Upcoming events, activities and happenings - A week-at-a-glance

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, this page offers a “first look” at what is going on in the area.
Gracie’s Big Splash - This Saturday the Dimmit Community Center will be hosting the seventh annual “Gracie’s Big Splash” event, benefitting children with terminal or catastrophic illnesses in the surrounding community, Saturday. A $10 donation provides entry to an evening of games, water slides, raffle, bake sale, and fun for the whole family. A kids’ meal is included with admission. All proceeds benefit the Gracie G. Purdy Foundation. The Dimmit Community Center is Located at 918 Osceola Road.
Visit with the Mayor —Stop by Town Hall to converse with Mayor Gary H. Katica, who will be there every Thursday between 3 and 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. He'll discuss any concerns and issues residents may have. Or contact elected officials at Just a reminder: All email information sent to elected officials is considered public record and subject to open records laws.
Groove is in the Heart – This 70s & 80s themed party will feature raffles, great food, drink specials, throwback tunes. Come in costume! The party will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pete & Shorty's Tavern, 2820 Gulf to Bay; percentage of proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County.
Awakening Hope – Hope Presbyterian Church will present a new Alternative Worship Gathering that provides an easy-going, uplifting, come-as-you-are worship experience 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Music is led by the Hope Band. Families, friends, & children of all ages are welcome. Call (727) 531-3200.
Adult and Kids Wedding Photography  –  The most common mistakes that wedding photographers make and how to avoid them; how to prepare yourself to shoot every aspect of the wedding day with confidence; the 8 things that you should be using to get better, and more marketable images. This photography clinic will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Menaul Art Gallery. For more info about Booray Perry and his work, visit
Pinellas County Finance Fair – Meet a variety of lenders and explore options to finance and grow your business at 12 p.m. Aug. 22 at the EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College 13805 58th Street North. Registration preferred, but not required. Free. Phone: (727) 453-7200.
Chick Corea and Bela Fleck – After canceling a Mar. 24 date, the jazz greats bring their piano and banjo duet performance to Clearwater at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road. Previous tickets will be honored and limited new tickets are available. Cost: $45-$62.
FREE SUMMER CONCERT – The Matinee Opera Players, under the direction of Mario Laurenti, will be performing on Sunday, August 25 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Avenue N.  The performance starts at 3 p.m.  Parking is free and cash donations are gladly accepted.  The talented group of singers will perform musical favorites from Broadway to pop as well as an outstanding selection of opera arias and ensembles.  Don’t miss our intermission raffle. For more information about the Matinee Opera Players and the performance on Sunday, Aug. 25, contact Mario Laurenti at (727) 547-0396.
Become a Teacher in Florida – Join the American Board and learn more about how you can become a certified teacher on Sept. 4 at the Clearwater Public Library System. If you hold a Bachelor's degree, you can earn full teacher certification through an accelerated and affordable online program. RSVP to reserve your space at a free information session with a Teacher Certification Specialist, who will advise on Florida teacher certification and offer an American Board program discount. Two sessions will be offered: 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. Call (877) 669-2228 for more information.
Double Play to perform – The public is invited to hear the music of Linda Carmichael and Jay Pendleton when they perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 30 at the VFW Post 2473, 1401 N. Hercules Ave. Call (727) 447-0922 for more information.
Behind the Scenes at CMA – Learn more about the workings of a marina hospital including sea life rescue, rehab, and release in a behind the scenes tour of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Island Estates Saturday and Sunday. For tour information, visit of call (727) 441-1790.
Sunsets at Pier 60 — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films, weather permitting. Free concerts: 6:30 p.m. Friday by Island Boys; and 6:30 p.m. Saturday by Beachbillies. Free movies: Friday, “Who Framed Rodger Rabbit?”(PG), and Saturday, “The Blind Side” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Summer Jazz at the Lobster Pot Bistro — During August, Allon Sams performs every Thursday. Pianist and vocalist Andres Lewis performs each Friday and Saturday. Peggy Morris performs every Sunday through Aug. 18. Visit for details.
Courage to 'Tri' – Outspokin Bicycle will sponsor the 2013 Courage to Tri, a sprint triathlon to be held Aug. 24 at Sand Key Park. The triathlon includes 1/3 mile swim; 13 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. All proceeds from this event go to the Eckerd Community Alternatives foundation, an organization that assists underprivileged youths in the Tampa Bay Area. If you are interested in participating or volunteering for this event, contact Mimi Chavin at
Wearable Art Fashion Show – Artists push the limits of form and style at this fashion show with outfits that might include anything from pyrotechnics to raw meat. The fashion show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. An after-party includes live music and hot designers. Call (727) 298-3322.
Summer Scottish Country Dancing — Beginner and experienced technique classes are offered at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden St. No partner is necessary. The first visit is free; cost is $3 per dance thereafter.
Upper Pinellas Singles — Join singles 50 and older for dinner and socializing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 750 San Salvador Drive. No reservations are needed. The $8 cost includes dinner.
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 at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18, at Pop Stansell Park.
Back to School Pool Party – A back to school water bash with DJ music, games, a picnic dinner, backpack raffles, safety tips, after school program information and literacy promotion at 6 p.m. Friday at the Highlander Pool, 1937 Ed Eckert Drive. Cost is $2. Call (727) 298-3266.
Luau Party - Dress in tropical attire for the festive party at 12 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 7 Arches Art Gallery & Boutique, 1248 CR-1. Tropically themed art will be available along with music, refreshments and prizes. Free. Call (727) 724-4278.
Pitbull Pittie Party - This special promotion will help find homes for pitbulls and pit-mixes. Adoptions will come with a goody bag of special dog treats and accessories. The party is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road. Cost is $5. Call (727) 582-2600.
Bayhead Action Park Grand Opening - Largo's new skate and freestyle park opens Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony, skate and bike demonstrations, DJ music and giveaways. The 7,000 square foot, lighted park features a seven-foot dry pool, rails, steps, a mini ramp and a grind box. The free event begins at 11 a.m. at Bayhead Action Park, 375 Seminole. Call (727) 586-7415.
Skyway Cat Club Cat Show and Rescue Expo – This all breed championship event at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday features Pumas, Bengal cats, Napoleon cats and Munchkins. Rescued cats on site and available for adoption at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N. The cost is $6 per adult, $3 per child and five and younger free. Call (727) 289-1989.
VJ Day Dance - Dress in World War II era uniforms or civilian clothing and get ready to swing at this dance with classic music, a historic slide show, commemorative cake and a salute to veteran at 8 p.m.  Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Cost is $8. WWII vets free. Call (727) 518-3131.
Night Hike - Bring a flashlight for a guided hunt through McGough C. Nature Park, 11901 146th Street N., for nocturnal animals such as raccoons, owls, opossums and bats at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 518-3047.
Misconception – The newest play by local actor and playwright Joseph Alan Johnson is a supernatural comedy about a young Hollywood couple who get more than they bargained for when they discover that the apartment of their dreams is haunted. Cost: $20. The play will be showing at the Venue Theater, 9125 US 19 N, in Pinellas Park. Shows are 8 pm Friday and Saturday, and 3:00 pm Sunday. Call (727) 822-6194.
Dog Massage – Learn the ins and outs of canine massage including pressure points and aromatherapy at 4 p.m. Sunday at the SPCA, 9099 130 Ave N. Bring your dog for hands on instruction in the second session to be held Aug. 25. Cost is $30. Call (727) 388-0452.
Shopping Expo Extravaganza –This event will have over 60 local vendors from around the Tampa Bay area 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 at the Minnreg Center. Call (727) 244-4681.
Friendship Party and Dance - Enjoy a German dinner and dancing to live music at 6 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by the German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N. Proper attire required. Cost is $5 per member and $8 per non-member. Call (727) 548-5234.
Toastmasters Meeting – Women age 18 and older interested in learning successful communication and leadership skills are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday of the Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club at the Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th Street.  There is a nominal fee to join. Call (727) 485-5870.
Adult Sign Language Class – This is a fun beginner's course that will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. An intermediate class follows at 7 p.m. Free. Phone: (727) 724-1525, ext. 120.
Master Gardener Plant Clinic – Pinellas County Master Gardeners provide a weekly gardening help desk for the public at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Bring gardening questions and plant samples. Free. Call (727) 784-3332.
Spelling Bee Fundraiser for Adults – This fun-filled event features a "Queen Bee" moderator, "bee keepers" checking answers, bribery "buzz bucks," a "pollinator" to point out misspellings and a "beehive" for players who have been eliminated. Team entry fee includes a light dinner and prizes for best costume, best theme and best spellers. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Palm Harbor Centre, 1500 16th St. Proceeds support local educational programs. Registration cost is $250 per 4 player team. General audience admission is $10 per adult, $5 per senior, and students free. Call (727) 784-4287.
Farm Interaction Day - Everyone is invited to interact with farm animals and enjoy donkey driven carriage rides at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Saddle Up Riding Club, 6080 94th Ave, Pinellas Park. Ages 2 to 72 can take horse rides around a wooded trail. Proceeds benefit the Equine Therapy Program for disabled children, adults and veterans. The cost is $1 admission, $5 horse rides and $3 carriage rides. Call (727) 520-3132.
Landscape With Bamboo - Karlyn Bradshaw of Island's Bamboo Garden demonstrates how to create a tropical garden space with bamboo at the monthly meeting of the Safety Harbor Garden Club. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 S Bayshore Blvd. Free. Call (727) 726-6159.
Story Circle Network – This writers group, facilitated by author and writing coach Jan Golden, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Public Library, 101 Second St. N. The session helps writers share stories of their lives and raise public awareness of the importance of personal histories. Free. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Writers and Poets Group – Area writers and poets are invited to join this group to mentor and share constructive tips at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Free. Call (727) 724-1525.
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