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Summer Camp – Summer camps at the Belleair Rec Center are underway and run through August 16. The week of July 29 includes programs on Morning Summer Camp, Camp Rec, Camp Build It, Scrapbooking Camp, Speed Camp and 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.
Belleair’s Got Air – Pre-register for Coach Steve’s basketball program by July 31 to enroll in the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for only $50 per team. After July 31, the cost goes up to $80 per team. The tournament will begin August 10. Age brackets range from 5th-8th grade. T-shirts and backpacks will be distributed to all players. Great prizes will be awarded for first place teams. For more information, call (727) 518-3728.
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.
Lucky Stiff – July 25-August 4 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: Visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org or call (727) 446-1360. Adults $22; students $13.
College Prep Series – Saturday, July 27, 2 p.m. at Countryside Library. Alumni teens share their college freshman year experiences with college-bound high school students. Find out everything you need to know from dorm life to getting the classes you want. Parents are welcome. Free.
Underground Art – Saturday, July 27, 2 p.m. at the Main Library, downtown. Learn to make Steampunk fashion, zombie dolls and more. Free.
Captivating Keyboards – Saturday, July 27, 4 p.m. at Lakeside Community Chapel. The piano duo of Alan Tripp and Scott Griffin present an entertaining program of unique musical arrangements covering a diverse range of styles. Since 2007 the pianists, both Moody Bible Institute graduates and native Floridians, have been invited to perform at events and venues throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Call (813) 283-8083. Donations accepted.
Songs of Broadway – American Stage Theater Cabaret Series – Saturday, July 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road. Join Paul Wilborn, executive director of the Palladium Theater, for an evening of music, featuring the works of Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. Light buffet dinner. Visit www.tbiclearwater.org. Cost: $18 advance; $20 at the door.
The Monkees – Sunday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Their summer tour A Midsummer Night With The Monkees includes three of the original 1960's band members, Mikey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. Cost: $50-$125.
Clearwater Threshers vs. Palm Beach Cardinals – Tuesday, July 30, 7 p.m. at Bright House Field. Florida State League baseball. Play areas for kids, and the tiki bar in the outfield is a great spot to socialize with friends. It's $1 night with $1 general admission tickets, beer, soda, hotdogs and more. Cost: $5-$9.50.
Plumb House Museum Tours – Thursday, August 1, 8:30 a.m. at the Clearwater Historical Society offers tours of the historic Plumb House Museum, showcasing a variety of antiques and vintage items including uniforms and photos of the Clearwater Bombers champion men's softball team. The two-story, cracker-style wood house (circa 1896) is the birthplace of Mary and Kathleen Plumb, granddaughters of Jennie Reynolds Plumb, Clearwater's first paid public school teacher for whom Plumb Elementary School is named. Call (727) 446-4250. Free. Donations welcome.
Growing a Business: Secrets of Success – Thursday, August 1, noon, at the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200. This seminar will teach you how to work on the business instead of in the business! We'll cover the most important planning steps, strategies to increase sales, raising capital, and measuring results. Visit www.pced.org or call (727) 464-7332. Cost: $10.
Project: Shattered Silence – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (August 1-3) 7:30 p.m. each night at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The project returns with an all-new original production “Traveling”, which revisits former members of ‘P:SS’ and brings them back to continue their stories of where life has taken them. Cost $19.50.
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 26, 6:30 p.m. music by Island Boys and Saturday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. music by Jimmy and Roy. Free movies: Friday, July 26, “Thunderstruck” (PG) and Saturday, July 27, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (PG-13). Show begins around dusk. Free. Weather permitting.
Summer Jazz Series: Blake Aaron presents Will Donato – Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m., at the Lobster Pot Bistro. In addition to their regular jazz line-up, special guests include Blake Aaron, Will Donato, Brian Simpson, Matt Marshalls, and Jeff Kashiwa. Hear saxophonist Donato, known for performing with Earth Wind and Fire and guitarist Aaron whose vocals may sound familiar from his radio show. Cost: $20.
Pier 60 Sunset 5K Race – Friday, August 2, 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.
Green Market – Saturday, July 27, 8 a.m., at Pioneer Park. Produce, cheeses, seafood, plants, herbs and other specialty items. Free.
Summer Scottish Country Dance – Sunday, July 28, 6 p.m. at Scottish American Society Hall. Try Scottish country dancing this summer. No partner necessary. Beginner and experienced technique classes offered. Cost - first visit free; $3 per dance thereafter.
Diabetes Support Group – Monday, July 29, 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 29, 11 a.m., and Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.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 30, 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 30, 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.
Purple Heart Recognition Day – City officials cordially invites the public to celebration in the sixth anniversary of the Purple Heart Recognition Day at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, August 7, at the Purple Heart Park, 300 Main Street. RSVP by calling (727) 812-4531.
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Homeowners Association Happy Hour – Second Thursday of every month. 6-7:30 p.m. All residents welcomed, even if you’re not a member. Next gathering is August 8 at the Salt Rock Grill.
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.
Flick and Float: Thunderstruck – Friday, July 26, 9 p.m., at the Largo Community Center. 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 (at around 9 p.m.). Cost: $4 residents; $5 non-residents.
Itty Bitty Splashtime – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through August 16 starting at 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. Cost: $1.50.
Splash’s Treasure Hunt – Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m., at the Southwest Recreation Complex There's pirate booty hidden in the water that children ages 12 and under can find in age-group treasure hunts. Free hot dogs while supplies last. Cost: $5 resident; $3 with resident card.
Swing Dancing – Saturday, July 27, 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.
Bay Area Singles Dance – Sunday, July 28, 6 p.m. at the Largo Community Center. Dress to impress and come out to meet up to 150 other singles of all ages. Cost: $8.
Cake Decorating for Kids – Monday, July 29, 9 a.m., at Largo Community Center. Kids and teens ages 12-15 that love baking can learn creative techniques for decorating cakes of any size or shape in cooking camp that runs from 9 a.m.-noon July 29-Aug. 2. Residents $76; non-residents $95.
Stuff the Bus for Kids – Friday, August 2, 8 a.m. at the Largo Mall. One in five children in Pinellas County live in poverty. Help these kids prepare for the upcoming school year by donating the tools they need to succeed. A Pinellas County school bus will be parked in the mall's parking lot to collect any donated school supplies. Free.
Preparing for Fall Vegetables – Friday, August 2, 10 a.m., at the Pinellas County Extension Services, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Lay the groundwork now for a productive harvest of vegetables in the fall, either at home, at a school or a community garden, in class that covers the basics of setting up a vegetable garden. Best for adults. Registration required. Free.
50-Plus Singles Mingle – Friday, July 26, 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.
Crossroads Farmers Market – Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m., at Pop Stansell Park. Vendors offer fresh produce, locally produced honey, food, baked goods, jewelry and crafts.
Mother Good Ryhme Time – Monday, July 29, 10 a.m. at the Palm Harbor Library. Children up to age 2 can gather for nursery rhymes and songs. Free.
Tai Chi for Movement and Balance – Monday & Wednesday, July 29 & 31, at the Palm Harbor Library. The fall-prevention program for seniors was developed at the Oregon Research Institute. Two skill levels are offered. Intermediate class starts at 1 p.m. and beginner’s class at 2 p.m. Free.
Sing Barbershop Harmony – Every Monday at 6:45 p.m. The Centre, 1500 16th St. Sharpen your singing skills, establish lasting friendships, enrich your life and the lives of others and have fun as a member of the Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop four-part harmony group
Master Gardener Plant Clinic – Wednesday, July 31, 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.
Story Time for Grownups – Thursday, August 1, 1 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library. Thrilling Tales, a story time for grownups, is offered the first Thursday of every month. Light refreshments will be served. Free.
Socrates Cafe – Thursday, August 1, 6 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library. The public is invited to Socrates Cafe, a program that intellectually stimulates and promotes discussion on a variety of subjects. Free.
A Pirate’s Tale with Katie Adams – Tuesday, July 30, 1 p.m., at the Public Library. All ages will enjoy pirate stories to life with a treasure chest full of props and costumes, vivid scenery, puppets and audience participation. Free.
Teen Financial Literacy and Job Skills Program – Tuesday, July 30, 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.
Starlight Puppet Show – Tuesday, July 30, 7 p.m., at the Public Library. Come in your pajamas and enjoy stories and a fun puppet show. Free.