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.
Military group to meet Tuesday – 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.
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.
The meetings feature guest speakers and discussions related to various community interests. Education programs are also offered. The club sponsors a number of annual fundraisers including two garage sales and fruitcake sale every November and December. The club also sponsors an annual breakfast for the teachers and staff at both Paul Stephens and Calvin Hunsinger Schools in August and participate in Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor, Clergy Week and Law Week, and support the Clearwater Little League games during season. Members also volunteer with the Clearwater Homeless Emergency Project, the Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels.
Proceeds for the fundraisers support the scholarship program and other club projects. The club also supports the Civitan International Research Center, located at the University of Alabama, which is dedicated to brain research and treatment of development diseases.
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.
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 Ferengata. Free movies: Friday, “Despicable Me”(PG), and Saturday, “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Holiday event to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters – The Spa at Sandpearl Resort will host their first annual Holiday Soirée on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 - 8 p.m. The complimentary evening event invites guests to mingle, enjoy hors d’oeurves and signature holiday drinks, and peruse the spa and poolside cabanas. Demonstrations of new and unique spa products and services will be available. Guests can partake in the silent auction benefitting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pinellas County while jazz musicians set a festive mood with live music throughout the night.
Island Estates Women’s Club will meet Dec. 11 – The next luncheon of the Island Estates Women’s Club is Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Carlouel Yacht Club. The luncheon will serve as a musical, holiday celebration with Clothes for Kids. Reservations are required. Call Helen Frain at (727) 445-9290 by 10 a.m. Dec. 10.
The club’s New Year luncheon will be held at Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Resort on Sand Key on Jan. 21. Reservations are requested by Jan. 17. Call Helen Frain at (727) 445-9290. For membership information about the club, call Joan Landreth at (727) 812-8078.
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.
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.
Revolutionary Sons chapter to meet – The Clearwater Chapter, Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution will meet Dec. 11 at the Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd.
The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. with a social period, followed by a noon luncheon and program. The luncheon costs $20 in advance, $24 at the door. Suggested attire is sport coat and tie. Wives and guests are invited to attend.
Call Dan Hooper at (727) 669-2537 for reservations.
The Clearwater Chapter serves Seminole, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs and the remainder of northern Pinellas and Pasco counties. Activities include programs to promote the patriotic, educational and historic interests stemming from the American Revolution.
Men and boys interested in documenting their relationship to their American Revolutionary ancestors and in joining an active group with similar interests may call the chapter registrar Parks Honeywell at (727) 372-4641.
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.
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.
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 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.
Largo Hosts Free Holiday Movie in the Park – Gather up the family and grab a blanket for a movie on the big screen Dec. 20. Themed activities for children will take place one hour prior to sunset and the movie will begin at dusk. The On-site parking and concessions available. No alcohol permitted.
Movie dates include Dec. 20, Feb. 14 and April 11. Largo Central Park is located at 101 Central Park Drive. For a complete listing of movie titles, visit LargoEvents.com or call (727)587-6755.
Model train show & swap meet – Regal Railways will host a train show on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 7177 58Th Street N in Pinellas Park.
More than 50 vendors will be on hand with model trains, tracks, and accessories. Lunch will be provided for a nominal fee.
The show opens from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and children 12 and younger are free. An early bird admission begins at 9 a.m.
For more information, call Joe at (727) 244-1341 or visit www.regalrailways.com.
Call to artists for “Showcase Safety Harbor’ exhibit – The City of Safety Harbor and the Public Art Committee are seeking proposals from artists, or artist teams, for two outdoor temporary sculpture exhibits and six art walls that will be on display next year.