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PALM HARBOR - The town’s 14th annual Parrot Head Party will take place Saturday, June 6 along Florida Avenue in historic downtown Palm Harbor. The event celebrates the music of American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett.

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Palm Harbor Merchants Association and the regional Tampa Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Club in association with the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency.

The celebration brings together fans of Buffett who wear Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats, among other unique costumes. They engage in activities that are charitable, educational and that promote the general welfare of the community.

“The party has been the most successful event on the street in terms of how many people turn out,” said Lesley Klein, president of the Downtown Palm Harbor Merchants Association and co-chair of the committee for the event. Previous Parrot Head party attendance has ranged between 8,000 and 10,000, Klein said.

A Parrot Head costume contest will be held between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be announced.

“People like to come dressed up,” Klein said. “They have outrageous costumes with parrots, lace and tropical colors.”

Buffett’s music career began in the late 1960s and exploded in the 1970s and 1980s. He produced a number of albums including “A White Sport Coat,” “Pink Crustacean” and “Changes in Latitudes,” which featured the breakthrough hit song “Margaritaville.”
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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.

- Sunday, May 31, Baltimore Orioles, 1:35 p.m.
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TAMPA - Thirteen years ago, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo introduced Wallaroo Station, a 4.5 acre Australian-themed family area, where thousands of families with young children have enjoyed an interactive Australian adventure.

The hands-on, family-friendly features helped the Zoo secure top honors from two national parenting magazines: Parents, “10 Best Zoos,” (2009); and Child, "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids" (2004).

Earlier this year, Wallaroo Station temporarily closed for remodeling. It is the first significant updating of this award-winning attraction in its 13-year history. Newly re-opened for spring, guests to the “new Wallaroo” can expect this Aussie area to be even more “Auss-ome” with new animals and upgraded amenities, including:
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PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park’s Public Works Department will hold its first-ever BBQ Cook-off Saturday, May 23, 3 to 10 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N.

The event is part of the city’s celebration of National Public Works Week, said the department’s administrator, Bart Diebold.

“The idea is to promote Public Works and get the guys excited,” he said. “So we decided go do a barbecue.”

Local amateur cooks will compete in two categories - pulled pork or ribs. First-, second- and third-prize trophies will be awarded in each category.
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LARGO - Beginning in May, a monthly class in the fine art of black pot cooking will be offered at Heritage Village. The classes, running through October, will teach participants the entire process from creating an amazing meal to cleaning it up.

Each class will last approximately three hours, with the variety of dishes created being shared and enjoyed by the entire class. Each class is limited to 10 participants. Classes must have a minimum of five participants to take place. Early registration is suggested. Each class should be registered for separately and individuals must register at least two weeks before the class is scheduled to take place.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Blue Jays will feature 21 promotional nights throughout the 2015 home season, which begins Friday, April 10, against the Clearwater Threshers at 6:30 p.m., featuring fireworks and a magnetic schedule giveaway presented by Budweiser.

four fireworks shows will be held during the season. Fans can enjoy several theme nights during the summer months. Superhero fans are all welcome for Superhero and Scout Night at Florida Auto Exchange Park on Saturday, May 9, presented by TD Bank. Princesses, pirates and dinosaurs alike will have their time at the park as well.

The Blue Jays will present a Princess and Pirates night on Saturday, May 30 and JAY-RASSIC Park night on Saturday, June 27.

The Blue Jays also will feature an evening for guys and ladies alike during the beginning and back-end of the season. Guys Night will fall during the NFL Draft featuring a TV giveaway on Friday, May 1.
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TAMPA - On Feb. 28, a 2,000-year-old tradition will bestow its light on Tampa Bay for Zoominations, A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights, at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

Construction of the festival is well underway by a team of 40 highly-skilled craftsmen and women from the village of Zigong, the birthplace of the Chinese Lantern Festival. The materials and equipment needed to build the artistic masterpieces filled eight semi-trailers.

One of the first structures to take shape is a replica of the Manfeilong Pagoda, also known as the White Pagoda or Bamboo Shoot Pagoda, a nearly 1,000-year-old landmark in the Yunnan Province of China. The original structure reaches a height of 16 meters (60 feet) at its tallest point, and the Zoominations replica will measure a similar height. Craftsmen are assembling the Pagoda from 10,000 pieces of traditional blue and white porcelain - each meticulously applied by hand.

The ancient art of lantern making requires years of study in the trade combined with modern technologies. Individual structures will be assembled into 30 spectacular scenes over 26 acres of the Zoo, representing traditional Chinese themes from nature to folklore and groups of larger-than-life Zoo animals like elephants and rhinos.
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Entertainment Calender
• Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible; May 26-31, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $56. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Red
“Red,” by John Logan; May 29 through June 21, with previews May 27 and 28; presented by American Stage Theatre, a professional equity theater, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.

Generally, main stage performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29 to $59 depending on the date and time of the performance.
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The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible; May 26-31, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $56. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Thursday, May 28, 2015
Company
“Company,” with book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, May 22-31, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for students. A city of Largo handling fee of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

 
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If the Shoe Fits
“If the Shoe Fits,” by Matt Thompson and Matt Chiorini, through July 12, at 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 $29.95 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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Red
“Red,” by John Logan; May 29 through June 21, with previews May 27 and 28; presented by American Stage Theatre, a professional equity theater, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.

Generally, main stage performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29 to $59 depending on the date and time of the performance.
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The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible; May 26-31, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $56. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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The Tempest
“The Tempest,” from the play by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Davis; May 23 through June 14, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time.

Shakespeare’s magic-filled exploration of the politics of colonialism erupts with power and relevance in this one-man spectacle. The play draws startling parallels between Shakespeare’s final work and the post-colonial “New World.” Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, shipwrecks his conniving brother by means of a magical storm.

As the befuddled travelers encounter the ephemeral Ariel, the earthy Caliban, and Prospero’s sheltered daughter Miranda, old rivalries and new romances take root. In another time and place, one man’s voyage from Cuba to the U.S. begins to echo the events and politics of Shakespeare’s play.
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• Friday, May 29, 2015
Company
“Company,” with book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, May 22-31, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for students. A city of Largo handling fee of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

 
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Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line, Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., at Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets start at $40.50. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.
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If the Shoe Fits
“If the Shoe Fits,” by Matt Thompson and Matt Chiorini, through July 12, at 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 $29.95 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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Ordinary People
“Ordinary People,” by Nancy Pahl Gilsenan, May 29 through June 14, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for students. 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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Red
“Red,” by John Logan; May 29 through June 21, with previews May 27 and 28; presented by American Stage Theatre, a professional equity theater, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.

Generally, main stage performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29 to $59 depending on the date and time of the performance.
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Sunset Music Series
Sunset Music Series, Friday, May 29, 7 to 9 p.m., at Weaver Park, 1258 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. Attendees will have a chance to watch the sunset over St. Joseph Sound while listening to local musicians. The featured performer will be Four Star Riot. Call 812-4530.
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The Apocrypha of T. Roosevelt
“The Apocrypha of T. Roosevelt,” Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 7:30 p.m., in the Murray Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $20. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
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For music and concert events, visit the live music calendar.
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