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.
Belleair Rec Flag Football and Basketball Leagues Begin – The annual flag football and basketball leagues are underway at the Dimmitt Community Center. The flag football program begins Sept. 18 and runs through Nov. 6. The basketball program begins Sept. 21 and runs through Nov. 16. For age brackets and costs, call (727) 518-3728.
Ageless Grace Program for Seniors & Boomers – Led by Katherine Campbell M.A., Ageless Grace educator, this program features gentle exercises for those 55 or older, individuals with a chronic illness or those who are recovering from a physical injury or surgery. The program begins at 10 a.m., Friday at the Senior Citizens Services, Inc., 1204 Rogers St. Seating is limited. Call (727) 442-8104 to reserve a spot. Free.
Clearwater Garden Club – The garden club will be hosting an “inside cleaning day” at 10 a.m. Friday at the club, 405 Seminole Street. Call (727) 441-9374 for more information. The club will also host a program on hydroponics at the home of Linda Pointer, 1926 Cleveland Street, on Sept. 21. A social gathering begins at 9:45 a.m. followed by the 10 a.m. program. Call (727) 441-1099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classical Ballet Workshop – A free workshop and presentation on classical ballet will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. Children ages five to nine are invited to learn about “Swan Lake,” “Coppelia,” and “The Nutcracker.” Ballets will demonstrate dance and act out scenes. The final activity will be a short performance. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers – Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., will present this play at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The musical tells the story of Millie, married and living in the Oregon wilderness in 1950, who plans to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law. Cost is $26 adults; $13 students. Call (727) 446-1360 or visit franciswilsonplayhouse.org for tickets, and other dates and times this month.
Rick Springfield – In support of his latest release, “Songs for the End of the World,” the rock star returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, at 8 p.m., Friday. Cost is $35-$95. Phone: (727) 791-7400.
Homebuyer Education Workshop — Attendees will learn the basics of the home buying process, including helpful resource information on down payment assistance and homes for sale at 8:30 a.m., Saturday at the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, 600 Cleveland St., Suite 800. Call (727) 464-8210 to register. Participation in the program is free. Course materials will be available for $17 by check or cash.
Paint Pinellas Red Workshop – The Pinellas Republican Party is hosting a kick-off to the 2014 campaign season with training for volunteers from 9 a.m.-12 noon Saturday at the Bethel Lutheran Church, 3166 N. McMullen Booth Road. The Florida Republican Regional Field Director will share state campaign plans for Pinellas. Discussions will be held on voter registration, community outreach efforts and social media strategy. For more information, contact Rosemary Mills at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steely Dan — Donald Fagen and Walter Becker prepare to do it again as they announce a new tour with a stop at Ruth Eckerd at 8 p.m., Saturday. Best known for songs like “Reelin' in the Years,” “Rikki Don't Lose That Number” and “FM (No Static at All),” the band is backed by 11 musicians and singers. Cost: $79-$135. Call (727) 791-7400.
Senior Singles Dance — The "Fave Team Kickoff" Dance Party will be at 7 p.m., Saturday at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way and features door prizes and live music by the At Large Band. BYOB allowed. Cost: $7. Call (727) 937-2925.
Hooters to Hooters 10K and 5K — This 5K / 10K run will begin at 7:30 a.m., Sunday in Del Oro Park, 401 McMullen Booth Road and precede along the Ream Wilson Trail. A post party will include food, drinks and raffles. Registration closes at 12 p.m. Friday. Call (727) 799-1227 for more information and entry fees.
Art Critiques at Studio 1212 — Studio 1212 at 1405 Cleveland Street invites artists to bring unframed, unfinished paintings to the gallery for a free critique at 10 a.m., Tuesday. Call (727) 446-4566.
Taking Your Medication — Vakesh Rajami will discuss how different foods, herbs and other medicine can conflict with the medications at 12 p.m. Wednesday at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road. Free.
Sons of the American Revolution – The next meeting of the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is Wednesday. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m., with a social period, a luncheon at noon, followed by a program. Cost of the luncheon is $20 per person paid in advance or $24 at the door. Suggested attire is sport coat and tie. Wives and guests are encouraged to attend. Call Dan Hooper at 727-669-2537 for reservations.
Evening Lions Club Meeting—The next meeting of the Evening Lions Club is 6:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at the Golden Coin Restaurant, 1844 N Highland Ave. The club meets the first and third Thursday of every month. All are welcome to attend. Free. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Call (727) 418-6528.
Wedding Secrets — The West Coast Players Theatre presents this play starting Sept. 20-Oct. 6. When a couple decides to keep their marriage secret from their families, they uncover more drama than they bargained for in this comedy. Cost: $17. The theatre is located at 21905 U.S. 19 N. Call (727) 437-2363.
Seminar on Publishing eBooks — The East Branch Library, 2251 Drew St., will host a seminar at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 on how to publish eBooks. The workshop, led by Diana Silveira, president of Novare Library Services, a firm that specializes in IT solutions for libraries, will cover the growing trends in publishing and the movement toward self-publishing. Topics will include: how to create covers and cover art; using Kindle Publishing Direct and other online distributors; distribution and sales options for authors; and marketing to improve sales success. For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.
Sunsets at Pier 60 — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films, weather permitting. Free concerts: 6 p.m. Friday by Island Boys; and 6 p.m. Saturday Patty Sanphy Group. Free movies: Friday, “Pirates: Band of Misfits”(PG), and Saturday, “Men in Black” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Vintner Dinner with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars — The Sandpearl Resort will host its monthly vintner dinner at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19. Jumbo lump crab, duck breast and Kobe steak frites are on the menu. The dinner will be paired with Stag's Leap cabernet and other varieties, ending with Ice Wine. Cost is $69 per person. Call (727) 441-2425.
Summer Jazz at the Lobster Pot Bistro — Jeff Kashiwa, who was featured on Jazz & Blues Florida, will perform Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Visit www.lobsterpotrestaurant.com for details.
Dunedin Restaurant Week – This dining event begins today and runs through Sept. 22. Participating restaurants include Kelly's for Just About Anything, Pensare Italian Bistro, Dunedin Smokehouse, Living Room on Main, Broadway Deli and Cafe, Cricketers British Pub, and Marguerite's Cafe. Hours and prices vary by restaurant. Proceeds benefit the Ryan Wells Foundation. Call (727) 736-5284.
Dunedin Wine and Art Walk Friday – More than 40 merchants will participate in this event which will include art exhibits, wine tastings, food and live entertainment. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., Friday at Pioneer Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Cost: $10 wristbands to get special offers from merchants. Call (727) 734-8671.
Summer Scottish Country Dancing — Beginner and experienced technique classes are offered at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden St. No partner is necessary. The first visit is free; cost is $3 per dance thereafter.
Starlight Concerts – Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic basket for a night of music under the stars at 7 p.m., Friday at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Free. Call (727) 812-4530.
Yoga Across America Challenge – Thousands of people will participate simultaneously in this marathon yoga class. Proceeds from this challenge are used to support YAA programs that benefit veterans, cancer survivors, and food banks. The event starts at 9 a.m., Saturday at Weaver Park, 2750 Bayshore Blvd. Fee is donation-based. Call (727) 812-4531.
Sunday Bicycle Rides – Cyclists will meet at 7:30 a.m., Sunday at the Old Train Depot Parking Lot, 349 Main St. Free.
Beginner Computer Class – This beginner computer course is specifically tailored for those who want a basic understanding of computers and how to operate them. The class begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Space is limited. The cost is $40 for participants with a Dunedin ID card and $60 for participants without an Dunedin card. Call (727) 298-3299.
Bay Bouquet Garden Club – The Bay Bouquet Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dunedin library, 223 Douglas Avenue. The program will be “Flaunting your Flowers” and a plant exchange will be held. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (727) 447-7805.
Safe Dieting for Diabetes Patients – Diane Thornton will discuss how to properly diet as a type 2 diabetic so you can lose weight safely at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Free. Phone: (727) 812-4530.
Snell's Square Dance – The public is invited to an evening of square dancing with professional caller Allen Snell, every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The class is ideal for beginners and experts. Cost: $6. Call (727) 298-3299.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
George King Art Exhibit – Paintings and sculptures by the artist and founder of the Beach Art Center representing his entire career will be on display at 6 p.m., Friday at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. The art center is also celebrating its 35th anniversary. Free. Call (727) 596-4331.
Citizens for Responsible Gun Laws Candlelight Vigil – Citizens for Responsible Gun Laws will hold a candlelight vigil for the purpose of supporting legislation for background checks for all gun purchase at 7 p.m., Saturday at Gulf Boulevard and 17th Avenue.
Bromeliads on the ‘Rocks’ – Hosted by the Florida West Coast Bromeliads Society, this annual event will be held on Sept. 20-Sept. 21 at the Holiday Inn Harbourside. There will be bromeliad sales, seminars by renowned experts, a banquet, and a rare plant auction. Twenty-five booths of commercial and private growers will be selling bromeliads. The sales area and rare plant auction are open to the public and attendance at the seminars and banquet requires registration. For information, visit floridabromeliads.org or contact Susan Sousa at Susanbromeliad@yahoo.com or Judy Lund at GLund@tampabay.rr.com.
Fall Oil-Painting Class – This weekly program, geared towards both beginners and experienced artists, runs through Dec. 19. Basic fundamentals of oil painting will be taught. Each student receives individual attention and can work from their photographs and still life set-ups. Classes will be held at Town Hall from 1-3:30 p.m. The class fee is $80 for each four weeks of instruction. No membership is necessary. The instructor is Betsy Schoepf, a local artist from Indian Rocks Beach. She has been painting for over 40 years and particularly enjoys still life and beach scenes. Contact Betsy at (727) 595-1083 or email@example.com for registration or questions.
Historical Writing Workshop – This three-hour workshop is unique and covers various aspects of writing historical novels including research, setting the scene and more. The workshop begins at 10 a.m., Friday at the Heritage Village, 11909 125th St Cost: $13 Pinellas Historical Society members and $15 for non-members. Call (727) 582-2233.
Pinellas Schools Closed – The Pinellas County School Board Offices, 301 4th St SW., will be closed Friday for a staff development day program.
Crop til You Drop – This three-day scrapbooking event begins at 4 p.m., Friday and continues at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE. Bring supplies. Meals, snacks and drinks are included. Cost: $100. Call (727) 518-3016.
South Pacific – The classic Broadway production and winner of ten Tony Awards, features songs like Some Enchanted Evening, A Wonderful Guy and Bali Ha'i. The first performance is Friday at 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Cost: $25.50, $12.50 students. Call (727) 587-6793 for other dates and times this month.
I Like It Hot Festival – Turn up the heat with fiery foods, searing sauces, salsas and more at the 13th annual spicy food festival beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday and 11 a.m., Sunday. The event will be held at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N. Activities include a pepper eating contest, amateur hot sauce competition, a hot hula hoop competition, spicy lolly lick-a-thon, amateur salsa competition, hundreds of pepper plants, from mild to blazing for sale. Cost: $5 admission, 12 and younger free. Call (727) 423-8433.
Pinellas Home Energy Symposium – Expert panelists provide information to help make water and energy improvements both inside and outside homes. The symposium begins at 9 a.m., Saturday at the Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Free. Registration required. Call (727) 582-2100.
Starting from Scratch Cat Workshop – This two day workshop focuses on massage techniques and body language tips, includes a cat harness demo. Cats are welcome in carriers. The workshop begins at 2 p.m., Saturday at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Cost: $15 for SPCA adopters and $20 for non-adopters. Call (727) 388-0452.
Doga: Yoga with Your Dog – Use stretch, massage and meditation in this one-hour bonding exercise tailor-made for humans and their canines at 2 p.m. Sunday at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Cost: $15. Call (727) 388-0452.
Bay Area Singles Dance - Dress to impress and come out to meet up to 150 other singles of all ages at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Cost: $8. Call (727) 518-3131.
Become a Volunteer Tutor – Work one-to-one with adult students who want to improve their ability to read, write and converse in English. You'll be amazed at the difference a little of your time can make in one person's life. This four session tutor training course will be held at the Largo Public Library in the Local History Room on Monday, Wednesday, and Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. Materials will be provided. Register by phone (727) 587-6715, ext. 2547 or online at www.largopubliclibrary.org.
Citizens' Academy of Largo Class – This 12 week program consists of weekly sessions designed to educate residents about the inner workings of their city government. It begins Monday at 6 p.m., at the City of Largo, 201 Highland Avenue NE. Academy participants will tour key facilities, learn about the challenges facing future development, talk with City leaders about current issues and events affecting Largo and interact with city staff at all levels. Register at largo.com. Free. Call (727) 587-6710.
Crafternoon – Do a craft and make someone special a gift at this 2 p.m. class on Wednesday at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Free. Call (727) 587-6715.
Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden Tour – Explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration area to learn how to grow your own food, take in the fragrant herb garden and learn culinary, medicinal and other uses, discover exotic fruits from the tropics. The class starts at 9 a.m. on Sept. 19 at the Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Registration required. Free. Call (727) 582-2100.
Dog Massage – Learn the ins and outs of canine massage including pressure points and aromatherapy. Bring your dog for hands on instruction on Sept 22. Cost: $30. The class will be held at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Call (727) 388-0452.
Heritage Village Country Jubilee — The 35th Heritage Village Country Jubilee is the first place to search for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The annual event will be held Oct. 26. A giant flea market and book sale will be held. Handmade holiday crafts, paintings, jewelry, stained glass and wooden treasures are among the offerings as well as musical entertainment, tours of historical homes, and demonstrations of traditional crafts. A $2 donation is suggested. Children under twelve are free. Donations support Heritage Village operations. (727) 582-2123. Interested vendors can call (727) 582-2233. For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage/events_countryjubilee.htm.
Chef's Table – This new monthly program brings everyone's favorite dishes together for a potluck at 12 noon Friday at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Prepare your favorite dish at home, and then bring to the library to share with your fellow chefs. Free. Call (727) 773-2665.
Crossroad's Farmer's Market – This local open-air farmer’s market features local produce, live folk music, cheeses, honey, handmade items, food, spices, herbs and more at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Pop Stansell Park.
Sing Barbershop Harmony – 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. The group meets every Monday at 6:45 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
Snips and Scraps Scrapbooking – Turn your photos, ticket stubs and any special mementos into a work of art during the 3 day workshop at 5 p.m., Tuesday at the library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Ideal for artists age 8 to 15. Free. Call (727) 784-3332.
ELCL Authors Showcase – This month's author is BonSue Brandvick, who has written Pearls: Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore based on a young woman whose psyche is invaded by a Victorian spirit. The discussion begins at 6 p.m., Tuesday at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Free.
Fiber Arts Group – The group meets the third Wednesday of every month to share needle arts skills, tips and ideas. Bring any projects you are working on. All needle crafts are encouraged. Sewing machines are welcome. The group meets at 6 p.m., at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Free. Call (727) 773-2665.
Auditions for musical – The Venue Ensemble Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, "The Last Room" by Donna Tripp, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Director Vic Carr is seeking 12 men (30-60) and 3 women (30-50+). Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of a ballad from a musical and bring sheet music in their key (or a CD accompaniment in their key) or sing acapella. Minimal choreography is expected. Show dates are in December. For questions and a complete list of characters, call (727) 822-6194 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Venue Theatre is located at 9125 US Hwy 19 N. in the Hudson's Furniture Plaza at Mainlands Blvd.
Venue Theatre Open House – The Venue Theatre will announce their upcoming 2013-2014 theatre season at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21, and at 3 p.m. Sept. 22. Complimentary entertainment and a cheese and wine bar will be available. The theatre is located at 9125 US 19 N., at the intersection of Mainlands Blvd. Reservations are required for this free event. Call the theatre at (727) 822-6194 or email VenueActorStudio@gmail.com.
Heart & Soul Cinema presents Scoop – The 2006 comedy and mystery film, “Scoop,” starring Jim Dunk, Robert Bathurst, and Scarlett Johansson and directed by Woody Allen will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Safety Harbor Library. In this film, an American journalism student in London scoops a big murder mystery and begins an affair with the biggest suspect. The film is rated PG-13. For more information, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. The library is located at 101 2nd Street N.
Butterfly Gardening – Learn how to attract butterflies to your landscape as butterfly expert Lois Weber talks about butterfly gardening during this Safety Harbor Garden Club meeting. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 S Bayshore Blvd. Bring a small plant for exchange. Free. Call (727) 726-6159.
Summertime Market – Shoppers will find farm-fresh produce, local honey, flowers, foods and baked goods, arts and crafts, jewelry, and much more. The market begins at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 19 at the John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St. Call (727) 461-7674.
History of Cuban Fishing Ranchos – The Safety Harbor Library will kick-off a Viva 500 celebration with a history lecture series at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 with the history of Cuban Fishing Ranchos. This one-hour program will feature Jeff Moates from the Florida Public Archaeology Network who will discuss how important the early Spanish/Cuban fishing camps were to the development of Tampa Bay. The talk will also include demonstrations and artifacts. All programs are free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. The library is located at 101 2nd Street N. For more information, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Cupcake Decorating Demonstration and Tasting – Mary K. and Kathy of Sweet Ida Mae’s Bakery will present this mouth-watering demonstration on cupcake decorating tips at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Safety Harbor Library. A tasting of fresh baked items will follow the one hour presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112. The library is located at 101 2nd Street N.