Summer Camp – Summer camps at the Belleair Rec Center are underway and run through August 16. The week of July 15 includes programs on cooking, rock ‘n roll robotics, hoop school and a teen camp. Camps are geared for children ages 6 – 12. The camps emphasize safety, relationship building, and fun. For registration and calendar information, visit www.belleairrec.com or call (727) 518-3728.
Care Package Project – Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, 10 a.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Meet, mingle, share and learn while creating heart pillows and care packages for those affected by breast cancer, featuring vendors, exhibitors, door prizes and chance drawings. $3 donation requested.
Children’s Health Fair – Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. at the Long Center. A health fair for children ages 6 months to 19 years will offer immunizations; school physicals; sports/cardio screenings; dental, hearing, vision and scoliosis exams; safety information; and a hot dog lunch. No reservation is needed. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free.
Boot Camp for New Dads – Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. at Morton Plant Hospital, downtown. Fear smelly diapers no more, because this camp teaches the aspects of taking care of a newborn baby and supporting your mate. Cost: $15.
Car Seat Inspection – Saturday, July 20, 1:30 p.m. at the Morton Plant Hospital (Cheek-Powell Pavilion), downtown. By law you must have a car seat for discharge, so be prepared with this class, and get home with your newborn faster. Cost $15.
Free Phones for Hearing Loss – Monday , July 22, 9:30 a.m. at the Aging Well Center. Amplified phones are provided at no cost to those in need through the Family Center on Deafness. Free.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – Monday, July 22, 10 a.m. at the PTAK Orthopedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plan St. Share your experiences, while learning from others in similar situations. Free.
Caregiving for Parkinson’s Patient – Monday, July 22, 2 p.m. at the Aging Well Center. Join Marian Finehirsch, RN, to learn more about techniques for communicating and interacting with the Parkinson's patient. Free.
How to Recognize and Handle Stress – Wednesday, July 24, 12 noon, at the Countryside Library on State Road 580. Internal medicine specialist Cynthia Miller, MD, will discuss how to recognize good and bad stress and offer healthy tips to treat stress. Free.
Pirate Raid – Wednesday, July 24, 2 p.m., at the Main Library. Pirates invade the library's teen room for cardboard tube sword play, games and root beer. Costumes optional. Free.
Shipwrecked – Wednesday, July 24, 2:30 p.m., at the Main Library. Stranded on a desert island? Learn how to get off the island, create a message in a bottle, bury treasure and more Pirate 101 survival skills. Free.
World Wing-Eating Championship – Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m., at the Original Hooters on Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. The World Wing-Eating Championship is returning to the Original Hooters in Clearwater and A-list eater Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is expected to return to defend his title. Chestnut ate 144 wings in 10 minutes last year, edging Adrian "The Rabbit' Morgan (140) and Sonya "The Black Widow' Thomas (131) to claim the $7,500 first-place prize. This year, $12,500 will be split among the top six finishers. If you go, plan to carpool and get there early — parking last year was mobbed, with Hooters shuttling folks in from a distant parking lot. All the action takes place in the parking lot. Spectators free.
Tim Allen – Thursday, July 25, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Home Improvement star takes it back to where his career all began, on the stage performing stand-up. The content is for mature audiences only. Cost: $49-$115.
Pinellas County Reverse Trade Show – Thursday, July 25, 9 a.m., at the EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College, 13805 58th Street North. An opportunity for local businesses to meet Pinellas County staff and tell them about your business products and services. Free.
Lucky Stiff – Thursday and Friday, July 25-26, 8 p.m., at the Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole Street. The 1988 musical farce is full of plots twists that start when the curtain opens and a man in silk pajamas is murdered. Cost: Adults $22; students $13.
Sunsets at Pier 60 – Bring along a blanket or low lawn chair for free concerts and movies in at Park 60. Free concerts: Friday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. music by Island Boys and Saturday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. music by Beachbilliers. Free movies: Friday, July 19, “Escape from Planet Earth” (PG) and Saturday, July 20, “Flipper” (PG). Show begins around dusk. Free. Weather permitting.
Pier 60 Sunset 5K Race – Friday, July 19, 7 p.m. This race series features a 5K race and one-mile kids' fun run, with a out and back course north from Pier 60 along Clearwater Beach and returns to finish under the Pier. Kids ‘fun run’ starts 6:45 pm. Cost:$15 no shirt, $20 with shirt, $50 series.
Chalk Hill Estate Wine Dinner – Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m., at the Sandpearl Resort. Chef Sean Ragan prepares four courses paired with Chalk Hill wines from California. Includes Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Asparagus Duet, Ruby Grapefruit, Goat Cheese and Basil with a 2011 Chardonnay; Roasted Beet Carpaccio with Wild Arugula, Fennel, Mandarin Orange, Hazelnut and Marinated Feta Vinaigrette with a 2006 Merlot; Colorado Lamb Sirloin with Peruvian Potato, Baby Broccoli, Maitake Mushroom and Black Cherry Jus with a 2009 Estate Red; and Peaches & Cream with Apricot & Triple Cream Brie Purse and Peach Sorbet with 2008 Botrytis Semillon. Cost: $69.
Beach Vaulting – The 2nd annual Florida Pole Vault Academy Beach Vault has been scheduled for Saturday, July 20, at Clearwater Beach, featuring AAU Standard youth age groups, open, and masters. The cost is $30 per athlete. Contact Bob Leidel with questions at email@example.com or visit the website floridapolevault.com.
Hawaiian Luau Party – Friday & Saturday, July 19-20, 12 p.m., at the 7 Arches Art Gallery & Boutique. Celebrate summer with some tropical drinks, leis, prizes and music. Tropical and local affordable art will be available for sale. Free.
Dunedin Green Market – Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m., at Pioneer Park. Produce, cheeses, seafood, plants, herbs and other specialty items. Free.
Upper Pinellas Singles – Saturday, July 20, 6 p.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Singles are invited to meet on the grassy area to the east of the kayaks, weather permitting. Take advantage of the beautiful view from the causeway and relax, eat, socialize, watch the sunset, take a walk along the beach or rent a kayak. Bring your own chair, food and beverage. Free.
Diabetes Support Group – Monday, July 22, 10:30 a.m., at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center. This monthly Diabetes support Group will focus on diabetes self-management and general nutrition information. Free.
Laughter Yoga – Monday, July 22, 11 a.m., at the Dunedin Community Center. Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing to de-stress and energize your life. Residents $5; visitors $7.
Breakfast Brunch – Tuesday, July 23, 8:30 a.m., at Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center. Mease Manor Retirement Community invites all area seniors to gather with friends at this weekly breakfast of eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, coffee and juice. Cost: with recreation card $3; without card $4.
Upper Pinellas Singles – Tuesday, July 23, 6 p.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Join 50+ singles for dinner, and meet new friends, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. No reservations needed. $8 includes dinner.
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Meet the New City Manager – Tuesday, July 23, 6-7 p.m. Residents are invited to an open house to welcome Gregg Mims, 52, of Fairhope, Ala. Mims will replace Chuck Coward, who retired earlier this year. The open house coincides with Mims’ first day on the job and will be held prior to the meeting of the town board.
Summer Oil Painting Class – Every Thursday through August 29 from 1-3:30 p.m. Classes will be held in the Community Room on the fourth floor of Town Hall. The classes are for beginners, intermediate painters and those who wish to take their paintings to a higher level. Betsy Schoepf will be the instructor. For more information, call Betsy at (727) 595-1083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, You Think You’re a Movie Buff? – Friday, July 19, 8 p.m., at the Largo Community Center. A night of unique entertainment where scenes, monologues and iconic one-liners from famous films are performed live with a trivia twist. Cost: $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
Lost at Sea – Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center. Seminole High graduate Brent DiRoma, who toured the country with Tony Award-winning shows Avenue Q and Jersey Boys, is returning to his local roots for this musical by Pinellas County natives Jason Tucker and Amanda Elend. It tells the story of 12-year-old Alex who sees something she shouldn't and is thrown into a pirate adventure full of sword fights and mayhem. Cost: $25.50 for adults; $12.50 for ages 19 and younger (plus applicable $3.50 service fee).
Itty Bitty Splashtime – Friday, July 19, 9:30 a.m., at the Highland Recreation Complex. Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1.50.
Flick and Float: School of Rock – Friday, July 19, 9 p.m., at the Southwest Recreation Complex. Bring your favorite float to this special summer dive-in movie series. Float around in the pool while you enjoy themed games, free hot dogs, contests, crafts and a film. Cost: $4 resident; $5 non-resident.
Swing Dancing – Saturday, July 20, 7 p.m., at Largo Community Center. Enjoy an evening of socializing and dancing on a 5,600 square foot hardwood floor. Free lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Cost$7 with recreation card, $8 without.
Snow Glow 2: Christmas in July – Saturday, July 20, 9 p.m., at Mako’s on the Rocks, 14450 Walsingham Road. Wear white or neon colors to dance the night away under a snowfall with a radioactive glow. The party include ice cold fog, confetti cannons, body painters, drink specials and dancing to high energy mash-ups in a Christmas holiday setting. Cost: $8.
Night Hike – Saturday, July 20, 6:30 p.m., at McGough Nature Park. Bring a flashlight for a guided hunt for nocturnal animals such as raccoons, owls, opossums and bats. Free.
Cupcake Camp for Kids – Monday, July 22, 9 a.m., at the Largo Cultural Center. Kids ages 8-11 learn to bake and decorate scrumptious cupcakes in cooking camp that runs 9 a.m.-noon July 22-26. Cost: Residents- $76; non-residents - $95.
Summer Theater Camp – Thursday, July 22-August 10, 9 a.m., at the Largo Cultural Center. The Largo Cultural Center will offer a three week day camp, for teens ages 12 to 18. Campers will be trained in acting, solo and ensemble voice development, choreography and prop and scenic design by experienced teachers. Campers will culminate in a final performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie Junior. Cost: Resident - $350; non-resident - $395.
50-Plus Singles Mingle – Friday, July 19, 7 p.m., at the Cabaret Dance Club on U.S. 19. Suncoast Singles Club invites single men and women age 50 and older to socialize and dance at weekly parties. Membership not required. Cost $8 at the door.
ESL Tutor Training – Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m., at the Palm Harbor Library. The Palm Harbor Literacy Council will present a two-day training session that will enable volunteers to tutor individual, motivated adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students who are eager to improve their English literacy skills. Free.
Greyhound Adoptions – Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m., at Petco, 30697 U.S. 19. Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will host a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents. Visit with us to learn about these calm affectionate dogs.
ELCL Authors Showcase – Saturday, July 20, 6 p.m., at the East Lake Community Library. The library features a different author every month. This month's featured speaker is Debby Mayne, whose main genre of writing is faithful fiction. She will be discussing her latest book Pretty Is As Pretty Does which is the latest book in her Class Reunion Trilogy. Free.
Crossroads Farmers Mark – Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m., at Pop Stansell Park. Vendors offer fresh produce, locally produced honey, food, baked goods, jewelry and crafts.
Master Gardener Plant Clinic – Wednesday, July 24, 10 a.m., at the Palm Harbor Library. Bring gardening questions and plant samples to Pinellas County Master Gardeners who provide a weekly gardening help desk for the public. Free.
Summertime Market – Saturday, July 20, 8:30 a.m. at the John Wilson Park. Farm-fresh produce, local honey, flowers, foods and baked goods, arts and crafts, jewelry, and much more.
Dig Local Produce – Monday, July 22, 2 p.m., at the Public Library. Pam and Hank Sindlinger, Gateway Organic Farms owners, present a one hour discussion on sustainable agriculture, the slow food movement, and growing your own food. Free.
Teen Financial Literacy and Job Skills Program – Monday, July 22, 5 p.m., at the Public Library. Your Career, Your Finances, and YOU! is a two-part workshop series on financial literacy and job readiness for teens ages 12-18 years. Both days include incentives, giveaways, educational games and a free meal. Seats are limited and registration is required. Free.
Cartooning Class for Kids – Tuesday, July 23, 1 p.m., at the Public Library. Artists ages 4 to 12 will discover their drawing abilities with a step-by-step approach to creating fun cartoons. Free.