The List

Festivals/Events
Bike Night Get your hog's motor running, head out on the highway and come over to Ybor City for bike night. You'll find live music, bike ogling and beer vendors at Centro Ybor and the parking lot of the El Pasaje building. Good times. Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. Centro Ybor, 16th St. and Eighth Ave., Ybor City. 813-242-4660.

Bring Your Own Wine Party *
The Wine Brats and the Tampa Museum's Avant Garde host a funky party with a live DJ, catered food and local artwork in Channelside. Bring the best wine you can find under $10, and enjoy the night. Tickets are $15 plus a bottle of wine. Buy tickets at http://tampa.winebrats.org. Thu., Dec. 19, 7:30-9 p.m. Art Gallery Warehouse, Channelside District, 210 South 12th St., Tampa.

Downtown Clearwater Farmer's Market
The Downtown Clearwater Farmer's Market operates from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through April 16. This year's emphasis is on green market vendors, fresh fish, cheese, flowers and bakery products. Station Square Park, the 600 block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater. 727-461-7674.

Full Moon Hayride
Flatwoods Adventures offers evening horseback rides, tractor-pulled hayrides, a barbeque and a bonfire for the whole family to enjoy this full moon. BYOB to Odessa and enjoy the beauty of a Florida ranch. One-hour hayride with dinner costs $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for children 3-12. Add a one hour horseback ride to the package for a total price of $48.75 (per horse). Reservations required. Call 813-926-1133 or 877-734-9453. Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; Dec. 21, 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Starkey Ranch, 12959 State Road 54, Starkey Ranch, Odessa.

Radio Disney Holiday Kids Karaoke
Kids perform holiday karaoke and receive giveaways from Radio Disney. Sat., Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Centro Ybor, 16th St. and Eighth Ave., Ybor City. 813-242-4660.

Ruskin Farmer's Market
The Ruskin Farmer's Market is held each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and check out the fresh farm produce and artisan products. The market is located on Shell Point Road just west of U.S. 41 at the corner of First Street Northwest.

Wine and Fresh Market
Try the vintages at Florida Estates Winery and sample the fresh produce, smoked seafood and other yummy delights at the Wine and Fresh Market. Live music, crafts and more. Call 813-996-2113 for more information. Sat., Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O' Lakes. 813-996-2113.

Ybor City Fresh Market *
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., this fresh market offers produce, flowers, baked goods and other assorted crafts and wares. Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 18th Street, Ybor City. 813-241-2442.AttractionsAdventure Island This waterpark's 30 acres of consumer-friendly, faux-tropical surroundings are quite tranquil. The slides wind, corkscrew and free fall. There's a waterfall, wave pool, children's water playground and other family amenities, such as picnic and sunbathing areas and a white-sand volleyball complex. Admission (all children must be accompanied by an adult) costs $29.90, $27.76 for kids. Parking costs $5. One-year passes cost an arm ($80.19); two-year passes cost an arm and a leg ($128.33). 4500 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. 813-987-5660. Hours vary.

Busch Gardens
This 300-acre African-themed park and zoo has one of the area's best collections of alligators and flamingos, along with a mock Serengeti plain stocked with giraffes. The must-do: Gwazi, a double wooden dueling roller coaster reaching combined speeds of 100 mph. BG's latest attraction, Rhino Rally, is a combination off-road safari and wild river ride aboard customized Land Rovers. Other attractions include the Kumba roller coaster, Myombe Reserve, Great Ape Domain, Tanganyika Tidal Wave, Koala exhibit and Clydesdale Hamlet. The mock-preserve Edge of Africa, featuring hyenas, giraffes and other jungle creatures, offers a guided Jeep tour (Serengeti Safari) for an additional $29.95 (all ages; $18 for pass holders), that allows guests to feed, observe and learn about the animals. Admission is $49.95 for adults; $40.95 for children ages 3-9; free for children 2 and under. Parking costs $7. Hours vary. 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa. 813-987-5082.

Cypress Gardens
This old-school Florida theme park keeps it real with ski shows, a birds of prey program and an authentic paddle wheel riverboat. New additions include the FloraDome, with seasonal horticultural displays, and the Wacky Water water park, with two-story slides, flume rides and pool playgrounds. Admission is $37.05 for adults; $21.15 for ages 6-17; and free for kids under 5. 2641 S. Lake Summit Drive, Winter Haven. 863-324-2111. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Duck Tours
Take a land and sea adventure in a genuine World War II amphibious personnel carrier. The tours last approximately an hour and 20 minutes, taking a scenic and watery route on a fully narrated 80-minute historic tour. The St. Petersburg tour starts at The Pier, 800 Second Ave. N.E. (727-432-DUCK). The Tampa tour starts at Newk's Cafe, 514 Channelside Drive (813-310-3825). Tickets cost $18.50 for adults, $16.50 for seniors and military and $9.95 for kids 3-12.

Florida Aquarium
This downtown Tampa attraction focuses on Florida marine life and habitats. See indigenous sea life displayed in more than 1-million gallons of fresh and saltwater, a coral reef display, limestone caverns, an underground aquifer, beaches and marshlands, hands-on shark and ray exhibits and more. Admission is $15 for adults. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-273-4000. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Florida Botanical Gardens
See what's in bloom at this cute, 182-acre park filled with native Florida plants and exotic tropicals, displayed in both natural and formal gardens. The park is also a natural habitat for Florida wildlife. The park's open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. 12175 125th St. N., Largo. 727-582-2200.

Lowry Park Zoo Permanent Exhibits.
Recognized today as one of the top three mid-size zoos in the country, Lowry Park Zoo currently features 41 acres of lush, natural habitats comprising five main exhibit areas: The Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center, Asian Domain, Primate World, and Children's Petting Zoo. The newest addition to the zoo is Wallaroo Station, a 4.5-acre Australian exhibit. Regular admission costs $9.50; $8.50 for seniors; $5.95 for kids 3-11. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. 813-935-8552. Wild Wonderland. The annual Wild Wonderland winter festival features real snow, a Zoo-wide Christmas lights display, Santa's Magic Castle and, of course, all the animals up past their usual bedtimes. Dec. 12-23, 6-9 p.m. Admission costs $8.50, $6.50 for kids 3-11.

The Pier
The Pier's inverted pyramid-shape building (hard to miss) is filled with a variety of shops, restaurants and fun stuff for the kids. There's live music at Captain Al's every first and third Thursday and every Friday and Saturday; plus live music at Cha Cha Coconuts every Friday through Sunday. The Pier Aquarium takes up the second floor, and Great Explorations Hands-On Museum is on the third. Cha Cha Coconuts tropical restaurant gets the prime top floor, complete with observation deck. Other restaurants include Captain Al's and The Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday -Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Attractions and restaurant hours vary. 800 Second Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg. 727-821-6164.

SS American Victory
The SS American Victory served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War as a cargo carrier, and is now open to the public for self-guided tours. Admission costs $6 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 and free for children under 5. Located adjacent to the Florida Aquarium, Tampa. 813-228-8766.

Sunken Gardens
This unique, 4-acre garden with meandering paths drops 15 feet below street level and combines lush tropical areas with flowing ponds and waterfalls. There's also a Butterfly Aviary, with 300 native butterflies, exotic flowering trees and fruit trees, and the Gardens offer frequent wildlife and gardening programs. Admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for kids. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. 1825 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-551-3100.

Weeki Wachee Springs
6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. 877-469-3354. Winter Wonderland. Weeki Wachee holds its first holiday program in more than 10 years. Trek up there for shows such as Tails of Christmas Mermaid, Holiday Horse Play and Magic of Illusions. Dec. 20-21, 6-10 p.m. Admission costs $7.95, $6.95 for kids 3-10.HolidayCandles, Carols & Canes The Tampa Bay Gay Men's Chorus performs its 15th anniversary holiday concert. Sat., Dec. 21, 8 p.m. $20. Friday Morning Musicale, 809 Horatio St., Tampa. 813-251-1990.

Century Opera Singers Christmas Carolling
Stay after the Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade to hear selections from The Woggle Bug as well as joining in with the Century Opera singers for some carolling. Free and open to the public. Sat., Dec. 21. Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Spring Bayou, Craig Park, Tarpon Springs.

A Christmas Canoli: Or a Tale of Two Families *
Yellow Snow Productions puts on its humorous adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It's what happens when you cross Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim with The Godfather and The Sopranos. Dec. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Dec. 26-27, 8 p.m.; Dec. 28, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tickets cost $7-$10. Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E. Sixth Ave., Ybor City. 813-300-3585.

A Christmas Story *
American Stage celebrates the holiday season with its Theatre For Families production of A Christmas Story, based on the writings of American humorist Jean Shepherd. Dec. 13-22. Tickets cost $15, $7 for kids 12 and younger. American Stage, 211 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-823-7529.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Ornament Sale
Hyde Park Cafe, decorated with a 20-foot Christmas tree, sells white, personalized ornaments that anyone can come buy and hang on the tree. Each ornament costs a minimum donation of $5 to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Dec. 12-21, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Hyde Park Cafe, 1806 Platt W., Tampa. 813-254-2233.

Holiday Film Series: A Christmas Carol
Watch the 1938 film version of A Christmas Carol, starring Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart. It's one of the best adaptations of the Dickens classic. Sun., Dec. 22, 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. 813-274-8981.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
The big mouse throws a holiday party like nobody's business. Actually, it is the business of Walt Disney Co. (nyse: DIS). Make Disney's chairman and chief executive officer Michael Eisner some more money and enjoy a Christmas parade, fireworks and snow falling on Main Street, U.S.A., all the while sipping hot cocoa and eating Christmas cookies. The party takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight. Dec. 19; Dec. 20. Tickets cost $33.95-$38.95. Disney's Magic Kingdom, 1000 Buena Vista Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. 407-934-7639.

Now Snowing
Channelside has brought in a snow blower to flurry flakes all over the courtyard while The Dickens Carolers sing holiday tunes. Dec. 12-31, 6-9 p.m. Channelside, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-223-4250.

Nutcracker
The Largo Cultural Center's Children's Series presents a lively musical version of The Nutcracker Suite. Sat., Dec. 21, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Tickets cost $6.50. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6793.

Nutcracker on Ice *
Visions of sugar plums glide across the ice as the Florida Orchestra, together with the Russian State Ice Ballet, mounts a magical performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Dec. 21, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Tickets are $20-$38, and half-price for ages 12 and under. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. 813-286-2403 or 800-662-7286.

Radio Disney Holiday Kids Karaoke
Kids perform holiday karaoke and receive giveaways from Radio Disney. Sat., Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Centro Ybor, 16th St. and Eighth Ave., Ybor City. 813-242-4660.

Santa Kids can come sit on Santa's lap, get their pictures taken and tell Saint Nick what they want for Christmas. And on Mondays, Santa habla espanol. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24. Photos with Santa cost $10.99 and up. (Same rate for English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Santa). International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa. 813-342-3780.

Victorian Christmas Stroll *
Experience the Tampa Bay Hotel as it was during the holidays of the 1900s. Every room is lavishly decorated with trees, greenery, toys and ornaments. Soloists and ensembles perform seasonal music nightly. Dec. 12-23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission costs $8, $3 for kids 12 and younger. The Henry B. Plant Museum, University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.

Wild Wonderland *
The annual Wild Wonderland winter festival features real snow, a Zoo-wide Christmas lights display, Santa's Magic Castle and, of course, all the animals up past their usual bedtimes. Dec. 12-23, 6-9 p.m. Admission costs $8.50, $6.50 for kids 3-11. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. 813-935-8552.

Winter Wonderland
Weeki Wachee holds its first holiday program in more than 10 years. Trek up there for shows such as Tails of Christmas Mermaid, Holiday Horse Play and Magic of Illusions. Dec. 20-21, 6-10 p.m. Admission costs $7.95, $6.95 for kids 3-10. Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. 877-469-3354.Benefits & FundraisersBackpack Project The Backpack Project needs backpacks. Donate your old college text transporter. It's a good cause. The backpacks are to be filled with warm clothes and distributed to the homeless in downtown Tampa on Dec. 23. Dec. 12-20, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. A-Ability Medical Equipment, 4010 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. 813-620-4475.

Benefit Exhibit for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
Three Bay area photographers show their work. Keni Lee of Seminole exhibits Photographic Artistry for the Soul. Bill and Irene Krammer exhibit a potpourri of images. Dec. 13-28. The Packinghouse Gallery, 10900 Oakhurst Road, Largo. 727-596-7822.

Hospice Gift Wrap
The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast volunteers wrap gifts and collect donations. Dec. 13-24. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-586-4432.

RCS Food Pantry
The Religious Community Services Food Pantry, which gives groceries to more than 3,000 people each month, is always in need of donations. To offer food or monetary gifts, contact RCS at 727-443-4031. Mon.-Sun.

Use Less Stuff Day
Sprint and Easter Seals of Tampa Bay have teamed up to celebrate national Use Less Stuff Day. Sprint encourages residents to recycle their old cell phones to benefit the local Easter Seals organization and folks living with disabilities. You can drop off phones at any Sprint store. Dec. 13-24. 954-839-3639.ChildrenChildren and Divorce Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida team up to teach parents how to ease stress and the effects of divorce on children. Weekly, four-hour courses take place at the USF-Tampa campus, and the HCC-Dale Mabry and Brandon campuses. The course costs $35. Call 813-253-7981 to register.

Mentoring Programs
Gulf Coast Community Care is in dire need of volunteers to spend 2-4 hours a week with a child as a "special friend" or "adopted grandma/grandpa." Volunteers serve as mentors and role models, and provide the children with someone to talk to and share quality time with. Call 727-538-7460, ext. 3019, 3013, 3192 or 3031.

PALS Volunteers Prevention, Advocacy, Leadership and Service (PALS) of the Child Abuse Council, a group of young professional adults who provide financial and volunteer support for CAC's programs, seeks volunteers to help prevent the ever-growing problem of child abuse. Call 813-673-4646, ext. 223.

Parent Aide Volunteers
Help A Child Inc. seeks volunteers willing to share their life skills with a parent. Provide friendship and emotional support, information on discipline techniques, stress reduction, nutrition, budgeting and more. Contact Patricia Measel at 727-544-3900, ext. 170.

Part-Time Grandmas and Grandpas
Are you 50-plus years old with two or four hours to spare each week? Make a difference in a child's life by volunteering for Gulf Coast Community Care's Adopt-A-Grandchild program. Ages range from infant to 16 years. Call 727-538-7460, ext. 3013 or 3192 for more details.Health & FitnessArthritis Aquatic Program The Arthritis Foundation and Water Wellness team up to offer gentle pool activities designed to help relieve pain and stiffness. Swimming skills are not necessary, and classes take place at Water Wellness, 429 Loch Devon Drive, Lutz. For times, fees and registration, call 813-948-3080. Mon.-Sun.

Day Hike
The Florida Trail Association leads a day hike in the hilly Croom section of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Hikers are asked to meet in the parking lot of the McDonalds located on Route 50 just east of I-75 in Brooksville. Bring lunch, water and any other items you may require. For more info, call the hike leader: 813-935-6260. Thu., Dec. 19.

Guided Hike
Tour one of Florida's few remaining natural areas. Brooker Creek Preserve's 8,000 acres are home to bobcat, foxes, deer, and a variety of endangered plants and animal species. The hike is free and takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday. Reservations required. Brooker Creek Preserve, Lora Lane, Tarpon Springs. 727-943-4003.

Hash House Harriers
This outdoor social group meets at various locales throughout the Bay area, has a few beers, then sets off on a walk/jog of 2 or 3 miles. The route is set by a hare, a volunteer frontrunner who leaves a trail of clues, drinking mandates and adult jokes. For more info on the group's bi-weekly events, email [email protected] or 813-244-4795.

Medical Equipment Donations
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic's newly opened Medical Equipment Closet seeks donations of new and used wheelchairs and shower seats for needy individuals. Items of all sizes are needed. Donations can be brought to 863 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-821-1200, ext. 600. Mon.-Sun.

Registration Opens for St. Anthony's Triathlon
Anyone interested in competing in the 20th St. Anthony's Triathlon ought not waste any time registering. The race sold out last year in a record 32 days. The elite competition is one of the premier multi-sport events in the country and the number of racers is capped at 2,000. Registration opens Dec. 1. Visit www.satriathlon.com or call 727-825-1271 to request an entry form. Daily.

Say No to Drugs
Race The 14th annual Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic includes 5K, 10K and 1-mile races. All participants get a color T-shirt and giveaway bag. Sat., Dec. 21, 8 a.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. 727-562-4800.

SWAMP Rides *
SWAMP (South West Association of Mountain Bike Pedalers) offers guided weekly rides at a number of area trails. Riders need bring their mountain bike, helmet, adequate water (two liters) and meet at 9 a.m. at the designated ride spots. For a complete schedule of rides, trail maps and directions to trails, visit: www.swampclub.org. 813-689-5109.

Ultimate Frisbee
Bay area ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts are looking to start a league, if they can attract enough players. For now, there are pickup games Wednesday nights on both sides of the bay: from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Coquina Key Park in St. Petersburg; and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the USF Intramural Fields. For more info, visit: http://www.bayareaultimate.com. 813-390-1690.Lectures & SeminarsAsher Dance Eclectic Asher Dance Eclectic is a dance company that integrates dancers in wheelchairs possessed of upper-body mobility with able-bodied dancers. Wheelchair ballet technique classes are offered weekly. Performances typically incorporate jazz and modern choreography. M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa, 4004 Santiago St., Tampa. 813-786-6291.

Business Workshops
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) of Hillsborough County offers Going Into Business Workshops every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the year. Topics include initial considerations to starting a business, financial management, marketing and business plan outlines. Times vary; workshops cost $20. SCORE is located at 7402 N. 56th St., Bldg. 300, Suite 350, Tampa. Call 813-988-1435 or visit www.tampascore.org.

Centre For Women Workshops
The Centre For Women offers workshops on everything from anger management to interview preparation to getting your G.E.D., in addition to support groups. Class sizes are limited, reservations are required and fees are usually $10 or less. Classes are also available for young girls. The Centre's at 305 S. Hyde Park Ave., Tampa. Call 813-251-8437 or visit www.centreforwomen.com.

Film Screening
The museum screens two dark holiday films. Franz Kafka: It's a Wonderful Life is an award-winning black comedy about the famous author suffering writer's block on Christmas Eve. Blackadder's Christmas Carol is part of the irreverent British series starring Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean). Thu., Dec. 19, 6 p.m. Free with museum admission. Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

Life Drawing Classes
Take part in these monthly self-directed sessions featuring a life model. Bring your own materials. Thu., Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m. $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-274-8130.

New Suicide Prevention Booklet
A new booklet put out by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance dispels the myth that talking about suicide is harmful. The booklet aims to help people struggling with suicidal thoughts and provides advice for families and friends who want to help depressed loved ones. For more info, call 800-826-3632.

Sierra Club of Florida
A national organization devoted to exploring, enjoying and protecting America's wildlife and wilderness areas. The Bay area's chapter headquarters are located at 475 Central Ave. Suite M-1., St. Petersburg. Daily. 727-824-8813.Readings & SigningsHaslam's Sandy Freedman. Former Tampa mayor Sandy Freedman signs copies of her cookbook, Specialties of the House: Recipes for People on the Go. Sat., Dec. 21, 1-3 p.m. 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-822-8616.SeniorsPower Wheelchairs Available The Three Wishes Program makes power wheelchairs available to senior and the permanently disabled at no cost to the recipient. For more info, call 800-451-0971.

Senior Volunteers Needed
Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay has positions available throughout Hillsborough for volunteers to serve at-risk and special-needs children in schools or frail elderly folks in their homes. Seniors over 60 who volunteer 20 hours per week receive a tax-free stipend of $53 per week. For more info, call 813-932-5228.Sports & RecreationTampa Bay Buccaneers The Bucs take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at 9 p.m. The game's televised on ABC, but by all means, try your luck with the scalpers. Mon., Dec. 23. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. 813-289-6811.

Tampa Bay Lightning I
The Bolts take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thu., Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8-$130. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-223-1000.

Tampa Bay Lightning II
The Nashville Predators try their luck against the Lightning. Sat., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8-$130. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-223-1000.Support GroupsACS Support The American Cancer Society offers ongoing support groups for victims of lung, breast, prostate and other forms of cancer, along with a general support group, at locations around Tampa Bay. For times and locations, call 813-254-3630 or visit www.cancer.org.

Breast Cancer Support Group
H. Lee Moffitt hosts FACTors (Fighting Against Cancer Together), a nonprofit breast cancer support group, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Saturday of each month in the Moffitt Research Center Auditorium. The group's open to patients, family, friends, caregivers, women at risk and others. A bimonthly newsletter and meeting flyer are available upon request. Moffitt's located on the USF-Tampa campus, at 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa. Call 813-903-4613.

Centre For Women Workshops
The Centre For Women offers workshops on everything from anger management to interview preparation to getting your G.E.D., in addition to support groups. Class sizes are limited, reservations are required and fees are usually $10 or less. Classes are also available for young girls. The Centre's at 305 S. Hyde Park Ave., Tampa. Call 813-251-8437 or visit www.centreforwomen.com.

Children and Divorce
Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida team up to teach parents how to ease stress and the effects of divorce on children. Weekly, four-hour courses take place at the USF-Tampa campus, and the HCC-Dale Mabry and Brandon campuses. The course costs $35. Call 813-253-7981 to register.

Depression and Bipolar Support
The Tampa Bay Depressive and Manic Depressive Association offers free, weekly support meetings for anyone affected by mood disorders. The 90-minute meetings take place at various times and location. Call TBDMDA at 813-878-2906 or visit www.tbdmda.org.

Epilepsy Support Groups
Suncoast Epilepsy Association Inc. offers support groups each month at its St. Petersburg and Dunedin offices. Call 727-546-2856 for times and locations.

Food Addicts Anonymous
This 12-step fellowship program emphasizes physical recovery from food addiction. Program members help each other follow a food plan that abstains from all forms of sugar, flour, wheat and other high-carb/high-fat foods. Membership is free, and meetings are held at 7 p.m. every Monday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 13335 Case Road, Tampa. For more information, call Jackie at 813-960-4844.

Gamblers Anonymous
Compulsive gamblers and their families can get the understanding and support they need at regular weekly meetings throughout Tampa Bay, including Bradenton, Tampa, Brandon, Holiday and St. Petersburg. Meeting times and locations vary in each city. For more information, call 800-579-5253.

Incest Victims Support Group
Designed for women, this support group meets at noon the first and third Saturday of each month in the P.O.B. Building at St. Anthony's Hospital, Fifth Floor, 1201 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-526-4240.

Overeaters Anonymous
This 12-step fellowship program welcomes anyone who thinks they may have a food problem (overeating, purging, excessive exercising, etc.) to free, open meetings at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday. The meetings focus on the steps necessary to recovery, and are held at 209 S. Tampania Ave., Tampa. For more information of a complete listing of OA meetings, call 813-254-4190.

Rape Counseling
Family Service Centers provides free counseling to survivors of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and to all rape survivors and their family and friends. All services are confidential and available to anyone in Pinellas County. FSC is located at 2188 58th St. N., Clearwater. Call 727-535-9811 for times.

RCS Food Pantry Toy Give-away
The RCS Food Pantry is accepting new, unwrapped toys for families seeking help during the holidays. Dec. 19, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. RCS Food Pantry, 700 Druid Road, Clearwater. 727-443-4031.

Recovering Couples Anonymous
Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA), a 12-step program dedicated to relationship renewal, helps couples identify problems in their relationship and provides tools to resolve the issues. The group meets at the Grace Lutheran Church School Annex every Wednesday evening at 8:00, 4301 16th St. N., St. Petersburg. Meetings are free but small donations are suggested at each meeting. Call 727-898-9653.

TAN Services
Each month, Tampa AIDS Network offers free, anonymous HIV testing, informative AIDS education courses and orientation programs for new volunteers. For times, dates and information on other TAN programs and events, call 813-914-8888.Volunteers/Public LifeAnimal Shelter Volunteers The Pinellas County Department of Animal Services seeks volunteers to fill kennel, clerical, hospital and reception assistant positions. Hours are available Monday through Saturday, and volunteers must be 18 years or older. Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call 727-582-2645.

Be a Parent Aide
Help a Child Inc. seeks individuals willing to visit a family once a week to provide emotional support, teach better parenting skills, and help families avoid patterns of neglect and abuse. Volunteers will be matched with a family after completing a 12 to 15-hour training course. For more information, call 727-544-3900 or e-mail [email protected].

Bookstore Volunteers
Friends of the Library Hillsborough seek volunteers for their bookstore, Grover's Corners. Volunteers are needed for mornings, evenings and weekends; you choose the days and hours. Grover's Corners is located at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Drive, downtown Tampa. For more information, Call 813-273-3616.

Community Boxing Club & Gym Volunteer Programs
Home of the Blazing Gloves, the Community Boxing Club & Gym seeks volunteers and members of the community to enable its four programs: restoration of The Sicilian Building, promoting health in the community, tutoring kids after-school and writing letters to inmates. Community Boxing Club & Gym, 2001 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-258-2792.

CPRD Volunteers
The Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department seeks volunteers of all ages to help with various activities, duties and events. Orientation/recruitment classes are held at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Call 727-562-4803.

Crisis Volunteers
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay seeks volunteers to provide counseling and community referrals via its 24-hour hotline, as well as volunteers to provide counseling to victims of sexual assault. Training is provided. Call 813-964-1965. ext. 3043.

Family and Community Education
Share your expert knowledge of your profession or trade with adults enrolled in the Hillsborough County Extension Service's educational programs. For more information, call 813-744-5519.

Hands on Tampa Bay Volunteers Needed
Hands on Tampa Bay seeks volunteers. Attend a one-time orientation and receive a monthly calendar of volunteer opportunities with such organizations as Meals on Wheels, Metropolitan Ministries and the Humane Society. Call 813-274-2010.

Hospice Volunteers I
The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast has many upcoming orientation classes for volunteers in all fields. Help is needed with patient and family support, reception, filing, working with computers, office support and more, especially at the organization's central service center in Largo. For orientation dates, times and locations, call 727-586-4432.

Hospice Volunteers II
LifePath Hospice needs volunteers to provide companionship to Hospice patients and their families throughout Hillsborough County. Volunteers work within their own community and no medical experience is necessary. Call 813-261-7398 for upcoming training session and location information.

Manatee Watch Volunteers Needed
Tampa BayWatch is recruiting volunteers to assist with the Tampa Bay Manatee Watch program. Volunteers distribute free boater kits at area boat ramps, marinas and festivals, assist in manatee research and pilot or crew the program's specially designed pontoon boat. Call for more info. 727-896-5320.

Meals on Heels
Volunteers and the crossdressing waitstaff of Cafe Karma deliver free food Monday through Friday to more than 100 members of the community who are in need, either due to financial constraints or ill health. Deliveries are made between 3 and 5 p.m. Call for volunteer info. Cafe Karma, 105 W. MLK Jr. Blvd., Tampa. 813-237-8883.

Meals on Wheels
Neighborly Senior Services seeks people willing to spare an hour and a half to deliver noontime meals to homebound seniors in Pinellas county through Meals on Wheels. Daily, weekly or occasional help is needed and appreciated. For route information, call Pat Hofstadter at 727-573-9444, ext. 291.

Mentoring Programs
Gulf Coast Community Care is in dire need of volunteers to spend 2-4 hours a week with a child as a "special friend" or "adopted grandma/grandpa." Volunteers serve as mentors and role models, and provide the children with someone to talk to and share quality time with. Call 727-538-7460, ext. 3019, 3013, 3192 or 3031.

Orphaned Pets
The Humane Society of North Pinellas currently has almost 200 pets in foster homes and desperately needs more volunteers. Those willing are provided with all necessary supplies to care for the animal, and certification classes are available to get you going. Call 727-797-7722.

PALS Volunteers
Prevention, Advocacy, Leadership and Service (PALS) of the Child Abuse Council, a group of young professional adults who provide financial and volunteer support for CAC's programs, seeks volunteers to help prevent the ever-growing problem of child abuse. Call 813-673-4646, ext. 223.

Parent Aide Volunteers
Help A Child Inc. seeks volunteers willing to share their life skills with a parent. Provide friendship and emotional support, information on discipline techniques, stress reduction, nutrition, budgeting and more. Contact Patricia Measel at 727-544-3900, ext. 170.

Part-Time Grandmas and Grandpas
Are you 50-plus years old with two or four hours to spare each week? Make a difference in a child's life by volunteering for Gulf Coast Community Care's Adopt-A-Grandchild program. Ages range from infant to 16 years. Call 727-538-7460, ext. 3013 or 3192 for more details.

Pinellas Habitat for Humanity
PHH uses gifts of land from cities, churches and corporations to provide affordable homes for the financially disadvantaged. Volunteer workers build homes in Clearwater and St. Petersburg every Wednesday and Saturday. To donate land or lend a hand, call 727-536-4755.

Rape Crisis Counseling
Family Services Centers' Rape Crisis Program seeks volunteer counselors who can commit to two on-call shifts per month, during overnight, weekend and holiday hours. Commitment and follow through are key requirements, and training and pagers are provided. The center's at 2960 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. Call 727-535-9811.

RCS Food Pantry
Toy Give-away The RCS Food Pantry is accepting new, unwrapped toys for families seeking help during the holidays. Dec. 19, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. RCS Food Pantry, 700 Druid Road, Clearwater. 727-443-4031.

Red Cross Volunteers Needed
The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers for its transportation services and hospital volunteer programs in Tampa. For more info, call 813-251-0921.

Senior Volunteers Needed
Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay has positions available throughout Hillsborough for volunteers to serve at-risk and special-needs children in schools or frail elderly folks in their homes. Seniors over 60 who volunteer 20 hours per week receive a tax-free stipend of $53 per week. For more info, call 813-932-5228.

Tampa Bay Harvest
The Harvest needs volunteers to help distribute Pinellas and Hillsborough counties' food overages to local charities. Volunteers donate a few hours each month transporting food, coordinating donor relationships or retrieving voice mail messages. Call 727-538-7777, ext. 1.

Thrift Shop Volunteers
The Hospice of Florida Suncoast seeks volunteers for a variety of positions at its Tarpon Springs Thrift Shop. Help is most urgently needed on Saturday, and positions include cashiers, sorters, pricers, display designers and office support. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., and the shop's at 780 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call 727-586-4432.

Thrift Store Volunteers/Donations
Volunteer workers and donations are needed at Life's Treasures, LifePath Hospice's thrift store, which benefits patients and families of LifePath Hospice. The store is located in Carriage Trade Plaza, 1918 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa. Call 813-259-1028.

Tutors Needed
The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg, an organization devoted to teaching literacy to a largely adult population that has eluded the traditional system of learning, seeks volunteer tutors. To learn more, call 727-525-0444.

UPARC Volunteers
The Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens recruits volunteers to assist on field trips, cook, play games or read newspapers. Staff members are on site to assist volunteers. For more information, call 727-799-3330. Mon.-Sun.

Volunteer Drivers
Meals on Wheels of Tampa seeks volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly and homebound for one or two hours per month. Call 813-238-8410.

Volunteer Speaker's Bureau
Pinellas County Volunteers Services is seeking individuals to make presentations on topics they're familiar with, that may also be of interest to Pinellas residents. To join the Volunteer Speaker's Bureau, call 727-464-3945.Classical MusicArts Choral Concert The Pinellas County Center for the Arts holds a choral concert featuring the PCCA Women's Chorale, Men's and Women's ensembles, Jazz ensembles and combined choirs. Thu., Dec. 19, 3 p.m. $5. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Candles, Carols & Canes
The Tampa Bay Gay Men's Chorus performs its 15th anniversary holiday concert. Sat., Dec. 21, 8 p.m. $20. Friday Morning Musicale, 809 Horatio St., Tampa. 813-251-1990.

Century Opera Singers Christmas Carolling
Stay after the Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade to hear selections from The Woggle Bug as well as joining in with the Century Opera singers for some carolling. Free and open to the public. Sat., Dec. 21. Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Spring Bayou, Craig Park, Tarpon Springs.

Classical Christmas
The Renaissance Project presents this holiday production featuring Russian-born ballet duo Elena Martinson and Andrey Ustinov accompanied by pianist Christine Hartley and soprano Susanne Epple. Sun., Dec. 22, 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10-$25. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

De Luna Celtic harpist
De Luna performs a concert of early music, world/folk/ethnic and original compositions. Sun., Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa. 813-792-1622.

John and Mary K. Wilson
The Wilsons, John and Mary K., celebrate the holidays with one of their lively concerts of seasonal music. Sat., Dec. 21, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $8 for groups of 10 or more. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6793.

Tis the Season *
Guest conductor Crafton Beck leads The Florida Orchestra in a holiday concert for the whole family. The program includes such favorites as "The Night Before Christmas," "Joy to World" and "Deck the Halls." Thu., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$42. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.ComedyBrewmaster's Steak House * G. David Howard. Howard set the Guinness World Record for telling consecutive, non-repeating jokes in 1979, wisecracking for more than 13 hours straight. So you know the guy's got a lot of material. He performs at 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Cover varies. 401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach. 727-595-2900.

Clearwater Cinema Cafe
The Charming Hooligans. This improv and sketch troupe began as Beat The Dead Horse, the first such troupe in the Bay area. And while the lineup has changed over the years, the group's core of Marty, Chris and Darryl remains funny to the, uh, core. They perform at midnight every Friday. $5. 24095 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. 727-797-9808.

Improv Comedy Theater *
Orny Adams. Adams has appeared on The Late Show and performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, as well as written the monologue for The Tonight Show. Dec. 19, 8 p.m.; Dec. 20-21, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Dec. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14-$18. 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Centro Ybor, Ybor City. 813-864-4000.

The Lobby The Unprofessionals.
This improv troupe solicits ideas, genres, emotions, etc. from the audience and crafts scenes with solid comedic punch. The Unprofessionals include: Virginia Adams, Wayne Berman, Harry Chittenden, Tracy Parker and Paul Soleo. They perform at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday at the Lobby, the upstairs lounge of The Garden restaurant. Cover costs $5. 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-896-3800.

Side Splitters * Daniel Tosh.
Tosh has made two appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman this year and is the co-host of The Rank Unwrapped Christmas Movie Special, on E! this month. Tue.-Thur., Sun., 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 20-21, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22. Tickets cost $5-$14. 12938 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. 813-960-1197.

Wacky Weaver's Joanna Kerns.
Dec. 20, 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. $10. 779 W. Lumsden Road (located inside the Brandon Brew House), Brandon. 813-661-5527.DanceNutcracker on Ice * Visions of sugar plums glide across the ice as the Florida Orchestra, together with the Russian State Ice Ballet, mounts a magical performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Dec. 21, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Tickets are $20-$38, and half-price for ages 12 and under. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. 813-286-2403 or 800-662-7286.MuseumsAfrican Art Gallery & Museum African Art. The museum houses 4,400 square feet of modern and ancient art: masks, statues, paintings and collectibles. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students. 1711 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-258-0223.

Florida Holocaust Museum Europe Through Our Eyes.
The Jewish museums of London, Frankfurt and Vienna have created this touring exhibit of art, artifacts, holograms, and photographs pertaining to the culture and heritage during Europe's most challenging historical times. Dec. 13-May 19. 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-820-0100.

Florida International Museum Cuban Missile Crisis.
This 10,000-square-foot exhibit highlights the tense events of October 1962. Visitors see and feel just how close we came to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The exhibit is a permanent installation in the museum. The Mystique of the Motorcycle. This 12,000-foot exhibit features motorcycles from the last 100 years. It explores the motorcycle's use as a means of transportation, wartime vehicle and expression of lifestyle. Dec. 18-April 27, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission costs $12, $11 for college students and seniors, $6 for students. 100 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-822-3693.

Gulf Coast Museum of Art Celeste Roberge: Sitting Room.
Florida sculptor Celeste Roberge creates a new installation at the museum. The piece is on display through Jan. 26. Jeff Whipple: A 25 Year Retrospective. Jeff Whipple, one of Florida's most accomplished artists, exhibits works highlighting his professional career. Dec. 13-Jan. 12. Permanent Collection Exhibits. The GCMA is committed to collecting contemporary Florida art dating from 1960. Six permanent-collection galleries showcase the works year round. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. 727-518-6833.

The Henry B. Plant Museum Upstairs/Downstairs.
Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring to life the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and lifestyles of America's Gilded Age. The characters, based on original research conducted by the museum, range from a hunting and fishing guide to a laundress, each presenting a unique perspective. The four characters rotate, with one performance at 2 p.m. every Sunday through May 25. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Victorian Christmas Stroll. Experience the Tampa Bay Hotel as it was during the holidays of the 1900s. Every room is lavishly decorated with trees, greenery, toys and ornaments. Soloists and ensembles perform seasonal music nightly. Dec. 12-23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission costs $8, $3 for kids 12 and younger. University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.

Kid City Tiny Town.
This hands-on indoor/outdoor facility is geared to kids and their families. The 12 child-size buildings (air conditioned, of course) include a bank, grocery store, city hall and fire station. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $4. 7550 N. Boulevard, Tampa. 813-935-8441.

Kid's Firehouse Museum Antique Firetrucks.
The museum has 12 antique firetrucks and lots of memorabilia on display, as well as a playground facility. Kids can learn fire safety tips, watch a safety video and get some free memorabilia. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. Friday. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., Largo. 727-585-1300.

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Collections.
The museum is named for Abraham Rattner (1893-1978), a figurative expressionist whose paintings are in museum collections around the world, and stepson Allen Leepa (b. 1919). It's home to Rattner's work and works by his contemporaries. The museum's summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission costs $5, $4 for senior, and free to children and students. St. Petersburg College-Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Road, Palm Harbor. 727-712-5762.

Museum of Fine Arts *
Little Luxuries: Baby Rattles and Teethers from the 18th to 20th Century. This exhibit of baby rattles and teethers totals 125 objects, spans 300 years and comes from the collection of longtime MFA friend Marcia Hersey. Dec. 13-April 27. Red Grooms: Selections From the Graphic Work. An engaging print artist, Grooms exhibits 130 prints, including a number of large-scale works. Influenced and inspired by comics and pop culture, Grooms also pays tribute in his work to such artists as VanGogh, Matisse and Pollock. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5. Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors. 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. 727-896-2667.

Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) *
Dinosaurs, Butterflies, IMAX and More. MOSI, a not-for-profit educational institution, is the largest science center in the Southeastern United States. Museum highlights include two replica diplodocus dinosaur skeletons; BioWorks Butterfly Garden, an engineered ecosystem that emulates natural wetlands; the Back Woods, 40 acres of special water conservation elements and outdoor exhibits; and the IMAX Dome Theatre, which features an 82-foot hemispherical movie screen. Mon.-Thur., Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-987-6300.

Pioneer Florida Museum Tools, tools, tools.
Life doesn't seem so hard after visiting this museum, which depicts how the pioneering folk of Florida's past lived. On display are tools of the cracker-era, a turn-of-the-century Porter Steam Engine, a two-story farmhouse from the 1860s and an 1878 Methodist church. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission costs $5 for adults. Dec. 12-31, 12 p.m. 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262.

Polk Museum of Art
800 East PAlmetto St., Lakeland. 863-688-7743.

Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History Cool Old Stuff.
The museum's exhibits show the history of Safety Harbor and the surrounding Tampa Bay area from prehistoric to modern times. Descriptive dioramas and displays of fossils, projectile points, shell tools, beads and pottery tell the story of Florida's first people and the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission costs $2, $1 for kids. 329 Bayshore Blvd. S., Safety Harbor. 727-726-1668.

Salvador Dali Museum *
Dali Objects/Dali Fetishes. A pair of rarely displayed Dali-illustrated books and an important group of the artist's objects from the 1930s make up this exhibit. The books contain illustrations for the erotic Poems Secretes (1967) by Guillaume Apollinaire, and the fantastical and morbid Roi je t'Attends a Babylone 1973) by Andre Malraux. The objects include "The Surrealist Shoe" (1973), "The Aphrodisiac Dinner Jacket" (1970) and "The Venus de Milo with Drawers" (1970). Dec. 13-Jan. 19. Film Screening. The museum screens two dark holiday films. Franz Kafka: It's a Wonderful Life is an award-winning black comedy about the famous author suffering writer's block on Christmas Eve. Blackadder's Christmas Carol is part of the irreverent British series starring Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean). Thu., Dec. 19, 6 p.m. Free with museum admission. Permanent Collection. The museum's collection, the world's most comprehensive of Salvador Dali's work, provides an excellent overview of Dalí's major themes and symbols. Characterized by diversity, his oil paintings range from the impressionist and cubist styles of his early period to his later, more famous surrealist canvases. Daily. 1000 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

The Science Center of Pinellas County
More Than a Planetarium. The Science Center sits on seven acres and includes the Laser Odyssey Theater, a 30-seat planetarium, numerous exhibits (including Discoveries by African-American Scientists and Inventors), the Carol Samuels Observatory with a powerful Meade 16-inch telescope, 12 classrooms/labs, a Xeriscape Learning Center garden and a Wetlands outdoor area. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and admission is free. 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-384-0027.

St. Petersburg Museum of History Permanent Exhibits.
On permanent display is the Walk through Time and Try History on For Size galleries, where visitors can see themselves in vintage costumes through mirrors creating the illusion of wearing period clothing. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for ages 7-17, and free for kids 6 and under. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 335 Second Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg. 727-894-1052.

Tampa Bay History Center Hillsborough History. The center houses a collection of artifacts, books, maps and more on Tampa Bay history. Guests can learn about the Bay area's natural environment, Seminole Indians, European exploration, the cracker cattle trade and military history. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Tampa Convention Center Annex, 225 S. Franklin St., Tampa. 813-228-0097.

Tampa Gallery of Photographic Arts Clyde Butcher Retrospective. TGPA exhibits this, the first retrospective of Clyde Butcher's work. For more than 35 years he's been preserving untouched areas of Florida landscape on film. The show opens Nov. 2. The same day, he gives a workshop on photographic technique ($25) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13-Jan. 5. Old Hyde Park Village, 746 S. Village Circle, Tampa. 813-251-1800.

Tampa Museum of Art * I See the Rhythm. This exhibit of paintings by Michele Wood is a tour of African-American musical history, beginning with African tribal drums and ending with the hip-hop of today. It's comprised of 15 paintings, a quilt, a doll symbolizing the artist, five costumes and a looped video of live performances. Dec. 13-Feb. 2. Life Drawing Classes. Take part in these monthly self-directed sessions featuring a life model. Bring your own materials. Thu., Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m. $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers. Photography's Multiple Roles. An ambitious panorama of images, Photography's Multiple Roles captures the medium's breadth, totaling 170 photos, objects and installations by some of the most talented artists, practitioners and technicians of the 20th century. Dec. 13-Jan. 5. 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-274-8130.

Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum Century Opera Singers Christmas Carolling. Stay after the Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade to hear selections from The Woggle Bug as well as joining in with the Century Opera singers for some carolling. Free and open to the public. Sat., Dec. 21. 100 Beekman Lane, Spring Bayou, Craig Park, Tarpon Springs.

USF Contemporary Art Museum The Field's Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens. A multimedia exhibit, The Field's Edge explores the relationship between contemporary art and colonial ethnography (the branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures). Most notably, the exhibit tackles the legacy of colonial ethnography on readings of contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora. Included are works by nine artists of African and Caribbean heritage. Dec. 13-21. Permanent Collection. USF CAM maintains the university's art collection, comprising more than 3,600 art works. There are holdings by internationally acclaimed artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist, who have worked at USF's Graphicstudio. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Cam 101, Tampa. 813-974-4133.

Veterans Memorial Museum and Park Walk Through Time. This tribute to America's fighting men and women offers a walk through military history, starting in the 1500s and going through Desert Storm. Permanent exhibits include Florida Soldiers Walk Through Time: 1590s-1990s, featuring Florida soldiers and American history from the 1590s through Desert Storm, and a Spanish-American War exhibit. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Park hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission's free, but donations are accepted. 3602 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. 813-744-5502.

Ybor City State Museum Casita y Mas. This small museum anticipates major renovations in the next few years. For now, its main attractions are old photographs of Ybor City and its early inhabitants, the cigar factory workers. There's also a restored casita, one of many once known as canones (cannons) or shotgun houses because of their long, narrow frames. They rented for about $2 per week and sold from anywhere between $400 and $900. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Growing Up in Ybor. Using vintage toys, games and photos of kids at various pastimes, Growing Up in Ybor shows what childhood in early Ybor City was like. Photos in the exhibit show child labor, public classrooms, sandlot baseball teams and teenage social clubs. Dec. 13-Jan. 11. 1818 Ninth Ave., Ybor City. 813-247-6323.Spoken WordBeaux Arts Gallery and Folk Coffeehouse Open Mic. Beaux Arts' open mic takes place from 8 to 11:30 p.m. every Saturday. Art films are shown at 8 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday. A donation of $2 to $5 is suggested at the door, but coffee, tea and cake are free. 2635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-328-0702.

Chronic Insomnia Open Mic. Ryan Holcomb and Stormey host this Tuesday night open mic for musicians, comedians, poets, etc. The event takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover. 32884 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. 727-785-7013.

Leonard's Restaurant Black on Black Rhyme Open Mic. Black On Black Rhyme, put on by The Conscious Party, is a showcase of spoken word, with an open mic and regular readings by featured poets. The event takes place every Tuesday. For more info, visit: www.blackonblackrhyme-tampa. com/frontpage.html. $5. 1910 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. 813-245-6527.

The New Place Multicultural Arts Center Black on Black Rhyme Showcase. The We Take No Prisoners Poetry Troupe hosts this showcase at 8:30 p.m. every first and third Friday of the month. The coffeehouse-style events feature out- of-town spoken word artists and includes pastries and coffee. For more info, call 813-248-6259, ext. 233. Admission costs $5. 2811 N. 17th St., Ybor City.

Phoenix Coffeehouse Phoenix Coffeehouse Open Mic. Open mic every Tuesday night, open poetry on Thursday, and a monthly slam on the first Thursday of the month. Mon.-Sun., 8 p.m.-12 a.m. 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-821-5608.

Rigo's Eatery Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by a rotating trio of local poets, this open mic takes place at 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome to share poems that seduce, shock and entertain, as these poets seek to push the boundaries of spoken word. For updates, e-mail [email protected]. 6607 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-236-7446.Theater: OpeningsA Christmas Canoli: Or a Tale of Two Families * Yellow Snow Productions puts on its humorous adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It's what happens when you cross Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim with The Godfather and The Sopranos. Dec. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Dec. 26-27, 8 p.m.; Dec. 28, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tickets cost $7-$10. Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E. Sixth Ave., Ybor City. 813-300-3585.

Nutcracker The Largo Cultural Center's Children's Series presents a lively musical version of The Nutcracker Suite. Sat., Dec. 21, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Tickets cost $6.50. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6793.

Nutcracker on Ice * Visions of sugar plums glide across the ice as the Florida Orchestra, together with the Russian State Ice Ballet, mounts a magical performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Dec. 21, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Tickets are $20-$38, and half- price for ages 12 and under. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. 813-286-2403 or 800-662-7286.Theater: OngoingA Christmas Story * American Stage celebrates the holiday season with its Theatre For Families production of A Christmas Story, based on the writings of American humorist Jean Shepherd. Dec. 13-22. Tickets cost $15, $7 for kids 12 and younger. American Stage, 211 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-823-7529.

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol The ghost of Jacob Marley appears from the shadows to tell his version of the Dickens classic. Written by Tom Mula, the play stars Eric Davis. Tue.-Thur., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22. Tickets cost $20, $15 for students, $8 for kids 12 and younger. The Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N. Hubert Ave. #D, Tampa. 813-879-2914.

Jeffrey Central Stage continues its holiday season with the December run of the 1993 Obie Award-winning comedy Jeffrey by Paul Rudnick. Sundays, 3 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22. Tickets cost $18. Central Stage Theatre, 2235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-327-7529.

Late Nite Catechism * "Sister" leads catechism classes in an uproarious piece of theater that takes the audience members back (sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully) to their childhood. Tue.-Thur., 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22. Tickets: $17.50, $27.50 and $29.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Lend Me a Tenor The Early Bird Dinner Theatre presents this story of world famous tenor Tito Morelli who, through a series of mishaps, takes a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out on the eve of his season-opener of Othello for the Cleveland Grand Opera. Thur.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 31. Tickets cost $14.95. Showtimes vary. Bill Irle's Banquet Hall, 1411 N. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. 727-446-5898.

The Lion King * One of the most eagerly awaited stage productions to come to The Center, The Lion King is Disney's Broadway version of its phenomenally successful animated film. Giraffes strut, birds swoop and gazelles leap as a cast of more than 40 bring the African savannah to life. The music soars, delivers the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands, and includes Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning hits "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Show times vary. Dec. 13-Jan. 26. Tickets cost $24.25-$133.25. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.Visual Arts: OpeningsGoldstar Lounge at Jannus Landing * Cerebral Arts Festival V. An evening of multimedia improvisation featuring music by The August Collective and works by Stig, Kell Holliman, Micheal Chromic, Bask, Frank Strunk II, Josh Sullivan and more. Admission $5. Fri., Dec. 20, 7 p.m. 200 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-896-1244.

Something Fishy Art Gallery Clay Day. Local Florida artists Rasa and Jouzas Saldaitis, Nolia Murphy, Celeste Theodore and many others exhibit their ceramic artworks. Dec. 20-Jan. 25. 913 N. Fort Harrison, Clearwater. 727-461-3474.Visual Arts: OngoingArtists Unlimited Members Show. This juried show features 33 artworks, both traditional and contemporary, by Bay area artists. Dec. 14-Feb. 7. 223 N. 12th St., Tampa. 813-229-5958.

Arts Center * Celebrations 2002, On the Surface, The Shape and Color of PARC. The Arts Center fills itself to the brim with these three exhibits. Celebrations 2002 is their annual holiday show. On the Surface is an invitational exhibit of glass vessels and wall pieces. The Shapes and Color of PARC features artwork in various media from the art studio of the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children. Dec. 13-27. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-822-7872.

The Beaker Gallery Beached/Not Stranded. The Beaker Gallery's inaugural show, Beached/Not Stranded is a group exhibit featuring artworks by Richard Beckman, Leslie Lerner, Arturas Raila and Virginia Beth. Dec. 13-Jan. 11. 401 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. 813-221-6876.

Brad Cooper Gallery Nude in the Postmodern. This juried exhibit features 30 artists whose works were chosen for how they approach and portray the nude. Corey Postiglione — a Chicago painter, critic and curator — selected the artwork from more than 100 submissions worldwide. Dec. 13-Jan. 4. 1712 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. 813-248-6098.

Clayton Galleries Small Works: A Holiday Group Show. Clayton Galleries exhibits work by 20 of its artists, including Jeffrey Kronsnoble, Rebecca Sexton Larson and Jeff Whipple. Dec. 13-Jan. 4. 4105 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-831-3753.

Covivant Gallery * Smell of Expectation. Bask, a multimedia artist known for his outsider art style that deconstructs American icons, exhibits new mixed-media works. Dec. 13-Jan. 5. 4906 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-928-4661.

Florida Craftsmen Gallery * A Season of Giving and The Teapot & Cup Show. More than 250 artists exhibit holiday-theme crafts in A Season of Giving. The Teapot & Cups Show is an eclectic collection of teapots, mugs and cups, variously functional, sculptural and whimsical. Dec. 13-31. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-821-7391.

Hoffman Porges Gallery * House of Jazz. Two Florida artists, Hugh Barlow and Marlene London, exhibit paintings and small box-like houses, respectively. Dec. 13-Jan. 18. 1907 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. 813-247-2000.

Nuance Galleries Canadian Artists. Through January 16, Nova Scotian artists display oils, pottery and metalworks. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Jan. 16. 804 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa. 813-875-0511.

Painted Fish Gallery Merry Fishmas. The Painted Fish Gallery presents illuminated medieval manuscripts, fine watercolors and prints by Bill Renc, calligraphy by Linda Renc and work by guest artists in a variety of media. Dec. 13-Jan. 12. 350 Main St., Dunedin. 727-736-0934.

Plainsmen Gallery Holiday Wildlife & Western Art Show. Don't be fooled by the title of this show. It's an exhibit of wildlife and western art that's on display for the holiday season. It's not paintings of dear with wreaths hung from their horns. Featured artists: Charles Rowe, Ernest Simmons, Grant Hacking, Gary Johnson, Bev Doolittle and Judy Larson. Dec. 13-21. 2450 Sunset Point Road, Suite A, Clearwater. 727-726-5100.

Salt Creek Artworks Haren Shea and Michael Chomick. Shea exhibits indigo watercolors (dark, meditative images). Chomick exhibits mixed-media pieces (figurines, text and found objects assembled in odd configurations). Dec. 13-Jan. 11. 1600 Fourth St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-894-2653.

Snooty Judy's Faculty Show. The faculty of the Sculptural Art Center of Dunedin exhibits its work. The center is a newly formed nonprofit gallery. Dec. 13-29. 514 Skinner Blvd., Dunedin. 727-734-9835.

Tarpon Springs Cultural Center Tarpon Springs Art Association's Annual Juried Show. Pros and amateur artists display their work. Dec. 13-30. 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. 727-942-5605.

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