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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belleair Kids Programs – The Belleair Recreation Center is offering a youth Friday night out from 6-10 p.m. at a membership cost of $7; a karate program on Monday and Wednesday at a cost of $70 and an archery program starting Oct. 29 (members $20 and non-members $35). For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.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.
Sundays In Belleair - Outdoor Concert Series – Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music with family, friends and neighbors at the Surf's Up concert, a tribute to the Beach Boys with Phil Dirt and The Dozers. The concert will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road. Gates open at 4. Admission is $5 in advance or $10 the day of the concert. Call (727) 518-3728.
Heroes, Villains and Vixens – A chic Halloween themed cocktail party featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, cigar rolling, a psychic reader and a freaky fashion strut will be held at 7 p.m. Friday with proceeds benefiting Goodwill Industries. The party will be held at the Kapok Special Events Center, 923 N McMullen-Booth Road. Cost $75. Visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org or call (888) 279-1988, ext. 1052.
Arsenic and Old Lace – The comedic play revolves around the Brewster family, who are eccentric, disturbed and frequently murderous, will be presented by the Francis Wilson Playhouse on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Francis Wilson Playhouse is located at 302 Seminole St. Costs are $21 adults and $11 students.
Upcoming Garden Club – The next meeting Clearwater Garden Club will be Saturday starting with a social gathering at 9:45 a.m. followed by a discussion with Diane Fairbanks on home gardening. The club's board will meet on Friday, Nov. 1. Call (727) 391-3066.
Walk to end Alzheimer's – Bright House Networks Field and the Alzheimer's Association intend to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease during this 2-mile walk on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Rd. Start or join a team today at act.alz.org/pinellas or contact Tiffany Kane at (727) 578-2558.
Pinellas Youth Symphony - Under the direction of Lei Liu, second assistant concertmaster of The Florida Orchestra, the Serenade Strings performs several pieces composed by Corelli and Mendelssohn at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall's Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road. Cost is $10 adults and $5 children/students.
The Comedy Time Tunnel – This is a romp through comedic history with favorite comedians including Lucille Ball, Abbott and Costello, Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton and many more. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road. A wine reception starts at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $10. Children are free. Contact Ann Scott at (727) 531-3172.
Holiday Shopping Bazaar – The congregation of Temple B'nai Israel is hosting this event on Sunday. Vendors will be selling jewelry, hand-made craft items, sports memorabilia, food creations, decorative item for Chanukah and Christmas, books and children's items and more. The bazaar is free and open to the public. The bazaar will be held at the temple, located at 1685 Belcher Rd. South. Call (727) 507-0909. Visit www.tbiclearwater.org.
Operation Be SAFE Workshop – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater's Department of Financial Services, in partnership with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the Clearwater Police Department, is holding a free workshop, Stop Adult Financial Exploitation, for seniors, their families and their caregivers on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. at the Aging Well Center. The free workshop will teach attendees how to spot a scam, how scams work, and steps they can take to protect themselves. The Aging Well Center is located at 1501 N. Belcher Rd. Call (877) 693-5236.
Fall Book Sale – Fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks and children's books are on sale at deeply discounted prices starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. The sale benefits the Friends of the Clearwater Library, 100 N Osceola Ave.
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 on Thursday, Oct. 24. 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.
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 Ron and the Classics; and 6 p.m. Saturday Beachbillies. Free movies: Friday, “Gremlins”(PG), and Saturday, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stonge” (PG). 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.
Silent Auction Cancer Care Fundraiser - This fundraiser, sponsored by the Clearwater Yacht Club, will benefit the Morton Plant Mease campaign to transform cancer care. Guests can bid on new or gently used totes, wallets, clutches and purses during a silent auction. Paid admission includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, a drink ticket and door prize entry. Tickets are $25. The fundraiser is Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 South Bayway Blvd. For more information, email totesfortatasFL@gmail.com.
Volley America and Spalding Nationals – This championship tournament for Volley America members will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 8 a.m. at Pier 60. Open to all volleyball players, no pre-qualification is necessary. Visit www.eevb.net. Call (631) 728-0397.
Oktoberfest and Family Fall Festival - A family festival with midway rides, games, food, an over-sized flea market, Oktoberfest tent, live entertainment and raffles is set for Friday and Saturday. Call (727) 733-3776. The festival will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 750 San Salvador Drive.
Friday Night Films in the Park – Bring chairs and blankets for the City of Dunedin's Parks and Recreation Department's family movie screening beginning after the sun sets. The movie “Megamind” is expected to start around 7 p.m. at Pioneer Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Free. Call (727) 812-4530.
WoofStock – This free event, sponsored by Heidi's Legacy Dog Rescue, will be a fun filled day of adoptions, vendors, delicious food, drinks and live music from local bands. It will be held on Saturday at Highlander Park in Dunedin starting at 11 a.m. Visit www.heidislegacywoofstock.info.
Scottish Country Dancing — Beginner and experienced technique classes are offered. No partner is necessary. The first visit is free; cost is $3 per dance thereafter. The dance begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden St.
Junior Olympic Archery Development Program – This program teaches archery to young archers who enjoy this recreationally activity. This free program will be held Sunday through Thursday starting at 10 a.m. at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Call (727) 812-4530.
Pinellas Opera League Meeting – The group will hold its business-luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 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.
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“RED” Arts Exhibit – The Florida Artists Group, Area IV and its Board of Directors are presenting an exhibit of their art work at the Beach Art Center during the month of October from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The participants are talented artists from Pinellas and surrounding counties. There is no charge to attend the exhibition or reception. For more information about the exhibit, call (727) 596-4331 or visit: www.BeachArtCenter.org. The center is located at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.
Painting Workshop – Florida artist Shirley Frank will be teaching a four day intensive painting workshop emphasizing the development of individual style and personal philosophy on October 24-27. For more information about the workshop, call (727) 596-4331 or visit: www.BeachArtCenter.org.
Ride to Defeat ALS – This isa one-day, fully supported cycling event with routes through scenic Pinellas County. The ride is set for Saturday, Nov 2, 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.
Open Studio – Grab a canvas, paper or board along with your paints, brushes, and easel to open studio to create your own piece of art from scratch, a photograph or an unfinished piece of work. Residents and visitors of all skill levels are welcome to collaborate with other creative types. Bring a towel or cloth to protect the tables. The fee is $5 at the door. The open studio will be held from 2-4 p.m. each Friday in the Community Room, 4th floor, of the Indian Shores Town Hall, located at 19305 Gulf Blvd. For information call Betsy Schoepf, (727) 595-1083 or e-mail email@example.com.
Community and School Garden Forum – Sponsored by the Pinellas County Extension Service at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, will teach the basic steps to starting a community garden at 10 a.m., Saturday. Free, but registration required. Call (727) 582-2109.
Nature Hike – Bring a flashlight for a free guided hike in search of birds, raccoons, opossums, owls and other creatures commonly found at dusk and after dark. The hike begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the John R. Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N. Call (727) 518-3047.
Puppy Socialization Workshop – Start socializing your puppy at this training for common puppy problems including potty training, chewing and jumping. The workshop starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost $15 and is sponsored by SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Call (727) 388-0452.
Overall Fitness Boot Camp – Tone muscles, build core strength, lose weight and increase your overall fitness with two different boot camps. Join instructor Kevin Scibbe on Monday and Wednesday mornings for Boot Camp at Largo Central Park at 5:15 a.m. Join instructor Darrell Philip Boot Camp at the Highland Recreation Complex on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. with. Registration is open. Beginners are welcome. For more information, visit HighlandRecreation.com or call (727) 518-3016.
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.
Sun Down Music Series with Elisha "Atlas" Parris – Enjoy an evening with the soulful sounds of jazz on Friday at the Largo Community Center. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Parris is an urban jazz pianist, songwriter, and producer. Tickets are $10 each. Lawn chairs are recommended. The Largo Community Center is located at 400 Alt Keene Rd. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Highland's Monster Mash Zumba Bash – Join a team of Zumba instructors for this non-stop dance with a haunting twist, healthy snacks, raffle prizes and much more will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. Ideal for adults and children age 8 and up. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Child care will be provided for an additional $5 for potty trained children ages 3-10. The Highland Recreation Complex is located at 400 Highland Ave. NE. Visit PlayLargo.com or call (727) 518-3016.
Senior Health and Wellness Expo – The Barrington Senior Living Community will host a free senior health and wellness expo featuring a variety of vendors in the health industry offering tests, workshops and giveaways at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Flu shots will be guaranteed to the first 50 people who make a reservation. Call (727) 585-5900 to register. The Barrington is located at 901 Seminole Boulevard.
Annual Candlelight Vigil – The Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education will host a candlelight vigil in remembrance of those who lost their life to drug or alcohol addiction. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Largo Central Park, located at 101 Central Park Drive.
Model Train Show & Swap Meet – A free train show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave NE. Vendors will be on hand with various scales of trains, tracks, accessories. And a model train layout. The show opens from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Call Joe at (727) 244-1341 or visit www.regalrailways.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.
Creative Conversations – Safety Harbor will celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S. The presenters include representatives from the museum and cultural center, the Safety Harbor Public Art Committee and Public Library, the City of Clearwater, Creative Pinellas, Laura Kepner, Harbor Dish, North Pinellas Woman's Club, and local artists Noriko Kuehn and Dino Kostopolous. Free. Contact the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center at (727) 724-1562.
Family Fun Fishing Day – Come out for a free day of fishing fun and top tips from experts around the bay on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Acceptable for ages 5–17. Call (727) 724-1545.
Preschool Art Sampler – Parents and children ages 3 to 5 will explore various art media from drawing, painting, and sculpting in this on-going class starting on Tuesday at the Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S. Call (727) 724-1562.
Food as Art – Sample tempting tapas amid an artful collection of glass and other works. Then watch as Chefs Eileen Quinn and Tim Houlihan prepare a Spanish-themed menu, from gazpacho to sangria, for guests to enjoy. This event will benefit the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. The cost is $35. Sponsored by the Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc., 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. Call (727) 298-3322.
World renowned artist Hessam Abrishami – Syd Entel Galleries will welcome back world renowned artist Hessam Abrishami, recently bestowed an Honorary Doctorate from the American Liberty University commemorating his achievement as a fine painter. The exhibit will feature new original works in acrylic, oil, charcoal, pastel and bronze. The exhibit is Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-8 p.m. Contact Linda Gagliostro at (727) 725-1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Curious Savage – The Players of Safety Harbor will present the comedy “The Curious Savage” written by John Patrick on Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Matinees will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. A donation of $10 is appreciated. The play will be presented at the Safety Harbor Library located at 101 2nd Street N. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112. Visit www.playersofsafetyharbor.weebly.com.
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.