift” at No. 1 in both the U.K. and U.S. charts within one year.

In 2011, Boyle became the first female artist in 65 years of the U.K. charts to have three albums go straight to number one in succession. It is clear that Boyle is an unstoppable force in the music industry.
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Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
“Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” by Charles Busch, presented by Jobsite Theater; Oct. 29 through Nov. 23; 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 $28.

Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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Witchstock celebration
PALM HARBOR – The eighth annual Witchstock celebration is set Saturday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m. to midnight, at the Witch’s Brew, 1219 Florida Ave.

The free event will feature three costume contests – a pet costume contest at 3:30 p.m., a kids costume contest at 5 p.m., and an adult costume contest at 9 p.m. The adult contest will include Sexiest Costume and Best Medical Marijuana Costume categories.

Winners will receive customized Witchstock trophies and prizes. The adult costume contest winners will receive cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 for first and second place and sexiest costume.

There is no entry fee and participants are encouraged to arrive at least a half hour prior to contest to register.  

Applications can be downloaded from www.Witchstock.com.  

Music will be provided by Higher Tides , an acoustic male duo that plays songs from the 1960s, at 6 p.m. The Defendants will perform from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.  

For further information, call 483-9210 or email info@thewitchsbrew.com.
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• Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Diavolo Dance Theatre
Diavolo Dance Theatre, Sunday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m., at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Tickets start at $30. Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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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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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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Miracle on South Division Street
“Miracle on South Division Street,” by Tom Dudzick, Oct. 25 through Dec. 21, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater.

Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.

Cost is $32 for dinner and the show.

Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
“Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” by Charles Busch, presented by Jobsite Theater; Oct. 29 through Nov. 23; 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 $28.

Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Louie Anderson
Louie Anderson, Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $30. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.

 

Comedian, author, and actor Louie Anderson boasts numerous shows and movies under his belt such as “Coming to America” and “Life with Louie.” This multi-talented comedian will be sure to not leave a dry eye in the house from guaranteed non-stop laughs.

Not only has Anderson been nominated twice for an Emmy but has also wrote a bestseller in addition to two other books.

Anderson brings a lovable and charismatic presence on stage and as well shares stories from his less than perfect childhood that would entertain any audience. Anderson is also known for being a “clean” comedian, which could be refreshing in this day and age.
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Miracle on South Division Street
“Miracle on South Division Street,” by Tom Dudzick, Oct. 25 through Dec. 21, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater.

Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.

Cost is $32 for dinner and the show.

Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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The Fresh Beat Band
The Fresh Beat Band, Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $42.75. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, head back on the road for a brand-new nationwide concert tour.

The show will feature Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout performing the band’s greatest hits including “Bananas,” “Here We Go” and a remixed version of “Great Day,” plus new songs including the pop classic, “Walk Like An Egyptian.”
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For more music and concert events, visit the live music calendar.
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