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. Events must include organization name, street address, city, date, time, cost and public contact phone number. Ongoing events must be resubmitted once a month. Post to our website, www.clearwatergazette.com or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Events are published as space permits.
Girl Scouts collecting school supplies
BELLEAIR — Girl Scout Troop 1075 is collecting school supplies to support Ridgecrest Elementary School.
Drop off donations until Monday at the Belleair Recreation Department, 918 Osceola Road. For details, call (727) 518-3728.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS — A Book Trading Party for the grand opening of the 1st Little Free Library will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. Arbor Elle Vintage Decor Store, 596 N. Indian Rocks Rd., will host the event. Mayor Chris Arbutine is expected to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Flashback prom night at Kapok center
CLEARWATER — Dust out your old tuxedos and gowns for a blast from the past party with live music from the Spazmatics, appetizers, a cash bar, giveaways and a $500 cash prize. Wear your best 1980s attire for a chance to be crowned the Prom King and Queen. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kapok Special Events Center, 923 N McMullen-Booth Rd. Call (727) 725-8733.
West Coast Players present Moon Over Buffalo
CLEARWATER — Moon Over Buffalo, a comedy by Ken Ludwig, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 8-24 at the West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N. Based in Buffalo, NY in 1953, this hilarious romp features Charlotte and George Hay, who receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom. Tickets are $17 each.
Big screen biography film series begins
CLEARWATER — The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, will present a film about a wide variety of influential people from around the globe Wednesday. The free movie begins at 2 p.m.
Camps offer insight into animal care
CLEARWATER — The Humane Society of Pinellas will be hosting an Animal Career Camp July 7-11, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., for kids entering 9th or 10th grade. This camp will include activities, demonstrations and presentations about careers in animal care. Registration is $140 and includes a snack each day, goodies and a T-shirt. To register, go to HumaneSocietyofPinellas.org or contact Lucy Monette at Lucy@HumanePinellas.org or (727) 797-7722 Ext. 238.
Event features Florida Highwaymen artist
CLEARWATER — Guests are invited to paint alongside Sam Newton from the Florida Highwaymen Gallery at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Ln. The $35 fee includes all supplies and a buffet lunch. Proceeds benefit Fostering Hope Florida with the Incredible Me Institute.
Talk to feature state’s 700 natural springs
CLEARWATER — Learn about the restoration of Florida’s 700 springs in this free program led by SWIFTMUD’s Dr. Chris Anastasiou at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Ln. Sponsored by Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, a spring is a natural opening in the ground where water flows directly from the aquifer to the earth’s surface. The source of this fresh water is from seasonal rainfall that soaks into the ground, which is referred to as groundwater.
Performer to present songs from behind Iron Curtain
CLEARWATER — Ukrainian musician and speaker Alah Rozanovsky will present “Songs of Survival from behind the Iron Curtain” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 15 at the Clearwater Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road in the Long Center. Rozanovsky is a political refugee from the Soviet Union, where she taught and performed on the piano. Legally blind, she writes poetry to inspire others in an extraordinary life of struggle and defiance against the odds. The concert is free. For information, call (727) 724-3070.
Tour the Plumb House Museum
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Historical Society is open on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. located at 1380 South Martin Luther King Avenue.
The two-story, cracker-style wood house (circa 1896) is the birthplace of Mary and Kathleen Plumb; granddaughters of Jennie Reynolds Plumb, Clearwater’s first paid public school teacher for whom Plumb Elementary School is named.
The museum showcases a variety of antiques and vintage items including uniforms and photos of the Clearwater Bombers, the 10-time Men’s World Fast-Pitch Softball Champions. Many historical documents, early photographic collections, a collection of Clearwater High School yearbooks and period furniture are also on display.
For information on museum tours, call (727) 399-1412 or (727) 709-5540.
CLEARWATER BEACH & SAND KEY
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 – Ken Peterson Band . Free movies: Friday – “The Lego Movie” (PG) and Saturday – “A Beautiful Mind” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Sign up for sailing adventures
SAND KEY — Register for sailing camps 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 at age 5. Call (727) 517-7776 or visit www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org.
Summer memberships available at yacht club
CLEARWATER BEACH — The Clearwater Yacht Club is offering summer memberships at a discounted rate now through Sept. 30. For details, contact Virginia in the Clearwater Yacht Club office at (727) 447-6000.
Main Street craft festival this weekend
DUNEDIN — The annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, a juried outdoor event, returns with original handmade crafts and affordable gift items by 100 crafters from 30 states. The free event will be begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday along Main Street in downtown.
Sunset music series set for Friday
DUNEDIN — Watch the sunset over St. Joseph Sound and enjoy live entertainment by area artists at the free Sunset Music Series which begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Weaver Park, 2750 Bayshore Blvd. Call (727) 812-4530.
DUNEDIN — “Labor Day,” the story of a holiday weekend romance that turns into a second chance love affair, will be shown at 1 p.m. Friday at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Popcorn and drinks are provided. Cost is $2 or $1 with recreation card. Next Friday’s feature is. Call (727) 298-3299.
Runners invited to Midnight race
DUNEDIN — The Midnight Run, sponsored by the Dunedin Kiwanis Club and Morton Plant Mease Hospital, will be held overnight on July 3-4. A one-mile race will start at 11 p.m.; a 5K at 11:25 p.m. and the 10K at 12:15 a.m. The course is heads out to the Causeway Boulevard and back with a turn around in Honeymoon Island State Park. The course is flat and will be lit by more than 700 luminaries. The pre-race check-in will be held at the Causeway Plaza, 2600 Bayshore Blvd. The cost to participate ranges from $8-$45. Call (727) 535-2257.
Hale center offers session on the brain
DUNEDIN — Learn about the brain’s ability to reorganize itself during this session, “Neuroplasticity,” at 10:30 a.m. July 10 at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. The session will focus on how the brain forms new neural connections throughout life and will offer practical, simple tools to keep brain and body functionally fit. For details, call (727) 298-3299.
DUNEDIN — The opening reception for three exhibits celebrating “words” and one honoring the faculty at the Dunedin Fine Art Center begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. All four exhibits remain on display through Aug. 17. The cost is $5 and free to members.
Scottish Country dancing open to public
DUNEDIN — 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. Call (727) 787-3805.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
Join the Great American Backyard Campout
SAFETY HARBOR — Unplug the technical devices and head for the outdoors Friday and Saturday for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout at the Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Ln. Family activities from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. include socializing around a campfire. Admission is $20 per family.
Now in its 10th year, Great American Backyard Campout is part of the federation’s 10 Million Kids Outdoors Campaign. The three-year initiative seeks a future in which all children spend time outside each day, creating a generation of happier and healthier youngsters with more awareness and connection to the natural world. National Wildlife Federation has worked to connect children and youth with nature for decades, inspiring children through Ranger Rick magazine, working with educators and helping parents find new ways to engage their children outside.
Admission is $20 per family. For information, contact the Rigsby Center at (727)724-1545. For other city activities, visit www.safetyharborrecreation.com.
Stand up paddle board camp offered
SAFETY HARBOR — Prepare to get wet in this 2-day stand up paddle board training program, sponsored by the Safety Harbor Recreation Department. The camp is geared for youngsters, ages 9-16, and will be held from 1-4 p.m. July 2-3 at the Safety Harbor Water Front Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Participants will be taught the fundamentals of paddle boarding including water safety, and board handling and techniques. Participants must be able to swim. All equipment is provided including the paddle board, paddle and life jacket. Bring a towel and a change of clothes. For information, contact the Rigsby Center at (727) 724-1545.
Public invited to Musical Theater Camp
SAFETY HARBOR — Join POSH Drama Club and Standing Ovation for two weeks of theatrical fun. Music, singing, and dancing will result in a production for friends and family to enjoy. Auditions for acting and singing roles will be held July 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Rigsby Center, 605 2nd St. N. The two week camp will be held July 21 through July 31 for ages 10-17, from 1-4 p.m. and will be held at Safety Harbor Elementary School (535 5th Ave. N.). For information, contact Julie Inman at email@example.com or (727) 724-1545 Ext. 1152.