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.
Garden club plans meetings, tea party fundraiser
BELLEAIR — The Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., has planned these events:
• 1 p.m. Wednesday, general meeting, program and tea. Kurt Steinmann of Belleair will talk about urban gardening.
• 9:30 a.m. March 12, members and guests will meet at Eleanor Thompson Memorial Park, 8 N. Pine Circle, to add plants that attract butterflies.
• 1 p.m. April 2, general meeting, program and tea. Doris Heitzmann from Pinellas County Extension will talk about Florida-friendly garden designs.
• 11:30 a.m. April 9, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party featuring lunch, libations, hat contests and live and Chinese auctions. Tickets are $35. For a reservation, call Judy Hanks at (727) 595-7233 or e-mail email@example.com.
Women’s Republican club to host luncheon
BELLEAIR — The Belleair Women’s Republican Club will have its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 7 at the Belleair Country Club. The speaker is Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson.
Reservations are due by Tuesday. The $22 cost is payable by check or cash. Contact Pat Watts at (727) 595-1791 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or e-mail Sherrie Morton at email@example.com.
GFWC plans centennial anniversary gala
CLEARWATER — The General Federation of Woman’s Club of Clearwater, Inc. is making plans for its 100th anniversary gala on Saturday at the Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 Bayway Blvd, Clearwater Beach. Tickets are $50 each. Contact Monta at (727) 831-8201 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
MOWW to Meet
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month. The next luncheon will be Tuesday at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane, Belleair. Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and a short program.
Military Officers that are retired, active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. The MOWW also welcomes new members. To make reservations for the next meeting or to inquire about becoming a member, call LTC George Smith at (727) 786-5578.
Senior center offers smartphone, computer classes
CLEARWATER — “Smart, Very Smart!” private smartphone instruction for seniors is offered by Senior Citizens Services, 1204 Rogers St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.
The 90-minute session is $10. Instructors aim to simplify the learning process and make every smartphone user even smarter.
Senior Citizens Services also is offering “Back to Basics” beginners’ computer classes from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Designed for the senior beginner student, the course is conducted at a comfortable pace during a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $25.
Class size is limited to eight to 11 students per session. The class, which costs $25, also includes an additional one-hour personalized session.
For details on either course, call (727) 442-8104, or visit www.facebook.com/clearwaterseniorcitizens.
Learn about square-inch gardening at club
CLEARWATER — Organic gardener Dennis Girouard will teach square-inch gardening during the Florida Herb Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St.
The club offers education on growing and preserving herbs for culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes. The first meeting is free. Dues are $25 per year.
For details, call Emily Wenzel at (727) 365-8574 or email email@example.com.
Clearwater Garden Club plans plant sale
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Garden Club’s plant sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at 405 Seminole St.
Plant donations will be accepted the week of the sale. For details, call chairwoman Laura Daniel at (727) 415-1965.
Plumb House Museum Tours
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Historical Society is open on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. located at 1380 South Martin Luther King Avenue.
The two-story, cracker-style wood house (circa 1896) is the birthplace of Mary and Kathleen Plumb; granddaughters of Jennie Reynolds Plumb, Clearwater's first paid public school teacher for whom Plumb Elementary School is named.
The museum showcases a variety of antiques and vintage items including uniforms and photos of the Clearwater Bombers, the 10-time Men's World Fast-Pitch Softball Champions. Many historical documents, early photographic collections, a collection of Clearwater High School yearbooks and period furniture are also on display.
For information on museum tours, call (727) 399-1412 or (727) 709-5540.
CLEARWATER BEACH / ISLAND ESTATES
Sunsets at Pier 60
CLEARWATER BEACH — Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films from 4-8 p.m., weather permitting. Free concert: Friday – Island Boys and Saturday – Dave & Carli. Free movies: Friday - “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG); Saturday, “Ender’s Game” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Downtown market is open
DUNEDIN — 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.
Opera League plans meeting, film showing
DUNEDIN — The Pinellas Opera League will host its March business luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd.
Local opera singers will perform arias and songs. Lunch is $20. For reservations, call (727) 738-4007 by Sunday.
In other news, the league will show Charles Gounod’s performance of “Romeo and Juliet” on DVD at 1:30 p.m. March 9 at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second Ave. N.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Library to offer Wednesday morning programs
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The library at 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. has scheduled these Wednesday events at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Reading Room:
• Wednesday — A representative from the Pinellas County Consumer Services division will explain how to protect personal information against identity theft.
• March 12 — Author Carol Fragale Brill will discuss her books “Cape Maybe” and “Peace by Piece.”
• March 19 — Demystify the Medicare maze through the program “ABC’s of Medicare.”
March 12 – Author Carol Fragale Brill will be here to discuss her books, “Cape Maybe” and “Peace by Piece.”
March 19 – ABC’s of Medicare: demystifying the Medicare maze.
For more information, contact Librarian Laurie Talerico by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 596-1822.
African violet society to meet
LARGO — The Pinellas African Violet Society will have their next regular meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave NE in Largo (north of East Bay Drive). Members will be available to answer questions about how to care for violet. The meetings are open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (813) 920-7270.
Parkinson’s support group to meet
LARGO — The monthly meeting of the Parkinson’s Support Group is next Thursday starting at 1 at the Grand Villa, 750 Starkey Road in Largo.
The two-hour meeting is open to people suffering from Parkinson’s and their caregivers, family and friends. Call Marcy McCall (813) 985-6874 for more information.