Community Calendar of Upcoming Events & Programs

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
Paintings for a Cause – Join the Pediatric Cancer Foundation for an evening honoring children who are battling cancer at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane. The event will showcase the work of local artists and will offer cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live music, plus a calendar with 12 paintings will be unveiled and the original paintings will be auctioned off. Cost is $75. Call (813) 269-0955.
Belleair Kids Programs – The Belleair Recreation Center is offering a youth Friday night out from 6-10 p.m. at a membership cost of $7; a karate program on Monday and Wednesday at a cost of $70 and an archery program starting Oct. 29 (members $20 and non-members $35).  For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit
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
Sundays In Belleair - Outdoor Concert Series – Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music with family, friends and neighbors at the Surf's Up concert, a tribute to the Beach Boys with Phil Dirt and The Dozers. The concert will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road. Gates open at 4. Admission is $5 in advance or $10 the day of the concert. Call (727) 518-3728.
Fall Book Sale – Fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks and children's books are on sale at deeply discounted prices starting at 9 a.m. today through Friday. The sale benefits the Friends of the Clearwater Library, 100 N Osceola Ave.
Web & Social Media Internet Marketing – Learn the latest Google business solutions and features with Heather Bender, MBA, CBA and SBDC web specialist at 12 noon today. The registration fee includes course materials. Cost is $25. The class is sponsored by the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N Suite 1-200. Call (727) 453-7200 or go to
Ageless Grace Exercise Program – This low impact exercise program is designed to be practiced in a chair and consist of movements that are natural and free flowing. Reservations are recommended. Free. Friday 10 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Services, Inc., 1204 Rogers St. Call (727) 442-8104.
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.
Strangers & Fools Improv – This five-member comedy group presents clean, family-friendly entertainment through audience participation, games and its own unscripted approach to comedy. The next performance is Friday at 8 p.m. at Building 28, 25714 U.S. 19 N. Seating is limited. Reserve tickets by emailing: Price is $5 per person cash or check at the door.
Arsenic and Old Lace – The comedic play revolves around the Brewster family, who are eccentric, disturbed and frequently murderous, will be presented by the Francis Wilson Playhouse on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Francis Wilson Playhouse is located at 302 Seminole St. Costs are $21 adults and $11 students.
Clearwater Community Band – Welcome to the Clearwater Community Band's 59th season begins Saturday with a 2 p.m. performance at the St. Petersburg College - Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St. Doors open at 1 p.m. The jazz band performs at 2 p.m. and the concert band at 3 p.m. Free. Donations are appreciated. Call (727) 365-8017.
Broadway Concert Tribute to Johnny Mercer – The Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., will present this Broadway concert celebrating the magic of Johnny Mercer on Saturday at 2 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (727) 446-1360.
Understanding SBA Loans – The Small Business Administration (SBA) may have a program to help you get that loan. An SBA representative will walk you through the most relevant programs available to small businesses seeking credit, and how to increase your chances of getting loans at 12 noon Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N Suite 1-200. Cost is $10. To register got to or call (727) 453-7200.
Hunger Games Film – The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will host a 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, event for youth in grades six to 12 to celebrate the success of author Suzanne Collins Hunger Games novels and films. In anticipation of the newest film release later in November, Catching Fire, fans of the series are invited to meet in the third floor teen room for activities that include snacks series-related trivia and entertainment. For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit
Christmas Under The Oaks - The 37th Annual Christmas Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show is Sunday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coachman Park. This fundraising event will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Coachman Park. The show will run from 9 AM to 4 PM, and features over 150 artists, crafters and food vendors in a scenic waterfront venue. Proceeds from the show, including the $2 entrance donation (kids under 12 free), benefit the scholarships, grants, and community service projects of the GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club. Call (727) 725-1414. Visit
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 Ferengata. Free movies: Friday, “Beetlejuice”(PG), and Saturday, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Down Part 2” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Volley America and Spalding Nationals – This championship tournament for Volley America members will be held Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at Pier 60. Open to all volleyball players, no pre-qualification is necessary. Visit Call (631) 728-0397.
Silent Auction Cancer Care Fundraiser - This fundraiser, sponsored by the Clearwater Yacht Club, will benefit the Morton Plant Mease campaign to transform cancer care. Guests can bid on new or gently used totes, wallets, clutches and purses during a silent auction. Paid admission includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, a drink ticket and door prize entry. Tickets are $25. The fundraiser is Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 South Bayway Blvd. For more information, email
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
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.
Pinellas Opera League Meeting – The group will hold its business -luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Dunedin Country Club located at 1050 Palm Blvd. The cost is $20. For reservations call Nancy at (727) 738-4007 by Sunday evening before the luncheon. To cancel, call the Monday morning prior to the luncheon.
“RED” Arts Exhibit – The Florida Artists Group, Area IV and its Board of Directors are 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:  The center is located at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.
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:
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: or call (888) 257-1717, ext. 119.
Open Studio – 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 to collaborate 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
Annual Candlelight Vigil – The Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education will host a candlelight vigil in remembrance of those who lost their life to drug or alcohol addiction. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Largo Central Park, located at 101 Central Park Drive.
Model Train Show & Swap Meet – A free train show will be held on Saturday at the Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave NE. Vendors will be on hand with various scales of trains, tracks, accessories. And a model train layout.  The show opens from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.  Call Joe at (727) 244-1341 or visit
Nature Hike – Bring a flashlight for a free guided hike in search of birds, raccoons, opossums, owls and other creatures commonly found at dusk and after dark. The hike begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the John R. Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N. Call (727) 518-3047.
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.
Overall Fitness Boot Camp – Tone muscles, build core strength, lose weight and increase your overall fitness with two different boot camps. Join instructor Kevin Scibbe on Monday and Wednesday mornings for Boot Camp at Largo Central Park at 5:15 a.m. Join instructor Darrell Philip Boot Camp at the Highland Recreation Complex on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. with. Registration is open. Beginners are welcome. For more information, visit or call (727) 518-3016.
Family History Assistance Day – The Pinellas Genealogy Society is offering a free one-on-one genealogy research session at the Largo Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Bring information about your family. No appointment is necessary - first come, first served. The library is located at 120 Central Park Dr. Call Bob Bryan at (727) 595-4521 or send email to
Sunday Matinee Music Program – Enjoy a dinner and live music at the Largo Community Center during the Sunday Matinee Music Program on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will feature a performance by the Tampa Bay Golden Strings Orchestra, presenting “A Potpouri of Musical Gemstones." Tickets for the Tampa Bay Golden Strings Orchestra are $14 in advance for dinner and the show. All dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the event. Tickets for just the show can be purchased at the door for $10. Purchase tickets today at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Rd. For more information, visit or call (727)518-3131.
The Greatest Christmas Villain – Dick Budin Productions presents a new-fangled and old fashioned hiss-and-boo musical comedy, “The Greatest Christmas Villain” written by local playwright Richard J. Budin and directed by Lisa Obst.  The president of the world's largest toy company plans to trick Santa and take all his toys. The comedy runs each Friday and Saturday from Nov.15 through Nov. 24 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Rd. Cost for adults is $20 and children 12 and under $10. Call (727) 518-3131. Groups of 10 or more should call (727) 482-9967.
Julianne Moore's Children's Book Comes to Life – The Largo Cultural Center will present the musical “Freckleface Strawberry” on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. Based on New York Times best-selling book written by actress Julianne Moore, the touching story is about a young girl who hates her freckles and with the help of her lovable classmates, learns to accept herself the way she is. Tickets are $7.50 adult, $6.50 children, $22 family 4-pack. A series subscription is also available for $5 per ticket when select three shows or more. Visit or call (727) 587-6793 for more information. “Strawberry Freckleface” is the first installment for the family-friendly Children's Educational Series. The series is sponsored by the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation.
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 Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Contact Lance at (727) 410-5696. 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
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 from 5-8 p.m. Contact Linda Gagliostro at (727) 725-1808 or
Greyhound Reunion and Picnic – The Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions and Gold Coast Greyhound Adoptions will host a fall picnic and greyhound reunion Sunday at 12 noon at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway in shelter 2. The event will feature vendors, nail trimming and a Greyhound costume contest. The event is free and a picnic lunch is available at a cost of $10. Call (813) 272-2332.
Safety Harbor Farmers Market – Vendors will be selling produce, flowers, and foods starting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St. Call (727) 461-7674.
The Curious Savage – The Players of Safety Harbor will present the comedy “The Curious Savage” written by John Patrick on Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Matinees will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. A donation of $10 is appreciated. The play will be presented at the Safety Harbor Library located at 101 2nd Street N. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112. Visit
Highland Dance – This workout is available to adults and children to help develop coordination, posture, overall muscle tone and aerobic capacity. Dancers will learn the basics of Highland Dance including the fling and sword dance with instructor Elizabeth Constantine. Acceptable for ages 4–14. The class will be held each Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 9th Ave. S. For more information including schedule and pricing, call (727) 724-1530.
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