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LARGO - The Pinellas County Historical Society will present the 2015 edition of the Pinellas Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N.

A $5 donation is requested. The festival is free for children 11 and younger.

The festival will feature a full lineup of entertainers performing traditional folk, gospel, bluegrass and country music throughout the 21-acre living history museum. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to check out the work of fiber artists, witness traditional craft demonstrations and see living history activities.

The festival also will include storytelling, a children’s stage, fleece-to-shawl activities, a magic show, antique cars, 4 Men and Their Trains, the Morse Telegraph Club and sugar cane grinding a boiling.

Musicians will be scattered throughout the village, playing amidst the pines and palmettos and in a variety of choice locations such as the House of Seven Gables, the Lowe Barn and the Safety Harbor Church. This year’s long list of performers includes Susan & Bill Haley, St. Pete Shanties, Keyestone, Charlie Morris, Chant The Trees, Gypsy Wind, Cracker Billys, Evergreen, Rose Island Band, Mustang Sally & the Hamjos, Charlie Bill and His Barn Burners and many more.
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CLEARWATER - Blast Friday will return Friday, Jan. 30 with Blast Friday - Winter Of Love, presented by Bright House Networks, in the Cleveland Street District.

This month’s event stars The Family Stone featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and original members of Sly & The Family Stone, Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico with special guests the Ries Brothers.

This Woodstock-themed family-friendly free street festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. and features vendors with merchandise available for purchase including crafts, jewelry and hippie themed items, a vintage album chalk art show and VW buses on display. Clearwater Marine Aquarium will have a booth with family activities including their mascot. Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, located at the corner of Osceola and Cleveland streets, will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. and the first 100 kids age 14 and younger will receive a pink and blue plush toy.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Tropicana Field. Admission and parking are free.

Fan Fest will feature a number of activities for kids, including “Reading with the Rays” presented with Tampa Bay Times Newspaper In Education, new interactive zones, photos with Rays mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty, baseball activities for all ages and appearances by Rays players and coaches at various stations throughout the day.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Art Festival Beth-El - Temple Beth-El’s annual fine art exhibition and sale - will celebrate its 42nd anniversary Saturday through Monday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, at 400 Pasadena Ave. S.

Beginning in 1973 with only 20 artists, Art Festival Beth-El now showcases more than 170 national and international award-winning artists. This highly acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale is well known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern United States. Space has grown from one gallery to six galleries throughout the facility featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Join The Second Time Arounders Marching Band at the seventh annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday, Jan. 31, at Ferg’s Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg.

Enter your favorite recipe and the chance to win fabulous prizes including weekend getaways, valuable gift cards, or local sports team items.

The Chili Cook-Off is the band’s largest fundraiser to raise funds for the University of Tampa band camp scholarships. The event includes all the chili you can eat, a disc jockey, dancing, plus raffle prizes throughout the event.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The second annual St. Petersburg Spring Fine Art Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, in North Straub Park in St. Petersburg.

The park is adjacent to the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. Festival hours will be Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival is sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the city of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. The event showcases handmade original artwork created by more than 100 artisans from at least 25 states and two foreign countries. Represented in the event are many local and regional artisans. This tapestry of extraordinary art is woven from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking and more.

Admission and parking are free.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Tickets to the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are on sale. The annual races return to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg March 27-29.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has seen many historic firsts take place on the challenging street course and 2015 will be no different. The street/road course aero kit for the Verizon IndyCar Series will make its competition debut on the streets of St. Petersburg and will kick-off the North American schedule for the series for a fifth year in a row. Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will introduce its new Dallara IL-15 chassis during its season-opening races at the Firestone Grand Prix.

Completing the racing line up for the weekend is the Pirelli World Challenge, Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. By popular demand, Robby Gordon's SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks will return to St. Petersburg for a second consecutive year.

“We have found a winning recipe here for our event on the streets of St. Petersburg,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “The addition of Stadium Super Trucks last year, combined with the world-class Verizon IndyCar Series, Mazda Road to Indy and Pirelli World Challenge is a formula that works and that our race fans enjoy. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in the coming months for another spectacular event.”
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Tampa Bay Senior Expo is returning to the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg Wednesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a special event designed to help seniors make the most of their golden years. For one day only, meet local professionals who offer expertise in financial planning, health, fitness, home improvement, recreation and more.

The Tampa Bay Senior Expo is a free event. Stroll through the floor and browse exhibits from more than 50 local organizations offering products, tips, advice and free giveaways. Shop, explore and get educated.

There will be health screenings and informative seminars, and plenty of opportunities for one on one interaction with local health professionals. Visit with residential communities and local hospitals so you can make educated decisions.
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CLEARWATER - Quilter’s Crossing Quilt Guild of Palm Harbor will present its 14th biennial Quilt Show, Quilting Under the Palms, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Palms Drive, Clearwater.

Admission is $7 for one day and $10 for two.

There will be 200 traditional and contemporary quilts on display. In addition, there will be a small quilt auction, a boutique, Couture, Décor & More exhibit, vendors, door prizes and raffle baskets with one having a Featherweight Sewing Machine. In addition, there will be a drawing for a free sewing machine courtesy of Sue’s Bay Area Sewing.
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Entertainment Calender
• Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Caught in the Net
“Caught in the Net,” by Ray Cooney, Jan. 10 through March 1, 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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Educating Rita
“Educating Rita,” by Willy Russell; Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 South Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Tickets for opening night are $10. Call 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.

Directed by Rick Bronson, “Educating Rita” examines Frank, a tutor of English in his 50s whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26-year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves.

The play became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
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The Lettermen
The Lettermen, Thursday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

One of the defining vocal groups of the ’60s and members of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Lettermen have 18 Gold albums to their name and have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Hits include songs such as “Goin’ Out of My Head,” “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Hurt So Bad,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “When I Fall in Love” and many more.
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Twelfth Night
“Twelfth Night,” by William Shakespeare, presented by Jobsite Theater; Jan. 7-Feb. 1, 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 $34.53.

Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
Caught in the Net
“Caught in the Net,” by Ray Cooney, Jan. 10 through March 1, 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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Classic Movie Series
Classic Movie Series: “Up in Smoke,” Friday, Jan. 30, 10 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Tickets are $5.
Don’t Dress for Dinner
“Don’t Dress for Dinner,” by Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon, Jan. 16 through Feb. 1, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.
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Educating Rita
“Educating Rita,” by Willy Russell; Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 South Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Tickets for opening night are $10. Call 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.

Directed by Rick Bronson, “Educating Rita” examines Frank, a tutor of English in his 50s whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26-year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves.

The play became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
 ... Read More 
Footloose
“Footloose,” by Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow and Walter Bobbie; Jan. 23 through Feb. 8, 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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La Boheme
“La Boheme,” Friday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Rhythm Kings Orchestra
Rhythm Kings Orchestra, Friday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for members and students. Call 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.

The outfit will perform great American music from Prohibition to World War II, from Ray Noble, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and other stars of the 1920s and ’30s. From romantic ballads to red-hot swing of the 1940s, the Rhythm Kings Orchestra will have attendees dancing in the aisles.
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Twelfth Night
“Twelfth Night,” by William Shakespeare, presented by Jobsite Theater; Jan. 7-Feb. 1, 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 $34.53.

Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
 ... Read More 
• Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Caught in the Net
“Caught in the Net,” by Ray Cooney, Jan. 10 through March 1, 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.
 ... Read More 
Don’t Dress for Dinner
“Don’t Dress for Dinner,” by Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon, Jan. 16 through Feb. 1, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.
 ... Read More 
Educating Rita
“Educating Rita,” by Willy Russell; Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 South Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Tickets for opening night are $10. Call 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.

Directed by Rick Bronson, “Educating Rita” examines Frank, a tutor of English in his 50s whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26-year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves.

The play became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
 ... Read More 
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