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 email@example.com.
Belleair Garden Club plans variety of events
BELLEAIR — Pat Quinn of Petal & Vine Garden Shop and Market in Belleair Bluffs will talk about making unusual floral designs at the Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Sunday 9:30 a.m.
GOP women’s club to present lunch, fashion show
BELLEAIR — “Adventures in Fashion” is the annual benefit for the Belleair Women’s Republican Club on Friday at the Belleair Country Club. Registration is at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is at noon.
Tickets are $35. Pay at the door with a check or cash. Fashions will be by Patchington’s of Belleair Bluffs and hair and makeup by the Avantaggio Salon.
For reservations, contact Pat Watts at (727) 595-1791 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or e-mail Sherrie Morton at email@example.com.
Monthly luncheon club plans shopping, meetings
BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The Belleair Bluffs Ladies Luncheon Club plans a bus trip to Ellenton Premium Outlets on Tuesday. Departure is at 10:30 a.m. from Publix Super Market, 2770 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. Champagne will be served and lunch will be at Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
All events cost $25. RSVP to Sherrie Morton at (727) 581-8313.
Sunset 5K, other recreation programs scheduled
BELLEAIR — Pick up race packets Feb. 13 and 14 at the Dimmitt Community Center for the Belleair Sunset 5K & Fun Run.
The packets are available from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at the center, 918 Osceola Road.
The race is Feb. 15, with packet pickup starting at 3 p.m., the one-mile run at 5:45 and the 5K at 5:30.
In other Belleair recreation news, a Presidents Day camp for ages 6-12 runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17. Basketball league evaluations are Feb. 22. A teen night is from 7 to 11 p.m. that day. Dodgeball championship night is Feb. 24. Kids Open Art begins Feb. 25. And Kids Art Experience starts Feb. 27.
For details, call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.com.
GFWC plans spring fashion, centennial anniversary gala
CLEARWATER — The General Federation of Woman’s Club of Clearwater, Inc. invites the public to its annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane in Belleair.
The fashion show will be presented by Fun & Sun of Tarpon Springs. Dozens of silent auction baskets will be available for bid along with fashions to browse and purchase. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.
Call Tammy at (727) 710-6116 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The club is also making plans for its 100th anniversary gala on Mar. 1 at the Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 Bayway Blvd, Clearwater Beach. Tickets are $50 each. Contact Monta at (727) 831-8201 or email@example.com for details.
League of Women Voters to host healthcare act meeting
CLEARWATER – Pinellas County navigators of the Affordable Care Act will offer in-person assistance on the healthcare marketplace and how to enroll during a 10 a.m. meeting on Saturday.
The meeting, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County, will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive in Clearwater. The meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Marti Folwell, president of the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County (727) 559-7498 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCG Auxiliary to offer boating safely class
CLEARWATER — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering the “About Boating Safely” class at 8 a.m. Feb. 8 and 9 at the city’s police headquarters, 645 Pierce St. at Myrtle Avenue.
Topics include boating emergencies, navigating, safe operation and legal requirements. All graduates receive a state certification card.
Cost for materials is $35. For information and to register, contact Peter Ubillos, staff officer for public education, at (727) 469-8895 or e-mail email@example.com.
Senior singles Valentine's dance open to the public
CLEARWATER — SCIPS, a 50+ nonprofit Tampa Bay senior singles club, will host a "Valentine's Day” Dance Party" on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way, in Clearwater. Live music will be provided by the band, "Louie Bravo." The dance is open to the public and couples are welcome. Admission is $7 cash. Free door prizes will be awarded. Soft drinks will be available. No reservations needed. Casual but dressy attire requested. For more information, call Janet at (727)461-7104. Visit http://scips.tripod.com.
Christian women’s club to hold monthly luncheon
CLEARWATER — Clearwater Christian Women’s Club will host its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cove Cay Country Club, U.S. 19 and Haines Bayshore Boulevard.
Following a concert by Dick Morris, Kathy Baarman will talk about how she found true freedom in America.
The club isn’t affiliated with any church or denomination, and there are no dues. All men and women are welcome.
Cost is $17 inclusive. Make reservations by Feb. 7 by calling (727) 791-8762 or (727) 330-7109.
Clearwater Garden Club schedules slate of events
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., offers these activities:
Feb. 14, 9:45 a.m. Master Gardener JoAnn Campbell from the Pinellas County Extension Service will speak on landscaping tips and tricks for gardening.
Feb. 20, 5-8 p.m. The club’s Italian Night costs $15 and features a full supper, live music, prize giveaways and a wine bar. To RSVP, call Cathy Foley at (727) 443-7032 or Carla Roy at (727) 443-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Herb Society to hear about brain benefits
CLEARWATER — Herbalist and physician Cristina Babiak will talk about using herbal adaptogens to prevent dementia and heal neurologic damage Feb. 18 at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St. at Fort Harrison Avenue.
Presenting the program is the Florida Herb Society, which seeks to educate members and the public in growing and preserving herbs for culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes.
Refreshments and herbal swaps begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For details, contact Emily Wenzel at (727) 365-8574 or email@example.com. The first meeting is free; dues are $25 per year.
Libraries offer Socrates Cafés, SAT prep
CLEARWATER — The East Library, 2251 Drew St., is hosting monthly Socrates Cafés, free forums at which attendees get a brain workout, which research has shown is as important as exercise for the body.
The Cafés will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, starting this week and continuing March 15, April 19, May 10, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20.
Participants choose a philosophical topic and then use Socratic dialogue, a question-and- answer debate technique developed by the Greek philosopher Socrates, to examine the topic.
In other news, the Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580 at Countryside Boulevard, will offer an SAT preparation seminar at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 geared toward college-bound high school students.
Leading the free presentation is New York City novelist and Countryside High School graduate Eliot Schrefer, a National Book Award finalist, Harvard University honors graduate and SAT tutor. He also is the author of “Hack the SAT,” which divulges strategies and shortcuts to help test-takers significantly improve their scores.
For information on any Clearwater library system program, call (727) 562 4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.
CLEARWATER BEACH / ISLAND ESTATES
Sunsets at Pier 60
CLEARWATER BEACH — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films from 4-8 p.m., weather permitting. Free concert: Friday – Island Boys and Saturday – Patty Sanphy Group. Free movies: Friday - “Adventures in Zambezia” (PG); Saturday, “Rocky” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Church men’s club to hold annual yard sale
ISLAND ESTATES — St. Brendan Catholic Church’s Navigator Men’s Club will hold its eighth annual yard sale this weekend at 245 Dory Passage.
Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Sunday’s sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early bird time is 7:30 a.m. and costs $5.
Tools, electronics, books, clothes, sports items and home furnishings are among the items to be offered. Refreshments will be available.
Downtown market is open
DUNEDIN — Sponsored by the City of Dunedin and Tampa Bay Markets, the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through May.
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.
For more information, visit www.TampaBayMarkets.com.
Valentine’s Day African violet sale
DUNEDIN — The African Violet Society of Pinellas will host their annual Valentine Day’s sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 639 Edgewater Drive in Dunedin. The sale will be in Kirk Hall. Parking is available at the church. Admission is free. Members will be available to answer questions about how to care for violets. Supplies will be available for sale. For more information, call (813) 920-7270.
Spring fashion show and luncheon set
DUNEDIN — Styles on Parade, the annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show sponsored by the Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, will be next Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd. in Clearwater. Fashions will be presented by MJ Fashions & Gifts of Dunedin.
To make a reservation, send a check in the amount of $30, payable to the Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin by Monday to Maureen Engel, 11717 Derbyshire, Tampa, FL 33626. Please include entrée choice of salmon or chicken.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Art center to host Monte Carlo Casino Night
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., will host its annual Monte Carlo Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22.
Casino games such as roulette, poker and horse racing are conducted by professional dealers, and no real money is gambled or won. Door prizes, live and silent auctions, food, a cash bar and entertainment also are planned.
Tickets are $35. Call (727) 596-4331 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go to the Beach Art Center.
TOPS weight control club meets weekly
LARGO — Take Off Pounds Sensibly/TOPS, a nonprofit weight control club, meets at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road off East Bay Drive.
For details, call Leona Horne at (727) 584-1807.
LARGO — Largo Community Acupuncture, owned and operated by David T. Chambers, D.O.M. and acupuncture physician, will offer free acupuncture on the first Friday of every month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The clinic is located on 66th Street North, Suite P in Largo. To make an appointment, call (832) 483-7372. Six people can be seen each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 on the hour.
Citywide scavenger hunt
LARGO — The city of Largo is hosting its first annual scavenger hunt on Saturday. Travel around the city collecting tickets and taking photos. For each ticket and photo collected, your team receives points. The more stops, the more points. Teams with the most points wins.
The event begins and ends at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., in Largo. Call (727) 518-3016 for more information or go to www.largo.com/scavengerhunt for details and registration forms.
Barbershop Quartet will deliver singing Valentines
PALM HARBOR — The Palm Harbor Barbershop Chorus, a non-profit organization, will deliver old-fashioned love songs such as “I Love You Truly” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” in four-part harmony to sweethearts in Pinellas and Pasco counties next Wednesday through Friday.
The quartet will sing three beautiful love songs and deliver a red rose and parchment scroll to commemorate this wonderful occasion for $50.
To reserve your singing Valentine gift, call Reggie at (727) 249-8463.
‘Open Your Heart for UPARC’ event on tap
PALM HARBOR — The 11th annual “Open Your Heart for UPARC” fashion show and luncheon is Feb. 20 at Inverness Hall in Innisbrook Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N.
Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $80 for individuals, $100 for patrons and $800 for tables. Raffle tickets are 10 for $30. For details, call (727) 451-6668.
Military offices, wives to hear programs
PINELLAS PARK — The Military Officers Wives Club will meet for a luncheon Tuesday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd.
Social hour is at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. The program will be “Accessorizing Your Clothing” by Kara Beck.
Former, retired or active duty commissioned military officers’ spouses; their widows; and former, retired or active duty commissioned female officers are invited to attend. Reservations are necessary; call (727) 397-4146 or (727) 399-1272.
The Military Officers Association meets for lunch on the third Friday of each month.
The next luncheon is Feb. 21 at Banquet Masters. Social hour starts at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and a short program.
Retired or active duty military officers, and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. For reservations, call commander Bill Bolin at (727) 584-1595.
Premiere of “Ain’t food wonderful” at the Venue
The new musical spoof “Ain’t food wonderful,” written by Gil Perlroth, published author of the smash hit “Ain’t retirement grand” will be premiered at the Venue Theatre starting Friday through Feb. 23.
The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Tickets are $20 and reservations may be made by calling the theatre at (727) 822-6194 or by visiting the Venue Theatre website at http://venuewebsite.wix.com/venuetheatre.
Proceeds from the tickets sales will benefit the Meals on Wheels organization.
The Venue Theatre and Actors Studio is located in the Hudson Furniture Plaza at 9125 U.S. 19 N. in Pinellas Park.
Opera League to show movies at new venue
SAFETY HARBOR — The Pinellas Opera League is now showing its free opera movies on the second Sunday of the month at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second Ave. N.
The league will gather in meeting room A at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 to watch the DVD “Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacque Offennbach. For details, call (727) 724-1525.
What’s new at the Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center
SAFETY HARBOR – R.L. Lewis, Jr. of the Highwaymen will be hosting a free painting demonstration and history lesson during his art show and sale on Feb. 15 from 12-4 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S.
During the month of February, the center will also display a collection of mechanical cast iron banks.
Collector’s Corner is a new addition to the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center that will feature personal collections on temporary loan. If you have a collection that you would like to display, contact the museum at (727) 724-1562.
The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $4 per person.
Check out upcoming classes and programs at SafetyHarborCulture.com.
Safety Harbor library seeking volunteers
SAFETY HARBOR — The Safety Harbor Public Library is looking for volunteers to assist with the preservation of local history.
Positions include scanning pictures and documents, researching and documenting items, cataloguing, uploading, and other duties as required.
Volunteers must have attention to detail, computer skills and willingness to learn. Metadata cataloging skills requested or will train. A Masters in Library Science or attending Library School is preferred, but will train interested, committed volunteers. A minimum of four hours per week is requested.
Interested parties should complete an online volunteer application at www.SafetyHarborLibrary.com.
Safety Harbor Public Library is located at 101 2nd Street North in Safety Harbor. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Upcoming events at the library include: