Memorial Day 2010 events, from a Bluegrass Barbecue to free museum admission for military members

the Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinners, a six-night series of prix fixe dinner-and-wine pairings from May 31 to June 5. Proceeds from the dinners, the Abilities Foundation’s latest project, benefit job placement services for disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Choose from an international array of cuisine at Paddy Burke’s Irish Pub, Middle Grounds Grill, Savannah’s Café, Madfish, Roy’s and The Venue. Visit abilitiesfoundation.com for full schedule and list of locations.


Take a time out in Largo, where a free Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony honors those who have given their lives in the armed forces.  7 p.m. Mon., May 31, Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo, largoevents.com


Active and retired military personnel and their families can also take advantage of free admission at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, plantmuseum.com; and The Florida Aquarium offers half off admission for military members, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, flaquarium.org.

There’s plenty to do in the Bay Area on this sure-to-be warm-weathered Memorial Day.

The St. Petersburg Lions Club throws a Bluegrass Barbecue on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island. Admission is $15, but proceeds go to the visually impaired, and admission includes all kinds of good-for-the-soul sounds, from Gypsy Wind (pictured) to the Bluegrass Parlor Band and Gator Grass. Noon, Mon., May 31, Lions Club Beach House, 9300 W. Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, stpetelionsclub.com.

Most Memorial Day food fests are full-on Americana, but if you’re looking to branch out, check out

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