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.
Fun With Herbs – The Belleair Garden Club will host a new member champagne toast with a program on herbs and their many uses on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. The club is located at 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Call (727) 581-8929.
Youth Dance Program – The Belleair Recreation Center is offering a youth dance program every Thursday through late fall to prepare for a holiday dance performance in December. Classes for children age 3-4 begins at 3:30 p.m. and for children age 5-8 4:15 p.m. The cost is $40 per month. For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.com.
After School Hangout – The Belleair Recreation Center offers an after school option for students to participate in programs or get a head start on their homework. Transportation from Curtis Fundamental Elementary School, St. Cecelia Catholic School and Saint Paul’s School is available. The cost is $40 and a sibling discount is available. For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.com.
The Art of Caregiving – Suncoast Hospice is hosting this free event on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hospice community service center. This interactive workshop is for all family and professional caregivers. The center is located at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Call (727) 523-3435 or visit http://artofcaregiving.eventbrite.com.
Hops for Hospice - With more than 100 beers, grab a commemorative cup and get ready for some serious beer tasting at this Saturday event with corn toss games, closest to the pin contest, DJ music, silent auction and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Suncoast Hospice Foundation. The event begins at 4 p.m. at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road.
Marketing Plans and Strategies – Learn the secrets of strategic marketing during this seminar on Thursday, Oct. 10, 12 noon Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N Suite 1-200. Discover real strategies you can use to win new customers and outsmart the competition. The $25 registration fee includes course materials. Call (727) 453-7200 or go online at www.pced.org for registration and information.
Senior Singles Dance – SCIPS, a 50+ nonprofit Tampa Bay senior singles club, will host a Fall Festival dance party on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7-10 PM at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way. Enjoy live music by the popular musician "Carlos" in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The dance is open to the public and couples are welcome to attend. Door prizes will be awarded. Admission is $7 cash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Soda and water available. BYOB permitted. No reservations needed. Casual dressy attire expected. Call Janet (727) 461-7104 or visit http://scips.tripod.com.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday – This major international jazz festival draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. Now in its 34th year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a world-class gathering of the some of the greatest talents and greatest fans of jazz. The festival runs Thursday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 20, at Coachman Park. Attendance is expected to reach 40,000 this year, according the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Jazz & Jambalaya – Enjoy the Jazz Holiday from the west terrace of the city’s Main Library overlooking beautiful Coachman Park and the downtown waterfront on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7-11 p.m. Admission includes valet parking, a real-time television feed from the outdoor stage to a jumbo screen and spectacular views from the roof-top terrace, open bar with a full complement of beverages and New Orleans-style fare from local purveyors including Clear Sky Beachside Cafe, E&E Stakeout Grill, Rumba Island Grill, Hamptons Haute & Sea Dog Brewing Co. Call (727) 562-4970 ext. 5189 for reservations and prices. The library is located at 100 N. Osceola Ave.
The Comedy-Time Tunnel – This is a romp through comedic history with favorite comedians including Lucille Ball, Abbott and Costello, Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton and many more. The performance with audience participation and prizes is narrated by Tony Belmont. The performance is Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road. A wine reception starts at 6:15 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $10. Children are free. Contact Ann Scott at (727) 531-3172.
Holiday Shopping Bazaar – The congregation of Temple B'nai Israel is hosting this event on Sunday, Oct. 20. Vendors will be selling jewelry, hand-made craft items, sports memorabilia, food creations, decorative item for Chanukah and Christmas, books and children's items and more. The bazaar is free and open to the public. The bazaar will be held at the temple, located at 1685 Belcher Rd. South. Call (727) 507-0909. Visit www.tbiclearwater.org.
Operation Be SAFE Workshop – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services, in partnership with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clearwater Police Department, is holding a free workshop, Stop Adult Financial Exploitation, for seniors, their families and their caregivers on Tuesday, Oct. 22, starting at 1 p.m. at the Aging Well Center. The free workshop will teach attendees how to spot a scam, how scams work, and steps they can take to protect themselves. The Aging Well Center is located at 1501 N. Belcher Rd. Call (877) 693-5236.
Soroptimist International – This Pinellas County group will be hosting a 45th anniversary luncheon at the Clearwater Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11:30 a.m. The group has been actively involved in acknowledging local distinguished women at their annual Women Honoring Women event and providing scholarship aid for the Women on the Way program at St. Petersburg College. Guests are invited to share in the celebration with past-presidents, honorees of Women Honoring Women, and scholarship recipients. For reservations, contact Ronnie Briand, at (727) 210-7970 by Oct. 15. Luncheon cost is $22.
Irish Fraternal Organization – The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Our Lady of Knock Division 1, of Pinellas County are seeking new members. You must be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years old and Irish by birth or descent to join. The group is devoted to furthering Irish culture and helping worthy mission and charitable causes. For information, contact Maryellen Moran, (727) 475 9537.
Sunsets at Pier 60 — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films, weather permitting. Free concerts: 6 p.m. Friday by Island Boys; and 6 p.m. Saturday Jimmy & Roy. Free movies: Friday, “Where the Wild Things Are”(PG), and Saturday, “Dead Poet’s Society” (PG). Shows begin around dusk.
Explore-a-Tour – Each Saturday through Nov. 16 the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will hold a two-hour tour with field guides that includes participating in research for the purpose of studying the local bottlenose dolphin population and identifying bird nesting sites. Participants will learn about the local ecosystem from a scientist's point of view. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. Call (727) 441-1790. Visit seewinter.com.
Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association – TheSunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association (SSOVA) will host a tournament starting at Saturday, Oct. 12, at 12 noon at Pier 60. SSOVA is fully funded beach volleyball tour supported by the beach volleyball players.
Volley America and Spalding Nationals – This championship tournament for Volley America members will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 8 a.m. at Pier 60. Open to all volleyball players, no pre-qualification is necessary. Visit www.eevb.net. Call (631) 728-0397.
Dunedin Antiques Fair & Classic Car Show – The Dunedin Antiques Fair, one of Florida’s outstanding antique shows, will be held Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. at Edgewater Park. The antique and classic car show will be held along Broadway at Alt. 19. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at (727) 812-4530. Visit www.dunedingov.com.
Sunday Bicycle Rides – Cyclists will meet at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Old Train Depot Parking Lot, 349 Main St. Free.
Scottish Country Dancing — Beginner and experienced technique classes are offered. No partner is necessary. The first visit is free; cost is $3 per dance thereafter. The dance begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden St.
Bay Bouquet Garden Club – The club will present the program on tillandsia, a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family bromeliads, by Phil Elting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Dunedin library, 223 Douglas Ave. Guests are welcome. Call (727) 447-7805.
WoofStock – This free event, sponsored by Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue, will be a fun filled day of adoptions, vendors, delicious food, drinks and live music from local bands. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Highlander Park in Dunedin starting at 11 a.m. Visit www.heidislegacywoofstock.info.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Life of George King through His Art – The Beach Art Center is celebrating its 35th anniversary with an exhibit honoring George King (1928-1996) artist, instructor and founder of the art center. The exhibit will weave the history of Indian Rocks Beach with the life story of George King through a selection of a prolific body of work reflecting his command of watercolor media. The exhibit continues through Monday. Visit www.beachartcenter.org or call (727) 596-4331.
Oktoberfest on the Beach – This beach version of the German tradition has become a signature event for the IRB community. The event is Saturday, Oct 12, 10 a.m. at Kolb Park. It will feature games and activities for children and adults including a stein carrying contest for the ladies, keg throwing contest for the men, and a wife carrying contest for couples. The event will also feature arts & crafts show, silent auction, a German band, a beer garden and raffles for an iPAD and a trip to Key West. Call (727) 517-2449.
Ride to Defeat ALS – This isa one-day, fully supported cycling event with routes through scenic Pinellas County. The ride is set for Saturday, Nov 2, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at the Holiday Inn Harbourside. Breakfast, lunch and a post-ride party will be provided. The ride benefits the fight to end Lou Gehrig's Disease. To register, go to: www.RidetoDefeatALS.org or call (888) 257-1717, ext. 119.
Open Studio - Need inspiration or a place to paint? Grab a canvas, paper or board along with your paints, brushes, and easel to open studio to create your own piece of art from scratch, a photograph or an unfinished piece of work. Residents and visitors of all skill levels are welcome. Instead of formal instruction, the purpose of the group is to collaborate and enjoy being with other creative types. Bring a towel or cloth to protect the tables. The fee is $5 at the door. The open studio will be held from 2-4 p.m. each Friday in the Community Room, 4th floor, of the Indian Shores Town Hall, located at 19305 Gulf Blvd. For information call Betsy Schoepf, (727) 595-1083 or e-mail email@example.com.
Friday Night Movies – The Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road, hosts a free movie night starting at 7 p.m. Friday. Concessions are available. Free. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.
Square Dancing Fridays – If you like square or round country style dancing, spend the evening cutting it up with Allen Snell calling. Cost $6. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Call (727) 518-3131.
Bay Area Singles Dance – Dress to impress and come out to meet up to 150 other singles of all ages. Cost: $8. The dance begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Call (727) 518-3131.
Swing Dancing – Enjoy an evening of socializing and dancing on a 5,600 square foot hardwood floor. Free lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Cost $7 with recreation card, $8 without. The dance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Call (727) 518-3131.
Images of Madeira Beach and Johns Pass – The Pinellas County Historical Society will present this lecture topic on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m. It will focus on this area before and after the widespread development of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 582-2123. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/Heritage/events_festivals.htm#folkfestival.
Sunday Matinee Music and Dinner Show – Enjoy dinner and live music at the Largo Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2-4pm. The show will feature a performance by the Deutschmeister Blas Band. Tickets for the dinner and show are $14 in advance. All dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the event. Tickets for just the show can be purchased at the door for $13. Purchase tickets at the community center, 400 Alt. Keene Rd. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Heritage Village Country Jubilee — The 35th Heritage Village Country Jubilee is the first place to search for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The annual event will be held Oct. 26. A giant flea market and book sale will be held. Handmade holiday crafts, paintings, jewelry, stained glass and wooden treasures are among the offerings as well as musical entertainment, tours of historical homes, and demonstrations of traditional crafts. A $2 donation is suggested. Children under twelve are free. Donations support Heritage Village operations. (727) 582-2123. Interested vendors can call (727) 582-2233. For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage/events_countryjubilee.htm.
50-Plus Singles Mingle – The Suncoast Singles Club invites single men and women age 50 and older to socialize and dance. Membership not required. Cost $8 at the door. The club meets at 7 p.m., Friday at the Cabaret Dance Club, 35235 U.S. 19.
Crossroad's Farmer's Market – This local open-air farmer’s market features local produce, live folk music, cheeses, honey, handmade items, food, spices, herbs and more starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, at Pop Stansell Park.
Sing Barbershop Harmony – Sharpen your singing skills, establish lasting friendships, enrich your life and the lives of others and have fun as a member of the Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop four-part harmony group. The group meets every Monday at 6:45 p.m., at The Centre, 1500 16th St. Call (727) 784-8052.
Master Gardener Plant Clinic – Pinellas County Master Gardeners provide a weekly gardening help desk for the public. Bring gardening questions and plant samples. Free. The clinic begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332.
Harbor Sounds Music & Craft Festival – Sponsored by the GFWC North Pinellas Women's Club, this music and crafts festival will be held Friday and Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Safety Harbor marina park. The park is located at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Call (727) 724-1572.
Friends of the Safety Harbor Public Library Book Sale –The Friends of the Safety Harbor Public Library will be holding a book sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All genres of books will be available and are in good condition. Most items cost only $1. To join the Friends of the library club, applications can be found online at www.SafetyHarborLibrary.com and by clicking on “Library Supporters.” The library is located at 101 2nd Street N. For more information, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Superhero Son & Mega Mom Date Night – Come dressed as your favorite superhero to enjoy an electrifying evening with your Super Mom. Enjoy dancing and fun contests with the DJ, finger foods and desserts, and photos! This night of fun happens Saturday from 6-9pm for ages 4-10 at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 9th Ave. S. The cost is $30 per couple and $15 for each additional child. For more information or to register, call 727-724-1530. Visit SafetyHarborRecreation.com.
SHINE-Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders – Counselors will be available at the Safety Harbor Library Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free program is offered by the FL Dept. of Elder Affairs and the local Area Agency on Aging. Trained volunteers assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. For appointments, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit: www.floridashine.org.
Story Circle Network Writer's Group – The group meets the third Wednesday of each month and is dedicated to helping writers share stories of their lives and raise public awareness of the importance of personal histories. The next gathering is Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112. The library is located at 101 Second St.