Five Things to Know: Wednesday, April 4.

Open Mic Nite, anyone? Perhaps a stab at creative writing or Swing dancing? You can do those, or watch the final day of St. Petersburg's "America's Got Talent" taping!


Poetry Reading & Open Mic Nite Can you pour your heart out onstage? Enjoy a great mix of modern spoken word and classical poetry from your favorite local poets and writers, singers, musicians and comedians. , 2105 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. Call 727-954-8815 for information, or visit the Booklover's Café website.

Gulfport Creative Short Story Writers Meeting — If you are too shy for Open Mic Nite, you can work on becoming an author! Creative writers and short story authors discuss their work; give tips and advice. This free program begins at 10 a.m. at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 27th Ave S. For more information, call 727-893-1074 or visit the Gulfport Public Library website.

Gulfport Casino Swing Night — Join Swing Time at the beautiful Gulfport Casino Ballroom, for its weekly Swing Night dancing extravaganza. Enjoy a selection of classic swing, Big Band, and jazz tunes as you jump and jive all over the dance floor. Whether you are experienced or a novice, this event is open to all skill levels and ages. Enjoy a lesson in Shim-Sham and other line/group dances at 6 p.m., then an East-Coast Swing Dance lesson at 7 p.m. The music for dancing kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is $7, with free refreshments, a full cash bar and door prizes. The is at 5500 Shore Blvd S. For more information, call 813-840-3715 or visit www.Swingtime.info.

"America's Got Talent" Taping — It’s the last day to watch "America's Got Talent" competition taped live in St. Petersburg at the Mahaffey Theater – with host Nick Cannon and celebrity judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. The auditions continue at 12 p.m. April 4. The Mahaffey Theater is at 400 First St. S. Must be at least 14 years old to attend. Get on the waitlist by printing tickets on the Mahaffey Theater website.

Wednesday's Forecast – Maybe some rain tomorrow. Gulfport forecast is partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80's near the coast and in the upper 80's inland. Southwest winds around 5 mph becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.


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