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Plenty of summer camp options for kids
BELLEAIR — The Belleair Recreation Department is gearing up for a busy summer with full-day camps for children ages 6 – 12 at the Dimmitt Community Center, located at 918 Osceola Rd.
A summer camp activities include games, challenges, and wacky competitions with the emphasis on safety, relationship building, and fun.
Both morning and afternoon camps are available.
For details, visit www.belleairrec.com.
Clearwater High presents “Anything Goes”
CLEARWATER — Anything Goes, a Tony award winning musical comedy set on the high seas by composer and song writer Cole Porter, will be presented by the Clearwater High School performing arts department at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the high school theater, 540 S. Hercules Ave.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Contact Joy Roche at Rochej@pcsb.org or call (727) 298-1620 ext. 2125.
Turning jobs into dream careers
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580 at Countryside Boulevard, will host a 2 p.m. Sunday presentation and book signing by author Lauren Berger.
She’ll focus on her new book, “Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career.” The Countryside High School graduate also has written “All Work and No Pay.” Through her website, www.InternQueen.com, she dispenses advice for young job seekers and sells books on how to leverage internship experience into full-time employment.
For information on this and other programs offered by the Clearwater Library System, call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.
Spirituality book group to meet Sunday
CLEARWATER — New members are welcome to join a weekly book discussion group focused on happier living through the investigation of alternative spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, consciousness and Buddhist philosophy.
The group will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Top of the World, 2257 World Pkwy. W, No. 21.
CLEARWATER BEACH & ISLAND ESTATES
CLEARWATER BEACH — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films starting at 4 p.m., weather permitting. Free concert: Friday – Jimmy & Roy and Saturday – Demin Quiche. Free movies: Friday – “Tad the Lost Explorer” (PG) and Saturday – “Saving Mr. Banks” (PG/13). Shows begin around dusk.
Civic associations to connect with its neighbors
The Clearwater Beach Association and Island Estates Civic Association will host a neighborhood block party Saturday in conjunction with the city’s 15th Annual Celebrate Clearwater Neighborhoods Day Block Party.
The beach association, which also celebrates its 70th anniversary, will host a picnic from 1-4 p.m. at Triangle Park in North Beach between Bay Esplanade and Narcissus Ave. The event is open to residents of Clearwater Beach.
Residents of Island Estates are invited to a block party with food and entertainment from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage.
Sign up for summer sailing adventures
SAND KEY – Registration is now underway for sailing camps for youngsters from 5 to 17 years old, at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, located at 1001 Gulf Blvd on Sand Key.
The sailing center offers programs for all skill levels and backgrounds starting with 5-years-old to experienced sailors and those who have Olympic dreams.
Call (727) 517-7776 or visit www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org.
Library volunteers needed on weekdays
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The Indian Rocks Beach Library, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., is looking for volunteers to help Mondays through Fridays: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m.
Year-round residents are preferred. Helpers are needed to cover the circulation desk and interact with library patrons. People who are comfortable using a computer, love being surrounded by books and enjoy meeting new people may come in to fill out an application or contact Librarian Laurie Talerico at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 596-1822.
Registration open for annual Turtle Trot 5K
LARGO — The city and The Friends of Largo Nature Parks will host the Fourth Annual Turtle Trot 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday at George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N.
The Turtle Trot is a measured 3.1-mile flat course that will take participants through McGough and Bonner parks’ trails and boardwalks along the Intracoastal Waterway, and on quiet neighborhood streets nearby.
Awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers, overall master male and female, and the top three finishers in each age group. Post-race refreshments and water will be available.
Register today on LargoNature.com. Race fee is $30 and registration is limited to the first 500 runners. All proceeds from the race will go toward supporting Largo nature parks. Registration forms are available online and at McGough Nature Park and at Bonner Park, 14444 143rd St. N. For more information, call (727) 518-3047.
Free football clinic for ages 8-17
LARGO — Join the city’s Athletics Division for its free annual youth football clinic on Saturday.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., youths ages 8-17 will learn on-field skills and do drills with the help of the city’s recreation department staff and local youth football coaches.
The Largo Athletics Youth Football Clinic will be held at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave N.E. Food and drinks will be provided, as well T-shirts for the first 100 registered participants. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Each child must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. For more information, call (727) 587-6740, Ext. 5046 or visit www.LargoSports.com.
Relay For Life set for May 2-3
LARGO — Relay For Life teams will camp out in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, from 6 p.m. May 2 through 6 a.m. May 3.
Teams of people from all walks of life enjoy activities and entertainment while raising money to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention.
For information, call (919) 539-5771. The public is invited to attend for free.
Largo summer camp scholarships available
LARGO — The city is offering the Juanita Johnson and Rotary Club of Largo Scholarships in addition to the Out of School Time Scholarships (funded by Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas) for children 9 and older.
Scholarship funding will be accepted at Southwest Camps and Bayhead Teen Camp.
Scholarship applications are available now. Completed forms and supporting documentation may be turned in to Highland Recreation Complex or Southwest Recreation Complex.
For information, visit LargoCamps.com or call (727) 518-3016 or (727) 518-3125.
Largo Recreation to offer summer camps
LARGO — The Largo Recreation Parks & Art Department is gearing up for a busy summer with full-day camps including Camp Creativity, Naturemania, Bayhead Teen Camp and Kids City.
Download a summer camp guide at LargoCamps.com or pick up a Play Magazine at any recreation facility, city hall or the public library. For details, call (727) 518-3016 or (727) 518-3125.
Go behind scenes of theater work
LARGO — Youths interested in working behind the scenes of a theatrical production may attend the Largo Cultural Center’s Technical Theater Production Camp.
Designed for students ages 12-18, the camp from July 28 to Aug. 9 covers such topics as scenery, rigging and audio, sound and lighting equipment. At the end of the camp, participants will apply their new skills to support the production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”
The camp will be taught by professionals with years of experience in the entertainment industry.
To sign up, visit Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. N.E., or Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. For information on the cost, before and after care and other details, visit LargoArts.com or call (727) 587-6751.
Library schedules slate of events
PALM HARBOR — The East Lake Community Library, 4125 E Lake Rd., offer these activities:
Basic Computer Classes: Every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Please call to register.
Computer Chat: The first and third Friday of every month from 1-3 p.m. A computer instructor will be here to help with your computer issues and questions with one-on-one assistance. Preregistration is required.
Fraud Prevention Program: Today, from 1-2 p.m. Please join AARP and the East Lake Community Library for the Fraud Prevention Program where you will learn the do’s and don’ts in protecting yourself against this crime. Registration is required.
Right Fit Foundation – Info for Your College-Bound Student: April 29, from 7-7:45 pm. Learn about information concerning your child’s college admission, loans, grants, etc. No registration is required.
Teen Tutors: Free assistance for students of all ages with Math, English, and Reading! Preregistration is required; please call for details.
Teen Volunteers Needed: Any teens looking for hours for Bright Futures? Call for details.
Info for Your College-Bound Student: April 29, from 7-7:45 p.m. Learn about information concerning your child’s college admission, loans, grants, etc. No registration is required.
For more information and other offerings, call (727) 773-2665 or visit www.eastlakelibrary.org.
Model train show and swap meet
PINELLAS PARK — Regal Railways will host a train show on Saturday at the Lopez Inc Hall, 7177 58th Street N., in Pinellas Park.
More than 50 vendors will be on hand with model trains, tracks, and accessories. Lunch will be provided for a nominal fee.
The show opens from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and younger are free. An early bird admission begins at 9 a.m.
Call Joe at (727) 244-1341 or visit www.regalrailways.com for details.
Senior Solos plans two lunches in May
PINELLAS PARK — Senior Solos invites singles 55 and older to two activities in May:
• 1 p.m. May 7, lunch at the Cheddar Casual Café, 4101 Park Blvd.;
• 1:30 p.m. May 12, monthly general meeting and potluck luck at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N. Bring a dish to share and $2 or no dish and $5. After lunch, the group will play the game “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Evening with local poets tonight
SAFETY HARBOR -- The fifth annual Poetry Celebration, sponsored by the Friends of the Safety Harbor Public Library, begins at 6 p.m. tonight.
The mingle will feature readings from local poets and music by The Last Ghost Dance.
This free event will be held at the library, 101 2nd Street N. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Meet author of Cynthia Sandor
SAFETY HARBOR – Author Cynthia A. Sandor will discuss her book, “Through Innocent Eyes,” an account of her mother’s experience and journal entries as a child in Adolph Hitler’s youth movement.
The discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the Safety Harbor Public Library, located 101 2nd Street N.
For information, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
SAFETY HARBOR -- Jan Golden will present the “Dream Workshop” at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd Street N.
In this workshop, you will learn about meaning, symbolism, and how you can use your dreams to awaken your creative and spiritual self along with strategies to record, recall, and understand your dreams.
For information, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.