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CLEARWATER - The seventh annual Festival of the Chariots & Ratha Yatra Parade, an Indian multi-cultural extravaganza, comes to the Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach Saturday, May 7, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Organizers promise lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment, including live music, dance acts and classical Indian dance. A feast of vegetarian food will be served free of charge to all. There will also be a free hatha yoga class taught by the Lotus Pond Yoga Studio starting at 1 p.m. Bring a yoga mat if you want to join in.
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GULFPORT - Gulfport’s first Friday Art & Gallery Walk will take place Friday, May 6, 6 to 10 p.m., in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District.

Presented rain or shine, the monthly event spans six city blocks that includes more than 35 unique and locally owned shops, businesses, boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants.
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LARGO - Comic World will take part in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at its new location, 12675 Seminole Blvd., Largo.

Comic World recently relocated from its former location on West Bay Drive.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Historical Society will host its annual spring fundraiser fish fry on Saturday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and younger. Attendees will enjoy fried freshwater catfish and hush puppies, along with grits, coleslaw, iced tea or coffee, and free parking. All net proceeds will go to the conversion of South Ward School into the new Clearwater Historical Society Historical Museum and Cultural Center, in addition to the maintenance and upkeep of the historic Plumb House Museum located immediately to the north of Ross Norton Recreation Center.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Night in the Islands, a Greek cultural event series featuring outdoor dining and dancing, will begin Saturday, May 7, 6 to 11 p.m., on the Sponge Docks along Dodecanese Boulevard.

Admission is free. Free dance lessons are offered 6 to 7 p.m. by Levendia Dancers. Music is by Ellada, an exciting band composed of three of the most accomplished Greek musicians in Florida: Leonidas Zafiris on bouzouki, vocalist Elias Poulos and Dino Theofilos on keyboard.
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GULFPORT - Gulfport’s fourth Gecko Queen will be crowned at this year’s Gecko Ball on Saturday, Aug. 27 - and event organizers have put out a call for aspiring Gecko Queens.

This is a gender-neutral opportunity for adults of any age, 21 and older. What’s important is that the candidate can represent Gulfport “with flair,” according to a press release. Candidates who submitted an expression of interest in previous years are welcome to re-apply.
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GULFPORT - CASA and Cinema Squatch will present a free film screening and pop-up thrift store Tuesday, May 3, outside Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport.

The 1990s classic “A League of Their Own” will be shown on a giant screen on the baseball field outside the center. Doors will open to CASA’s pop-up thrift shop and food vendors at 6 p.m. The movie will start at 8 p.m.

In the event of rain, the film will instead be shown at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport.
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OLDSMAR - The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation will host its second annual Derby Nite Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd.

Tickets are $30 and include tastings from 10 area restaurants as well as one complimentary beer, wine or specialty drink.

This year’s event will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. There will be virtual horse racing with horses named for sponsors, casino games and a live auction. Culinary arts students will serve from trays branded with 10 participating restaurants as they network with the guests.
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CLEARWATER - The seventh annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will take place Friday, May 6, 6 to 9 p.m., at Beach Walk and South Gulfview Boulevard in Clearwater Beach.

Presented by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, festivities will include the opportunity to enjoy fine wines, craft beers and foods from more than 30 restaurants, whose chefs will be showcasing their signature dishes and specialties. This year’s event is sponsored by Morton Plant Hospital, with the beneficiary being the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation. The event also will include a performance by contemporary jazz artist Eric Darius along with raffle baskets filled with extraordinary things, auctions and a fireworks display.

For information, visit www.C­learw­aterB­eachR­estau­rantW­eek.c­om.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Local St. Petersburg nonprofit Creative Clay Inc. will celebrate its 21st anniversary of making the arts accessible with the third annual Spring for the Arts event on Wednesday, May 4, at Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The event will feature a repertoire of events throughout the evening, including awards, live music by Lounge Cat, spirit tastings by the St. Pete Distillery, free swing dance lessons, an art exhibit by Creative Clay artists, magician Cory Van Valin, a silent auction and a VIP experience with a chance to participate in a glass-blowing demonstration.

Several sponsorship opportunities and VIP packages are available. Regular priced tickets are $75 and VIP tickets are $125. Complimentary valet parking also will be available.
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CLEARWATER - The seventh annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will take place Friday, May 6, 6 to 9 p.m., at Beach Walk and South Gulfview Boulevard in Clearwater Beach.

Presented by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, festivities will include the opportunity to enjoy fine wines, craft beers and scrumptious foods from more than 30 of the finest restaurants, whose talented chefs will be showcasing their signature dishes and specialties. This year's event is proudly sponsored by Morton Plant Hospital, with the beneficiary being the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation. The event also will include a performance by contemporary jazz artist Eric Darius along with raffle baskets filled with extraordinary things, auctions and a firework display.

For information, visit www.C­learw­aterB­eachR­estau­rantW­eek.c­om.
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CLEARWATER - The annual Boatyard Bash, sponsored by the Brown Boxer and the Rotary Club of Clearwater Beach, is Saturday, May 7, 6 to 11 p.m., at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, Clearwater.

Individuals may purchase wristbands for entrance at a cost of $25 per person. This cost covers music, beer and a main dish.
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Entertainment Calender
• Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Synia Carroll and the Helios Jazz Orchestra
Synia Carroll and the Helios Jazz Orchestra, Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. General admission tickets are $15. Call 727-822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.

Vocalist Synia Carroll is featured in concert with the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson. Carroll’s approach to jazz is reminiscent of Nancy Wilson with an energy and clarity to her voice that works very well with a big band. The program features jazz favorites including “This Can’t Be Love,” “Misty,” “Sway” and others. This concert benefits in part, the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival.
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• Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
“Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” by Anne Washburn, April 30 through May 22; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and 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. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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• Thursday, May 5, 2016
Derby Nite
OLDSMAR – The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation will host its second annual Derby Nite Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd.

Tickets are $30 and include tastings from 10 area restaurants as well as one complimentary beer, wine or specialty drink.

This year’s event will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. There will be virtual horse racing with horses named for sponsors, casino games and a live auction. Culinary arts students will serve from trays branded with 10 participating restaurants as they network with the guests.

The Derby Nite supports two great local charities. The event funds technical scholarships to graduating seniors in four area high schools, including a culinary arts school. The foundation’s partner organization, The Children’s Home, cares for children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Specifically, the SEEDs program provides assistance to prepare these children for reading readiness by grade 3.

Nielsen, Tampa Bay Downs and Dermatology Healthcare LLC are major event sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available including the Kentucky Derby Sponsorship at $2,000, Preakness Sponsorship at $1,000 and Belmont Stakes Sponsorship at $500. The foundation also is accepting prize donations for the auction.

For additional information and registration, visit www.utbef.org or call Jerry Custin at 813-855-4233.
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Amy Grant: Live Life Together
Amy Grant: Live Life Together; Thursday, May 5, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $29. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Grant returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2011. Joining her are fellow Dove Award-winning artists Nichole Nordeman and Ellie Holcomb. The Live Life Together Tour, presented by World Vision, is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience for concert attendees. The tour will allow these gifted artists – each consummate songwriters and storytellers in their own right – to perform some of their best-loved songs throughout the night.
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Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
“Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” by Anne Washburn, April 30 through May 22; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and 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. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes; May 5-22, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 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.

The winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this toe-tapping musical whodunit is based on the famous unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. A rollicking band of Victorian Music Hall entertainers take the stage with this madcap musical, spinning the tale of the mysterious disappearance on young Edwin Drood, and inviting the audience to decide a different conclusion to the play every night.
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• Friday, May 6, 2016
Mike Love
Mike Love, Friday, May 6, 8 p.m., in Murray Theatre, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $20. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, to a musical family that spans generations, Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. One of reggae music’s rising stars, Love has shared the stage with artists like Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson.

On his debut album “The Change I’m Seeking,” Love harkens the legends of roots reggae in both his lyrics and his sound, but never relies on any one genre to hold him down. Coming from a wealth of influences – he started out playing classical piano as a teenager and later would perform in high school bands that were more akin to the grunge sounds of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam – Love fuses the simple rhythms of classic reggae with the complex changes of the classical and rock music he was first trained on to come up with a style wholly unique to him.
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Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
“Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” by Anne Washburn, April 30 through May 22; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and 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. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes; May 5-22, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 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.

The winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this toe-tapping musical whodunit is based on the famous unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. A rollicking band of Victorian Music Hall entertainers take the stage with this madcap musical, spinning the tale of the mysterious disappearance on young Edwin Drood, and inviting the audience to decide a different conclusion to the play every night.
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• Saturday, May 7, 2016
Landon Korabek OneLove JamFest
PALM HARBOR – The sixth annual Landon Korabek OneLove JamFest will be Saturday May 7, 1 to 8 p.m., at Thirsty Marlin, 1023 Florida Ave.

The fundraising event is free and celebrates Landon Korabek's life, which was shortened by a prescription drug overdose. Four bands will be performing: Just Vinny, Shenanigans, Horny Toads and Six Volt Rodeo.

Fundraising includes a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, chance giveaways and T-shirts sales. Proceeds from the event will go to N.O.P.E., or Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education, Pinellas Task Force and The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

For more information, visit www.OneLoveJamFest.org or www.Facebook.com /OneLoveJamFest.
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Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
“Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” by Anne Washburn, April 30 through May 22; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and 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. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes; May 5-22, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 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.

The winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this toe-tapping musical whodunit is based on the famous unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. A rollicking band of Victorian Music Hall entertainers take the stage with this madcap musical, spinning the tale of the mysterious disappearance on young Edwin Drood, and inviting the audience to decide a different conclusion to the play every night.
 ... Read More 
• Sunday, May 8, 2016
Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
“Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” by Anne Washburn, April 30 through May 22; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and 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. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
 ... Read More 
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes; May 5-22, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 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.

The winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this toe-tapping musical whodunit is based on the famous unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. A rollicking band of Victorian Music Hall entertainers take the stage with this madcap musical, spinning the tale of the mysterious disappearance on young Edwin Drood, and inviting the audience to decide a different conclusion to the play every night.
 ... Read More 
• Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
“Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” by Anne Washburn, April 30 through May 22; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and 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. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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• Thursday, May 12, 2016
Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
“Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” by Anne Washburn, April 30 through May 22; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and 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. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
 ... Read More 
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes; May 5-22, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 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.

The winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this toe-tapping musical whodunit is based on the famous unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. A rollicking band of Victorian Music Hall entertainers take the stage with this madcap musical, spinning the tale of the mysterious disappearance on young Edwin Drood, and inviting the audience to decide a different conclusion to the play every night.
 ... Read More 
• Friday, May 13, 2016
Art to the Rescue exhibit open house
The sixth annual Art to the Rescue fundraiser exhibit will be presented in May at Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, 730 Broadway, Dunedin. An open-house reception with raffle items and an awards ceremony is Friday, May, 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m., during Dunedin's monthly 2nd Friday Night on the Town event.

 

The public is welcome. Proceeds from the exhibit will benefit Dunedin Doggie Rescue. The theme this year is "Bless the Beasts and the Children."

 

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, call 727-366-6477.
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Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
“Mr. Burns: a post-electric play,” by Anne Washburn, April 30 through May 22; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and 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. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
 ... Read More 
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes; May 5-22, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 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.

The winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this toe-tapping musical whodunit is based on the famous unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. A rollicking band of Victorian Music Hall entertainers take the stage with this madcap musical, spinning the tale of the mysterious disappearance on young Edwin Drood, and inviting the audience to decide a different conclusion to the play every night.
 ... Read More 
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