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.
Upcoming BWRC Meeting – The Belleair Women's Republican Club will host their monthly meeting and luncheon on Sept. 6 at the Belleair Country Club to begin the new fall season. The social gathering begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a 12 noon business meeting. The speaker will be Ken Burke, Clerk of Court. Lunch is $22 payable at the door by cash or check only. To make reservations, call Pat Watts at (727) 595-1791 or email BWRClunch@mail.com. For further information, visit www.belleairwomensrepublicanclub.com.
Visit with the Mayor —Stop by Town Hall to converse with Mayor Gary H. Katica, who will be there every Thursday between 3 and 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. He'll discuss any concerns and issues residents may have. Or contact elected officials at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just a reminder: All email information sent to elected officials is considered public record and subject to open records laws.
Double Play to perform – The public is invited to hear the music of Linda Carmichael and Jay Pendleton when they perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the VFW Post 2473, 1401 N. Hercules Ave. Call (727) 447-0922 for more information.
Volleyball Clinic - Youth ages 8-14 can prepare for school tryouts by participating in skill drills, contests and scrimmages at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive. To RSVP call (727) 642-3974 or email email@example.com. Payment and registration is done in person. Cost: $30 with a recreation card or $37.50 without card.
Table Tennis State Championship – ThisUSATT event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road. Spectators will experience amazing rallies and shots averaging 60-90 miles per hour by table tennis players from all over the state, competing for the state championship at their level. The event also includes vendors, on-site clinics and demonstrations. Proceeds benefit a new state scholarship fund and grass-roots programs in the community. Free. Call (727) 744-9427.
Balancing Hormones Naturally - Learn about advanced techniques to balance hormones without side effects or use of bio-identicals at 4 p.m. Saturday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St. Free. Call (727) 443-6703.
Clearwater Threshers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays – The Threshers take on the Blue Jays at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road. Stick around after the game for a giant fireworks display and the return of “Phillie Phanatic.” There are play areas for kids, and the tiki bar in the outfield is a great spot to socialize with friends. Cost: $5-$9.50. (727) 467-4467.
Buddy's Benefit Bash – The proceeds for this event will benefit Buddy, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma. The event will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St N and will feature a giant slide, dunk tank, corn hole, hula hoop competition, bubble blowing contest, live animals, airbrush tattoos, green screen photos, live auctions, raffles, popcorn, and cotton candy. Free. Call (727) 572-9464.
Business Licenses, Permits and Legal Requirements - This learning session will help business owners learn how to comply with a wide range of local, state and federal rules. It will be held at 12 p.m., Tuesday at the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N Suite 1-200. Learn more detailed information on specific local permits, state requirements, and federal licenses that your business may need. Cost is $10. Call (727) 453-7200.
Florida West Coast Bromeliads – The bromeliad society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S Belcher Road. The program on bromeliads will focus on the genus that boasts striking foliage, colors and markings. Information on bromeliad care and a plant sale will also be available. Free. Call (727) 439-7782.
Downtown Clearwater Summer Market – This market will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of Cleveland Street between East Avenue and N. Fort Harrison Avenue. Fresh produce, prepared foods, fresh local nuts and music. Call (727) 461-7674.
Become a Teacher in Florida – Join the American Board and learn more about how you can become a certified teacher on Wednesday at the Clearwater Public Library System. If you hold a Bachelor's degree, you can earn full teacher certification through an accelerated and affordable online program. RSVP to reserve your space at a free information session with a Teacher Certification Specialist, who will advise on Florida teacher certification and offer an American Board program discount. Two sessions will be offered: 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. Call (877) 669-2228 for more information.
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers - Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., will present this play at 8 p.m. Sept. 5 - 7, and 2 p.m. Sept. 8. 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.
Plumb House Museum Tours - The Clearwater Historical Society will offer a tour of the historic Plumb House Museum at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5 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 - This seminar covers the most important planning steps and strategies to increase sales, raise capital, and measure results. The seminar will start at 12 noon on Sept. 5 at the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200. Cost is $10. Visit www.pced.org or call (727) 453-7200.
Evening Lions Club Meeting - The Evening Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of every month. The 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 meeting will be at the Golden Coin Restaurant, 1844 N Highland Ave. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for attending the meeting. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Call (727) 418-6528.
Classical Ballet Workshop – A free workshop and presentation on classical ballet will be held Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. 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.
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: 6:30 p.m. Friday by Island Boys; and 6:30 p.m. Saturday by Ferengata. Free movies: Friday, “Babe: The Gallant Pig”(PG), and Saturday, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” (PG3). Shows begin around dusk.
Summer Jazz at the Lobster Pot Bistro — During August, Allon Sams performs every Thursday. Pianist and vocalist Andres Lewis performs each Friday and Saturday. 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.
QiGong – This program will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. It is an integration of deep breathing, slow movements and meditation to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and enhance the immune system. Cost is $3 with recreation card and $4 without recreation card. Call (727) 812-4531.
Line Dancing - Learn new and old line dance moves in a twice weekly one-hour class at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Price: $3 with I.D. card and $4 without I.D. card. Call (727) 298-3299.
Labor Day Chicken Dinner – Choose from Cordon bleu or baked chicken and an array of sides at 4 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus, 1251 San Christopher Drive Cost is $8. Call (727) 365-2582.
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.
Diabetes Support Group - Information is the best medical tool available for diabetes patients and their family. At this monthly meeting, led by Mary Gynn, RN, the focus is on diabetes self-management and general nutrition. The informal venue allows for attendees to freely ask questions based on specific needs and interests. The group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Free. Call (727) 298-3299.
Upper Pinellas Singles — Join singles 50 and older for dinner and socializing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 750 San Salvador Drive. No reservations are needed. The $8 cost includes dinner.
Tai Chi Health Recovery Class - The Health Recovery class is an opportunity to improve both physical and mental well-being. Tai Chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, supports improved circulation, balance, strength, and flexibility. Beginning class is free. Membership is $20 and between $30-45 per month, dependent on age. Reduced rates are available for those in financial need. The free class is held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, 1370 Main St.
Spirits in the Wind Reception - Four new exhibits that focus on the spirituality of cultures worldwide will be on display Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. The two-day event features a gallery talk with collector Dr. Robert Drapkin on Sept. 6 and a kids' art fest on Saturday. Cost is $5 and free on Saturday. Call (727) 298-3322.
Garden Club Kicks Off New Season – The Dunedin Garden Club starts the season with Phyllis Gorshe, Dunedin Library Director, as the guest speaker. Members will discuss the club programs and plans for the year including state, district and local issues. Bring small plants or cuttings to share. The meeting will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Public Library, 223 Douglas Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (727) 501-9333 (evenings).
Starlight Concerts - Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic basket for a night of music under the stars starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Free. Call (727) 812-4530.
Fall Oil-Painting Class – This weekly program, geared towards both beginners and experienced artists, begins Sept. 5 and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for registration or questions.
Swing Dancing – Enjoy an evening of socializing and dancing on a 5,600 square foot hardwood floor Saturday. 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. Call (727) 518-3131.
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.
Pinellas Labor Day Holiday - The Pinellas County School Board Offices, 301 4th St SW, and all Pinellas schools will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Florida Native Plant Society - This month's meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road. A pre-landscape tour will be offered as a preview of what's in store for the Plant Society's Native Plant Landscape Tour on October 5. Learn how conventional yards are transformed into minimal care, wildlife friendly habitats. The Florida Native Plant Society meets each month, auction of native plants, seed swap and refreshments. Free. Call (727) 582-2100.
Household Budgeting Seminar - Designed for people who want to learn to live better on less while saving to buy a home, this seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Pinellas County Housing Authority, 11479 Ulmerton Road. The second part of this two part series will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. September 12. Attendance at both parts is mandatory for certification. The seminar is sponsored by the Community Service Foundation. Free. Call (727) 461-0618, ext. 3.
Square Dancing Fridays - If you like square or round country style dancing, spend the evening cutting it up with Allen Snell calling. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Cost: $6. Call (727) 518-3131.
South Pacific - The classic Broadway production and winner of ten Tony Awards will be performed at 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. It features songs like Some Enchanted Evening, A Wonderful Guy and Bali Ha'i. Cost: $25.50, $12.50 students. Call (727) 587-6793.
100 Men in 100 Days – Daily at 10 a.m. Big Brothers and Big Sisters office at 918 West Bay. The organization is looking for men to man up and make a difference by becoming a big brother.
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.
50-Plus Singles Mingle - Suncoast Singles Club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cabaret Dance Club, 35235 U.S. 19 N. Single men and women age 50 and older are welcome to socialize and dance. Membership not required. Cost: $8 at the door. Call (727) 459-3201.
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.
Adult Sign Language Class - This is a fun beginner's course for those with some experience in American Sign Language starting at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. An intermediate class follows at 7 p.m. Free. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 120.
Toastmasters Meeting - Women age 18 and older who are interested in learning successful communication and leadership skills in a supportive and fun community environment are invited to attend a meeting of the Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club 1427169 starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Centre, 1500 16th St. Guests are welcome. There is a nominal fee to join. Call (727) 485-5870.
Master Gardener Plant Clinic - Pinellas County Master Gardeners provide a weekly gardening help desk session for the public. Bring gardening questions and plant samples at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Free. Call (727) 784-3332.
Infant Massage and Yoga - This new program takes place starting at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. The class teaches calming massage and yoga techniques for infants up to crawling age. Free. Call (727) 773-2665.
Book Study Therapy Group For Women with Eating Disorders - Licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Joy Davis will lead discussions, art activities and journaling exercises to explore two books on the process of eating disorders recovery. The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Me. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 per week; or $250 for a package of 14 sessions. Call (727) 267-6247.
Managing Your Money - The Florida Master Money Mentors teach you how to establish financial goals and get control of your money at 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Free. Registration required. Call (727) 582-2104.
Palm Harbor First Friday Food Truck Rally - Food trucks roll in for an array of tasty choices of cuisine, plus music at 5 p.m. Sept. 6 in downtown Palm Harbor. The event is free. Food and drink additional. Call (813) 444-8110.
Friendship Party and Dance - Enjoy a German dinner and dance to live music at 6 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by the German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N. Proper attire required. Cost is $5 per member and $8 per non-member. Call (727) 548-5234.
The Brothers Concert - Join the German American Society of Pinellas County to see the German dance group. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. All ages are welcome. Cost is $5 for members, $8 for guests. Call (727) 541-6782.
Contra Dance - You don't need a partner to dance to contra dance on Sept. 6 at the Pinellas Park Auditorium, 7690 59th St. N. Pre-dance lessons available at 7:30 p.m. The dance begins at 8 p.m. Cost is $8, $5 21 and younger, 12 and younger free. Call (727) 823-2725.
Auditions for musical – The Venue Ensemble Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, "The Last Room" by Donna Tripp, on Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. 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 email@example.com. The Venue Theatre is located at 9125 US Hwy 19 N. in the Hudson's Furniture Plaza at Mainlands Blvd.
Cancer Support Group - This cancer support group for women meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road. Free. Call (727) 953-6877.
Fish “Tales” & Storytelling: An Old Fashioned Fish Fry – Join the NEW Safety Harbor Historical Society on Sept. 7, from 3-8 p.m. for “Fish Tales & Storytelling: An Old Fashioned Fish Fry.” Come out for stories, games, tours, and more at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S. Pioneer costumes and attire are welcome. Advance tickets are required for the fish dinner and cost $10 per adult and $6 per child. Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum and Cultural Center. For more information, call 727-724-1562.
Auditions for Upcoming Comedy Production – The Players of Safety Harbor (P.O.S.H) announce auditions for their November production of John Patrick's comedy, “The Curious Savage.” Auditions are set 6 - 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Public Library. Actors are requested to read cold from the script. The group is also seeking stage, production, and hospitality crew. For questions and a complete list of characters, contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org.