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"Five Nights of Sinatra" to celebrate singer's 95th birthday

TREASURE ISLAND -- The late Frank Sinatra would have been 95 years old on December 12, 2010, and Treasure Island is celebrating his legacy with a week-long showcase headlined by the singer's own family and friends.

Starting on December 2, 3, and 4, Sinatra's favorite piano player, Frankie Randall, will team up with Deana Martin, Dean Martin's daughter, to perform a cabaret-style lounge concert. Guests should expect personal stories, singing, and a piano showcase from the performers.

The celebration continues on December 10 and 11 with Saturday Night Live star Joe Piscopo's "A Night of Comedy and Sinatra." The comedian, who was a close personal friend of the iconic singer, will share his uncanny impression and special stories throughout the evenings.

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100 festive yachts to line up for annual holiday boat parade

TREASURE ISLAND, FL -- Over 100 boats will be adorned in seasonal lights to sail from The Club at Treasure Island's 48-slip marina at the 25th annual Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade. The event will take place on Saturday evening, December 11, 2010. 

The Club at Treasure Island will open to the public at 4:30 pm for the pre-parade festivities, which will include a visit from Santa Claus for the children, plus complimentary chowder, hot dogs, Christmas cake, hot cider and coffee.  A cash bar will be available for adults.

This year's parade theme is "Celebrate Our Freedom" and will raise funds for the Edwards Family Foundation, a St. Petersburg-based charity that provides special assistance to disadvantaged children in our community during the holidays. 

Clearwater grandmother charged in baby's death

CLEARWATER, Florida (AP) -- Police say a St. Petersburg woman has been arrested on an aggravated manslaughter charge after she left her 10-month-old grandson unattended in the bathtub.

Clearwater police said Monday that 42-year-old Andrea Wooten was baby sitting grandson Antwan Hill in September when she left him in the tub for what she said was between a half hour and two hours. An emergency crew was called, but the child died later at a hospital.

Police said Wooten showed signs of intoxication and tested positive for the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

The warrant was issued Nov. 22, and Wooten was arrested Thursday. No attorney information was available.

 

Cheap Eats: Clear Sky Beachside Cafe

Clearwater, Florida - For a vacation or a just a day of relaxing on the sugary sand by the crystal waters, Clearwater Beach can't be beat.

When it comes to food, however, that's another story. In most beach towns, you'll stumble across small dives filled with locals or overpriced gimmicky seafood eateries swarming with tourists. And then there's Clear Sky Beachside Café. This little breath of fresh air is a place where the locals and vacationers can come together and enjoy anything from a juicy burger to Lobster tails to chicken satay.  

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Flashed! Pre-Thanksgiving Party at The Scene

Bubba's St. Pete joint was the scene for one of the hottest Pre-Thanksgiving bashes in town.

Photo Gallery: Pre-Thanksgiving Party pictures

East Lake firemen take to the streets for charity

EAST LAKE - Firefighters in East Lake will be hitting the streets on December 3 and 10 in hopes of collecting money for charity at local intersections. All funds collected in the "MDA BootDrive," as it is commonly called, will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy research.

East Lake's finest will be out in two shifts: 8:30am - 10:30am, and again from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. They are hoping to reach their goal of collecting more than $7,400, which was last year's total.

For those not able to help fill the boots roadside, donations will also be accepted at East Lake Fire Station #57, located at 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., Palm Harbor, FL, 34685.

Florida Botantical Gardens lights up for the holidays

Florida Botantical Gardens lights up for the holidays

Largo, FL -- Florida Botanical Gardens' holiday light show is just a little brighter this season.

The event is celebrating its 10th year.

Photo Gallery: Lights in the Florida Botanical Gardens

Nearly 500,000 eco-friendly holiday lights will twinkle every evening from now until January 2.

Admission for children under 12 is free and a donation of $2 is suggested for adults.

Organizers say it's worth it -- donations from last year's event made this year's show possible.