ART EXHIBITS AND HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Willis S. Johns' Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar Featuring an array of hand crafted items, one-of-a-kind decorations and gifts for the holidays. Sat., Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Fossil Park, 6635 M. L. King St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-893-7756.
Pasco Arts Council's Holiday House & Gift Market 2007 The house sparkles with holiday decorations and a large assortment of fine handcrafted items by community artists as well as manufactured items are available for purchase. Nov. 17-Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Free admission. The Pasco Arts Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday, 727-845-7322.
Annual Christmas Show and Sale Select from a variety of unique holiday gifts, including ceramics, prints, pottery, calligraphy, cards and more. An opening reception takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2. Dec. 2-7, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Elliott Gallery — Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-864-8340.
Stargazing: The Arts Center Holiday Exhibition A variety of media — holiday-themed and otherwise — by artists who've been featured at the center over the past several years, including Chuck Boux, Jack Barrett, Robert Giordano, Nancy Cervenka and Yasuko Nakamura. Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free admission. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, theartscenter.org.
Candy Cane Lane Holiday Craft Fair Featuring homemade crafts, ornaments, jewelry, food and more. Sat., Dec. 8, 9 a.m. Free admission. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, 727-812-4530.
Holiday Art Sale Featuring discounted original paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics and holiday gifts, as well as free cider and cookies for all shoppers. Proceeds benefit Project Return, a nonprofit that provides educational, vocational and supportive housing services to people with mental illnesses. Dec. 9-10, 11 p.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free admission. The Lobby Gallery 2 @ Project Return, 303 W. Waters Ave., Tampa.
50 Below Sale Progress Energy Art Gallery is stocked with Chanukah and Christmas items, stocking stuffers, hand woven scarves and purses, jewelry, prints, cards and many other fine art pieces created by local artists and priced at $50 or less. Through Dec. 23, noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free admission. 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, 727-848-6500.
Festive and Fabulous: Fine Art and Crafts for the Season An exhibit of jewelry, paintings, glass, sculpture, mixed media, pottery, photography, books and more by 27 local artists. On display through Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Free admission. Artists' Way Cooperative Gallery, 1403 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-738-8010.
21st Annual Holiday Show and Sale Dunedin Fine Art Center is decked out in its usual holiday finery — Christmas trees with handmade ornaments and the like, all available for purchase — and its 2007 holiday exhibit, Ever-Present: National Invitational of Contemporary Art & Craft, features a range of media by local and national artists. Through Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. and Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. Free admission. 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 727-298-3322, dfac.org.
All I Want ... and More!!! Holiday Member's Show Florida Craftsmen Gallery presents an exhibit of original, holiday-themed fine craft works in wood, fiber, glass, clay, metal, mixed media, paper and jewelry by Florida artists and craftspeople. Through Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free admission. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-821-7391, floridacraftsmen.net.
BENEFITS AND FUNDRAISERS
Festival of Trees Local artists, businesses and community members have decorated more than 100 trees and created one-of-a-kind holiday decorations, all available for purchase. Other sights include an animated window display, a "Gingerbread Lane" and more, with all proceeds to benefit the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens (UPARC). Nov. 21-25, noon-8 p.m. Wed., 2-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., $8 adults/$6 seniors/$4 children 3-16 (ages 2 and younger enter for free), Harborview Center 300 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, treefest.com.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis The Arthritis Foundation hosts this annual 5k competitive run and one-mile fitness walk, with participants wearing jungle bells on their shoes and awards going to the highest fund raisers. Sat., Dec. 1, registration 7 a.m., walk 8 a.m. Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs; and Wed., Dec. 5, registration 6 p.m., walk 7 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. Race fees are $20 for early registrants and $25 on the day of the race; call 800-850-9455 or visit arthritis.org to register or for more info.
New Port Richey Main Street Holidays During the first few weeks of December, visitors can see a display of lights and decorations adorning local businesses in the annual "Light Up Downtown" contest and enjoy various holiday-related diversions. The fourth annual Riverlights Boat Parade occurs after dark on Sat., Dec. 1. Public seating, refreshments and live entertainment are available to those watching the parade from Sims Park, located on the Pithlachascotee River (River Road and Main Street). The following weekend, historic downtown offers Friday night "Holiday Movies in the Park" (6-9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7) and the Genesis School Christmas play, An All-American Holiday Spectacular (3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8). Rounding out the festivities is the 31st Annual Holiday Parade (7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8, Main Street, downtown New Port Richey), and breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus (9-11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 9). For more info, visit newportricheymainstreet.com.