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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 newsdesk@clearwatergazette.com.
 
BELLEAIR
 
Belleair Garden Club plans variety of events
 
BELLEAIR — The Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., offers these events:
 
Wednesday, 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 wattsp7@aol.com, or e-mail Sherrie Morton at sherriemorton@tampabay.rr.com. 
 
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.
 
Monthly luncheon club plans shopping, meetings
 
BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The Belleair Bluffs Ladies Luncheon Club plans a bus trip to Ellenton Premium Outlets on Feb 11. Departure is at 10:30 a.m. from Publix Super Market, 2770 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. Champagne will be served and lunch will be at Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
 
All events cost $25. RSVP to Sherrie Morton at (727) 581-8313.
 
CLEARWATER
 
MOWW to meet Tuesday
 
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month. The luncheon will be held at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane, Belleair. 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.
 
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 tammyannharkins@gmail.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 montapiacenza@yahoo.com for details.
 
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 Saturday, 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 mhfolwell@verizon.net.
 
USCG Auxiliary to offer boating safely class
 
CLEARWATER — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering the “About Boating Safely” class at 8 a.m. Feb. 8 and 9 at the city’s police headquarters, 645 Pierce St. at Myrtle Avenue.
 
Topics include boating emergencies, navigating, safe operation and legal requirements. All graduates receive a state certification card.
 
Cost for materials is $35. For information and to register, contact Peter Ubillos, staff officer for public education, at (727) 469-8895 or e-mail auxboatingclass@gmail.com.
 
Senior singles Valentine's dance open to the public
 
CLEARWATER — SCIPS,  a 50+ nonprofit Tampa Bay senior singles club, will host a "Valentine's Day” Dance Party" on Feb. 8 from 7-10 p.m., at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way, in Clearwater. Live music will be provided by the band, "Louie Bravo." The dance is open to the public and couples are welcome. Admission is $7 cash. Doors open at 6:30. Free door prizes will be awarded. Soft drinks will be available. No reservations needed. Casual but dressy attire requested.  For more information, call Janet at (727)461-7104. Visit http://scips.tripod.com.
 
SCIPS is a 50+ senior singles club founded for fun and friendship. Activities include tours, trips, theater, picnics, dinner,  and sport events. A Senior Dance is held  on the second Saturday of each month.
 
Christian women’s club to hold monthly luncheon
 
CLEARWATER — Clearwater Christian Women’s Club will host its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Cove Cay Country Club, U.S. 19 and Haines Bayshore Boulevard.
 
Following a concert by Dick Morris, Kathy Baarman will talk about how she found true freedom in America.
 
The club isn’t affiliated with any church or denomination, and there are no dues. All men and women are welcome.
 
Cost is $17 inclusive. Make reservations by Feb. 7 by calling (727) 791-8762 or (727) 330-7109.
 
Clearwater Garden Club schedules slate of events
 
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., offers these activities:
 
Feb. 14, 9:45 a.m. Master Gardener JoAnn Campbell from the Pinellas County Extension Service will speak on landscaping tips and tricks for gardening.
 
Feb. 20, 5-8 p.m. The club’s Italian Night costs $15 and features a full supper, live music, prize giveaways and a wine bar. To RSVP, call Cathy Foley at (727) 443-7032 or Carla Roy at (727) 443-5374 or csroy@tampabay.rr.com.
 
Florida Herb Society to hear about brain benefits
 
CLEARWATER — Herbalist and physician Cristina Babiak will talk about using herbal adaptogens to prevent dementia and heal neurologic damage Feb. 18 at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St. at Fort Harrison Avenue.
 
Presenting the program is the Florida Herb Society, which seeks to educate members and the public in growing and preserving herbs for culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes.
 
Refreshments and herbal swaps begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For details, contact Emily Wenzel at (727) 365-8574 or emily@floridaherbsociety.org. The first meeting is free; dues are $25 per year.
 
Library to offer Stowe portrayal, astronomer
 
CLEARWATER — Countryside Public Library, 2741 State Road 580 at Countryside Boulevard, will host the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts’ performance artist-in-residence, Nan Colton, at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
 
Colton will portray Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” who also penned a series of short stories inspired by her experiences living in the south Jacksonville neighborhood of Mandarin during the post-Civil War era. The free presentation “Under Palmetto Leaves” will cover that period in Stowe’s life.
 
The library also will host astronomer Kevin Manning, who will present “Astronomy for Everyone” at 2 p.m. Feb. 8. The astrophysicist and consultant for NASA will illustrate the vastness of the universe, the size and scale of stars and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and visuals.
 
The program is part of the Countryside Library’s free Second Saturday family event series.
 
For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.
 
CLEARWATER BEACH / ISLAND ESTATES
 
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: Saturday – Dave and Carli.  Free movies: Friday - “Tad the Lost Explorer” (children’s movie); Saturday, “The Lone Ranger” (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 next weekend, 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 Tuesday through Friday at the church hall. For assistance with large items or earlier donations, call Jim Corrigan at (727) 596-1640.
 
DUNEDIN
 
Center to host annual Senior Awareness Fair
 
DUNEDIN — The city’s Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., will host its annual Senior Awareness Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
 
The event features local businesses and organizations that provide senior citizens with knowledge and advice on a variety of topics. Popular interests include health care, wellness, legal assistance, home and financial security, retirement living, insurance and nutrition. A free lunch is provided.
 
Last year’s fair drew more than 400 participants and 50-plus local businesses and organizations.  For details, call (727) 298-3299.
 
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 Monday to Maureen Engel, 11717 Derbyshire, Tampa, FL 33626. Please include entrée choice of salmon or chicken.
 
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
 
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 arts1515@gmail.com. All proceeds go to the Beach Art Center.
 
LARGO
 
TOPS weight control club meets weekly
 
LARGO — Take Off Pounds Sensibly/TOPS, a nonprofit weight control club, meets at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road off East Bay Drive.
 
For details, call Leona Horne at (727) 584-1807.
 
Parkinson’s support group meets next Thursday
 
LARGO — The monthly meeting of the Parkinson’s Support Group is Feb. 6 starting at 1:30 at the Grand Villa, 750 Starkey Road in Largo.
 
The 90-minute meeting is open to people suffering from Parkinson’s and their caregivers, family and friends. Call Marcy McCall (813) 985-6874 for more information.
 
Free acupuncture on next Friday
 
LARGO — Largo Community Acupuncture, owned and operated by David T. Chambers, D.O.M. and acupuncture physician, will offer free acupuncture on the first Friday of every month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The clinic is located on 66th Street North, Suite P in Largo. To make an appointment, call (832) 483-7372. Six people can be seen each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 on the hour.
 
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.
 
PALM HARBOR
 
‘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.
 
PINELLAS COUNTY
 
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 perrya@elderaffairs.org. For information on the state program, visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
 
PINELLAS PARK
 
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 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.
 
SAFETY HARBOR
 
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.
 
- Opera on Sunday afternoons: The Pinellas Opera League has a new venue for its “opera on Sunday afternoons” DVD series. At 1 p.m. Sunday, 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. next Thursday 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.
 
Meet Jane Seymour, view her artwork
 
SAFETY HARBOR – A new collection of original artwork by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Seymour will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at Syd Entel Galleries.  Meet Seymour in person during two artist appearances: Feb. 22 from 6-8 pm and Feb. 23 from 2 pm-4 pm. 
 
The exhibit preview begins Feb. 15. Visit www.sydentelgalleries.com.
 
SEMINOLE
 
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.
 
TAMPA
 
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.
 

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