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.
Pianist, aspiring performer to appear in concert
BELLEAIR — Pianist and Belleair resident Miss Victoria will perform classic songs in concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at town hall, 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Performing with her will be aspiring pianist and composer James Pitzer Gills IV.
Complimentary desserts and refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Belleair Parks and Recreation Department, call (727) 518-3728 for more details.
Belleair to start dodgeball league this month
The Belleair Dodgeball League runs on Monday nights from Jan. 27 to Feb. 24 at 918 Osceola Road.
Ages 6-9 play at 5:45 p.m., while games for ages 10-13 start at 7 p.m. Cost is $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. For details, call (727) 518-3728.
Garden club plans membership drive, tea
The Belleair Garden Club will offer a membership drive, tea and orchid fest from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 5 at club headquarters, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Michael Polen from the Art Stone Co. in St. Petersburg will talk about basic orchid care.
Orchids will be available for purchase. Make reservations to Maureen Ballinger by calling (727) 474-2507, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.belleairgardenclub.com.
Republicans offer Uniting for Victory Team
CLEARWATER — Local Republicans are invited to join the Uniting for Victory Team from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Twisted Martini, 13563 Icot Blvd.
The event will feature presentations by: Josh Kivett, the Republican National Committee's regional political director for the Southeast; John Vinson, the RNC's Florida state director; Chris Martin, the Republican Party of Florida's regional field director; and members of the Pinellas County GOP.
Make reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 539-6009.
UPARC, chamber to host breakfast, tour
In partnership with the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, UPARC will host its first “Breakfast & Leads” event at 8 a.m. Wednesday at 1501 N. Belcher Road, Suite 244.
Have a continental breakfast, tour UPARC's training facilities and learn how the agency helps people with developmental disabilities. For details, call the chamber at (727) 461-0011, Ext. 233.
Garden club plans luncheon games party
The Clearwater Garden Club will host its annual games and card party luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at its headquarters, 405 Seminole St. off Fort Harrison Avenue.
Cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For reservations, call Hilda Sinnett at (727) 586-0117 or Gladys Seney at (727) 442-7889.
Civitan Club is seeking new members
The local Clearwater chapter of the Civitan International organization is recruiting new members. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in room 12 of the adult education building at the Heritage United Methodist Church located at 2680 Landmark Drive.
Annual membership cost $96. For more information, call Largo member Fred at (727) 584-0461, Clearwater members Ron and Sue at (727) 726-6410 or in Palm Harbor Earle at (727) 786-4535.
GFWC plans spring fashion, centennial anniversary gala
The General Federation of Woman's Club of Clearwater, Inc. invites the public to its annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show on Feb. 8 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Clearwater Main Library 2014 Manga Club dates announced
The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will host its popular teen Manga Club on be Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Geared toward young people ages 13 to 18, the meeting is held on the library's second floor. The group will discuss a different manga each month. Additional activities include crafts and making doujinshi, or fan-created manga.
Manga, or Japanese comics, and their distinctive style, have become popular in the U.S. in recent years. Manga emphasizes simple expressions of complex themes through character inter-relationships and development.
For more information, visit www.myclearwater.com/cpl or call (727) 562-4970.
League of Women Voters to host healthcare act meeting on Feb. 8
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, Feb. 8.
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 email@example.com.
VIP packages on sale for seafood, blues festival
Reserved seating and limited VIP packages are available for the Eighth Annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival at ClearwaterSeaBlues.com.
This year's headlining artists, Robert Cray Band and Vintage Trouble, will perform Feb. 15, along with Peter Karp and Sue Foley, Marquise Knox and The Lauren Mitchell Band. On Feb. 16, Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds will be the headliner. Also performing will be Ana Popovic, Eric Lindell, Samantha Fish, and Steve Arvey and the Delta Swamp Rats.
The festival will be at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. Along with blues music, the event features regional seafood dishes. For more information, call (727) 562-4700, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
CLEARWATER BEACH / ISLAND ESTATES
Sunsets at Pier 60
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, Beachbillies. Free movies: Friday, “E.T.” (PG); Saturday, “Girl Most Likely” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Island Estates Women's Club will celebrate the New Year
The next luncheon of the Island Estates Women's Club will be held at Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Resort on Sand Key on Tuesday. Reservations are requested by Friday. Call Helen Frain at (727) 445-9290. For membership information about the club, call Joan Landreth at (727) 812-8078.
Church men's club to hold annual yard sale
St. Brendan Catholic Church's Navigator Men's Club will hold its eighth annual yard sale Feb. 8 and 9 in the church hall, 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.
Donated items will be accepted Feb. 4-7 at the church hall. For assistance with large items or earlier donations, call Jim Corrigan at (727) 596-1640.
3rd annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked set for Feb. 8 - 9
Enjoy deliciously decadent days on Feb. 8 - 9 as Clearwater Beach is transformed into an epicurean oasis for food and wine fans and connoisseurs. The city of Clearwater and the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa will host the 3rd annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked beachside food and wine adventure. Nationally acclaimed chefs will whisk, whip and wow guests alongside the areas great local chefs, winemakers, spirits producers, and culinary experts beachside in front of Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. For more information, visit www.clearwaterbeachuncorked.com.
Downtown market is open
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.
Gypsy Stage to present evening of comedy
Gypsy Stage Repertory will present “Mere Mortals” By David Ives at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 1714 County Road 1, Suite 2.
Call (813) 922-8778 for reservations. Tickets are $10. “Mere Mortals” also is being staged in Brandon and St. Petersburg. Visit www.GypsyStage.com for details.
Valentine's Day African violet sale
The African Violet Society of Pinellas will host their annual Valentine Day's sale on Saturday, Feb. 8, 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 for Feb. 13
Styles on Parade, the annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show sponsored by the Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, will be Feb. 13 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 Feb. 3 to Maureen Engel, 11717 Derbyshire, Tampa, FL 33626. Please include entrée choice of salmon or chicken.
Singer to perform contemporary tunes at center
LARGO — Linda Eder will perform contemporary music at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Her repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Her performance as the tragic character “Lucy” in the Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde” earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination. Eder has recorded 14 solo albums and has performed across the country and around the world.
Tickets at $39.50 to $59.50 are available by visiting LargoArts.com or calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
Citywide scavenger hunt Feb. 8
The city of Largo is hosting its first annual scavenger hunt on Feb. 8. 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.
Cash prizes will be awarded to first place - $300, second place - $200, and third place - $100. The first 100 participants receive a t-shirt. Door prizes and food and drink will also be on hand.
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.
Community center to host adult, senior prom
The Largo Community Center will host “A Starry Starry Night,” the first Adult and Senior Prom, at 7 p.m. March 1. The semi-formal evening will feature live music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, dessert, a prom photo, and crowning of a prom king and queen.
Tickets are on sale at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. This event is sponsored by Imperial Palms Apartments, Pinecrest Place and The Barrington. For more information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit PlayLargo.com.
Start planning for Largo summer camp sessions
It's not too early to start planning for summer by registering for one of the city's summer camps. This year's theme, “Play! Largo,” includes more than 60 full- and half-day camps for preschool, elementary and middle school students and teenagers.
Resident registration is from 8 a.m. to noon March 1 at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave N.E., and Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. Nonresident registration begins March 15.
Parents can choose from six full-day camps, 15 sport camps, 27 specialty camps, theater and dance camps, aquatic camps and pre-camp days. Mix and match summer camps and locations.
Download the new guide at LargoCamps.com or pick up a Play! Magazine at any Largo recreation facility, city hall or the Largo Public Library. For additional summer camp information, including scholarships, visit the website or call (727) 518-3016 or (727) 518-3125.
Local ombudsman council needs volunteers
The local Pasco and North Pinellas Ombudsman Council, which is a part of Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, needs volunteers. The council is made up of local ombudsmen whose goal is to improve the quality of life and care of residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family-care homes.
For more information, call Annette Perry at (727) 588-6912 or (727) 376-2788 or email email@example.com. For information on the state program, visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
Military officers clubs to meet for luncheons
The Military Officers Association meets for lunch on the third Friday of each month. The group's installation luncheon starts with social hour at 11 a.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. The speaker will be Vice Admiral Norb Ryan, Jr., president of national MOAA.
Active duty or retired military officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. For reservations, call Commander Bill Bolin at (727) 584-1595.
Premiere of “Love Letters” and “Ain't food wonderful” at the Venue
“Love Letters,” a unique and imaginative theatre piece by A.R. Gurney, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, opens Friday and runs through Jan. 26 at the Venue Theatre.
The play, directed by Venue founder Corinne Broskette and features Michael DuMouchel and Midge Mamatas, is about a fifty year love affair carried on primarily through letters, written in and about a world where letter-writing was very much a essential mode of communication, especially between men and women.
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 Feb. 7-Feb. 23.
The play highlights everything related to food experiences like restaurant dining, holiday feasts, dieting, the organic food rage, pregnancy cravings, and fast food emporiums and features songs about everyone's daily encounters like Who Doesn't Like Chinese?, A Bag Boy at Publix, Nothing like a Jewish Deli, Cellulite Blues, and Hooter Guys.
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.
Safety Harbor library seeking volunteers
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:
- Join the new ESOL Conversation Club: Improve your English speaking, vocabulary, and grammar skills during this new English for speakers of other languages group each Tuesday through Feb. 25, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Separate activities will be held for children ages 3 and older. Registration is required for adult and accompanying children. To register, call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
- Learn about the Suncoast Hospice: The Suncoast Hospice offers an array of services for people coping with a new diagnosis or living with a chronic condition, seeking assistance to stay at home and manage an illness, caring for someone, grieving a loss, or hoping to find meaning by helping others, and other life changes. Learn about its programs and services next Thursday at 7 p.m.
- Great Gatsby Gala: A Great Gatsby Gala is set for Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 pm at the Safety Harbor Public Library. This jazz quartet program is part concert, part story hour for grown-ups.
Jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her group play music of the Roaring Twenties and Standards evoking that era, from “Jeepers, Creepers” and “Melancholy Baby”, to “Blue Skies” and “Basin Street Blues.” In between the songs, Christiana revisits F. Scott Fitzgerald's great novel and reads passages in her lively and animated presentation style.
Prior to the show, join the library foundation for a wine and cheese reception to honor the 2014 Treasures of the Harbor. Both events are free and open to the public. Raffle items will be available to support the library's efforts to raise funds to digitize the historical Safety Harbor Herald.
The library is located 101 2nd Street N. For more information, contact (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
- Opera on Sunday afternoons: The Pinellas Opera League has a new venue for its “opera on Sunday afternoons” DVD series. At 1 p.m. Feb. 2, the group will show “La Fille Du Regiment” by Donizetti, starring Juan Diego Florez. Admission is free.
- Meet Chef Warren Caterson, author of Table for Two-Back for Seconds: Join author and Chef Warren Caterson at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 when he shares dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking for two. He will toast the lecture with a cooking demonstration, preparing a healthy and easy to make entrée.
Barbershop quartet delivers singing Valentines
Want to send an a cappella barbershop quartet to your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Members of the nonprofit Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony Barbershop Chorus don tuxes each year and travel across Pinellas and Hillsborough counties to deliver four-part-harmony love messages.
For $50, a singing Valentine comes with a coffee mug filled with candy kisses, a personalized card and four sharply dressed men singing songs like the 1890s-era “Heart of my Heart” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” To order, call (813) 228-7730.
The Heralds of Harmony meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Terrace Palms Community Church, 9620 Davis Road, in Tampa.