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, the calendar offers a “first look” at what is going on in the area.
Upcoming BWRC Meeting – The Belleair Women's Republican Club will host their monthly meeting and luncheon on Sept. 6 at the Belleair Country Club to begin the new fall season. The social gathering begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a 12 noon business meeting. The speaker will be Ken Burke, Clerk of Court. Lunch is $22 payable at the door by cash or check only. To make reservations, call Pat Watts at (727) 595-1791 or email  For further information, visit
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.
Men Are Dogs – The West Coast Players Theatre will present “Men Are Dogs” through Sunday. A therapist who runs a support group for single and divorced women learns to practice what she preaches when she meets a man. The theatre is located at 21905 U.S. 19 N. For more information, call (727) 437-2363.
Clearwater Threshers – The Florida State League baseball team will take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bright House Field. The Threshers take on the Tampa Yankees at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The stadium also offers children's play areas and a tiki bar in the outfield stands. Tickets are $5 to $9.50. Call (727) 467-4467.
Drive For Your School Event – For every test drive the Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Countryside High School football program. The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Countryside High. There will also be a junior varsity scrimmage, family picnic and a meet and greet with the Countryside Cougars. Free.
PSTA Greenlight Program Presentation - The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority officials will discuss the use of public transportation at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the East Library, 2251 Drew St. Free. Call (727) 562-4970.
Hippiefest – Hearken back to the year of peace, love and rock and roll with English blues-rock legends Ten Years After, The Edgar Winter Band, Woodstock rockers Canned Heat, blues-rock icon Rick Derringer and Canadian rock guitarist Pat Travers at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall.  Cost: $45-$79. Call (727) 791-7400.
Toastmasters Club # 1427169 Meeting - Women age 18 and older interested in learning successful communication and leadership skills in a supportive and fun community environment are invited to attend a meeting of the Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club #1427169 at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jason's Deli, 25801 US Highway 19 N # 1110. Guests are welcome. There is a nominal fee to join. Call (727) 485-5870.
Doing Business With The Federal Government – The USF Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will provide information on how to register with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities, and steps necessary to obtain federal certifications to name a few. The program will be held at 12 noon Aug. 29 at the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N Suite 1-200.  The registration fee includes course materials. Cost $25. Call (727) 453-7200.
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.
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.
Classical Ballet Workshop – A free workshop and presentation on classical ballet will be held Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. Children ages five to nine are invited to learn about “Swan Lake,” “Coppelia,” and “The Nutcracker.” Ballets will demonstrate dance and act out scenes. The final activity will be a short performance. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit
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 Jimmy & Roy. Free movies: Friday, “The Karate Kid”(PG), and Saturday, “Skyfall” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Flow Tour Surf Style Stop - The Carbon U.S. National Flow Tour brings its artificial wave and surf simulator contest to the Surf Style Mega Store at 8 a.m. Tuesday for area flow boarders and body boarders to compete for the highest total score for tricks, run execution, difficulty and overall impression. Each competitor takes three runs with their top six scores being used to determine cash prizes. The competition is open to boards of all ages and skill levels. Cost: $15-$40, spectators free; $15 per day parking (validation available with purchase). Surf Style is located at 311 S. Gulfview Blvd. Call (888) 787-3789.
Summer Jazz at the Lobster Pot Bistro — During August, Allon Sams performs every Thursday. Pianist and vocalist Andres Lewis performs each Friday and Saturday. Matt Marshak, who was featured on Jazz & Blues Florida, will perform Sunday at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Visit for details.
Courage to 'Tri' – Outspokin Bicycle will sponsor the 2013 Courage to Tri, a sprint Saturday 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
Stonestreet Wine Dinner - Sponsored by Sandpearl Resorts, this four course dinner includes Florida lobster, foie gras, venison tenderloin paired with California's Alexander Valley wines from Stonestreet Vineyards at 7 p.m. Aug. 29. The Sandpearl is located at 500 Mandalay Ave. Cost: $69. Call (727) 657-8726.
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.
Professional Counseling for Elders – The Gulf Coast Community Services offers professional counseling for elders age 60 and older at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. The program promotes optimal emotional health and finds solutions to relieve depression, anxiety and stress related to grief, changes in health, finances and other issues. For an appointment call Meagan Flores, program director. Donation requested. Call (727) 479-1826.
Labor Day Chicken Dinner – Choose from Cordon bleu or baked chicken and an array of sides at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Knights of Columbus, 1251 San Christopher Drive Cost: $8. Call (727) 365-2582.
Garden Club Kicks Off New Season – The Dunedin Garden Club starts the season with Phyllis Gorshe, Dunedin Library Director, as the guest speaker. Members will discuss the club programs and plans for the year including state, district and local issues.  Bring small plants or cuttings to share. The meeting will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Public Library, 223 Douglas Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (727) 501-9333 (evenings).
Public Safety Day – The public is invited to participate in this event sponsored by the Pinellas County Sheriffs, the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District and the town of Indian Rocks Beach. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Kolb Park and City Hall at 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. The objective of the event is to promote an understanding of police and fire personnel responsibility, activities and equipment used in the course of their duties. Emergency equipment will be on site for viewing including a response helicopter, a rescue vehicles and trucks and marine units. Visitors will also witness a K-9 demonstration. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available and music will be provided by Corporal Campbell of the county Sheriff's office, using the sheriff office's radio shop equipment.
Fall Oil-Painting Class – This weekly program, geared towards both beginners and experienced artists, begins Sept. 5 and runs through Dec. 19. Basic fundamentals of oil painting will be taught. Each student receives individual attention and can work from their photographs and still life set-ups. Classes will be held at Town Hall from 1-3:30 p.m. The class fee is $80 for each four weeks of instruction. No membership is necessary. The instructor is Betsy Schoepf, a local artist from Indian Rocks Beach. She has been painting for over 40 years and particularly enjoys still life and beach scenes. Contact Betsy at (727) 595-1083 or for registration or questions.
30th Annual Ski and Sports Club Kickoff Meeting - The event will showcase the Clearwater/St. Petersburg Ski and Sports Club five winter ski trips for the upcoming season and kickoff fundraising efforts for the Bay Pines Disabled American Veterans. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the East Bay Country Club, 702 Country Club Drive. Free. Phone: (727) 584-7111.
Community Wide Garage Sale and Wellness Expo – Browse through all the garage sale treasures before stopping for free chair massages, health screenings and giveaways at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Free. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5008.
Health and Wellness Expo and Indoor Community Wide Garage Sale - A day to empower your mind, body and spirit with health screenings, chair massages, interactive demonstrations and give-a-ways at 8 a.m. Saturday, at the Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Free. Call (727) 587-6740 ext 5008.
Scarlet Sunset on Palms Ikebana Exhibit - Enjoy flower arrangements created by teachers and students of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana that was founded in 1927 by Head Master Sofu Teshigahara in Tokyo, Japan, with demonstrations at 2 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Royal Palms, 200 Lake Avenue NE. Free. Call (727) 585-8003.
Canine Delinquents Workshop - Instructors teach dog owners how to deal with and overcome troublesome puppy behaviors at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. The workshop is geared for dogs ranging in age from six-months to two-years old. Cost: $20 or $15 for SPCA adopters. Call (727) 388-0451.
Swing Dancing – Enjoy an evening of socializing and dancing on a 5,600 square foot hardwood floor Saturday. 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. Call (727) 518-3131.
Doga: Yoga with Your Dog – Use stretch, massage and meditation in this one-hour bonding exercise tailor-made for humans and their canines at 2 p.m. Sunday at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Cost: $15. Call (727) 388-0452.
Bay Area Singles Dance - Dress to impress and come out to meet up to 150 other singles of all ages at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Cost: $8. Call (727) 518-3131.
African Violet Society of Pinellas – Formerly the Upper Pinellas African Violet Society, the club meets with tips for growing these easy care houseplants.  The program at 7 p.m. Monday will be a slide show of the winning plants and designs from the International Convention of the AVS, as well as a few pictures of the award winners from the 2013 Gesneriad Convention in Toronto, Canada. The event along with a raffle for door prizes and refreshments will be held in the Cypress Building at The Palms of Largo, 400 Lake Ave. NE. Free. Call (727) 585-5170.
Shopping Expo Extravaganza – This event will have over 60 local vendors from around the Tampa Bay area starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 at the Minnreg Center. Call (727) 244-4681.
100 Men in 100 Days – Daily at 10 a.m. Big Brothers and Big Sisters office at 918 West Bay. The organization is looking for men to man up and make a difference by becoming a big brother.
Spelling Bee Fundraiser for Adults – This fun-filled event features a "Queen Bee" moderator, "bee keepers" checking answers, 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. Friday 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.
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 10 a.m. Saturday, at Pop Stansell Park.
Suncoast Genealogy Society Meeting - The first half of the meeting will be designated to the Roots Magic User's Group where participants are assisted in the use of online genealogy resources and repositories. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Free. Call (727) 791-1983.
Sing Barbershop Harmony – Sharpen your singing skills, establish lasting friendships, enrich your life and the lives of others and have fun as a member of the Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop four-part harmony group. The group meets every Monday at 6:45 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
Model Train Show and Swap Meet – Vendors will show, sell and swap trains, tracks and accessories in all scales starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 7177 58th St. N. A model train exhibit will also be on display. Cost: $4; ages 12 and younger free. Call (727) 244-1341.
Friendship Party and Dance - Enjoy a German dinner and dance 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.
Last Concert of the Summer – The Matinee Opera Players, under the direction of Mario Laurenti, will be performing at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Avenue N.   Parking is free and cash donations are 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. For more, contact Mario Laurenti at (727) 547-0396.
Adult Sign Language Class - This is a fun beginner's course for those with some experience in American Sign Language starting at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. An intermediate class follows at 7 p.m. Free. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 120.
Master Gardener Plant Clinic - Pinellas County Master Gardeners provide a weekly gardening help desk session for the public. Bring gardening questions and plant samples at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Free. Call (727) 784-3332.
Auditions for musical – The Venue Ensemble Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, "The Last Room" by Donna Tripp, on Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.  Director Vic Carr is seeking 12 men (30-60) and 3 women (30-50+).  Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of a ballad from a musical and bring sheet music in their key (or a CD accompaniment in their key) or sing acapella. Minimal choreography is expected. Show dates are in December. For questions and a complete list of characters, call (727) 822-6194 or send an email to The Venue Theatre is located at 9125 US Hwy 19 N. in the Hudson's Furniture Plaza at Mainlands Blvd.
Cancer Support Group - This cancer support group for women meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road. Free. Call (727) 953-6877.
Fish “Tales” & Storytelling: An Old Fashioned Fish Fry – Join the NEW Safety Harbor Historical Society on Sept. 7, from 3-8 p.m. for “Fish Tales & Storytelling: An Old Fashioned Fish Fry.” Come out for stories, games, tours, and more at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S. Pioneer costumes and attire are welcome. Advance tickets are required for the fish dinner and cost $10 per adult and $6 per child. Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum and Cultural Center. For more information, call 727-724-1562.
Auditions for Upcoming Comedy Production – The Players of Safety Harbor (P.O.S.H) announce auditions for their November production of John Patrick's comedy, “The Curious Savage.” Auditions are set 6 - 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Public Library. Actors are requested to read cold from the script. The group is also seeking stage, production, and hospitality crew. For questions and a complete list of characters, contact Richard at
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