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Tickets on sale for Rotary wine fundraiser
BELLEAIR — The Belleair Rotary Club will host its Eighth Annual Wine & Tapas Extravaganza from 6 to 9 p.m. next Thursday (March 27) at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St. S.E., in Largo.
Along with a casino-style event, the evening will feature silent auctions, raffles and entertainment by vocalist Erica DiCeglie.
Tickets at $50 are available at http://belleairrotary.org/ or by calling (727) 443-1839.
Garden club plans meetings, tea party fundraiser
BELLEAIR — The Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., has planned these events:
• 1 p.m. April 2, general meeting, program and tea. Doris Heitzmann from Pinellas County Extension will talk about Florida-friendly garden designs.
• 11:30 a.m. April 9, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party featuring lunch, libations, hat contests and live and Chinese auctions. Tickets are $35. For a reservation, call Judy Hanks at (727) 595-7233 or e-mail email@example.com.
Woman’s Club to host fashion show, luncheon
BELLEAIR — The GFWC/Clearwater Woman’s Club will host its 43rd Daisy Grant Fashion Show and Luncheon April 17 at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
Patchington will provide the clothing and Bobbi Tafelski, manager of the Northwood Plaza store, will offer commentary. Joining models from the club is Margaret Wood Burnside, editor of Tampa Bay Magazine.
The theme, “Casual Elegance,” was introduced by Coco Chanel when she created “the little black dress” and started a fashion revolution by liberating women from corsets, show chairperson Margo Tarr-Boyington said in a news release.
The Daisy fundraising event awards grants to nonprofit organizations including Clothes to Kids, Meals on Wheels, Hacienda Girls Ranch and the Clearwater Public Library System.
Tickets will be sold for gift baskets giveaways.
Event tickets at $45 or $55 include listing in the program. Call (727) 726-6410. Reservations deadline is April 10.
Clearwater Garden Club plans plant sale
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Garden Club’s plant sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 405 Seminole St. Plant donations will be accepted the week of the sale. For details, call chairwoman Laura Daniel at (727) 415-1965.
Clearwater Audubon Society offers birding outings
The Clearwater Audubon Society is offering these excursions:
• Friday and Saturday at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Okeechobee. Reservations are required. Call Dale Goebel at (727) 723-4635.
• Saturday, Audubon Explorers. Call Lynn Sumerson at (727) 596-8822 for time and location.
• 7:15 a.m. March 29, Oakland Nature Preserve. Meet at Party City. Call Mike McDonald at (727) 409-0459.
Monthly meetings are on the first Monday of the month, October through May, at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Mix-n-mingles starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7. Join the chapter for $15. An application is available at www.clearwateraudubon.com/news/php.
Main library to host fairy ballet, superheroesCLEARWATER — The Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will host two free children’s programs this month:
• 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, a ballet for youngsters ages 3-7 who are enchanted by princes and princesses, elves, fairies and enchanted forests. They’re invited to come in costume. Michelle Pinto leads this event with music, stories, creative dance and classical ballet movements. Pre-registration is required. Call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.
• 12 noon to 6 p.m.,March 29, the free, family-friendly Comic Con will feature well-known comic writers and artists including Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher, the Simpsons), Mike Foss (The Maniacal Smile), artist Austin Janowsky (Iron Man, X-Men, Stanley the Snowman), colorist Justin Ponsor (Ultimate Spiderman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity) and publishers Ben Filipiak and Mike Foss (Fierce Comics).
Local graphic novel groups will be on hand and there will be a costume contest, games and prizes. Aspiring comic creators can find out how much their work is worth and what is needed to get started in the business.
For younger comic fans, the library’s Youth Division will feature “Super Heroics” from 2 to 3 p.m. All Justice Leaguers and Avengers in grades K through five are encouraged to dress as their favorite heroes and invited to battle for truth and justice with a series of heroic challenges.
A complete listing of event activities is on the library’s Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/ClearwaterComicCon. More information is available by calling 562-4970.
15th annual spring fling sock-hop planned
CLEARWATER — The Florida 50's Original Rockers will perform at the 15th annual Spring Fling Sock-Hop at 6-10 p.m. Apr. 5 at the American Legion Post #7 Hall, 1760 Turner St.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase and a cash bar will be open.
Admission is $7 per person; children under the age of 12 are free. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charities in the area.
Call for tickets: (727) 535-2728 or (813) 837-3335. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.
Make a Difference Night showcases nonprofits
CLEARWATER — Build relationships with local nonprofit organizations and learn about their services during Make a Difference Night from 6 to 8 p.m. April 8 at Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, 300 Cleveland St.
The free event is sponsored by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Clearwater Young Professionals.
A short presentation, scavenger hunt with prizes, and refreshments with a cash bar will be featured.
Iron Girl race returns to Clearwater
CLEARWATER — Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon and 5K race starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 13, in downtown Coach Park.
This event offers both first time walkers/runners and experienced athletes opportunities to compete. Athletes will start and finish at Coachman Park. The course heads west over the Memorial Causeway to the Clearwater Beach before returning to Coachman Park.
For more information, visit www.irongirl.com.
CLEARWATER BEACH &
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 – Dave & Carli and Saturday – Denim Quiche. Free movies: Friday - “How to Eat Fried Worms” (PG); Saturday, “Last Vegas” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Hooters Easter Bunny 5K
CLEARWATER BEACH — The Hooters Easter Bunny 5K begins at 9 a.m. on April 19 at Pier 60 Park. It will feature a timed 5K run and a one mile or half-mile ocean swim. The course for both the swim and run are out and back from Pier 60. A post race party with awards will be held.
For more information, call (727) 462-6466.
Pinellas Opera League to host business luncheon
DUNEDIN — The Pinellas Opera League will host its April business luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. April 2 at the Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd.
Local opera singers will entertain. Admission is $20.
For reservations, call (727) 738-4007 by March 30. For cancellations, call by the morning of March 31.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Library to offer Wednesday morning programs
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The library at 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. has scheduled these Wednesday events at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Reading Room:
• April 2 — Where Do Tax Dollars Go: A representative from Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson’s office will explain how your local property taxes and tourist development taxes are spent.
• April 9 — Author Tim McGee will discuss his novel “Worthy McGuire.”
• April 16 — Tim Bradshaw and Ernie. Ernie, a Cairn Terrier, is a therapy dog and a service dog who will strut his stuff while Tim discusses the secrets of service dogs.
• April 23 — Living Wills & Advance Directives: A representative from Suncoast Hospice will be at the Library to discuss this important topic. Join an interactive discussion with the Suncoast Family of Programs about living wills and health care decision-making, the gift you can give your loved ones.
For more information, contact city librarian Laurie Talerico by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 596-1822.
John Denver tribute returns to Largo Cultural Center
LARGO — “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver” starring Jim Curry is set for 7 p.m. today at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Curry, whose voice was heard on the CBS TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story,” has performed Denver’s music in shows throughout the country. He’ll perform such hits as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Calypso” and “Annie’s Song.”
Tickets are $24.50 to $34.50 in advance and $5 more at the door. Discounts are available to groups of 10 or more. Visit LargoArts.com or call (727) 587-6793.
Largo Senior Advisory Board to host garage sale
LARGO — The Largo Senior Advisory Board is hosting its annual “Something Old, Something New” garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road.
More than 30 vendors will sell old and new items in the air-conditioned ballroom. For information, call (727) 518-3131 or go to LargoCommunityCenter.com.
Musician to bring country legend’s music back to life
LARGO — Jason Petty will star in “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes,” featuring the music of Hank Williams, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Petty and his band will also pay tribute to those who influenced Williams and those he influenced, such as Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, the Carter Family, George Jones and Webb Pierce. For more on Petty, visit www.jasonpetty.com.
Tickets are $24.50 to $34.50 in advance and $5 more at the door. Discounts are offered to groups of 10 or more. Buy tickets at LargoArts.com or call (727) 587-6793.
Tickets also are on sale online and by phone for the Zebra concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Admission is $24.50 to $39.50.
In 1982, the hard-rock band’s self-titled debut album went platinum and was the fastest selling debut album in Atlantic Records history. A total of five music videos aired on MTV and gave the band combined album sales of nearly 2 million worldwide. For details, visit www.thedoor.com.
City of Largo to offer variety of events
LARGO — The city is offering musical and other programs in March. Here’s a rundown:
• Sunday — The Annual Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus Show is at 2:30 p.m. following a 2 p.m. dinner at the Largo Community Center. Tickets for the show and meal are available for $14 by March 19. Show tickets only are $10 at the door. For details, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
• Monday through Friday — Young people ages 12-18 can improve their musical theater skills during a Project Broadway workshop at the Largo Cultural Center. The theme is “Celebrate Broadway, A Musical Revue” and features songs, dances and scenes from classic Broadway shows. The mornings will focus on singing and auditioning skills, while the afternoons will concentrate on dancing and acting. At the end of the week, a fully staged showcase performance will be held. No previous acting experience is needed Cost is $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Need-based scholarships are available. Visit LargoArts.com or call (727) 587-6751.
• March 28 — The author of “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Vol. 2” will appear at a book signing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Largo Cultural Center.
Eddie Trunk, host and co-producer of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show,” will sign his new book, “Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Vol. 2,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ticket holders. He’ll also emcee the show.
Trunk is a 30-year music industry veteran who hosts “Eddie Trunk Live,” a weekly music, talk and interview show on SiriusXM satellite radio Channel 39. He’s also the host and co-producer of “That Metal Show,” the longest running program in the history of VH1 Classic. In 2010, he released “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal,” followed by volume two last year.
Trunk then will emcee the Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel show at 8 p.m.
Lee performed with Ozzy Osbourne on the albums “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sin.” He then joined former Black Sabbath singer Ray Gillen to form the band Badlands. Red Dragon Cartel will perform classic Osbourne and Badlands songs, as well as cuts from its new album.
For tickets to Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel show, call (727) 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com.
• Frank Hannon, Mike Tramp and Ron Keel will take the stage for an intimate evening of acoustic music at 8 p.m. April 4. They’ll play new releases as well as their hits.
Hannon is the lead guitarist, songwriter and cofounder of Tesla. When he’s not touring with the multi-platinum-selling band formed in 1985, he occasionally showcases his instrumental and songwriting skills as a solo acoustic performer. Tesla’s hits include “Love Song” and “The Way It Is.”
Tramp is best known as the lead singer of White Lion, which released its debut album “Fight to Survive” in 1985. The multi-platinum-selling band’s hits include “Wait” and “When the Children Cry.”
After selling millions of records and touring the world as a heavy metal and country artist, Keel has combined both styles with his new solo album, “Metal Cowboy.” He’s best known as the lead vocalist for the million-selling rock band Keel.
Tickets for both events are $24.50 to $39.50 and $5 more at the door. Call (727) 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com. The Largo Cultural Center is at 105 Central Park Drive.
Largo to offer men’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament
LARGO — Team registrations are being taken through March 28 for the men’s three-on-three basketball tournament at 9 a.m. April 5 at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. N.E.
Cost is $80 per team, plus $10 per person for a three-point shootout and dunk contest. For more information, visit HighlandRecreation.com or call (727) 518-3016.
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 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 more information, visit LargoCamps.com or call (727) 518-3016 or (727) 518-3125.
Largo to offer free football clinic for ages 8-17
LARGO — Join the city’s Athletics Division for its free annual youth football clinic on April 26.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., youths ages 8-17 will learn on-field skills and do drills with the help of the city’s recreation department staff and local youth football coaches.
The Largo Athletics Youth Football Clinic will be held at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave N.E. Food and drinks will be provided, as well T-shirts for the first 100 registered participants. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Each child must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. For more information, call (727) 587-6740, Ext. 5046 or visit www.LargoSports.com.
Lifeguarding class on tap at Southwest Pool
LARGO —The Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will offer its American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class starting Monday through Friday at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road.
Classes will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $195 for residents and $225 for non-residents, and all students must have a city recreation card. Books and materials are included.
Open to anyone 15 and older, the 40-hour course teaches the skills necessary to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard. Students who successfully complete the class will receive certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and first aid.
For more information, call (727)518-3126 or visit LargoPools.com.
Largo Cultural Center offers spring break theatre workshop
LARGO — Get ready for a week long of acting, singing and dancing at the Largo Cultural Center.
The Project Broadway Workshop, geared for teens ages 12-18, will be held starting Monday through Friday and designed to improve young performers’ musical theatre skills. The theme is "Celebrate Broadway, A Musical Revue" that will feature some of the best songs, dances and scenes from classic Broadway shows. The mornings will focus on singing and auditioning skills, while the afternoons will concentrate on dancing and acting techniques. At the end of the week, a fully staged showcase performance will be held where every participant will be featured. This workshop does not require any previous acting experience.
Register today. Cost is $125 for residents and $150 for non-residents. Need-based scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To sign up or for more information, visit LargoArts.com or call (727)587-6751.
Pinellas Genealogy Society to offer free research day
LARGO — The Pinellas Genealogy Society and the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, are offering “Family History Assistance Day” from noon to 4 p.m. March 29.
Bring family information and receive free one-on-one research assistance from a society consultant in the Jenkins Room on the library’s first floor. Beginners especially are encouraged to experience the process of tracing their genealogical history. No appointment is necessary.
Tours of the library’s Genealogy Center and classes also will be offered. For more information, call Bob Bryan at (727) 595-4521 or e-mail Bbryan84@gmail.com.
Lions Club to host ‘nearly new’ sale
PALM HARBOR — The Palm Harbor Lions Club will hold its annual Nearly New Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Lutheran Church of the Palms, 2250 Nebraska Avenue. Items for sale will include unclaimed dry cleaning, household goods and many Christmas items; unwanted eye glasses will also be collected at this sale. All proceeds go to various charities sponsored by the Lions Club.
Military Officers Association to meet for lunch
PINELLAS PARK — The Military Officers Association meets for lunch on the third Friday of each month. The luncheon starts with social hour at 11 a.m. at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd.
The speaker will be former TV weather forecaster and sports anchor Dick Crippen.
Former and active duty military officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. For reservations, call commander Bill Bolin at (727) 584-1595.
Library schedules slate of events
SAFETY HARBOR — The Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd Street N., offers these activities:
• Sign up for the Master Gardener class on “Managing the Pests in Your Vegetable Garden” with Theresa Badurek of UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension today at 6:30 pm. Badurek will speak about integrated pest management, scouting for pests in your garden, harmful and beneficial insects, and some common weed issues.
• Turn the sidewalks in front of the library into achalk art masterpiece on Friday from 4-6 p.m. The activity is open to all ages and coincides with the city’s Chalk Art Festival that will be held March 22-23. Chalk and refreshments will be provided.
• Author Ann O’ Farrell will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday about Ireland’s diverse geography, myths, and legends, its turbulent history, and great legacy of gifted writers from Jonathan Swift to Frank McCourt. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, O’Farrell worked as a theater director, drama teacher, and drama therapist before retiring with her husband to Florida. For more information about the author and her work, visit www.annofarrell.net. Copies of her books will be available for sale and signing after the event.
For more information on these activities, call the library at (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Players of Safety Harbor to hold auditions
SAFETY HARBOR — The Players of Safety Harbor will hold auditions for the June production of “Gigi” from 2 to 4 p.m. March 30 at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
POSH invites those interested in community theater to audition with cold readings from the script. Performances are scheduled for the weekend of June 6-8.
For details, visit http://playersofsafetyharbor.weebly.com/ or contact POSH director Diane Lynne at email@example.com or (727) 239-1340.
Orchids to be sold at upcoming event
SEMINOLE — An Orchid Friends Sale is from 9 a.m. to noon March 29 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 10891 102nd Ave. N. Blooming and non-blooming plants, plus supplies, will be sold. Advice on orchid care and culture will be available, too.