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March of Mourning Women in Black, a newly formed Gulf Coast local organization, has scheduled this march to coincide with an international Women in Black peace event taking place in Jerusalem and more than 80 other cities worldwide. The group gathers in Williams Park, located between Fourth and Third streets north and Second and First avenues north. Following statements and introductions, the march proceeds to South Straub Park. Two stops have been selected along the procession route for a few minutes of silence. Fri., Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. 727-822-1543.

Season's Greetings Garden Tour Horticulturist Bill O'Grady shares his wealth of knowledge about hundreds of beautiful botanical plants growing in Sunken Gardens. The special holiday tour also includes a seasonal gift and refreshments. Sat., Dec. 29, 11:30 a.m. Admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for ages 55 and up, and $3 for ages 3 to 11. Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-551-3100.

Ybor City Fresh Market Inc. The market's up and running every Saturday. Drop by for a free glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice and check out all the fresh foods and other nifty items the market has up for grabs. Local vendors offer everything from fruits and veggies to plants to hand-made crafts. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through May 1. Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 18th Street, Ybor City.

Holiday

Busch Gardens' Celebrate Safe This Tampa Bay tradition combines the exhaustive entertainment of Busch Gardens with fireworks displays and a midnight ball drop, all for a good cause. The non-alcohol event is the biggest fundraiser for the Celebrate Safe Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough Education Foundation. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. General admission costs $25.95 in advance, $29.95 day of. Busch Gardens, 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa. 813-987-5082.

Christmas at Pinewood: Songs of the Season Pinewood, designed by architect Charles Waite, is on the National register of Historic Places, and has been showcased in Home & Garden Television's Christmas Castles. Each of the Mediterranean Revival-style villa's 20 rooms are decorated to portray a favorite holiday song. Fine linens, intricate tile, antique furnishings, sterling silver and crystal adorn the rooms. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 7. Admission costs $11 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-12. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408.

Cowboy Christmas Get your giddyap on at the In The Breeze Horseback Riding Ranch, celebrating the holidays with a Cowboy Light Spectacular Hayride. The ranch features horseback riding ($15 plus gratuity), pony rides ($2) and lots of baby animals, including goats, llamas and puppies. Dec. 22, 6 p.m.; Dec. 28, 6 p.m.; Dec. 29, 6 p.m. The hayride lasts a half hour and costs $4 per person or $15 for five tickets. In The Breeze Horseback Riding Ranch, 7514 Gardner Road, Tampa. 813-264-1919.

Cuban Club New Year's Party This fancy-dress-optional affair includes live entertainment, dancing, hors d'oeuvres in the Lobby, a gourmet dinner buffet in the Grand Ballroom and a midnight champagne toast. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Reservations required. Tickets cost $70, $120 per couple. Cuban Club, 2010 Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. 813-248-2954.

Four Headliners for New Year's Comedians Danny Bevins, Ken Evans, Mike McCarthy and Carl Faulkenberry perform at this annual party. The event includes a dinner buffet, champagne and party favors. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets cost $59 and reservations are required. Coconuts Comedy Club-St. Pete Beach, 6100 Gulf Blvd., Howard Johnson, St. Pete Beach. 727-360-5653.

Happy New Year! at Club 901 This New Year's Eve reggae party features The Fifth Element, Mr. Vibes Kalil, The Artificial Baby Sam and Master Redman. The show's promoter, Righteous, has dedicated the show to Purpleman, a fellow promoter, for having shown him the ropes. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Admission costs $10. Club 901, 901 Franklin St., Tampa.

The Masquerade New Year's Eve Bash This two-sided party features free wells, calls and drafts all night long, and a free champagne toast at midnight. DJ Fader hosts the hip-hop, reggae and r&b party; DJ Sloane hosts the progressive '80s and retro '90s party. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Advance tickets cost $25. Masquerade, 1503 Seventh Ave. E., Ybor City. 813-247-3319.

New Year's 2002 at Liquid Blue This South Beach-style club rings in the New Year with free hors d'oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast and a cash balloon drop. (Yes, balloons with cash inside. Get ready to scrap.) Scott Chase and John Steward of Star 95.7, regular hosts of the club's retro Saturdays party, host the affair on-air. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Call for reservations and cover. Liquid Blue, 22 N. Fort Harrison, Clearwater. 727-446-4000.

New Year's 2002 at Prana This decadent, VIP-style club offers a free sushi and shrimp bar, your first drink is free, as well as a champagne toast and cash balloon drop at midnight. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 advance, $30 night of. Prana, 1619 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. 813-241-4139.

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