Upcoming events - Community calendar

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
Belleair to offer holiday camps for children
The Belleair Parks & Recreation Department will offer a holiday drop-in camp for children ages 6 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 26, 27 and 30. Full day and half day schedules are available.
Another camp at the same time and for the same age group is set for Jan. 2 and 3.
For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit
Habitat for Humanity offers orientation class tonight
The next orientation meeting of the Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is tonight from 6-7 p.m. at their Clearwater office, 13355 49th St. N. at the intersection of 49th and Ulmerton.
The orientation provides details on how the habitat program works in partnership with the community and how donors and volunteers can get involved.
To reserve a space, email or call (727) 536-4755, ext. 208.
Garden Club to host holiday luncheon
The Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., will host its holiday luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Belleair Country Club. Tickets are $25. For details, call (727) 441-9374 or visit
Rummage sale to benefit school's band boosters
Clearwater High School, 540 S. Hercules Ave., will have a rummage sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday to benefit the school's band boosters.
Clothing, furniture, kitchen and athletic items, toys, DVDs, CDs, electronics, baby items and books will be among the available merchandise.
Public invited to Senior Singles Dance on Saturday
 SCIPS, a 50+ nonprofit Tampa Bay senior singles club, will host a "Christmas Dance Party" on Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way, in Clearwater.
Enjoy live music by Steve Daniels Band in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Couples welcome. The dance is open to the public. Admission is $7 cash. Doors open at 6:30.
Casual dressy attire recommended. Door prizes will be awarded. Soda and water are available. No reservations needed. For more information call Janet (727)461-7104 or visit
SCIPS is a 50+ senior singles club founded for fun and friendship.  The club hosts several activities including tours, trips, theater, picnics, dinner, and sport events.
Opportunities for women, veteran and minority business owners
Pinellas County's Small Business Enterprise Program offers small businesses opportunities to participate in the competitive process for county contracts.
The Dec. 19 class will discuss the county's purchasing system and how to register to do business with Pinellas County government. The second hour of the class will focus on how to complete the State of Florida Certified Business Enterprise application and opportunities for women, minority and service-disabled veteran owned firms. The two-hour class begins and 12 noon and the cost is $10 per person.
The Pinellas Economic Development office is located at 13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200 in Clearwater. For more information, call (727) 464-7332 or visit
Clearwater libraries offer puppets, drum circle
 The Clearwater Public Library system announces two festive events at 2 p.m. Dec. 28.
The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will host the Dascaloja Puppeteers in the annual “Winter Wonder Show” in the Youth Services area. The free puppet show is aimed at grade-school-age children and will include songs pertaining to winter and the holiday season.
The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580 at Countryside Boulevard, will welcome 2014 with its annual Community Drum Circle. Giving Tree Music's Steve Turner returns to lead the free event open to all ages. Drums will be provided.
For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit
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.
Dance and circus workshops on tap
Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay will offer New Year's Dance & Cirque Workshops Jan. 2 through Jan. 5 at 1490 N. Belcher Road, Suite H.
Children ages 5 to 8 will have a half day of circus instruction and a half day of musical theater. Sessions for 8-year-olds through adults will cover trapeze, tissue, Spanish web, hoop, hammock, hand balancing, acrobatics and contortion.
Classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $200 for four days or $60 per day. For details, call (727) 461-0098, visit or e-mail
Monday evening art, stories for families at the Main Library
The Main Clearwater Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave, will offer a new program series for families with children beginning the first Monday in January.
“Monday Night is Family Night” will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. and include a different art project on the first Monday of each month, and family story time the remaining three Mondays throughout the winter.
Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite adults for stories, music and themed crafts.
For more information, please call (727) 562-4970 or visit
“Tapas and Twain”
The public is invited to enjoy an evening with Ned Johnson in “Tapas and Twain” on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The event will focus on Mark Twain's unforgettable wit and story-telling.  Cost is $15 including tapas, wine and other refreshments. 
The event will be held at the Social Hall of the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater.  For reservations, call (727) 531-3172.
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: Saturday by the Patty Sanphy Group. Free movies: Friday, “A Christmas Story”(PG), and Saturday, “The Bourne Legacy” (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 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
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.
Hale Senior Center offers December events
The Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., offers a full slate of classes and activities in December. Those include:
• Woodcarving, wood burning and folk art painting; Tai Chi; line dancing; movie series; sketch group; chair yoga; square dancing; Mexican train dominoes; duplicate bridge; QiGong; diabetes support center; professional counseling; quilter's corner; brain games; scrapbooking; and leg vein screening;
• Holiday light tour, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday early registration recommended; $8.
For details, call (727) 298-3299.
Opera league to hold January business meeting
DUNEDIN — The Pinellas Opera League will have a business luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd.
Attendees will socialize, eat, and be entertained by local opera singers. Cost is $20. For reservations, call (727) 738-4007 by the Sunday evening before the luncheon. For cancellations, call the Monday morning before the luncheon. 
Art center plans holiday sale, show
“Unwrapped-Uncorked” and “Art Uncorked,” the Beach Art Center's holiday sale and show, runs through December at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.
The sale and show will feature the work of local award winning artists including paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and pottery for under $100.
“Art Uncorked” shopping and wine tasting event will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday during December and will feature tastings by Impressive Florida Wines of Indian Rocks Beach.
For more information, call (727) 596-4331 or visit
Tim McGee, author of Worthy McGuire, will discuss his moving and entertaining novel of a D-Day survivor on Tuesday at 12 noon on the 4th floor of the Municipal Center. The discussion is free to library members. Space is limited to 30 participants. Stop by the library in advance to pick up a ticket.
For more information, contact Alic Lawrence at (727) 595-2173 or email
Annual Holiday Stroll
More than a million LED lights and seasonal fun will fill Largo Central Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Each shelter throughout the park will feature a different theme with children's activity or craft.
Enjoy the toboggan snow slide and visit with Santa. Join the sing-a-long and listen to music by Late Night Brass. And watch the official holiday tree lighting at 7 p.m. in the center of the park, 101 Central Park Drive.
The family-friendly event is free for all ages, and concessions will be available. Limited onsite parking for $5 will be offered, along with free “park and walk” from Largo high and middle schools.
The lights will be on display through Jan. 3.
For more information, call (727) 587-6775 or visit
Barbershop chorus seeking members for holiday show
The Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus will host a Christmas Spectacular Show at the Largo Community Center on Sunday.
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
State Choir of Russia to perform at cultural center
LARGO — The State Choir of Russia will perform Russian Christmas music and seasonal favorites at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St. S.E. 
The vocal ensemble was founded with the merger of the USSR State Chamber Choir and State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR. Tickets are $29.50 to $39.50 and are available by visiting or calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
Free holiday movie in the park
Gather the family, grab a blanket and watch the movie “Elf” Dec. 20 in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Seasonal activities for children will begin one hour before sunset, and the film starts at dusk.
Parking onsite and concessions will be available. No alcohol is permitted.
Other movie in the park dates are Feb. 14, March 28 and April 11. For a list of film titles, visit or call (727) 587-6755.
Largo sponsoring students' video contest
The city is holding a “What I Love About Largo” video contest for first- through 12th -graders living in or attending school in Largo. The contest is in conjunction with the city's community values campaign, which seeks input from residents and the business community to identify local priorities through an online survey and workshops.
Video submissions must be received at city hall by 5 p.m. March 3. Qualifying entries will be posted to the city's website for a public showcase in April. Entries will be evaluated on creativity, originality, message and quality. The first-place winner in each category from elementary, middle and high schools will receive a $200 Amazon gift card. Winners will receive special recognition and a public viewing at a city commission meeting.
All content must be shot in the city, and films must be less than five minutes long. Entries can be simple video clips or fully-edited segments filmed on digital cameras or smartphones.
For more information, visit
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