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Published:   |   Updated: January 9, 2014 at 01:23 PM

PINELLAS COUNTY - The Gazette Staff is dedicated to providing residents and visitors a quick, but comprehensive view of events, activities and fun things to do in the community. From featured events, to a great week at-a-glance activities, the calendar offers a “first look” at what is going on in the area. Send your upcoming event to
Community garage sale
Search for treasures at the annual multi-family, community garage sale Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
More than 60 residents have registered to participate. A full list of addresses of participates will be posted at by 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, call (727) 518-3728.
Belleair Garden Club offers talks, Orchid Fest
BELLEAIR — Bruce Turley of Wilcox Nursery will discuss “All about Florida's Native Plants” when the Belleair Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The Orchid Fest is at 1 p.m. Feb. 5, and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, with a $35 fee, is at 9:30 a.m. April 9.
The garden club's headquarters is at 903 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Call (727) 586-4021.
Belleair to start dodgeball league this month
The Belleair Dodgeball League runs on Monday nights from Jan. 27 to Feb. 24 at 918 Osceola Road.
Ages 6-9 play at 5:45 p.m., while games for ages 10-13 start at 7 p.m. Cost is $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. For details, call (727) 518-3728.
Classical piano vocalist Miss Victoria to perform
 The public is invited to enjoy “Rendezvous with the Classics” performed by piano vocalist Miss Victoria, a classical concert sponsored by the Belleair Parks and Recreation Department.
Miss Victoria has performed to concert halls throughout the states, Europe, and Asia. Her vast repertoire, brilliant virtuoso technique and sensitive, powerful performances make her one of the most sought after concert pianists. Performing with Miss Victoria is aspiring pianist and young composer, James Pitzer Gills, IV. 
The concert is Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the Town Hall of Belleair located at 901 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Complimentary desserts and refreshments will be served. For more information call (727) 518-3728.
Monday evening art, stories for families at the Main Library
The Main Clearwater Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave, will offer a new program series for families with children beginning the Monday.
“Monday Night is Family Night” will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. and include a different art project on the first Monday of each month, and family story time the remaining three Mondays throughout the winter.
Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite adults for stories, music and themed crafts.
For more information, please call (727) 562-4970 or visit
Coast Guard Auxiliary to teach safe boating
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 is offering the “About Boating Safely” class at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Clearwater Police Department headquarters, 645 Pierce St.
Unlike Internet courses, this class is taught by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors who can answer questions and share their experiences on local waters.  Topics include boating emergencies, navigating, safe operation and legal requirements. All graduates receive a state certification card. 
Cost for materials is $35. To register, contact Peter Ubillos, staff officer for public education, at (727) 469-8895 or
“Tapas and Twain” to be presented
The public is invited to enjoy an evening with Ned Johnson in “Tapas and Twain” on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The event will focus on Mark Twain's unforgettable wit and story-telling.  Cost is $15 including tapas, wine and other refreshments. 
The event will be held at the Social Hall of the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater.  For reservations, call (727) 531-3172.
Garden club plans luncheon games party
The Clearwater Garden Club will host its annual games and card party luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at its headquarters, 405 Seminole St. off Fort Harrison Avenue.
Cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For reservations, call Hilda Sinnett at (727) 586-0117 or Gladys Seney at (727) 442-7889.
Civitan Club is seeking new members
The local Clearwater chapter of the Civitan International organization is recruiting new members. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in room 12 of the adult education building at the Heritage United Methodist Church located at 2680 Landmark Drive.
Annual membership cost $96. For more information, call Largo member Fred at (727) 584-0461, Clearwater members Ron and Sue at (727) 726-6410 or in Palm Harbor Earle at (727) 786-4535.
Computer classes available to senior citizens
The Senior Citizens Services, located at 1204 Rogers Street, offers computer classes on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
The “Back to Basics” class is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This class includes basic facts about the computer, how it works, an overview of the internet, setting up a computer for personal favorites, and basic computer trouble shooting techniques.
The next level is “Beyond Basics” held on Tuesday & Thursday. The class covers the Windows operating systems, word processing, creating files & folders and steps to ensure a virus free computer.
Call (727) 442-8104 for upcoming classes and costs. Visit for more information.
Sunsets at Pier 60
Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films from 4-8 p.m., weather permitting. Free concert: Friday, Jimmy and Roy, and Saturday, Patty Sanphy Group.  Free movies: Friday, “Hook” (PG), and Saturday, “After Eart” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Island Estates Women's Club will celebrate the New Year
The next luncheon of the Island Estates Women's Club will be held at Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Resort on Sand Key on Jan. 21. Reservations are requested by Jan. 17. Call Helen Frain at (727) 445-9290. For membership information about the club, call Joan Landreth at (727) 812-8078.
Church men's club to hold annual yard sale
St. Brendan Catholic Church's Navigator Men's Club will hold its eighth annual yard sale Feb. 8 and 9 in the church hall, 245 Dory Passage.
Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Sunday's sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early bird time is 7:30 a.m. and costs $5.
Tools, electronics, books, clothes, sports items and home furnishings are among the items to be offered. Refreshments will be available.
Donated items will be accepted Feb. 4-7 at the church hall. For assistance with large items or earlier donations, call Jim Corrigan at (727) 596-1640.
Downtown market is open
Sponsored by the City of Dunedin and Tampa Bay Markets, the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through May.
The market is located in the John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park and will feature approximately 40 vendors with an emphasis on local goods, gourmet take-home foods, ready to eat lunch bites, organic produce, plants, hand crafts, jewelry, artwork and live music.
For more information, visit
Scottish Country dancing open to public
Beginner and experienced technique classes are offered each Sunday. No partner is necessary.
Beginners will learn basic steps, figures and easy dances and take part in basic level social dancing. The beginner session begins at 6 p.m. and a class for more experienced dancers begins at 7 p.m.
The first visit is free; cost is $3 per dance thereafter. The dance takes place at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden St.
Gypsy Stage to present evening of comedy
Gypsy Stage Repertory will present “Mere Mortals” By David Ives at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 and 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at 1714 County Road 1, Suite 2.
Six wild and wacky one-act plays deal with male-female relationships, dating and mating, mortality, literature and people's desire to better themselves through fantasy.
Call (813) 922-8778 for reservations. Tickets are $10. “Mere Mortals” also is being staged in Brandon and St. Petersburg. Visit for details.
Hale Senior Center offers events
The Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., offers a full slate of classes and activities. Those include:
• Woodcarving, wood burning and folk art painting; Tai Chi; line dancing; movie series; sketch group; chair yoga; square dancing; Mexican train dominoes; duplicate bridge; QiGong; diabetes support center; professional counseling; quilter's corner; brain games; scrapbooking; and leg vein screening. For a schedule of dates and times, visit
• Learn the basics of email, Facebook. This computer workshop will be held Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m.  The course will teach the basics about email, including how email works, where you get email service from, and how you communicate properly and safely online. The Facebook aspect will teach you, how to set up a profile, upload photos, find friends, communicate with others, and safety. The cost is $20 with an ID card; $30 without an ID card.
For details, call (727) 298-3299.
Noted bass guitarists to perform at center
Bass guitarist Victor Wooten, with special guest Stu Hamm, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St. S.E.
Wooten is a member of the Grammy Award-winning group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He was voted “Bassist of the Year” by Bass Player Magazine three times and is the only person to have won the award more than once.
Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords and harmonics.
Tickets are $29.50 to $39.50 in advance at or the box office, (727) 587-6793. Tickets cost $5 more at the door.
Senior Solos to celebrate with New Year's Day lunch
Senior Solos, a singles 55 and older group, will host their first meeting of 2014 at is at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N. There will be a potluck lunch; bring a dish to share and $2 or no dish and $5. After a vote on new officers, a representative from Hospice will speak with humor on serious issues.
Largo sponsoring students' video contest
The city is holding a “What I Love About Largo” video contest for first- through 12th -graders living in or attending school in Largo. The contest is in conjunction with the city's community values campaign, which seeks input from residents and the business community to identify local priorities through an online survey and workshops.
Video submissions must be received at city hall by 5 p.m. Mar. 3. Qualifying entries will be posted to the city's website for a public showcase in April. Entries will be evaluated on creativity, originality, message and quality. The first-place winner in each category from elementary, middle and high schools will receive a $200 Amazon gift card. Winners will receive special recognition and a public viewing at a city commission meeting.
All content must be shot in the city, and films must be less than five minutes long. Entries can be simple video clips or fully-edited segments filmed on digital cameras or smartphones.
For more information, visit
Local ombudsman council to meet next Thursday
The Pasco and North Pinellas Ombudsman Council will hold its next monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 16, at Saint Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 7120 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend.
The local ombudsman council is a part of Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.  The council is made up of local ombudsmen whose goal is to improve the quality of life and care of residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family-care homes. 
For more information, call Annette Perry at (727) 588-6912 or (727) 376-2788 or email
The state ombudsman program needs volunteers to join its corps of advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.
For information on the state program, visit
Military officers clubs to meet for luncheons
The Military Officers Wives Club luncheon starts with social time at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.
 A retiree specialist from MacDill Air Force Base will talk about military benefits.
Spouses of former, retired or active duty commissioned military officers; their widows and former, retired or active duty commissioned military female officers are invited to attend. For reservations, call (727) 397-4146 or (727) 399-1272. 
The Military Officers Association, meanwhile, meets for lunch on the third Friday of each month. The group's installation luncheon starts with social hour at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave.
The speaker will be Vice Admiral Norb Ryan, Jr., president of national MOAA.  
Active duty or retired military officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. For reservations, call Commander Bill Bolin at (727) 584-1595.
Premiere of “Love Letters” and “Ain't food wonderful” at the Venue
Love Letters,” a unique and imaginative theatre piece by A.R. Gurney, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, opens Friday and runs through Jan. 26 at the Venue Theatre.
The play, directed by Venue founder Corinne Broskette and features Michael DuMouchel and Midge Mamatas, is about a fifty year love affair carried on primarily through letters, written in and about a world where letter-writing was very much a essential mode of communication, especially between men and women.
The new musical spoof “Ain't food wonderful,” written by Gil Perlroth, published author of the smash hit “Ain't retirement grand” will be premiered at the Venue Theatre Feb. 7-Feb. 23.   
The play highlights everything related to food experiences like restaurant dining, holiday feasts, dieting, the organic food rage, pregnancy cravings, and fast food emporiums and features songs about everyone's daily encounters like Who Doesn't Like Chinese?, A Bag Boy at Publix, Nothing like a Jewish Deli, Cellulite Blues, and Hooter Guys.
The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  
Tickets are $20 and reservations may be made by calling the theatre at (727) 822-6194 or by visiting the Venue Theatre website at
Proceeds from the tickets sales will benefit the Meals on Wheels organization.
The Venue Theatre and Actors Studio is located in the Hudson Furniture Plaza at 9125 U.S. 19 N. in Pinellas Park.
Miller Time Jazz Band to kick of the 2014 arts and music series
The Miller Time Jazz Band will perform tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library. This concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, kicks-off the library's annual arts and culture music series.
The band will perform traditional American standards and jazz classics. The library is located 101 2nd Street N. in Safety Harbor. For more information, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Safety Harbor library seeking volunteers
The Safety Harbor Public Library is looking for volunteers to assist with the preservation of local history.
 Positions include scanning pictures and documents, researching and documenting items, cataloguing, uploading, and other duties as required.
Volunteers must have attention to detail, computer skills and willingness to learn. Metadata cataloging skills requested or will train.  A Masters in Library Science or attending Library School is preferred, but will train interested, committed volunteers.  A minimum of four hours per week is requested. 
Interested parties should complete an online volunteer application at
Safety Harbor Public Library is located at 101 2nd Street North in Safety Harbor. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Upcoming events at the library include:
Join the new ESOL Conversation Club: Improve your English speaking, vocabulary, and grammar skills during this new English for speakers of other languages group on Tuesdays, Jan. 21, and Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Separate activities will be held for children ages 3 and older. Registration is required for adult and accompanying children. To register, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Learn about the Suncoast Hospice:  The Suncoast Hospice offers an array of services for people coping with a new diagnosis or living with a chronic condition, seeking assistance to stay at home and manage an illness, caring for someone, grieving a loss, or hoping to find meaning by helping others, and other life changes.  Learn about its programs and services on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
Great Gatsby Gala: A Great Gatsby Gala is set for Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 pm at the Safety Harbor Public Library. This jazz quartet program is part concert, part story hour for grown-ups.
 Jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her group play music of the Roaring Twenties and Standards evoking that era, from “Jeepers, Creepers” and “Melancholy Baby”, to “Blue Skies” and “Basin Street Blues.” In between the songs, Christiana revisits F. Scott Fitzgerald's great novel and reads passages in her lively and animated presentation style.
Prior to the show, join the library foundation for a wine and cheese reception to honor the 2014 Treasures of the Harbor. Both events are free and open to the public. Raffle items will be available to support the library's efforts to raise funds to digitize the historical Safety Harbor Herald.
The library is located 101 2nd Street N. For more information, contact (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Opera on Sunday afternoons: The Pinellas Opera League has a new venue for its “opera on Sunday afternoons” DVD series. At 1 p.m. Feb. 2, the group will show “La Fille Du Regiment” by Donizetti, starring Juan Diego Florez. Admission is free. 


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