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 offers holiday kids' camp — The parks and recreation department will offer Thanksgiving Camp 2013 during the three-day holiday break for children ages six to 12.
Sessions are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25-27 at Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road. Members pay $85 for three days or $40 per day, while the charge for nonmembers is $100 and $45.
In other recreation news, archery lessons for ages 6-14 began this week. Classes will be held each Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. through Nov. 19. Cost per session is $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers.
Other youth programs offered are: after-school hangout; dance, karate and tennis lessons; Funky Friday; and Mommy and Me.
Call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.com.
Conservation photographer to appear at library – Conservation photographer Carlton Ward. Jr. will give a presentation at 7 p.m. tonight at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. Donation is $10.
Ward will sign his books at 6:30 p.m. and after his talk on his 1,000-mile, 100-day trek from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp, chronicled in the book “Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.” For more information, visit www.carltonward.com.
For a reservation, call the Clearwater Library Foundation at (727) 562-4970, Ext. 5189.
Informational seminar for caregivers to elderly family members – Neighborly Care Network will host a free seminar comprised of a panel of senior legal and health experts tonight from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Neighborly Care Network, 13945 Evergreen Ave. in Clearwater.
The seminar will help caregivers understand the legal assistance needed to lessen financial strains and provide them with support systems/services to allow them to provide care with less stress. The specialized panel of experts will include Mr. Charlie Robinson, Elder Law Attorney and Ms. Peggy Macaluso, Program Specialist/ Director of Client Advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association. Respite assistance will be provided for patients during the seminar.
Garden club plans program on solar lights — Cheryl Drew will offer a program on solar lights and beaded hangars during the Clearwater Garden Club's Garden on Saturday event this week. Coffee is at 9:45 a.m. and the program follows at 10 at 405 Seminole St.
Clearwater Evening Lion's Club Meeting – The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the Golden Coin Restaurant, 1844 N Highland Ave. All are welcome to attend. Free. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Call (727) 418-6528.
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.
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.
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 visit www.uparcfoundation.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 Island Boys; and 6 p.m. Saturday Beachbillies. Free movies: Friday, “Adventures in Zambezi”(G), and Saturday, “Be Kind and Rewind” (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.
Revolutionary Sons chapter to meet – The Clearwater Chapter, Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution will meet Wednesday at Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd.
Meetings, held the third Wednesday of the month, start at 11:30 a.m. with a social period, followed by a noon luncheon and a program. The luncheon costs $20 in advance, $24 at the door. Suggested attire is sport coat and tie. Wives and guests are invited to attend.
Call Dan Hooper at (727) 669-2537 for reservations.
The Clearwater Chapter serves Seminole, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs and the remainder of northern Pinellas and Pasco counties.
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 through 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.
Auditions set for Adult and Senior Talent Show — Open auditions are from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for the Largo Community Center's Adult and Senior Talent Show.
The top 15 performers will be selected by a panel of judges to compete in front of a live audience during the show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
Rehearsals will be Nov. 22 and, like the auditions and the show will be at the community center, 400 Alternate Keene Road.
Show tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Byrds founder to perform at center — Roger McGuinn, founding member of the 1960s rock/folk band The Byrds, will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St S.E.
Tickets at $29.50 to $39.50 are available by visiting LargoArts.com or calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
The Byrds produced such hits as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Eight Miles High” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
Musical comedy to start six-show run – “The Greatest Christmas Villain” will be staged Friday and Saturday and then again on 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.
Jazz vocalist to give concert — Jazz vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Blind since birth, Schuur has won two Grammy Awards, has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House, and has toured with Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.
Tickets at $34.50 to $44.50 may be purchased by visiting LargoArts.com or calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
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.
Dancing, singing to highlight showcase – An afternoon of singing and dancing with a holiday theme is planned at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road.
Performing will be the Tutterow Dancers, The Mcmillans, The Bates, the Indian Rocks Christian School Student Choir and strolling carolers in the grand ballroom.
Tickets are on sale for $14 at the community center. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.