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GULFPORT - Gulfport’s seventh annual Gecko Ball takes on a “Gecko Gras” theme this year, complete with all the festive hallmarks of a Mardi Gras celebration.

The annual Ball, widely recognized as quirky Gulfport’s “Party of the Year,” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the waterfront Gulfport Casino. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the party lasts until 11 p.m.

Ball-goers are encouraged to come in costume for the evening. Put together your best Mardi Gras finery. Expect to see beads, bangles, feathers, sequins, masks, parasols, jesters, and of course geckos!
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TARPON SPRINGS - On Aug.30, The Rolling Valkyries of Tarpon Springs will be facing off against the Thunder City Derby Sirens of Deland at Astro Skate, off of U.S. 19 and Cypress Street.

The bout will benefit the Runaway Alternatives Project (RAP) House and donations of school supplies will be collected at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $10, or $8 with a donation. There will be fast-paced roller skating, big hits and a halftime musical performance by LILITH - all brought to you by local women and men that love the sport of roller derby.

Revolution Roller Derby is a non-profit roller derby league, featuring the women’s team, The Rolling Valkyries, and the co-ed team, Mom & Pop’s Militia. Revolution Roller Derby was formed in 2012 to serve the community by empowering adults and children through athleticism, and encourages emotional and physical growth through challenging perceived limits and healthy athletic competition. League members develop positive attitudes about self-esteem and healthy body images through physical fitness. Revolution Roller Derby also provides ongoing outreach campaigns about health, wellness, and the hard-hitting sport of roller derby to the surrounding community.
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GULFPORT - Community organizations, marching bands, individual musicians, families, groups and all others are welcome to join the Geckofest Walking Parade.

The Geckofest Parade Committee is seeking more parade entries, especially marching bands - both professional and amateur - as well as community organizations and costumed entertainers. The theme is Gecko (Mardi) Gras as the city commemorates the 15th annual Geckofest on Saturday, Sept. 5. Mardi Gras and Gecko decorations, colorful costumes and music are invited. Parade walkers are encouraged to walk with family, friends, groups or an organization.

Second lines, large or small, are held for any event, which merits having a celebratory parade, such as the annual GeckoFest Walking Parade. Umbrellas and handkerchiefs have been carried by generations of New Orleans second-liners to combat the hot, muggy air and are now part of the traditional gear. This year’s GeckoFest Walking Parade is following that tradition.
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DUNEDIN - Bidding is underway in the “Home Runs for Autism” jersey auction sponsored by the Dunedin Blue Jays.

All proceeds from the auction benefit Autism Spectrum Disorder programs at Dunedin Elementary and San Jose Elementary.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs is hosting Night in the Islands Saturday, Aug. 29, 6-11 p.m., on the Sponge Docks, on Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Athens streets.

Night in the Islands is a free event. Enjoy Greek music and dancing, including an hour-long free dance lesson by the Levendia Dance Troupe from 6-7 p.m.

The event features live music by Ellada, an exciting band composed of three of the most accomplished Greek musicians in Florida - Leonidas Zafiris, bouzouki; Elias Poulos, vocals; and Dino Theofilos, keyboard.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Keep St. Pete Lit has joined forces with St. Petersburg’s Green Bench Brewing Co. for a new kind of writing competition inspired by the names of favorite local brews. The Final Draft: St. Pete Stories competition aims to celebrate the work of local writers and their city-centric tales. The competition will culminate in a Nov. 4 showcase event.

Green Bench Brewing Company uses people, places and events from St. Pete’s history as inspiration for the names of their signatures brews - such as such as Happy Hermit Pale Ale, named after Silas Dent; and Green Bench IPA, named for the famous fixtures along St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue in bygone days.
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ST. PETERSBURG - For the fourth year in a row, restaurants of the Grand Central District will be participating in the Battle of the Burg(er), a month-long contest to determine who serves the best burger.

During the month of August, consumers will be able to dine at the eight participating restaurants to taste the entries and then vote online for their favorite.

Participating restaurants include:

- The Burg Bar & Grill - 1752 Central Ave.
- Community Café - 2444 Central Ave.
- Craftsman House Gallery & Café - 2955 Central Ave.
- Engine Rose - 2901 Central Ave.
- Jimbo’s Joint - 3063 Central Ave.
- Old Key West Bar & Grill - 2451 Central Ave.
- Urban Brew & BBQ - 1939 Central Ave.
- Urban Comfort - 2601 Central Ave.
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ST. PETERSBURG - With everything from murals to museums to independent art galleries dotting the city, St. Petersburg’s visual arts scene is unquestionably vibrant.

Now, one local nonprofit aims to elevate writing and literary arts to a similar scale.

Keep St. Pete Lit is working in partnership with St. Petersburg’s Morean Arts Center on the new LitSpace Literary Arts Institute, offering professional-quality lessons in fiction, poetry and creative writing to the general public. The cost? Nothing more than each student’s passion to write.
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TAMPA - The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa will offer Bay area residents and visitors the opportunity to experience autonomous vehicle technology, in addition to drones and robots this summer in a hands-on, interactive way.

Guests can ride in a driverless vehicle, fly commercial drones and code robots all summer long at MOSI.

As guests enter the MOSI lobby, they will be greeted by a Meridian Shuttle, an intelligent vehicle that is a 100 percent driverless and electric shuttle. This experience will be a nation-wide first, as autonomous technology has not been available for the public to experience until now.
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TAMPA - The newest female offspring at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is not a princess, but she is receiving a royal welcome. A southern white rhinoceros was born May 21 to first time mother “Alake,” originally from the Phinda Reserve in Africa.

The newborn marks the fourth successful southern white rhino birth and the seventh rhino born in the Zoo’s history (four African, three Asian).

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Rhino Taxon Advisory Group, which includes the southern white rhino Species Survival Plan, designed to support conservation of select wildlife species at risk of extinction. The newborn introduces new DNA into the genetics of the managed population in North America.
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ST. PETE BEACH - The TradeWinds Island Resort and the Tampa Bay Rays plan a series of Rays watching parties over the next five months at the Guy Harvey Outpost, 6000 Gulf Blvd.

The games will be broadcast on a huge screen directly on the beach and Rays Radio will broadcast live. The schedule is:

- Sunday, May 17, Minnesota Twins, 2:10 p.m.
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• Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
USA Dance
USA Dance, Monday, Aug. 31, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $8 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754.
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• Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
SHINE Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing more than 10 large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five arts districts, a thriving independent culture, performing arts and six world-class museums.

In conjunction with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the inaugural SHINE Mural Festival, organized and led by a team of arts-minded volunteers, intends to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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Style Wars
The Studio@620 and Florida CraftArt will host a screening of “Style Wars” as part of the St. Petersburg Mural Festival on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m., at 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

There will be a post-screening discussion with mural artists to give direct insight into the process.

“Style Wars” is the indispensable document of New York Street graffiti and hip hop culture of the early 1980s. This is the essential film record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis, capturing the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas.

“Style Wars” shows the innocence of these young artistic innovators, now considered forefathers of a movement bigger than they could have ever imagined. It has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it reached out across the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds.

Admission is free. Donations will accepted to benefit The Studio@620. Visit www.studio620.org or call 895-6620 for more information.
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• Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
SHINE Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing more than 10 large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five arts districts, a thriving independent culture, performing arts and six world-class museums.

In conjunction with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the inaugural SHINE Mural Festival, organized and led by a team of arts-minded volunteers, intends to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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• Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
SHINE Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing more than 10 large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five arts districts, a thriving independent culture, performing arts and six world-class museums.

In conjunction with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the inaugural SHINE Mural Festival, organized and led by a team of arts-minded volunteers, intends to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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Tarpon Springs Sunset Beach Music Series
Tarpon Springs Sunset Beach Music Series, Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., at Sunset Beach, 1800 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Slickside will perform. The Sunset Beach Music Series is presented first Thursdays from February through November. For information, visit TSRDonline.com or call 942-5628.
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• Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Celebrate Oldsmar!
Celebrate Oldsmar!, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5, at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W.,

Oldsmar. Hours will be Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature carnival rides, food, games, beer and wine and live music. Entertainment will include performances by The U.S. Stones and The Superstar Band. On Saturday, there will be a fireworks display. Visit www.myolsdmar.com.
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Music in the Park - Rosewood Creek
Music in the Park, Friday, Sept. 4, 7 to 9 p.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. The featured performer will be Rosewood Creek. Admission is free. For information, visit www.myseminole.com.
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SHINE Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing more than 10 large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five arts districts, a thriving independent culture, performing arts and six world-class museums.

In conjunction with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the inaugural SHINE Mural Festival, organized and led by a team of arts-minded volunteers, intends to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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Starlight Concerts in Dunedin
Starlight Concerts in Dunedin, Friday, Sept. 4, 7 to 9 p.m., at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. The featured performer will be The Shakes Society. Bring a picnic basket, blanket or lawn chair. Concessions will be available. Call 812-4530.
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• Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015
Animal House and Stripes
“Animal House” and “Stripes,” Saturday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $7. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.

In “Animal House,” set at a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity – but those troublemakers have other plans for him. Don’t miss the ultimate college movie filled with food fights, fraternities and toga parties starring the comedy legend John Belushi.

The cast also includes Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, Stephen Furst and Donald Sutherland. Rated R. Running time: 109 minutes.

In “Stripes,” an American war-comedy film, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis are bootcamp flatfoots who join the army to meet girls and actually succeed. Mud-wrestling will never be the same. The cast also includes Harold Ramis, John Candy and Sean Young. Rated R. Running time 106 minutes.
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Celebrate Oldsmar!
Celebrate Oldsmar!, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5, at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W.,

Oldsmar. Hours will be Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature carnival rides, food, games, beer and wine and live music. Entertainment will include performances by The U.S. Stones and The Superstar Band. On Saturday, there will be a fireworks display. Visit www.myolsdmar.com.
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GeckoFest
The 15th annual GeckoFest, Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. For information, visit geckofest.com.
SHINE Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing more than 10 large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five arts districts, a thriving independent culture, performing arts and six world-class museums.

In conjunction with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the inaugural SHINE Mural Festival, organized and led by a team of arts-minded volunteers, intends to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival
Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7, along Dodecanese Boulevard on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Hours will be Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This TNT event is sponsored by the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association. For information, email tnteventsinc@embarqmail.com.
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