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.
Pianist, aspiring performer to appear in concert
BELLEAIR — Pianist and Belleair resident Miss Victoria will perform classic songs in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at town hall, 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Performing with her will be aspiring pianist and composer James Pitzer Gills IV.
Complimentary desserts and refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Belleair Parks and Recreation Department, call (727) 518-3728 for more details.
Belleair Garden Club plans variety of events
BELLEAIR — The Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., offers these events:
Feb. 5, 1 p.m. A general meeting and tea will feature a talk on basic orchid care by Michael Polen of Art Stone Co. Plants will be available for purchase.
Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. Pat Quinn of Petal & Vine Garden Shop and Market in Belleair Bluffs will talk about making unusual floral designs.
GOP women’s club to present lunch, fashion show
BELLEAIR — “Adventures in Fashion” is the annual benefit for the Belleair Women’s Republican Club on Feb. 7 at the Belleair Country Club. Registration is at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is at noon.
Tickets are $35. Pay at the door with a check or cash. Fashions will be by Patchington’s of Belleair Bluffs and hair and makeup by the Avantaggio Salon.
For reservations, contact Pat Watts at (727) 595-1791 or email@example.com, or e-mail Sherrie Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration begins for 2 runs in Belleair
BELLEAIR — Registration has begun for the Belleair Sunset 5K and Fun Run at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15.
Register at IMAthlete.com or see www.belleairrec.com for details.
Belleair to start dodgeball league this month
BELLEAIR — The Belleair Dodgeball League runs each Monday night until Feb. 24 at 918 Osceola Road.
Ages 6-9 play at 5:45 p.m., while games for ages 10-13 start at 7 p.m. Cost is $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. For details, call (727) 518-3728.
Garden club plans luncheon games party
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Garden Club will host its annual games and card party luncheon next Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. at its headquarters, 405 Seminole St. off Fort Harrison Avenue.
Cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For reservations, call Hilda Sinnett at (727) 586-0117 or Gladys Seney at (727) 442-7889.
Civitan Club is seeking new members
CLEARWATER — The local Clearwater chapter of the Civitan International organization is recruiting new members. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in room 12 of the adult education building at the Heritage United Methodist Church located at 2680 Landmark Drive.
Annual membership cost $96. For more information, call Largo member Fred at (727) 584-0461, Clearwater members Ron and Sue at (727) 726-6410 or in Palm Harbor Earle at (727) 786-4535.
GFWC plans spring fashion, centennial anniversary gala
CLEARWATER — The General Federation of Woman’s Club of Clearwater, Inc. invites the public to its annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane in Belleair.
The fashion show will be presented by Fun & Sun of Tarpon Springs. Dozens of silent auction baskets will be available for bid along with fashions to browse and purchase. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.
Call Tammy at (727) 710-6116 or email@example.com for more information.
The club is also making plans for its 100th anniversary gala on Mar. 1 at the Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 Bayway Blvd, Clearwater Beach. Tickets are $50 each. Contact Monta at (727) 831-8201 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Library to begin meetings for teen Manga Club
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., is hosting meetings for its Manga Club in the second-floor teen room one Saturday each month.
Upcoming dates are 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 26. The group for ages 13-18 will discuss a different manga each month. Additional activities include crafts and making doujinshi or fan-created manga.
Manga, or Japanese comics, and their distinctive style have become popular in the U.S. in recent years. Manga emphasizes simple expressions of complex themes through character inter-relationships and development.
For more information, visit www.myclearwater.com/cpl or call (727) 562-4970.
League of Women Voters to host healthcare act meeting on Feb. 8
CLEARWATER – Pinellas County navigators of the Affordable Care Act will offer in-person assistance on the healthcare marketplace and how to enroll during a 10 a.m. meeting on Feb. 8.
The meeting, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County, will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive in Clearwater. The meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Marti Folwell, president of the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County (727) 559-7498 or send an email to email@example.com.
VIP packages on sale for seafood, blues festival
CLEARWATER — Reserved seating and limited VIP packages are available for the Eighth Annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival at ClearwaterSeaBlues.com.
This year’s headlining artists, Robert Cray Band and Vintage Trouble, will perform Feb. 15, along with Peter Karp and Sue Foley, Marquise Knox and The Lauren Mitchell Band. On Feb. 16, Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds will be the headliner. Also performing will be Ana Popovic, Eric Lindell, Samantha Fish, and Steve Arvey and the Delta Swamp Rats.
The festival will be at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. Along with blues music, the event features regional seafood dishes. For more information, call (727) 562-4700, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
Sunsets at Pier 60
CLEARWATER BEACH — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films from 4-8 p.m., weather permitting. Free concert: Friday - Barry & Valentino, and Saturday – Denim Quiche. Free movies: Friday - “Despicable Me 2” (PG); Saturday, “Fast & Furious 6” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Church men’s club to hold annual yard sale
ISLAND ESTATES — St. Brendan Catholic Church’s Navigator Men’s Club will hold its eighth annual yard sale Feb. 8 and 9 in the church hall, 245 Dory Passage.
Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Sunday’s sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early bird time is 7:30 a.m. and costs $5.
Tools, electronics, books, clothes, sports items and home furnishings are among the items to be offered. Refreshments will be available.
Donated items will be accepted Feb. 4-7 at the church hall. For assistance with large items or earlier donations, call Jim Corrigan at (727) 596-1640.
3rd annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked set for Feb. 8 - 9
CLEARWATER BEACH — Enjoy deliciously decadent days on Feb. 8 - 9 as Clearwater Beach is transformed into an epicurean oasis for food and wine fans and connoisseurs. The city of Clearwater and the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa will host the 3rd annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked beachside food and wine adventure.
Nationally acclaimed chefs will whisk, whip and wow guests alongside the areas great local chefs, winemakers, spirits producers, and culinary experts beachside in front of Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. For more information, visit www.clearwaterbeachuncorked.com.
Downtown market is open
DUNEDIN — Sponsored by the City of Dunedin and Tampa Bay Markets, the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through May.
The market is located in the John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park and will feature approximately 40 vendors with an emphasis on local goods, gourmet take-home foods, ready to eat lunch bites, organic produce, plants, hand crafts, jewelry, artwork and live music.
For more information, visit www.TampaBayMarkets.com.
Valentine’s Day African violet sale
DUNEDIN — The African Violet Society of Pinellas will host their annual Valentine Day’s sale on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 639 Edgewater Drive in Dunedin. The sale will be in Kirk Hall. Parking is available at the church. Admission is free. Members will be available to answer questions about how to care for violets. Supplies will be available for sale. For more information, call (813) 920-7270.
Spring fashion show and luncheon set for Feb. 13
DUNEDIN — Styles on Parade, the annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show sponsored by the Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, will be Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd. in Clearwater. Fashions will be presented by MJ Fashions & Gifts of Dunedin.
To make a reservation, send a check in the amount of $30, payable to the Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin by Feb. 3 to Maureen Engel, 11717 Derbyshire, Tampa, FL 33626. Please include entrée choice of salmon or chicken.
Art center to host Monte Carlo Casino Night
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., will host its annual Monte Carlo Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22.
Casino games such as roulette, poker and horse racing are conducted by professional dealers, and no real money is gambled or won. Door prizes, live and silent auctions, food, a cash bar and entertainment also are planned.
Tickets are $35. Call (727) 596-4331 or e-mail email@example.com. All proceeds go to the Beach Art Center.
Singer to perform contemporary tunes at center
LARGO — Linda Eder will perform contemporary music at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Her repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Her performance as the tragic character “Lucy” in the Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde” earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination. Eder has recorded 14 solo albums and has performed across the country and around the world.
Tickets at $39.50 to $59.50 are available by visiting LargoArts.com or calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
Citywide scavenger hunt Feb. 8
LARGO — The city of Largo is hosting its first annual scavenger hunt on Feb. 8. Travel around the city collecting tickets and taking photos. For each ticket and photo collected, your team receives points. The more stops, the more points. Teams with the most points wins.
Cash prizes will be awarded to first place - $300, second place - $200, and third place - $100. The first 100 participants receive a t-shirt. Door prizes and food and drink will also be on hand.
The event begins and ends at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., in Largo. Call (727) 518-3016 for more information or go to www.largo.com/scavengerhunt for details and registration forms.
Community center to host adult, senior prom
LARGO — The Largo Community Center will host “A Starry Starry Night,” the first Adult and Senior Prom, at 7 p.m. March 1. The semi-formal evening will feature live music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, a prom photo, and crowning of a prom king and queen.
Tickets are on sale at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. This event is sponsored by Imperial Palms Apartments, Pinecrest Place and The Barrington. For more information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit PlayLargo.com.
‘Open Your Heart for UPARC’ event on tap
PALM HARBOR — The 11th annual “Open Your Heart for UPARC” fashion show and luncheon is Feb. 20 at Inverness Hall in Innisbrook Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N.
Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $80 for individuals, $100 for patrons and $800 for tables. Raffle tickets are 10 for $30. For details, call (727) 451-6668.
Local ombudsman council needs volunteers
The local Pasco and North Pinellas Ombudsman Council, which is a part of Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, needs volunteers. The council is made up of local ombudsmen whose goal is to improve the quality of life and care of residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family-care homes.
For more information, call Annette Perry at (727) 588-6912 or (727) 376-2788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the state program, visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
Premiere of “Ain’t food wonderful” at the Venue
The new musical spoof “Ain’t food wonderful,” written by Gil Perlroth, published author of the smash hit “Ain’t retirement grand” will be premiered at the Venue Theatre Feb. 7-Feb. 23.
The play highlights everything related to food experiences like restaurant dining, holiday feasts, dieting, the organic food rage, pregnancy cravings, and fast food emporiums and features songs about everyone’s daily encounters like Who Doesn’t Like Chinese?, A Bag Boy at Publix, Nothing like a Jewish Deli, Cellulite Blues, and Hooter Guys.
The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Tickets are $20 and reservations may be made by calling the theatre at (727) 822-6194 or by visiting the Venue Theatre website at http://venuewebsite.wix.com/venuetheatre.
Proceeds from the tickets sales will benefit the Meals on Wheels organization.
The Venue Theatre and Actors Studio is located in the Hudson Furniture Plaza at 9125 U.S. 19 N. in Pinellas Park.
Opera League to show movies at new venue
SAFETY HARBOR — The Pinellas Opera League is now showing its free opera movies on the second Sunday of the month at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second Ave. N.
The league will gather in meeting room A at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 to watch the DVD “Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacque Offennbach. For details, call (727) 724-1525.
Safety Harbor library seeking volunteers
SAFETY HARBOR — The Safety Harbor Public Library is looking for volunteers to assist with the preservation of local history.
Positions include scanning pictures and documents, researching and documenting items, cataloguing, uploading, and other duties as required.
Volunteers must have attention to detail, computer skills and willingness to learn. Metadata cataloging skills requested or will train. A Masters in Library Science or attending Library School is preferred, but will train interested, committed volunteers. A minimum of four hours per week is requested.
Interested parties should complete an online volunteer application at www.SafetyHarborLibrary.com.
Safety Harbor Public Library is located at 101 2nd Street North in Safety Harbor. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Upcoming events at the library include:
- Join the new ESOL Conversation Club: Improve your English speaking, vocabulary, and grammar skills during this new English for speakers of other languages group each Tuesday through Feb. 25, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Separate activities will be held for children ages 3 and older. Registration is required for adult and accompanying children. To register, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
- Learn about the Suncoast Hospice: The Suncoast Hospice offers an array of services for people coping with a new diagnosis or living with a chronic condition, seeking assistance to stay at home and manage an illness, caring for someone, grieving a loss, or hoping to find meaning by helping others, and other life changes. Learn about its programs and services today at 7 p.m.
- Great Gatsby Gala: A Great Gatsby Gala is set for Jan. 30, at 7 pm at the Safety Harbor Public Library. This jazz quartet program is part concert, part story hour for grown-ups.
Jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her group play music of the Roaring Twenties and Standards evoking that era, from “Jeepers, Creepers” and “Melancholy Baby”, to “Blue Skies” and “Basin Street Blues.” In between the songs, Christiana revisits F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel and reads passages in her lively and animated presentation style.
Prior to the show, join the library foundation for a wine and cheese reception to honor the 2014 Treasures of the Harbor. Both events are free and open to the public. Raffle items will be available to support the library’s efforts to raise funds to digitize the historical Safety Harbor Herald.
The library is located 101 2nd Street N. For more information, contact (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
- Opera on Sunday afternoons: The Pinellas Opera League has a new venue for its “opera on Sunday afternoons” DVD series. At 1 p.m. Feb. 2, the group will show “La Fille Du Regiment” by Donizetti, starring Juan Diego Florez. Admission is free.
- Meet Chef Warren Caterson, author of Table for Two-Back for Seconds: Join author and Chef Warren Caterson at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 when he shares dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking for two. He will toast the lecture with a cooking demonstration, preparing a healthy and easy to make entrée.
Orchid society to hold annual members’ sale
SEMINOLE — The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will hold its annual members’ orchid sale from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 at Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd.
For more information, call Bill Nunez at (813) 918-4546, e-mail BIDDISON22@aol.com or visit www.fwcos.org.
Barbershop quartet delivers singing Valentines
TAMPA — Want to send an a cappella barbershop quartet to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Members of the nonprofit Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony Barbershop Chorus don tuxes each year and travel across Pinellas and Hillsborough counties to deliver four-part-harmony love messages.
For $50, a singing Valentine comes with a coffee mug filled with candy kisses, a personalized card and four sharply dressed men singing songs like the 1890s-era “Heart of my Heart” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” To order, call (813) 228-7730.
The Heralds of Harmony meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Terrace Palms Community Church, 9620 Davis Road, in Tampa.