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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 Road.
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.
SCIPS to host May Day dance
CLEARWATER — SCIPS, a 50-plus nonprofit Tampa Bay senior singles club, will host a “May Day Dance Party” from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way.
Music will be provided by Carlos. The dance is open to the public and couples. Admission is $7 cash. Reservations are not required and casual dressy attire is acceptable.
Call Janet at (727) 461-7104 or visit scips.tripod.com.
Lakeside Christian to present “Honk!”
CLEARWATER — “Honk!” is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Ugly Duckling,” that incorporates a message of tolerance. The students at the Lakeside Christian School, 1897 Sunset Point Road, will present the musical at 7 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults or $10 at the door.
Choir’s spring tour makes stop here
CLEARWATER — The Collegiate Chorale, a 30 member touring choir conducted by Tim Cloeter from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, will perform a free program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, 411 Turner St.
The varied concert program spans from classical to American folk songs, from Renaissance to the present and from French chansons to vocal jazz. Donations are accepted.
Learn the history of England
CLEARWATER — Learn about the “Great Houses of England” at 10:30 a.m. next Thursday at the Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host this exploration of the history of England through art, architecture and gardens. Members are free; non-members $15.
Big screen biography film series begins
CLEARWATER — The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, will present films about a wide variety of influential people from around the globe and throughout history every Wednesday through June 25. The free weekly movie begins at 2 p.m.
CLEARWATER — St. Petersburg Opera will present Evenings with the Maestro starring Norma, the Consummate Bel Canto, at 6 p.m. next Thursday at The Music Gallery of Clearwater, 5990 Ulmerton Road. Artistic director Mark Sforzini will lead the program designed to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows in the season. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 seniors/students.
Golf tournament to benefit CHS football
LARGO — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and New York Jet Donnie Abraham will host the second annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 7 to benefit Clearwater High School’s Tornadoes football program.
Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 8 at Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club, 8001 Cumberland Road.
Besides 18 holes of golf and use of a cart, participants receive a goody bag, range balls, continental breakfast, hot lunch, photos, prizes and the opportunity to meet several sport celebrities. Buffalo Wild Wings of Largo will set up a table on one of the holes so golfers can sample wings and sauces.
Mulligans will be available, along with a $10,000 hole-in-one opportunity and hole contests with prizes.
Download a registration form at tinyurl.com/mg5ony7. For details, call (727) 403-4516 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s charity seeks donations of clothing, shoes
CLEARWATER — Clothes To Kids, which provides a full week of school clothing, including shoes, for free to more than 50 kindergarteners through 12th-graders in Pinellas public schools, needs items for elementary school boys and girls.
The charity’s stores in Clearwater and St. Petersburg have a low inventory of pants, jeans and shorts sizes four to 16, short-sleeve shirts of all sizes and shoes sizes kids 12 to adult.
New or gently used garments and footwear may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Clearwater store, 1059 N. Hercules Ave., and the St. Petersburg shop, 3251 Third Ave.
Clothes To Kids has shopping appointments available for students on the free and reduced-price lunch program. Call (727) 327-7100 for the south county store and (727) 441-5050 for the Clearwater store.
For more information, visit www.clothestokids.org.
CLEARWATER BEACH — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films starting at 4 p.m., weather permitting. Free concert: Friday – Island Boys and Saturday – Patti Sanphy Group. Free movies: Friday – “The Pirate Fairy” (G) and Saturday – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
SAND KEY — Join executive chefs from Parkshore Grill, Cafe Ponte, William Dean Chocolates and others as they work side by side with local high school and PTEC culinary students at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd.
Exquisite entrees, tempting appetizers and decadent desserts will be prepared. The proceeds benefits the Ryan Wells Foundation for aspiring culinary students. RSVP by calling (727) 787-7863.
Summer club memberships available
CLEARWATER BEACH — Summer memberships are available at a discount rate at the Clearwater Yacht Club, valid through Sept. 30. To learn more contact Virginia at (727) 447-6000.
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-year-olds to experienced sailors and those who have Olympic dreams.
Call (727) 517-7776 or visit www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org.
Pinellas Opera League plans luncheon
DUNEDIN — The Pinellas Opera League will hold its next business luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. June 4 at the Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd.
During the gathering, local opera artists will perform arias and other songs.
Lunch costs $20. For reservations, call (727) 738-4007 by Friday evening before the luncheon. For cancellations, call the Saturday morning before.
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 email@example.com or (727) 596-1822.
Breakfast for Mom at the legion
LARGO — Join the Heisler-Johnson American Legion Post 119 from 8:30-11 a.m. Sunday when the Sons of the American Legion prepare breakfast for Mother’s Day. The cost is $5. Bring your mom along – her breakfast is complimentary. The legion post is located at 130 1st Ave. SW.
The legion also serves breakfast on the second Sunday of each month.
How to decorate with African violets
LARGO — Mary Lou Harden will give a talk to the African Violet Society of Pinellas on how to decorate your home with violets at 7 p.m. Monday at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave., NE. The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided and a plant raffle will be held. Call (813) 920-7270.
City of Largo events this month
LARGO — Here’s what the city’s calendar offers this month:
• Swing Dance Fridays, $8, from 7 to 11 p.m. each week, Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road, (727) 518-3131. Free lessons are offered from 7 to 8, and a dance led by a disk jockey is from 8 to 11 on the 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. For information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727)518-3131.
• Eight O’Clock Theatre presents “Grease,” through Sunday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, (727) 587-6793. Show times are 8 p.m. each night and 2 p.m. Sunday. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals place “Grease” among the world’s most popular musicals. To purchase tickets, visit LargoArts.com or call (727) 587-6793. Admission is $25.50, $12.50 for students 19 and younger, and $23 for groups of 10 or more.
• Bay Area Singles and Couples Dance, $8, 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays, Largo Community Center, (727) 518-3131. The event, offered since 1997, attracts about 150 singles of all ages each week. An extensive music library promises to fit every taste. Couples also are welcome. For details, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Relay For Life benefit this weekend
LARGO — Due to inclement weather last weekend, the Relay For Life walk will be held May 30 and will camp out in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday.
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 to offer full-day 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.
Highland center to host 5K run, pool party
LARGO — Highland Recreation Complex’s Fun Family 5K and Pool Party starts at 8 a.m. May 17 at 400 Highland Ave. N.E.
Celebrate a healthy lifestyle with the run, then take a dip in the Highland Family Aquatic Center’s pool. Runners will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. The cost for a family of four is $40 if registered by May 10 and $50 after. Individual pricing is $15 by May 10 and $25 after.
For information, visit highlandrecreation.com or call (727) 518-3016.
Go behind the 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.
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.
Senior Solos plans two lunches in May
PINELLAS PARK — Senior Solos invites singles 55 and older to their monthly general meeting and potluck luck at 1:30 p.m. Monday, 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.”
Military officers, wives to meet
PINELLAS PARK — The Military Officers Wives Club will meet for a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m.
The club will install its officers and also have a crazy hat contest.
Former, retired or active duty commissioned military officers’ spouses and their widows, and former, retired or active duty commissioned military female officers are invited. For a reservation, call (727) 397-4146 or (727) 399-1272.
The Military Officers Association meets for lunch on the third Friday of each month. Active duty, former or retired military officers and their spouses or widows/widowers are invited. For reservations, call Commander Bill Bolin at (727) 584-1595.