On the Radar: Mother's Day 2010 events, from tea parties to rose gardens

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Take your mom to the Florida International Museum for tea and treats at All About Hats. Not only do you talk about the history of le chapeau, but you get a tour of Cut! Costume and the Cinema, which offers info the evolution of hats. Wear your biggest, most bedazzled headgear, and tea and strumpets – I mean crumpets – are provided by the Hooker Tea Company. St. Pete's Craftsman House throws a doozie this weekend, with the debut of the fourth annual Invitational Teapot Show on Saturday, for which artists across the country combined form and function for a tea-riffic (har har!) display of craftsmanship in clay and glass. See the 'pots and enjoy a Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday. Finally, who needs a dozen roses when you can have a day's worth of flowery fun? USF's Botanical Gardens presents Rose Day, which includes free admission to the Gardens, primo roses for sale, a rose display, and workshops on -- you guessed it -- roses, with the Rose Society.

(Pictured: The "Dancing Teapot" by Susan Filley, on display for the Mother's Day weekend debut of the Invitational Teapot Show at the Craftsman House) Free aquarium admission for moms (with purchase of ticket), May 8-9, The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, flaquarium.org; Pops in the Park, 7:30 p.m. Sun., May 9, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, $2, $1 kids 10 and under, florchestra.org; All About Hats, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., May 8, Florida International Museum, 244 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg, $15 (reservations required), floridamuseum.org; Invitational Teapot Show, opening reception 5-8:30 p.m. Sat., May 8, Mother's Day Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sun., May 9, The Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, reservations required, craftsmanhousegallery.com; Rose Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., May 8, Botanical Gardens, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, free, cas.usf.edu/garden.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming events to mark your calendars for. I guess it’s only right that we celebrate the women who gave us breath (and bail money), and if your mom is into marine life, the orchestra, tea, hats and roses (sorry, biker moms), then there’s something for you to do in Tampa Bay this Mother’s Day weekend.

First up, moms get free admission to The Florida Aquarium all weekend with one paid admission (if your idea of a relaxing day is to go to the aquarium by yourself, may I suggest dressing a bottle of wine as a baby?) Next up is Pops in the Park. As The Florida Orchestra plays, you can set up shop on a comfy blanket and enjoy the park’s refreshments (sorry, can’t bring your own).

Now for the girly stuff:

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