2011 Bicycle Bash Festival

2011 Bike Bash PosterTime: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2011
Location: Flatwoods Wilderness Park
Cost: FREE admission; Food available for purchase
Info: (813) 987-6211; Website

What’s Doing?
The 2011 Bicycle Bash will be a fun day for families to celebrate bicycling and enjoy music at Flatwoods Park, where both road bicyclists and mountain bikers enjoy riding. A swap meet, activities for kids, and fun bike activities will be going on throughout the festival. The event will also include a bike gear giveaway, a BikeSmart education class, legal advice on bicycle issues, and All Children’s Hospital will hand out and fit children with FREE bicycle helmets.

Attendees are also invited to ride in the “Buckhorn Bash Ride” (11:15 a.m.), a 7-mile loop bike ride led by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Even Better! The Taco Bus and other food trucks will be on-site as well, to provide a variety of food options for purchase.

SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers) — a bicycle store alliance made up of 11 Tampa Bay bike shops — puts on the Bicycle Bash every year to promote and celebrate bicycling in Tampa Bay. Cure on Wheels is the presenting sponsor of this year’s Bicycle Bash, and Hillsborough County is a co-sponsor. The Cure on Wheels ride will be held on November 5, also at Flatwoods Park and just one day before the Bicycle Bash.

Flatwoods Wilderness Park
16400 Morris Bridge Road
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Not Very Scary Halloween

smiling pumpkinTime: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Location: Largo Public Library (Teen Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Bring your little ones to the Not Very Scary Halloween presented by Largo Public Library’s Teen Volunteers, and they will be treated to stories, crafts, treats and a few cartoons in the movie room.

Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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If You Give a Dog a Donut Family Fun Night

"If You Give a Dog a Donut" book coverTime: 6:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Location: Dunedin Public Library (Community Room B)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Youth Services: (727) 298-3080 x240; Website

What’s Doing?
In celebration of Laura Numeroff’s newest book, If You Give a Dog a Donut, children are invited to decorate doggy bobble heads, make dog tag necklaces, and decorate donuts. (This program is for children age 5-12.)

Dunedin Public Library
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

Super Saturday Puppet Show

Halloween ghosts, eyes and a spooky houseTime: 11 a.m.
Date: October 29, 2011
Location: St. Petersburg Main Library
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 892-5296; Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids in costume for a frightfully fun time. There will even be creepy crafts to make during this spooky Halloween-themed program!

St. Petersburg Main Library
3745 9th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

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Star Party

TelescopeTime: 7-8:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Location: Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library (parking lot)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 273-3652; Website

What’s Doing?
Check out the stars and planets! The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club will have telescopes for star gazers of all ages in the northeast corner of the Jimmie B. Keel Library parking lot.

Jimmie B. Keel Library
2902 West Bearss Avenue
Tampa, FL 33618

You’re Invited to Diagon Alley!

Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios Orlando

This is a photo we took while visiting Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios Orlando

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Location: St. Petersburg Public Library — North Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 893-7214; Website

What’s Doing?
Grab your wand and some floo powder, and head over to St. Petersburg Public Library — North Branch Library for crafts, potion tasting, book giveaways and more. This is promised to be a fun-filled evening for Harry Potter fans of all ages!

St. Petersburg Public Library — North Branch Library
861 70th Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Monster Mash

Halloween VampireTime: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Location: Tarpon Springs Community Center
Cost: FREE; Refreshments available for purchase
Info: (727) 942-5628; Website

What’s Doing?
Tarpon Springs’ annual Monster Mash event includes a costume contest, trick-or-treat stations, spooky arts and crafts with the Tarpon Springs Library, the Helen Ellis Hospital Health Fair, games and prizes, and a toned-down version of their Haunted House. The Tarpon Springs Police and Fire Departments will also be participating with demonstrations and safety information.

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Tarpon Springs is hosting safe trick-or-treating from 5-6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2011 along Tarpon Avenue. For more information, contact (727) 937-6109.

Tarpon Springs Community Center
400 South Walton Avenue
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Event Disclaimer: The Halloween events we post as “Non-Scary Halloween Events” are not INTENDED to be scary so that small children can enjoy them, too. However, there are many aspects of the Halloween celebration — costumes, masks, carved pumpkins, scarecrows, witches, etc. — that a child may personally find to be frightening. Please use your discretion when deciding to attend a Non-scary Halloween Event with your little one. Nobody knows your child better than you!

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Halloween Costume Party with Mr. Tommy

Mr. Tommy Costume Party at Shops at WiregrassTime: 10-11 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Location: Shops at Wiregrass in Center Court
Cost: FREE
Info: We received this flyer as an e-mail from Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the little ones for a special Wiregrass Wednesday with Mr. Tommy singing some Halloween songs. There will also be a bounce house, face painter, balloons, train rides and more. Oh, and be sure to wear your costume! Mr. Tommy is promising lots of Halloween gift, too, so there should be a few surprises. Click Here to learn more about Mr. Tommy — a favorite performer of many Bay area children.

Shops at Wiregrass
28211 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Boyette Springs Church of God Fall Festival

LeavesTime: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Location: Boyette Springs Church of God
Cost: The Church is asking people to bring non-perishable food items and/or canned goods to help feed families this Thanksgiving season
Info: (813) 671-0086

What’s Doing?
Bring the family to the Fall Festival at Boyette Springs Church of God to enjoy a variety of games, hayrides, bounce house, dunk tank, candy, prizes and food.

Boyette Springs Church of God
12114 Boyette Road
Riverview, FL 33596

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Halloween Celebration and Safety Fair

Happy girls in their Halloween costumesTime: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Location: St. Marks Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 863-5646

What’s Doing?
Children are invited to Wear their Halloween costumes for this special event featuring:
— Costume parade
— FREE snacks and surprises
— Carnival games
— Balloons
— Bounce houses
— Booths with candy (Trick-or-Treat) and information about safety (sponsored by local businesses and health care providers)

St. Marks Presbyterian Church
7922 State Road 52
Hudson, FL 34667

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