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.
Garden club offers November programs — The Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce De Leon Blvd., will meet on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and an 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.
Clearwater Evening Lion's Club Meeting – The club will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. 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.
Clearwater Garden Club – This month's timely horticulture topic will be the Art of Growing Gesneriads presented by Nancy Kast. The club will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at 405 Seminole St. For more information, call (727) 391-3066.
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.
Charlie Chaplin's “The Circus” to be presented – See Charlie Chaplin's silent comedy film, “The Circus”, accompanied by live organ music, at the First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, 411 Turner St. The free film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Call (727) 446-5955.
The Musical of Musicals – The West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, will present this hilarious satire of musical theatre in which one story becomes five delightful acts, each written in the distinctive style from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim.
This musical parodying will be performed each Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. now through Nov. 24. Cost is $20. Call (727) 437-2363. For more information, visit www.wcplayers.org.
“Sugar Babies” – The Francis Wilson Playhouse will present this nostalgic burlesque musical by Ralph G. Allen and Harry Rigby now through Nov. 27. The playhouse is 302 Seminole St. Tickets are $26 adults and $13 students. Call (727) 446-1360 for specific dates and times or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
Garage Sale Fundraiser - The 2nd annual sale garage sale, sponsored by the Top of the Bay Kiwanis Club will take place in the parking lot of the accounting office of Wilber Van Scoik, 2348 Sunset Point Road at 8 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis children's charities. Call (813) 833-5511 for more information.
Fall Craft Show – The 7th annual Fall Craft Show sponsored by the North Bay Community Church, 3170 McMullen Booth Road, begins at 9 a .m. Saturday. The show will feature more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, a food court, raffle and silent auction, kids crafting area and live music. Parking and admission are free. Call (727) 796-0071.
Holiday Bazaar – This annual bazaar is hosted by The Lutheran Woman's Missionary League and will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church, 1644 Nursery Road. There will be over 40 venders with homemade crafts, jewelry, candles, silk flowers, rugs and much more. Admission is free. Call (727) 462-8000.
Clearwater Community Band to perform – The Clearwater Community Band's 59th season will open Saturday at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St. The jazz band will perform at 2 p.m., followed by the concert band at 3.
The jazz band line-up includes This Could Be the Start of Something New, Walkin' My Baby Back Home while the concert band program includes Rock Of Ages, The Palms and Steal Away. Doors open at 1 p.m. The concert is free. Donations are appreciated. Call (727) 365-8017.
Peace Memorial Concert Series – The New Arts Trio will perform a program of piano trios by Mozart, Arsensky and Brahms on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave. A variety of concerts will be performed on the second Sunday of each month as a way for the historic church to give back to the community. A light reception will follow each performance. A $5 donation is suggested. Call (727) 446-3001.
Senior Singles to host Thanksgiving dance party – The 50+ nonprofit Tampa Bay senior singles club will host a Thanksgiving dance on Saturday 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 p.m. 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 Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coachman Park. The show will features over 150 artists, crafters and food vendors in a scenic waterfront venue. Proceeds from the show include the $2 entrance donation. Children under 12 are free. Proceeds from the show benefit the scholarships, grants, and community service projects of the GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club. Call (727) 725-1414. Visit www.gfwcnpwc.org.
West Coast Begonias Club to meet – Bring in a begonia plant for identification or ask about growing tips at this month's meeting and plant swap. The meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. at the Countryside Baptist Church, 2525 N McMullen Booth Road. Admission is free. Call (727) 841-9618.
Festival of Trees – The UPARC Foundation's annual 50th Festival of Trees and "Santa's Workshop" will be held Nov. 22-Nov. 24 at the Long Center located on 1501 N Belcher Rd.
The festival is a major fundraising event that benefits UPARC consumers. This holiday celebration features one-of-a-kind decorated trees in a family-friendly fantasyland.
More than 100 uniquely decorated trees, handcrafted gifts, live entertainment, children's activities and more will be showcased. The cost is $5 per person; children under 10 are free. Call (727) 797-8712 or visitwww.uparcfoundation.org.
Sunsets at Pier 60 — Due to the Tri-Rock Triatholon at Pier 60 Park this weekend, the concert and movie series will be cancelled this weekend. The concert and movie series will resume next weekend.
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.
Dunedin Wines the Blues Festival – This signature event is celebrating its 22nd year and combines top notch blues music from all over the country with wine from all over the world. The event, which drew a crowd of nearly 30,000 last year, will be held Friday and Saturday at Pioneer Park at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Music begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call (727) 480-9276.
Dunedin Plant and Yard Sale – Find homegrown plants, from perennials to colorful tropical plants, trees and household treasures at budget prices at the Dunedin Garden Club's annual fall sale. The sale begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and will take place at the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Wilkie Street, 549 Wilkie St. Proceeds from the sale support scholarships and civic beautification efforts by the club. Admission is free. Call (727) 430-4301.
Dunedin Dogtoberfest – Bring your pooch to the annual dog themed Oktoberfest and join the fun of a doggie costume contest, blessing of the animals, crowning of the festival king and queen, the "Running of the Wieners" and the "My Pet's Got Talent" competition.
The event will take place Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Rescue groups with adoptable dogs will be attending. Pet-themed vendors, a beer garden and food and beverages will also be available. The event benefits animals at the Suncoast Animal League. Admission is free. Parking is $4. Call (727) 786-1330.
Beat the Priest 5K and one mile family run – This 5K race and one mile family run on the scenic-packed trail system of Hammock Park will take place on Saturday at Hammock Park, 1900 San Mateo Drive. Athletes should check in at 8 a.m. for the events. A health and fitness expo will also take place from 8 am - Noon. For more information, call (727) 226-7223.
Community roundtable discussion – The Dunedin Committee on Aging invites the public to share in an open discussion and information session starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Topics for discussion include community housing, healthcare, transportation, caregiving, disaster planning, food security and more. Free. Call (727) 812-4530.
Fall Harvest Art Show and Artist Reception – This art show features works by 25 noted western and wildlife artists. The show will take place at 12 noon Saturday at The Plainsmen Gallery, 2141 Main Street. Original paintings, bronzes and prints will be on display and available for purchase. Meet Florida artists Dennis Logsdon and Carol McArdle. Light refreshments will be served. Show runs Saturday through Dec. 2. Free. Call (727) 734-8200.
Art in the Park – The annual fall event includes all method paintings, photos, jewelry and prints. The event will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at Pioneer Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Free. Call (727) 641-7055.
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.
Creative Artist Guild meeting – This group of local artists comes together at 12:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month for a formal meeting, socializing, an art demonstrations and refreshments. The group meets at the First United Methodist Church of Dunedin, 421 Main St. Call (727) 712-9321.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Art center plans holiday show, sale — “Unwrapped-Uncorked,” the Beach Art Center's holiday show and sale, runs from Monday 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, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7. The show and sale will feature paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and pottery. Art Uncorked Shopping events will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursdays and will offer tastings by Impressive Florida Wines of Indian Rocks Beach. For more information, call (727) 596-4331 or visit www.BeachArtCenter.org.
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. today 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 email@example.com.
First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks Jamboree – This free annual festival incorporates a community yard sale, carnival rides, concessions, live entertainment and a book sale starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road.
Musical entertainment provided by Christian Music Superstars, Phillips, Craig and Dean. Jamboree runs from Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free. The cost for wristbands for rides range from $25 to $40 and concerts $13-$16. Call (727) 595-3421.
Celebrity Flag Football – Join area celebrities including Al Keck, James Jones, Reginald Roundtree, Chidi Ahanotu and others for a flag football game to benefit area sports artist Greg Crumbly starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Whitesell Softball Complex, 12555 119th St. Autographs will be available for a $10 donation. Admission cost is $2 for spectators and $25-$35 players. Call (727) 776-6371.
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.
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. Saturday. 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.
Sunday matinee music program – The next Sunday matinee program is Sunday 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.
Musical comedy to start six-show run – “The Greatest Christmas Villain” will be staged Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 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. 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.
Season Opening Gala – The Matinee Opera Players, under the direction of Mario Laurenti, will be celebrating its 5th year at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center with a season opening gala at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Avenue N.
The performance will feature the Tenors and Friends, a talented group of singers that will perform musical favorites from Broadway to pop as well as an outstanding selection of opera ensembles. Parking is free and cash donations are accepted. For more information, contact Mario Laurenti at (727) 547-0396.
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.
Author Talks: Safety Harbor Then and Now – Learn about the history of Safety Harbor from local authors Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner. The authors will discuss the Spanish explorers, the Tocobaga Indians and the early formation of Safety Harbor. Tonight's discussion will begin at 6 p.m. and will take place at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 S. Bayshore Blvd. For more information, call (727) 724-1562, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.safetyharborculture.com.
The Curious Savage – The Players of Safety Harbor will present the comedy “The Curious Savage” written by John Patrick on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees will be held on Saturday and Sunday 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.