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Circus McGurkis ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) will host the 43rd annual Circus McGurkis peace education celebration Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S.
Circus McGurkis is a peoples’ fair focusing on peace education and service to the community with special focus on activities for children of all ages and families of all types. It features arts, crafts, music, games, and ideas that celebrate the creativity and activism that makes the community a more beautiful, loving and just place to live.
Cooters Crab Fest CLEARWATER – To celebrate the opening of stone crab season, Cooters Restaurant & Bar will host its 21st annual Crab Fest Oct. 23-26, at 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach.
The four-day big tent party will kick off Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., and will run throughout the weekend, while supplies last. Cooters’ special Crab Fest menu will feature fresh off the boat Florida stone crab, king crab, snow crab and Dungeness crab all at special reduced prices.
There also will be live music under the big tent, commemorative merchandise and drink specials.
Cooters’ Crab Fest is a family friendly event and there is no cover charge. Valet parking will be available.
Customer Appreciation Celebration PALM HARBOR – The Brooker Creek Publix store, 36301 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Customer Appreciation Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The event will include food and wine tastings, and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friends of the Clearwater Library book sale CLEARWATER – The Friends of the Clearwater Public Library is having its annual fall book sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. The books will be of all genres.
Halloween Spooktacular LARGO – This year’s Halloween Spooktacular event will be Saturday, Oct. 25, 2 to 10 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.
This widely popular, family-friendly event includes fun and games for kids 14 and younger. Enjoy music, concessions, bounce houses, a petting zoo and strolling entertainment in this great event for the whole family.
Join thousands of families as they walk the free trick-or-treat trail from 2 until 6 p.m. The trail will end promptly at 6 p.m., so based on the number of patrons waiting, the line could be cut off earlier than 6 p.m.
Wristbands, for children 14 and under that want to participate in the activities outside of the trick or treat path, will go on sale starting Wednesday, Oct. 1. They cost $5 for Largo recreation cardholders or $6 without a card. Wristbands are $7 on day of event. Parents do not need wristbands.
Limited on-site parking will be available for $5. Park for free and walk from Everest University and Largo Middle School.
Massage Green Spa grand opening PALM HARBOR – Massage Green Spa, 33195 U.S. 19 N., plans a grand opening celebration Saturday, Oct. 25, 3 to 6 p.m.
Spa hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 939-6260.
Out of the Darkness walk ST. PETERSBURG – The Pinellas County Out of the Darkness Community Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, at South Straub Park, Second Avenue Northeast at Beach Drive, in St. Petersburg.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m.
Hosted by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the event is expected to draw more than 500 participants and is part of a national effort to unite 150,000 walkers throughout the country and raise more than $10 million for suicide prevention and awareness programs.
“Suicide, and the underlying mental disorders that can sometimes lead to suicide, continues to be surrounded by misinformation and stigma,” said Debbie Safko in a press release. Safko is the AFSP Tampa Bay Walk coordinator. “We’re working to reduce stigma, increase awareness, and raise much-needed funds to support suicide research and prevention programs.”
The St. Petersburg Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 400 Out of the Darkness Community Walks taking place this fall, nationwide.
Perilous Plants TARPON SPRINGS – A program on Perilous Plants will be offered Saturday, Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about common poisonous plants from Theresa Badurek, Urban Horticulture Extension Agent. Whether participants are concerned for their children and pets or just curious, this is a great way to learn more.
Rotary Rocktoberfest SEMINOLE – The Rotary Clubs of Seminole Lake and Indian Rocks Beach present their third annual Rocktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 25, 3 to 9 p.m., at City Park, 7464 Ridge Road.
There will be food, beer and wine, craft and retail vendors, as well as six hours of live entertainment. Musical acts performing include Comfort Zone, Dark Horse, Rock ‘n’ Roll All Stars, Yesterdayze and Apartment #9.
Admission is $5 for those 12 and older.
Seminole Elks Red Ribbon SEMINOLE – The Seminole Elks Lodge #2519 will host two events during Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, which is celebrated annually from Oct. 23-31.
On Friday, Oct. 24, the Seminole Elks will be at Seminole Elementary School at 8 a.m. to distribute red ribbons and stickers to young people in an effort to promote a drug-free lifestyle. Elroy the Elk will also be there to greet students.
Then on Saturday, Oct. 25, 12 to 2 p.m., the Seminole Elks will host an event at their lodge, 10717 Seminole Blvd. Elroy will hand out candy to children who attend, and there will be displays from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole Fire Rescue.
Stone Crab Feast INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Keegan’s Seafood Grille will host its seventh annual Stone Crab Feast Oct. 24-26, with special pricing while supplies last.
Live music will be provided by local artists such as BillyD, Pamela Love and Jason Reagle. Keegan’s is at 1519 Gulf Blvd. Hours will be Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tarpon Springs Market TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Market opens Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues Saturdays through June 27, 2015, rain or shine.
Due to a scheduling conflict with both the primary and alternate locations, the market will be closed on Nov. 22.
The market will feature ethnic food, imports, crafts and a variety of entertainment. Fresh locally grown organic produce and locally caught seafood also will be offered when in season and available. Parking and admission are free.
The primary location is in the downtown shopping district of Tarpon Springs at the corner of Pinellas Avenue (Alt. U.S. 19) and Tarpon Avenue. The alternate location is Craig Park at South Spring Boulevard and Pineapple Street for those weekends with other events scheduled in the Mother Meres lot.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s CLEARWATER – The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m., at Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Participants will complete a 2-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will kick off at 10 a.m.