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.
GOP women's club plans Christmas party – The Belleair Women's Republican Club will have its annual Christmas party on Friday at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch is at noon. The $22 admission fee is payable at the door in cash or check. To make reservations, call Pat Watts at (727) 595-1791 or e-mail BWRClunch@mail.com.
For more information, visit www.Belleairwomensrepublicanclub.com.
Holiday music – The Rising Stars of Belleair will perform holiday classics and Broadway tunes at 7 p.m. Friday at town hall, 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd. The singers are students at Melody Aristo-Kielisch and Giorgio Aristo's vocal performance studio.
The tenor and the soprano, who have performed in concert halls and opera houses around the world, and friends will give an intimate Sing Joy! Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at town hall. Light hors d'oeuvres and festive drinks will be served.
Parade & party – The third annual holiday parade steps off at 5 p.m. Sunday. The party at Hunter Park, 999 Indian Rocks Road, follows at 5:30. Santa visits, a Florida snowball fight, abominable snowmen, complimentary dinner and drinks, and arts and crafts will be featured. For details, visit www.belleairrec.com or call (727) 518-3728.
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.
Garden Club schedules events – The Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., will have a fashion show and luncheon at 10:30 a.m. today. Tickets are $15.
The club's holiday luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at Belleair Country Club. Tickets are $25.
For details, call (727) 441-9374 or visit www.clearwatergardenclub.org.
Learn to garden with the moon – The Florida Herb Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St.
Emily Ruff, director of the Florida School of Holistic Living in Orlando, will speak on “Gardening with the Moon,” explaining the best time to plant and harvest. Her program is after refreshments and herbal swaps.
The society seeks to education members and visitors about growing and preserving herbs for culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes. The first meeting is free; membership dues are $25 per year.
For details, call (727) 365-8574 or email email@example.com.
Christian Women's Club plans luncheon – The Clearwater Christian Women's Club will host its monthly luncheon Wednesday at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, off U.S. 19.
Victoria Garcia will give a Christmas harp concert. And Carolyn Ersig will share an inspirational story about an orphan who found a loving family.
All women are invited. The club isn't affiliated with any church or denomination, and there are no dues or membership fees. The luncheon, which costs $17, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
To make reservations, call (727) 791-8762 or (727) 330-7109 by Dec. 6.
Memorial Holiday Boat Parade – Organized by the Island Estates Yacht Club, the 39th annual nautical event on Dec. 14 honors the memory of Island Estates Yacht Club members who have died during the year.
The decorated boats will assemble in Mandalay Channel between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach at 6 p.m. At 6:30, the lead boat will head north through Mandalay Channel. Then the parade will weave in and out of many of the Island Estates canals before passing Coachman Park around 8 p.m. From there, the boats will go under the Memorial Causeway Bridge and into the Clearwater Marina Channel before navigating to the Clearwater Yacht Club's judging stand.
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, Dec. 14, 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.
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 myclearwater.com/cpl.
“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.
Holiday event to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters – The Spa at Sandpearl Resort will host their first annual Holiday Soirée tonight 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.
Sunsets at Pier 60 — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free films, weather permitting. Free movies: Friday, “Arthur Christmas” (PG), and Saturday, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk. The next free concert will be on Dec. 14 with the Patty Snaphy Group.
Island Estates Women's Club will meet Wednesday – The next luncheon of the Island Estates Women's Club is Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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.
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.
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 feast, noon Wednesday, 12/11 register by Friday. Cost is $5 with an I.D. card and $6 without one.
• Holiday light tour, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 18; early registration recommended; $8.
For details, call (727) 298-3299.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
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.
The “Unwrapped – Uncorked” fine arts sale will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
“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 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 tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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.
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 a 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 LargoEvents.com.
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. 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. Sunday 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.
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 LargoEvents.com or call (727) 587-6755.
Model train show & swap meet – Regal Railways will host a train show on Saturday 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.