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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belleair offers holiday kids’ camp — The parks and recreation department will offer Thanksgiving Camp 2013 during the three-day holiday break for children ages six to 12.
Sessions are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road. Members pay $85 for three days or $40 per day, while the charge for nonmembers is $100 and $45.
Other youth programs offered are: after-school hangout; dance, karate and tennis lessons; Funky Friday; and Mommy and Me.
Call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.com.
Military group to meet Dec. 3 – The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month 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.
Club offering grant monies to non-profit groups – The Clearwater Community Woman's Club will be awarding Daisy Award Grants of up to $1,000 to nonprofit organizations in the area. Nonprofit organizations that apply must demonstrate service to area residents. An application form can be found on the club’s website at www.clearwatercwc.org. The deadline for applying for a Daisy Grant is Feb. 15. Grants will be presented at the club’s Daisy Award and Fashion Show on April 17 at the Belleair Country Club.
The 2013 grant recipients were Lighthouse of Pinellas, Inc., Pinellas Education Foundation, Religious Community Services, Inc., Kimberly House, Inc. and Sewing Hope, Inc.
The public is invited. To make reservations, call (727) 726-6410.
Clearwater Evening Lion's Club Meeting – The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the Golden Coin Restaurant, 1844 N Highland Ave. All are welcome to attend. Free. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Call (727) 418-6528.
Bingo – The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 11, at 219 S Betty Lane, host bingo games every Friday. Free coffee and doughnuts are served in a family atmosphere. Call (727) 461-0337.
The Musical of Musicals – The West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, will present this hilarious satire of musical theatre in which one story becomes five delightful acts, each written in the distinctive style from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim.
This musical parodying will be performed each Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. now through Sunday. Cost is $20. Call (727) 437-2363. For more information, visit www.wcplayers.org.
“Sugar Babies” – The Francis Wilson Playhouse will present this nostalgic burlesque musical by Ralph G. Allen and Harry Rigby now through Wednesday. The playhouse is 302 Seminole St. Tickets are $26 adults and $13 students. Call (727) 446-1360 for specific dates and times or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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 by Swingtime. Free movies: Friday, “Anne”(PG), and Saturday, “Beaches” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Downtown market is open – The City of Dunedin and Tampa Bay Markets kicked off its seasonal market earlier this month with a ribbon cutting by Mayor David Eggers.
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.
The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through May.
For more information, visit www.TampaBayMarkets.com.
Stage company to present Sedaris comedy — The Gypsy Stage Repertory Company, directed by Lil Barcaski, will present “The Book of Liz,” written by Amy and David Sedaris.
Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the company’s rehearsal space, 1714 County Road 1 in Braemore Plaza.
The comedic play chronicles the plight of Sister Elizabeth Dunderstock, known for her legendary cheese balls. A member of the Squeamish religious order, Dunderstock runs away from her home within the isolated community of Cluster Haven to try her luck in the real world. Her adventures lead her to an array of distinctly Sedaris-esque characters, from a Ukrainian immigrant dressed as a giant peanut to the alcoholic staff of a local diner, as she struggles to figure out where she belongs.
The $10 donation includes cheese snacks. Beer and wine also are available for an additional donation.
For details, call Ron Regan at (727) 204-4163 or go online to www.fb.com/GypsyStageRep or www.GypsyStage.com.
Scottish Country Dancing — 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.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Art center plans holiday show, sale — “Unwrapped-Uncorked,” the Beach Art Center’s holiday show and sale, runs through Dec. 20 at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and again on Dec. 7.
The show and sale will feature paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and pottery. Art Uncorked Shopping events will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursdays and will offer tastings by Impressive Florida Wines of Indian Rocks Beach.
For more information, call (727) 596-4331 or visit www.BeachArtCenter.org.
Annual adult and senior talent show – Show off your talent and strut your stuff at the Largo Community Center's Adult and Senior Talent Show. Individuals will compete for a chance to perform on stage in front of a live audience on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Adults and seniors are welcome to participate in this event. Rehearsals will take place on Friday, November 22. Auditions, rehearsals and the final performance will be held at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Rd.
Tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information about this exciting and entertaining event, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727)518-3131.
Byrds founder to perform at center — Roger McGuinn, founding member of the 1960s rock/folk band The Byrds, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St S.E.
Tickets at $29.50 to $39.50 are available by visiting LargoArts.com or calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
The Byrds produced such hits as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Eight Miles High” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
Musical comedy to start six-show run – “The Greatest Christmas Villain” will be staged Friday and Sunday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road.
Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Written by local playwright Richard J. Budin, the story centers on the president of the world’s largest toy company who plans to trick Santa and take all his toys.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Barbershop chorus seeking members for holiday show – Do you like to sing? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join a chorus and sing in harmony with others? The Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus is currently seeking men, women and children to participate in this year's Christmas Spectacular Show at the Largo Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 15.
All singers must attend four rehearsals prior to the show and be prepared to sing three songs on the program. Sheet music and learning CDs will be provided at no cost. Rehearsals will be held on Monday and again on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Contact Lance at (727) 410-5696 for more information.
The Largo Community Center is located at 400 Alternate Keene Rd. For a listing of additional show dates and times, call (727) 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com.
Dancing, singing to highlight showcase – An afternoon of singing and dancing with a holiday theme is planned at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road.
Performing will be the Tutterow Dancers, The Mcmillans, The Bates, the Indian Rocks Christian School Student Choir and strolling carolers in the grand ballroom.
Tickets are on sale for $14 at the community center. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.