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Things to do this weekend in St. Pete

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Just because Thanksgiving is creeping up on everyone next week (where did the time go?!) doesn’t mean there’s not anything to do to unwind this weekend. Here’s a rundown of fun stuff happening in the ‘burg Saturday and Sunday:

  • Shopapalooza Part I

South Straub Park

Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Experience more than 120 locally owned shops, restaurants, art galleries, service providers and community organizations all in one place. Many vendors will be offering shopping discounts.

  • Children’s Horticultural Programs and Workshops: Sprouting Naturalists Program: The Wonderful World of Water

Sunken Gardens

Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children, free with membership

Kids can learn ways to preserve Florida’s waterways and the plants and animals that depend on it at the Shark Conservation Center. Kids 4 and up can make and keep a craft as well as participate in a scavenger hunt.

  • Crafts and Drafts

St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a VIP hour from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Local craft vendors from 50 local businesses will be on hand along with a selection of 30 craft beers, food trucks, a DIY tie-dye station and shuffleboard and other complimentary activities. Pets are welcome.

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog — LIVE!

Mahaffey Theater

Sunday 2 p.m.

An interactive musical featuring the timeless character Clifford shows the Big Red Dog and his friends embarking on a song and dance-filled adventure. The show is intended to remind kids to work together, be respectful, be a good friend and believe in themselves. It’s a show intended for the whole family.

Don’t forget, City offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday and Thursday. Some trash and recycling collections will be affected. Check the city’s website for more information or download the city’s St. Pete Collects mobile app.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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