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GULFPORT - The ninth annual Gecko Crawl, Aug. 13, will help usher in Gecko Season in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at six locations, a poker run and a festive after-party in Gulfport’s colorful waterfront district.

Gecko Crawl will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, 4 to 9 p.m., with the after-party beginning at 9 p.m.

Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a free beverage at these participating bars and restaurants including Boca Bay Grille, Mangia Gourmet, Neptune Grille, Peninsula Inn, Salty’s, and Gulfport’s newest venue, Manatees on the Bay. All are located within easy walking distance along Beach and Shore boulevards. Crawlers may start at any participating location and continue their crawl in any order.
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TAMPA - Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo continues its 10-night summer event, Sunset Celebration, through Aug. 6. The first in a series of seasonal family festivals, the Zoo will stay open till 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with dining, entertainment and animal encounters throughout the park.  

“At Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, our vision is to be an unforgettable place of discovery. This includes going beyond expectations by offering our visitors new experiences and new ways to connect with nature and one another,” said CEO Joe Couceiro. “We’re excited to present our most engaging line-up of family events yet, starting with this summer’s Sunset Celebration. The very best way to take advantage of these events is through Zoo Membership or our ‘pay for a day, come back all year’ program which provide free and unlimited access.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs Merchants Association will host Hippie Fest on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2 to 10 p.m., on Dodecanese Boulevard on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs.

There will be food trucks, a beer and wine truck, live music, vendors, hippie costume contest, VW Bug show and hula-hoop contest. Many of the shops will stay open for the evening. There will also be free parking and shuttle from 2:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Dog/Splash Park, 508 Live Oak St.

This is a free, family-friendly event. For information, visit www.t­arpon­sprin­gsflo­ridau­sa.co­m or call Carol Rodriguez 845-661-5518.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk on Saturday, Aug. 13, 5 to 9 p.m.

Participants will have an opportunity to view new and affordable works of art as ArtWalk is opening night for some 40 galleries and studios to premiere new works.

Free ArtWalk trolleys encompass the arts districts. Free parking can be found on First Avenue North and First Avenue South, from 15th Street to 30th Street; The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce announces the nominees for the fourth annual Good ‘Burger awards. A Good ‘Burger is a business, organization, or individual in greater St. Pete making a positive impact in our community.

The 2016 Good ‘Burger Awards, presented by 3 Daughters Brewing and Great Bay Distributors will be held at Jannus Live on Thursday, Sept. 1, 6-9 p.m. The name “Good ‘Burger” historically comes from the citizens of St. Pete having been known as "burgers” (as in St. Petersburgers).
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DUNEDIN - All players and staff of the Dunedin Blue Jays will be on hand Saturday, July 30, for their third annual charity bowling tournament at Countryside Lanes in Clearwater.

All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. Achieva Credit Union sponsors the event.

Individuals can bowl for $25; a team of six can play for $140. All participants receive two games of bowling plus shoes, a T-shirt, drinks and lunch provided by Banquet Masters. Participants will also receive a ticket to that night’s Blue Jays game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium against the Jupiter Hammerheads.
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PALM HARBOR - In honor of National Dance Day, Arthur Murray Palm Harbor will be offering free dance lessons Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., at the studio in the Fountains Plaza, 34930 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the festivities should call ahead at 727-786-2224 to schedule an NDD 30-minute private lesson.

Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance,” created NDD as a way to encourage the entire nation to enjoy the many benefits of dance. Arthur Murray Palm Harbor has been an official SYTYCD location since 2010, and will be leading the way again this year.
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ST. PETERSBURG - This year’s St. Pete Cupcake Contest will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, noon to 3 p.m., at the Morean Center for Clay, in the Warehouse Arts District, 420 22nd St. S.

Hosted by the Morean Arts Center, this event is a citywide search for St. Petersburg’s best cupcake. Usually presented at the Morean Arts Center, the relocation of the event will allow for additional contestants and plenty of space for the crowds that attend.

A $15 entry fee allows each participant to enter one submission. A minimum of four delicious cupcakes is required for entry so that the judges can taste each submission.
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CLEARWATER - Barnes & Noble Clearwater, at 23654 U.S. 19 N., will host a month-long celebration in advance of the publication of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two.”

Now through July 30, customers can enter the Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints Sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of seven Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. Customers can continue to enter for a chance to win (one entry per store, per day) up until the July 30 Countdown to Midnight Party, when two customers at Barnes & Noble Clearwater will be chosen at random. Customers can ask a knowledgeable bookseller at Barnes & Noble Clearwater for complete details and official rules and to find out more information on the other events and activities that will take place.

The bookseller will host its Countdown to Midnight Party Saturday, July 30, beginning at 8 p.m.
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• Friday, July 29, 2016
Fifth Friday celebration
The Oldsmar People Centennial Task Force will host its Fifth Friday celebration on Friday, July 29, 5 to 10 p.m., at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W., Oldsmar.

Admission is free. The event will feature a Caribbean Carnival theme with music by Jahfari and Saka Boyz. There will be food and drink vendors.

For information, call 813-749-1118.
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Pure Zeppelin Experience with Backtrack Blues Band
Pure Zeppelin Experience with Backtrack Blues Band, Friday, July 29, 8 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $30 to $40. Call 727-822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.
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Six Guns and Sasparilla
"Six Guns and Sasparilla,” with musical score by Jason Fortner and Jason Tucker; July 21-31, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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The Pitmen Painters
“The Pitmen Painters,” by Lee Hall, presented by American Stage Theatre, July 20 through Aug. 14, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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Time Stands Still
“Time Stands Still,” by Donald Margulies; July 6-31, in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $28. For performance dates, call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.

A war photojournalist and her reporter boyfriend attempt to find happiness after returning from Iraq in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. This play contains mature content.
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• Saturday, July 30, 2016
Cece Teneal: Aretha, Portrait of a Queen
Cece Teneal: Aretha, Portrait of a Queen; Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $25. Call 727-822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.
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Cinderella
“Cinderella,” Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31; and Aug. 6 and 7, 3 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for Tarpon Arts members and students.
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Mean Mary
Mean Mary’s Sweet Pickin’ Party will take place Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m., at Sacred Lands, 1620 Park St. N., St. Petersburg. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Cost is $15.

This Nashville based artist mixes the power of rock with the raw innocence of folk and bluegrass. From her haunting story songs to her incredibly fast banjo, guitar, and fiddle renditions, she promises a fun night geared to all ages.

Known internationally for her lightning-fast fingers and raw, unmistakable vocal sound, Mean Mary could read music before she could read words and wrote original songs at age 5. By age 7 she was proficient on vocals, guitar, banjo, and violin, and her life became one long road show of events, venues, TV, radio and film.

Today Mean Mary plays 11 instruments and tours internationally. She is also an award-winning songwriter and book author. Recently, her original banjo song “Iron Horse,” the story of a Native American maiden and her horse racing against a train, received the IMA’s Vox Populi Award for best Americana song.
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Pitbull
Pitbull, Saturday, July 30, 7 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $29.95. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.amaliearena.com.

Global superstar and Grammy Award-winning artist Pitbull has launched a massive North American tour this summer with Latin megastar and singer-songwriter Prince Royce. Special guest Farruko will also join the tour.

Armando Christian Perez – globally known as Pitbull – is everywhere. From landing No. 1 hits in over 15 countries, 8 billion YouTube/VEVO views, billions of Spotify plays, 70 million single sales, and 6 million album sales, Pitbull does not stop. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a Grammy-winning international superstar, visionary entrepreneur, fashion maven, and successful actor.

His social media presence speaks to nearly 90 million people daily, matching some television networks. Also known as “Mr. 305” and “Mr. Worldwide,” he is as ubiquitous as Google or Microsoft, while preparing to release his tenth full-length album, 2016’s Climate Change.
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Six Guns and Sasparilla
"Six Guns and Sasparilla,” with musical score by Jason Fortner and Jason Tucker; July 21-31, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show
Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show; Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, 7 p.m., in Ferguson Hall, at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $35. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it.”

This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants.
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The Pitmen Painters
“The Pitmen Painters,” by Lee Hall, presented by American Stage Theatre, July 20 through Aug. 14, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
 ... Read More 
Time Stands Still
“Time Stands Still,” by Donald Margulies; July 6-31, in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $28. For performance dates, call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.

A war photojournalist and her reporter boyfriend attempt to find happiness after returning from Iraq in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. This play contains mature content.
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• Sunday, July 31, 2016
Cinderella
“Cinderella,” Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31; and Aug. 6 and 7, 3 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for Tarpon Arts members and students.
 ... Read More 
Six Guns and Sasparilla
"Six Guns and Sasparilla,” with musical score by Jason Fortner and Jason Tucker; July 21-31, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
 ... Read More 
Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show
Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show; Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, 7 p.m., in Ferguson Hall, at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $35. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it.”

This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants.
 ... Read More 
The Pitmen Painters
“The Pitmen Painters,” by Lee Hall, presented by American Stage Theatre, July 20 through Aug. 14, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
 ... Read More 
Time Stands Still
“Time Stands Still,” by Donald Margulies; July 6-31, in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $28. For performance dates, call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.

A war photojournalist and her reporter boyfriend attempt to find happiness after returning from Iraq in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. This play contains mature content.
 ... Read More 
• Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016
The Go-Go’s
The Go-Go’s, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.  Tickets start at $71.25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
• Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
The Pitmen Painters
“The Pitmen Painters,” by Lee Hall, presented by American Stage Theatre, July 20 through Aug. 14, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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For music and concert events, visit the live music calendar.
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