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.
Youth Dance Program – The Belleair Recreation Center is offering a youth dance program every Thursday through late fall to prepare for a holiday dance performance in December. Classes for children age 3-4 begins at 3:30 p.m. and for children age 5-8 4:15 p.m. The cost is $40 per month. For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.com.
After School Hangout – The Belleair Recreation Center offers an after school option for students to participate in programs or get a head start on their homework. Transportation from Curtis Fundamental Elementary School, St. Cecelia Catholic School and Saint Paul’s School is available. The cost is $40 and a sibling discount is available. For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit www.belleairrec.com.
Trekkie Film Festival – The Main Clearwater Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will host a Saturday afternoon of space adventure films aimed at trekkies and science fiction film fans. The free family event from 12 noon to 5 p.m. will include screenings of two films featuring the starship enterprise and its captain James T. Kirk. The event also includes a costume contest, vintage clips, bloopers, trivia and prizes. For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit www.myclearwater.com/cpl.
Maxima Hispanic Heritage Concert - On Sunday Clearwater's Coachman Park will play host to the biggest celebration of Hispanic culture - the MAXIMA Hispanic Heritage Concert. The Hispanic community will come together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with exceptional food and music. Gates open at noon, concert starts at 1 p.m. Call (727) 562-4804 or visit www.visitclearwaterflorida.com/maximahhc2013.
Senior Singles Dance – SCIPS, a 50+ nonprofit Tampa Bay senior singles club, will host a fall festival dance party on Saturday from 7-10 p.m., at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way. Enjoy live music by the popular musician "Carlos." The dance is open to the public and couples are welcome to attend. Door prizes will be awarded. Admission is $7 cash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Soda and water available. BYOB permitted. No reservations needed. Casual dressy attire expected. Call Janet (727) 461-7104 or visit http://scips.tripod.com.
Clearwater Garden Club Meeting – Linda Nash Stevenson of Lifeforce Acupuncture will be demonstrating herbal tea making during the garden club’s Tuesday meeting. The club meets at 405 Seminole St. Refreshments and an herbal swap will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the tea demonstration. Visitors may attend. Contact Emily Wenzel at (727) 365-8574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday – This major international jazz festival draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. Now in its 34th year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a world-class gathering of the some of the greatest talents and greatest fans of jazz. The festival runs Thursday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 20, at Coachman Park. Attendance is expected to reach 40,000 this year, according the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Jazz & Jambalaya – Enjoy the Jazz Holiday from the west terrace of the city’s Main Library overlooking beautiful Coachman Park and the downtown waterfront on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7-11 p.m. Admission includes valet parking, a real-time television feed from the outdoor stage to a jumbo screen and spectacular views from the roof-top terrace, open bar with a full complement of beverages and New Orleans-style fare from local purveyors including Clear Sky Beachside Cafe, E&E Stakeout Grill, Rumba Island Grill, Hamptons Haute & Sea Dog Brewing Co. Call (727) 562-4970 ext. 5189 for reservations and prices. The library is located at 100 N. Osceola Ave.
The Comedy-Time Tunnel – This is a romp through comedic history with favorite comedians including Lucille Ball, Abbott and Costello, Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton and many more. The performance with audience participation and prizes is narrated by Tony Belmont. The performance is Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road. A wine reception starts at 6:15 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $10. Children are free. Contact Ann Scott at (727) 531-3172.
Holiday Shopping Bazaar – The congregation of Temple B'nai Israel is hosting this event on Sunday, Oct. 20. Vendors will be selling jewelry, hand-made craft items, sports memorabilia, food creations, decorative item for Chanukah and Christmas, books and children's items and more. The bazaar is free and open to the public. The bazaar will be held at the temple, located at 1685 Belcher Rd. South. Call (727) 507-0909. Visit www.tbiclearwater.org.
Operation Be SAFE Workshop – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services, in partnership with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clearwater Police Department, is holding a free workshop, Stop Adult Financial Exploitation, for seniors, their families and their caregivers on Tuesday, Oct. 22, starting at 1 p.m. at the Aging Well Center. The free workshop will teach attendees how to spot a scam, how scams work, and steps they can take to protect themselves. The Aging Well Center is located at 1501 N. Belcher Rd. Call (877) 693-5236.
Soroptimist International – This Pinellas County group will be hosting a 45th anniversary luncheon at the Clearwater Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11:30 a.m. The group has been actively involved in acknowledging local distinguished women at their annual Women Honoring Women event and providing scholarship aid for the Women on the Way program at St. Petersburg College. Guests are invited to share in the celebration with past-presidents, honorees of Women Honoring Women, and scholarship recipients. For reservations, contact Ronnie Briand, at (727) 210-7970 by Oct. 15. Luncheon cost is $22.
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 Patty Sanphy Group. Free movies: Friday, “Hotel Transylvania”(PG), and Saturday, “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Restored” (PG). Shows begin around dusk.
Explore-a-Tour – Each Saturday through Nov. 16 the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will hold a two-hour tour with field guides that includes participating in research for the purpose of studying the local bottlenose dolphin population and identifying bird nesting sites. Participants will learn about the local ecosystem from a scientist's point of view. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. Call (727) 441-1790. Visit seewinter.com.
Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association – TheSunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association (SSOVA) will host a tournament starting at Saturday at 12 noon at Pier 60. SSOVA is fully funded beach volleyball tour supported by the beach volleyball players.
Volley America and Spalding Nationals – This championship tournament for Volley America members will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 8 a.m. at Pier 60. Open to all volleyball players, no pre-qualification is necessary. Visit www.eevb.net. Call (631) 728-0397.
“Picking Up Sticks” Opens – Local playwright Lil Barcaski directs “Picking Up Sticks,” a new comedic drama, presented by Showcase Arts Foundation and Gypsy Stage Repertory. Show times are tonight and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. A $10 donation is requested. For reservations call (813) 922-8778 or email Lil@GypsyStage.com. The theater is located at 1714 CR 1, Suite 2, in the Braemoor Plaza.
Sunday Bicycle Rides – Cyclists will meet at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Old Train Depot Parking Lot, 349 Main St. Free.
Scottish Country Dancing — Beginner and experienced technique classes are offered. No partner is necessary. The first visit is free; cost is $3 per dance thereafter. The dance begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden St.
Bay Bouquet Garden Club – The club will present the program on tillandsia, a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family bromeliads, by Phil Elting on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Dunedin library, 223 Douglas Ave. Guests are welcome. Call (727) 447-7805.
WoofStock – This free event, sponsored by Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue, will be a fun filled day of adoptions, vendors, delicious food, drinks and live music from local bands. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Highlander Park in Dunedin starting at 11 a.m. Visit www.heidislegacywoofstock.info.
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“RED” Arts Exhibit – The Florida Artists Group is presenting an exhibit of their art work at the Beach Art Center during the month of October from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The participants are talented artists from Pinellas and surrounding counties. There is no charge to attend the exhibition or reception. For more information about the exhibit, call (727) 596-4331 or visit: www.BeachArtCenter.org. The center is located at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.
Oktoberfest on the Beach – This beach version of the German tradition has become a signature event for the IRB community. The event is Saturday 10 a.m. at Kolb Park. It will feature games and activities for children and adults including a stein carrying contest for the ladies, keg throwing contest for the men, and a wife carrying contest for couples. The event will also feature arts & crafts show, silent auction, a German band, a beer garden and raffles for an iPAD and a trip to Key West. Call (727) 517-2449.
Painting Workshop – Florida artist Shirley Frank will be teaching a four day intensive painting workshop emphasizing the development of individual style and personal philosophy on October 24-27. For more information about the workshop, call (727) 596-4331 or visit: www.BeachArtCenter.org.
Ride to Defeat ALS – This isa one-day, fully supported cycling event with routes through scenic Pinellas County. The ride is set for Saturday, Nov 2, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at the Holiday Inn Harbourside. Breakfast, lunch and a post-ride party will be provided. The ride benefits the fight to end Lou Gehrig's Disease. To register, go to: www.RidetoDefeatALS.org or call (888) 257-1717, ext. 119.
Open Studio - Need inspiration or a place to paint? Grab a canvas, paper or board along with your paints, brushes, and easel to open studio to create your own piece of art from scratch, a photograph or an unfinished piece of work. Residents and visitors of all skill levels are welcome. The purpose of the group is to collaborate and enjoy being with other creative types. Bring a towel or cloth to protect the tables. The fee is $5 at the door. The open studio will be held from 2-4 p.m. each Friday in the Community Room, 4th floor, of the Indian Shores Town Hall, located at 19305 Gulf Blvd. For information call Betsy Schoepf, (727) 595-1083 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tampa Bay Buddy Walk - This one-mile walk will celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of people with down syndrome. Bring the family and enjoy a day in the park including games, entertainment, mascot appearances, give-aways, food, music and raffles. The walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Free.
Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project – Learn how much energy is wasted in homes every day and get free equipment and materials to help cut your monthly energy costs. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, is offering this session at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Free.
Iya Bakoso Drumming Ensemble – This Afro-Caribbean Drumming Ensemble performs popular Latin music from the Afro-Cuban culture and many other music styles from the countries of the Caribbean. Open to all ages. This free concert begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive.
Swing Dancing – Enjoy an evening of socializing and dancing on a 5,600 square foot hardwood floor. Free lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Cost $7 with recreation card, $8 without. The dance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Call (727) 518-3131.
Images of Madeira Beach and Johns Pass – The Pinellas County Historical Society will present this lecture topic on Sunday at 2 p.m. It will focus on this area before and after the widespread development of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 582-2123. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/Heritage/events_festivals.htm#folkfestival.
Sunday Matinee Music and Dinner Show – Enjoy dinner and live music at the Largo Community Center on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. The show will feature a performance by the Deutschmeister Blas Band. The community center is located at 400 Alt. Keene Rd. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Sun Down Music Series with Elisha "Atlas" Parris – Enjoy an evening with the soulful sounds of jazz on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Largo Community Center. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Elisha "Atlas" Parris is an urban jazz pianist, songwriter, and producer based in Jacksonville. Tickets are $10 each. Lawn chairs are recommended. The Largo Community Center is located at 400 Alt Keene Rd. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Highland's Monster Mash Zumba Bash – Join a team of Zumba instructors for this non-stop dance with a haunting twist, healthy snacks, raffle prizes and much more will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 6 p.m. The easy-to-follow dance class is set to Latin and international music. Ideal for adults and children age 8 and up. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Child care will be provided by Highland staff for an additional $5 for potty trained children ages 3-10. The Highland Recreation Complex is located at 400 Highland Ave. NE. For more information, visit PlayLargo.com or call (727)518-3016.
Heritage Village Country Jubilee — The 35th Heritage Village Country Jubilee is the first place to search for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The annual event will be held Oct. 26. A giant flea market and book sale will be held. Handmade holiday crafts, paintings, jewelry, stained glass and wooden treasures are among the offerings as well as musical entertainment, tours of historical homes, and demonstrations of traditional crafts. A $2 donation is suggested. Children under twelve are free. Donations support Heritage Village operations. (727) 582-2123. Interested vendors can call (727) 582-2233. For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage/events_countryjubilee.htm.
Crossroad's Farmer's Market – This local open-air farmer’s market features local produce, live folk music, cheeses, honey, handmade items, food, spices, herbs and more starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, at Pop Stansell Park.
Sing Barbershop Harmony – Sharpen your singing skills, establish lasting friendships, enrich your life and the lives of others and have fun as a member of the Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop four-part harmony group. The group meets every Monday at 6:45 p.m., at The Centre, 1500 16th St. Call (727) 784-8052.
Master Gardener Plant Clinic – Pinellas County Master Gardeners provide a weekly gardening help desk for the public. Bring gardening questions and plant samples. Free. The clinic begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332.
Story Circle Network Writer's Group – The group meets the third Wednesday of each month and is dedicated to helping writers share stories of their lives and raise public awareness of the importance of personal histories. The next gathering is Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112. The library is located at 101 Second St.
Creative Conversations – Safety Harbor celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month with a “Creative Conversation” on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 7-9 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S. The evening’s presenters include the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, Safety Harbor Public Art Committee, Safety Harbor Public Library, City of Clearwater, Creative Pinellas, Laura Kepner, Harbor Dish, North Pinellas Woman’s Club, and local artists Noriko Kuehn and Dino Kostopolous. For more information on this free event, contact the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center at (727) 724-1562.
World renowned artist Hessam Abrishami – Syd Entel Galleries will welcome back world renowned artist Hessam Abrishami, recently bestowed an Honorary Doctorate from the American Liberty University commemorating his achievement as a fine painter. The exhibit will feature new original works in acrylic, oil, charcoal, pastel and bronze. The exhibit is Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-8 p.m. For further information, contact Linda Gagliostro at (727) 725-1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.