Community Calendar - Upcoming Events

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
Sunset 5K, other recreation programs scheduled
BELLEAIR — Pick up race packets today and Friday at the Dimmitt Community Center for the Belleair Sunset 5K & Fun Run.
The packets are available from 4 to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the center, 918 Osceola Road.
The race is Saturday, 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. Monday. 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
GFWC plans centennial anniversary gala
CLEARWATER — The General Federation of Woman’s Club of Clearwater, Inc. is 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 for details.
Clearwater Garden Club schedules slate of events
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., offers these activities:
Friday, 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
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 Tuesday 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 The first meeting is free; dues are $25 per year.
Garden club to host Italian Night dinner, music
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Garden Club will host Italian Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at 405 Seminole St.
For $15, enjoy a full Italian dinner with salad, bread and wine, plus live music and giveaways. For details, call (727) 452-1596.
Libraries offer SAT prep
CLEARWATER — 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
Leading Ladies to hold fundraising sale
CLEARWATER — Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall will hold its Legendary POSH Sale Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Challener/Morrow Production Studio at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater. Items include: jewelry, shoes, purses, accessories, clothing, household items, artwork books, toys and games.
Senior center offers beginners’ computer classes
CLEARWATER — “Back to Basics” computer classes are being offered at Senior Citizens Services, 1204 Rogers St.
Designed for the senior beginner student, the course is conducted at a comfortable pace during a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $25.
Class size is limited to eight to 11 students per session. Call (727) 442-8104 for a schedule or visit
Beach and trail race to benefit “Friends of the Island Parks”
CLEARWATER BEACH — The Discover Caladesi Island 10 Mile Beach and Trail race run is Saturday. The race course will start at the Pier 60 and lead north along trails to Caladesi Island, looping back to Pier 60 along the Gulf of Mexico.
The event begins with registration starting at 6 a.m. at Clearwater Beach Pier 60 Park. The race steps off 7:30. Part of the proceeds will benefit “Friends of the Island Parks.”
To register, go to
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 – Beachbillies.  Free movies: Friday - “I hate Valentine’s Day” (PG-13); Saturday, “Fool’s Gold” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
22nd annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival this weekend
DUNEDIN — Some of the finest artists and crafters that produce handmade ceramic planters, functional pottery, hair accessories, handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces will be on display this weekend at the 22nd annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival.
The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. The festival will be held on Main Street in downtown.
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
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 All proceeds go to the Beach Art Center.
Upcoming events at the IRB library
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Upcoming activities at the Indian Rocks Beach Library, located on the northwest corner of City Hall at 1507 Bay Palm Boulevard, include:
March 5 – Identity Theft: a representative from the Pinellas County Consumer Services division will explain how to protect your information and defend yourself against identity theft.
March 12 – Author Carol Fragale Brill will be here to discuss her books, “Cape Maybe” and “Peace by Piece.”
March 19 – ABC’s of Medicare:  demystifying the Medicare maze.
For more information, contact Librarian Laurie Talerico by email at or call (727) 596-1822.
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 for details and registration forms.
Card party fundraiser on Tuesday
LARGO— The Largo Women’s Club is hosting their annual card party at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Royal Palms, 200 Lake Avenue in Largo. Call Audrey at 585-5648 for tickets. Tickets are $12 each.
City’s athletic programs help children grow
LARGO — Three programs at Highland Recreation Complex are packed with physical activity, education about healthy habits, and participation that reinforces and applies the fundamentals of team sports.
Go Girl Sports at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays introduces girls ages 6-10 to sports in a social setting through skill instruction and other activities. Sports include basketball, volleyball, tennis and soccer.
Basketball Basics for ages 6-8 is offered from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. The class stresses dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and team play. Drills, skills, and informal mini-scrimmages are played, with instruction as needed.
In Youth Track and Field, children ages 5-18 will run against friends and rivals from other local cities. The program at 6 p.m. Wednesdays includes three practices at Largo High School and one meet per month at an off-site location. All participants will get an official team shirt and ribbons for their events.
Sign up at 400 Highland Ave N.E. For details, visit 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.
Tickets on sale for Vanilla Fudge concert
LARGO — Tickets are on sale for psychedelic-rock group Vanilla Fudge at 8 p.m. April 18 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Buy tickets at $24.50 to $39.50 at or by calling (727) 587-6793.
Beginning in 1967, Vanilla Fudge introduced a new sound, influencing a generation of musicians. Three of four original members, Mart Stein, Vince Martell and Carmine Appice, are touring with Pete Bremy. Hits include “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Take Me for a While” and “Season of the Witch.” For details, visit
Largo Cultural Center offers Spring Break Theatre Workshop and Showcase
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 from March 24-28 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 or call (727)587-6751.
Red “Hatter's” Tea Party to host spring event
LARGO – Hundreds of purple blouses and red hats are set to gather at the Largo Community Center for the Annual Red Hat Tea Party.
From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 11-March 12, Red Hatter's will enjoy live music, dancing, door prizes, contests, vendor shopping and a freshly prepared lunch by the Largo Community Center.
Mingle with other chapters, make new friends and be sure to wear your best red hat as we plan to take lots of pictures to commemorate this ever-growing Spring time event. Cost for the one day event is $10 per person. Spaces are limited; pre-registration is required by March 7. Get your tickets by calling (727) 587-6740 ex. 5004 or visiting the Largo Community Center at 400 Alt Keene Rd.
African violet society to meet March 3
LARGO — The Pinellas African Violet Society will have their next regular meeting on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave NE in Largo (north of East Bay Drive).  Members will be available to answer questions about how to care for violet. The meetings are open to the public.
Refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (813) 920-7270.
‘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 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
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.
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 Saturday 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
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
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.
Meet Jane Seymour, view her artwork
SAFETY HARBOR – A new collection of original artwork by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Seymour will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at Syd Entel Galleries.  Meet Seymour in person during two artist appearances: Feb. 22 from 6-8 pm and Feb. 23 from 2 pm-4 pm. 
The exhibit preview begins Saturday. Visit
Studios plans grand reopening reception
SAFETY HARBOR — UPARC’s Harborside Studios will have its grand reopening from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at 176 Fifth Ave. N.
The reception will include beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
Blues society to present history of genre
SAFETY HARBOR — The Suncoast Blues Society’s “History of the Blues’ presentation by Joseph Ishikawa is at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
 From acoustic delta blues, Texas blues and electric urban blues, Ishikawa will talk about and perform music from Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King and other artists.

 For more information call (727) 724-1525, Ext. 4112 or visit

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch to host open house
SAFETY HARBOR — The public is invited to an open house at the Safety Harbor campus of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch on March 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Guests will be treated to lunch and tours of facilities. Nearly 1,000 representatives from the sheriff’s department in Hillsborough and Pinellas will be attending.
Orchid society to hold annual members’ sale
SEMINOLE — The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will hold its annual members’ orchid sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd.
 For more information, call Bill Nunez at (813) 918-4546, e-mail or visit
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