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 email@example.com.
Garden club offers November programs — The Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce De Leon Blvd., will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday for a general meeting, program and tea. The topic is “Ferns of Brooker Creek” by James Stevenson. The club will also meet on Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m. for coffee followed by a horticulture talk on “Palms and Tropicals,” by Dan Frioud of Greenscapes. The club also is planning a holiday potluck, and house and garden tour at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Randolph Farms. For more information, call (727) 586-4021 or visit www.belleairgardenclub.com.
After School Hangout – The Belleair Recreation Center offers an after school option for students to participate in programs or get a head start on their homework. Transportation from Curtis Fundamental Elementary School, St. Cecelia Catholic School and Saint Paul's School is available. The cost is $40 and a sibling discount is available. For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.com.
Web & Social Media Internet Marketing – Learn the latest Google business solutions and features with Heather Bender, MBA, CBA and SBDC web specialist at 12 noon today. The registration fee includes course materials. Cost is $25. The class is sponsored by the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N Suite 1-200. Call (727) 453-7200 or go to www.pced.org.
Women's club sponsors author event – Today is the reservation deadline for the Clearwater Community Woman's Club's “An Afternoon with The Authors.” The benefit for the Clearwater Library Foundation and library system programs is at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 Osceola Ave.
This year's authors — Orlando-based food editors Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand and Heather McPherson — researched and published “Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans.” Signed copies of the book will be sold at the event. Tickets are $17 or $34 for a patron donation and include a box lunch from Wildflower Cafe. For reservations and future corporate sponsorship information, call (727) 536-7737.
Bingo – The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 11, at 219 S Betty Lane, host bingo games every Friday. Free coffee and doughnuts are served in a family atmosphere. Call (727) 461-0337.
Fish fry to support Plumb House Museum – The Clearwater Historical Society's annual fall fundraising fish fry is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ross Norton Park Recreation Center, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The donation is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger for fried freshwater catfish, hush puppies, grits, cole slaw, iced tea or coffee. Net proceeds will go toward maintenance of the Plumb House Museum, former home of Jennie Reynolds Plumb, the first paid schoolteacher in Clearwater for whom Plumb Elementary School was named.
The museum at 1380 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., next door to the recreation center, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Those attending the fish fray are invited to tour the museum for free after they eat. The museum features historical documents, early Clearwater photographic collections, period furniture and memorabilia from the Clearwater Bombers 10-time world champion men's fastpitch softball team. For fish fry tickets, call (727) 804-2073. For information on free museum tours, call (727) 399-1412.
Next meeting of the MOWW – The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane. Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and a short program.
Military officers that are retired, active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. The MOWW also welcomes new members. To make reservations for the next meeting or to inquire about becoming a member, call LTC George Smith at (727) 786-5578.
SCIPS Single Dance – The 50+ nonprofit Tampa Bay senior singles club will host a Thanksgiving dance on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7-10 p.m. at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way. Enjoy live music by "Ron and the Classics." The dance is open to the public and couples. Admission is $7 cash. Doors open at 6:30 PM. No reservations needed. For more information, call Janet at (727) 461-7104 or visit http://scips.tripod.com.
Christmas Under The Oaks - The 37th Annual Christmas Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show is Sunday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coachman Park. This fundraising event will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Coachman Park. The show will features over 150 artists, crafters and food vendors in a scenic waterfront venue. Proceeds from the show, including the $2 entrance donation (kids under 12 free), benefit the scholarships, grants, and community service projects of the GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club. Call (727) 725-1414. Visit www.gfwcnpwc.org.
Herb society to make vinegar — Florida Herb Society members will make herbal vinegar at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St. Attendees are invited to bring fresh herbs and containers to fill. The society's goal is to educate members and the general public in the growing and preservation of herbs for culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes. Visitors are welcome. The first meeting is free, and annual membership dues are $25. For more information, visit www.floridaherbsociety.org.
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 Velentino Barry; and 6 p.m. Saturday Jimmy & Roy. Free movies: Friday, “Akeelah and the Bee”(PG), and Saturday, “Fool's Gold” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Explore-a-Tour – Each Saturday through Nov. 16 the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will hold a two-hour tour with field guides that includes participating in research for the purpose of studying the local bottlenose dolphin population and identifying bird nesting sites. Participants will learn about the local ecosystem from a scientist's point of view. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. Call (727) 441-1790. Visit seewinter.com.
Scottish Country Dancing — 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.
Pinellas Opera League Meeting – The group will hold its business-luncheon meeting on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Dunedin Country Club located at 1050 Palm Blvd. The cost is $20. For reservations call Nancy at (727) 738-4007 by Sunday evening before the luncheon. To cancel, call the Monday morning prior to the luncheon.
Carnival fundraiser to Benefit Eckerd's Raising Hope Program – The Mom's Club of Clearwater. Clearwater Beach and Palm Harbor will meet on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sweet Peas Café, 434 Virginia Lane in Dunedin.
The carnival will benefit Eckerd Raising Hope, a program of Eckerd's private division supported through private contributions and community volunteerism to provide resource assistance to children and families in need. The carnival will offer numerous activities and games for kids and drawings for gifts. Attendees are also asked to bring gently used or new clothing to donate to the Eckerd program. For more information, contact Lisa Gagnon at (636) 578-8316 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ride to Defeat ALS – This isa one-day, fully supported cycling event with routes through scenic Pinellas County. The ride is set for Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at the Holiday Inn Harbourside. Breakfast, lunch and a post-ride party will be provided. The ride benefits the fight to end Lou Gehrig's Disease. To register, go to: www.RidetoDefeatALS.org or call (888) 257-1717, ext. 119.
City offers 'Coffee with a Cop' – An informal gathering with Pinellas County sheriff's deputies will allow residents to ask questions, voice concerns, get better acquainted and enjoy a complimentary buffet.
The quarterly “Coffee with a Cop” social is on Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Crabby Bill's seafood restaurant, 401 Gulf Blvd in Indian Rocks Beach. The buffet will feature scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, Danish pastries, English muffins and fresh fruit.
For more information, contact City Manager Gregg Mims at (727) 595-2517 or email@example.com.
Art center plans holiday show, sale — “Unwrapped-Uncorked,” the Beach Art Center's holiday show and sale, runs from Nov. 11 to Dec. 20 at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 and 23 and Dec. 7. The show/sale will feature paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and pottery. Art Uncorked Shopping events from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays will offer tastings by Impressive Florida Wines of Indian Rocks Beach. For more information, call (727) 596-4331 or visit www.BeachArtCenter.org.
Swing dancing – 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. The dance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Call (727) 518-3131.
New support group to meet — A new group to support Parkinson's patients, their care partners and friends will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. next Thursday at the Grand Villa, 750 Starkey Road, in the second-floor cafe. Group facilitator Marcy McCall has 15-plus years of experience involving the disease and now works as a patient advocate, educator and research writer for the Parkinson's Research Foundation. McCall also co-authored the first edition of the book, “One Hundred Questions and Answers about Parkinson's” with Dr. Abraham Lieberman. For more on the new group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genealogy society offering free research — The Pinellas Genealogy Society and the Largo Public Library are offering “Family History Assistance Day” from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 9.
People may bring information about their family and receive free, one-on-one assistance from a genealogy society consultant. Beginners especially are encouraged to attend and experience the process of tracing their genealogical history. No appointment is necessary; help will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis in the Jenkins Room on the first floor of the library, 120 Central Park Drive.
Tours of the library's Genealogy Center and classes also will be offered. For more information, call Bob Bryan at (727) 595-4521 or send e-mail to Bbryan84@gmail.com.
Family History Assistance Day – The Pinellas Genealogy Society is offering a free one-on-one genealogy research session at the Largo Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Bring information about your family. No appointment is necessary - first come, first served. The library is located at 120 Central Park Dr. Call Bob Bryan at (727) 595-4521 or send email to Bbryan84@gmail.com.
Sunday matinee music program – The next Sunday matinee program is Sunday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. and will feature a performance by the Tampa Bay Golden Strings Orchestra, presenting “A Potpouri of Musical Gemstones.” Tickets for the Tampa Bay Golden Strings Orchestra are $14 in advance for the dinner and the show. All dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the event. Tickets for just the show can be purchased at the door for $10. Purchase tickets today at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Rd. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Veterans to be saluted at ceremony – The City of Largo will honor all veterans and active duty personnel at a 7 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 11 at the Military Court of Honor in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The event will feature music and a color guard presentation. For information, visit LargoEvents.com or call (727) 587-6775.
Musical comedy to start six-show run – “The Greatest Christmas Villain” will be staged Nov. 15-16 and 22-24 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Written by local playwright Richard J. Budin, the story centers on the president of the world's largest toy company who plans to trick Santa and take all his toys. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Barbershop Chorus Seeking Members for Holiday Show – Do you like to sing? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join a chorus and sing in harmony with others? The Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus is currently seeking men, women and children to participate in this year's Christmas Spectacular Show at the Largo Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 15. All singers must attend four rehearsals prior to the show and be prepared to sing three songs on the program. Sheet music and learning CDs will be provided at no cost. Rehearsals will be Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Contact Lance at (727) 410-5696. The Largo Community Center is located at 400 Alternate Keene Rd. For a listing of additional show dates and times, call (727) 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com.
Safety Harbor Farmers Market – Vendors will be selling produce, flowers, and foods starting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St. Call (727) 461-7674.
12th Annual Wine Festival – Wine enthusiasts will delight in the 12th Annual Safety Harbor Wine Festival presented by Dimmitt Automotive Group on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Main Street in downtown will be lined with arts and crafts vendors, live music and entertainment, champagne and craft beer tents, and, the best of all, hundreds of wines from around the world, including some that are produced locally in Florida.
Many participating local shops will have wines available for your enjoyment. The fine shops and restaurants of Downtown Safety Harbor will be staying open later than usual to accommodate the guests of the wine festival.
Highland Dance – This workout is available to adults and children to help develop coordination, posture, overall muscle tone and aerobic capacity. Dancers will learn the basics of Highland Dance including the fling and sword dance with instructor Elizabeth Constantine. Acceptable for ages 4–14. The class will be held each Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 9th Ave. S. For more information including schedule and pricing, call (727) 724-1530.