ART EXHIBITS AND HOLIDAY SHOPPING
20th 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 2006 holiday exhibition, Present-Perfect, features a range of media by local artists, from pastels and colored pencil works to jewelry, pottery sculpture and photography. Through Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. Free admission. 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 727-298-3322, dfac.org.
Holiday House & Gift Market The Pasco Arts Council sparkles with seasonal decor, stocking stuffers and a large assortment of fine handcrafted items by community artists. Through Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Free admission. 5744 Moog Road, Holiday, 727-845-7322.
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.
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. 30, 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.
Stargazing: Holiday Stars of The Arts Center A variety of media — holiday-themed and otherwise — by artists who've been featured at the center over the past several years, as well as new works by center instructors. Through 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.
BENEFITS AND FUNDRAISERS
Happy Holidays for the Children This fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus features wine tastings, food and a silent auction. 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 14. Free admission. Wine Styles, 2800 W. Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, 727-527-9463.
Grand Central District Toy Drive Grand Central retailers are collecting new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the St. Petersburg Christmas Toy Shop for needy Pinellas children. Through Dec. 22. For more info, call 727-368-6109.
Uhuru Holiday Pie Sale Want to enjoy a delicious holiday pie without going through the hassle of making it yourself? If so, the Uhuru offer fresh-baked, made-from-scratch apple crumb ($12), pumpkin ($8) and sweet potato pies ($10), which are available for pick-up Dec. 16 and 23 at the Saturday Morning Market (Central Avenue and First Street N., St. Petersburg), and Dec. 22 and 24 at the Uhuru Solidarity Center (541 16th St. N., St. Petersburg). Proceeds support the African People's Education & Defense Fund programs. To order pies, call 727-824-5685 or visit apedf.org.
Lights of Lake Park Estates Each year, the residents of Lake Park Estates light up the neighborhood to celebrate the holidays and raise money for the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. 6:30-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 6:30-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 31. Donations appreciated. For directions to the Seminole address, call 727-586-4432 or visit thehospice.org.
PARADES, LIGHTS, FESTIVALS, SPECIAL EVENTS
Fifth Annual Holiday Celebration Florida Estates Winery celebrates its fifth year in business with wine, hors d'oeuvres, prize drawings and live music by Gregg Jones. 6-9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 15. $8 in advance/$10 day of. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 S.R. 52, Land O'Lakes. Call 813-996-2113 or visit floridaestateswines.com for more info.
Tarpon Springs Annual Christmas Parade The procession travels through downtown Tarpon on U.S. Alternate 19 and is followed by a party at Craig Park. Sat., Dec. 16. For more info, call 727-937-6109.
Make Your Holidays "Green" Learn environmentally-friendly tips for wrapping presents and creating decorations that are naturally attractive. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17. Free. Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. For additional info and to register, call 727-453-6500.
A Child's Christmas in Wales USF faculty member David Mann performs a reading of Dylan Thomas' poem to his hometown of Wales; held as part of the Tampa Museum of Art's Sunday Series. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17. $8 adults/$6 seniors/$3 students and children. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N. Ashley Drive, downtown Tampa, 813-274-8732.
Indian Shores and Redington Beaches 24th Annual Boat Parade Lighted boats leave from the Tom Stuart (Madeira Beach) Causeway at 6 p.m. and cover a route along the Intracoastal Waterway, to finish at the Pub Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd. The Pub hosts an awards ceremony and refreshments for boat captains at 9:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17. For more information, call 727-421-0885.
25th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll Take a step back into the 19th century as the Henry B. Plant Museum is transformed into the Tampa Bay Hotel of 1891. Twenty-five richly decorated trees line the halls and rooms, and lush greenery, decorations and elegantly-wrapped packages are scattered throughout. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Dec. 23. $10 adults/$4 children 12 and younger (reduced admission Mondays and Tuesdays: $6 adults/$3 children). 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-258-7302, plantmuseum.com.