Community Calendar - Upcoming Events

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
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
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, or e-mail Sherrie Morton at
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
American Legion offers breakfast once a month
LARGO — On the second Sunday of each month, the American Legion Post 119 will offer breakfast. The public is invited from 8-11 a.m. at the legion hall, 130 1st Ave. SW. The cost is $5 per person. The next breakfast is March 9.
Experience ‘Claddagh’ on St. Patrick’s Day
LARGO  — “Claddagh,” a music, dance and multimedia spectacular, will be presented at 2 and 7 p.m. March 17 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
The show combines the fire and exuberance of “Barrage” and “Stomp” with an underlying romantic storyline reminiscent of “The Fantasticks,” “West Side Story” and “Grease.”
Tickets are $24.50 to $34.50 in advance and $5 more at the door. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Visit or call (727) 587-6793.
City of Largo to offer variety of events
LARGO — The city is offering musical and other programs in March. Here’s a rundown:
• March 5 — Tom and Sandy Doyle will recreate the music of Les Paul and Mary Ford at 7 p.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St. S.E. With Tom on guitar and Sandy as lead vocalist, the couple will perform such hits as “Tennessee Waltz,” “Mockin’ Bird Hill,” “How High the Moon” and “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise.” Tickets are $19.50, $24.50 and $29.50 in advance and $5 more at the door. Groups of 10 or more qualify for a discount. Visit or call (727) 587-6793.
• March 11-12 — Hundreds of women in purple blouses and red hats will gather at Largo Community Center for the Annual Red Hat Tea Party from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. They’ll enjoy live music, dancing, door prizes, contests, shopping and lunch. Cost is $10 for either day; register by March 7. Call (727) 587-6740, Ext. 5004 or visit the center at 400 Alternate Keene Road.
• March 23 — The Annual Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus Show is at 2:30 p.m. following a 2 p.m. dinner at the Largo Community Center. Tickets for the show and meal are available for $14 by March 19. Show tickets only are $10 at the door. For details, visit or call (727) 518-3131.
• March 24-28 — Young people ages 12-18 can improve their musical theater skills during a Project Broadway workshop at the Largo Cultural Center. The theme is “Celebrate Broadway, A Musical Revue” and features songs, dances and scenes from classic Broadway shows. The mornings will focus on singing and auditioning skills, while the afternoons will concentrate on dancing and acting. At the end of the week, a fully staged showcase performance will be held. No previous acting experience is needed Cost is $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Need-based scholarships are available. Visit or call (727) 587-6751.
• March 28 — The author of “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Vol. 2” will appear at a book signing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Largo Cultural Center. Trunk then will emcee the Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel show at 8 p.m. The book signing is open to show ticket holders. Trunk is a 30-year music industry veteran who hosts “Eddie Trunk Live,” a weekly music, talk and interview show on SiriusXM satellite radio Channel 39. He’s also the host and co-producer of “That Metal Show,” the longest running program in the history of VH1 Classic. In 2010, he released “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal,” followed by volume two last year. For tickets to Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel show, call (727) 587-6793 or visit
City’s athletic programs help children grow
LARGO — Three programs at Highland Recreation Complex are packed with physical activity, education about healthy habits, and participation that reinforces and applies the fundamentals of team sports.
Go Girl Sports at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays introduces girls ages 6-10 to sports in a social setting through skill instruction and other activities. Sports include basketball, volleyball, tennis and soccer.
Basketball Basics for ages 6-8 is offered from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. The class stresses dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and team play. Drills, skills, and informal mini-scrimmages are played, with instruction as needed.
In Youth Track and Field, children ages 5-18 will run against friends and rivals from other local cities. The program at 6 p.m. Wednesdays includes three practices at Largo High School and one meet per month at an off-site location. All participants will get an official team shirt and ribbons for their events.
Sign up at 400 Highland Ave N.E. For details, visit or call (727) 518-3016.
TOPS weight control club meets weekly
LARGO — Take Off Pounds Sensibly/TOPS, a nonprofit weight control club, meets at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road off East Bay Drive.
For details, call Leona Horne at (727) 584-1807.
Largo summer camp scholarships available
LARGO — The city is offering the Juanita Johnson and Rotary Club of Largo Scholarships in addition to the Out of School Time Scholarships (funded by Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas) for children 9 and older.
Scholarship funding will be accepted at Southwest Camps and Bayhead Teen Camp.
Scholarship applications are available now. Completed forms and supporting documentation may be turned in to Highland Recreation Complex or Southwest Recreation Complex. For more information, visit or call (727) 518-3016 or (727) 518-3125.
Lifeguarding class on tap at Southwest Pool
LARGO —The Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will offer its American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class March 24-28 at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road.
Classes will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $195 for residents and $225 for non-residents, and all students must have a city recreation card. Books and materials are included.
Open to anyone 15 and older, the 40-hour course teaches the skills necessary to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard. Students who successfully complete the class will receive certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and first aid.
The following prerequisites to enroll will be tested on the first day of class: 300-yard continuous swim, retrieval and a 10-pound brick swim from a depth of seven to 10 feet of water.
For more information, call (727)518-3126 or visit
Largo Cultural Center offers Spring Break Theatre Workshop and Showcase
LARGO — Get ready for a week long of acting, singing and dancing at the Largo Cultural Center.
The Project Broadway Workshop, geared for teens ages 12-18, will be held from March 24-28 and designed to improve young performers’ musical theatre skills. The theme is "Celebrate Broadway, A Musical Revue" that will feature some of the best songs, dances and scenes from classic Broadway shows. The mornings will focus on singing and auditioning skills, while the afternoons will concentrate on dancing and acting techniques. At the end of the week, a fully staged showcase performance will be held where every participant will be featured. This workshop does not require any previous acting experience.
Register today. Cost is $125 for residents and $150 for non-residents. Need-based scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To sign up or for more information, visit or call (727)587-6751.
Genealogy society offering free research day
LARGO — The Pinellas Genealogy Society and Largo Public Library are offering “Family History Assistance Day” from noon to 4 p.m. March 29 at the library, 120 Central Park Drive.
The event in the library’s Jenkins Room offers free one-on-one research assistance from a genealogy society consultant. Beginners especially are encouraged to attend and learn how to trace their family history. No appointment is necessary.
Tours of the library’s Genealogy Center also will be offered. For more information, call Bob Bryan at (727) 595-4521 or e-mail
Tickets on sale for Vanilla Fudge concert
LARGO — Tickets are on sale for psychedelic-rock group Vanilla Fudge at 8 p.m. April 18 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Buy tickets at $24.50 to $39.50 at or by calling (727) 587-6793.
Beginning in 1967, Vanilla Fudge introduced a new sound, influencing a generation of musicians. Three of four original members, Mart Stein, Vince Martell and Carmine Appice, are touring with Pete Bremy. Hits include “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Take Me for a While” and “Season of the Witch.” For details, visit
Military offices, wives to hear programs
PINELLAS PARK — The Military Officers Association meets for lunch on the third Friday of each month. 
Retired or active duty military officers, and their spouses or widows are invited to attend.  For reservations, call commander Bill Bolin at (727) 584-1595.
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch to host open house
SAFETY HARBOR — The public is invited to an open house at the Safety Harbor campus of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Guests will be treated to lunch and tours of facilities. Nearly 1,000 representatives from the sheriff’s department in Hillsborough and Pinellas will be attending.
Introduction to Needle Felting, book sale
SAFETY HARBOR — Upcoming events at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd Street N., include:
• A free introductory class on Needle Felting on next Thursday at 6 p.m. Learn how to make needle felted bookmarks with Ms. Elizabeth, who will teach the basic skills of how to combine different wools and felts together. All supplies are provided. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call or email to sign-up for the class.
• The Friends of the library are holding a book sale on March 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All genres of books will be available and are in good condition. Most items cost only $1.
To become a member of the Friends, details and an application is available at
For more information on these programs, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Players of Safety Harbor to hold auditions
 SAFETY HARBOR — The Players of Safety Harbor will hold auditions for the June production of “Gigi” from 2 to 4 p.m. March 30 at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
 POSH invites those interested in community theater to audition with cold readings from the script. Performances are scheduled for the weekend of June 6-8.
 Open casting of five women and two men include: Gigi, a young coquette; Madame Alvarez, Gigi’s grandmother; Alicia, Gigi’s great-aunt; Andree, Gigi’s mother; Gaston, Gigi’s older suitor; Sidonie the maid; and Victor the butler. The group also is seeking a stage manager, sound and light technicians, and a prop master.
 For details, visit or contact POSH director Diane Lynne at or (727) 239-1340.
Safety Harbor library seeking volunteers
SAFETY HARBOR — The Safety Harbor Public Library is looking for volunteers to assist with the preservation of local history.
Positions include scanning pictures and documents, researching and documenting items, cataloguing, uploading, and other duties as required.
Volunteers must have attention to detail, computer skills and willingness to learn. Metadata cataloging skills requested or will train.  A Masters in Library Science or attending Library School is preferred, but will train interested, committed volunteers.  A minimum of four hours per week is requested. 
Interested parties should complete an online volunteer application at
Safety Harbor Public Library is located at 101 2nd Street North in Safety Harbor. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.
Orchids to be sold at 2 upcoming events
SEMINOLE — Blooming and starter orchids will be available March 15 at Orchid Auction 2014 at Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd. Orchid preview is at 9 a.m. and bidding begins at 10. 
Orchid Auction 2014 is sponsored by the Florida West Coast Orchid Society, Pinellas County’s not for profit, educational club for orchid growers and hobbyists. Materials on how to grow the plants will be available.  Refreshments, including coffee and soft drinks, will be served.
An Orchid Friends Sale is from 9 a.m. to noon March 29 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 10891 102nd Ave. N. Blooming and non-blooming plants, plus supplies, will be sold. Advice on orchid care and culture will be available, too.
Golf tournament to benefit Aphasia organization
Voices of Hope for Aphasia, a non-profit serving people with aphasia, is hosting its second annual golf tournament on May 3 at the Seminole Lake Country Club in Seminole.  The format is best ball. The tournament is open to all skill levels.
To register, go to or call Mike Caputo at (727) 249-1953.
Voices of Hope for Aphasia is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping stroke survivors and others afflicted with aphasia.  Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language. VOHA group meetings are held in St. Petersburg on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, go to
Alzheimer’s educational seminar offered for caregivers
ST. PETERSBURG — InspiredLivingSM at Ivy Ridge, a regional leader in memory care assisted living, will host a free educational seminar for community members providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other form of memory loss. The program, titled “Effective Communication Techniques,” is scheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. at InspiredLiving at Ivy Ridge, located at 7179 40th Avenue North in St. Petersburg. A brunch will be provided for attendees.
To register, call at (727) 490-3233 or email
Multiple locations
Senior Solos group to offer March activities
Senior Solos of Pinellas County invites all singles 55 and older to attend these March activities:
• Wednesday — the group will gather for lunch at Appleby’s Neighborhood Grill, 4700 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg.
• March 10 is the monthly general meeting and potluck lunch at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N. Admission is $2 and a dish to share, or $5 without a side dish. After lunch, the “Puzzle Lady” will offer tips for solving Sudoku and other puzzles.
For details, call Lois Jolley at (727) 544-8947.
Gypsy Stage to present ‘The Odd Couple’
Gypsy Stage Rep will present Neil Simon’s classic comedy “The Odd Couple” at various venues in Pinellas County in March.
The presentation, directed by Lil Barcaski and Brianna Larson, stars Jordan Harner as Felix Unger; Zack Meyers as Oscar Madison; Danny-Ray Polson as Murray; Natalie Sullivan/Tamara Spiri as Speed; Ricky Jones as Vinnie; David Nisson as Roy; Tia Strachen as Gwendolyn Pigeon; and Yesenia Vasquez as Cicely Pigeon. 
Here’s the show schedule:
• March 7 — Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the dinner buffet, curtain goes up at 7 at The Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door (if available). Call (727) 771-6000.
• March 8 — 2 p.m., The Centre of Palm Harbor. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door (if available).
• March 9 — 2 p.m., New Port Richey Public Library, 5929 Main St. Suggested donation at the door is $10. Call (813) 922-8778.
• March 14 — 8 p.m., SAFI Studio, 1714 County Road 1, Suite 2, Dunedin. The $25 VIP night includes appetizers and wine. Call (813) 922-8778.
• March 15 — 8 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road. Tickets are $10 advance $12 at the door. Call (727) 518-3131.
• March 16 — 2 p.m., Largo Community Center.
• March 22 — 8 p.m., the Metro Center of St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N., No. 125. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP admission is $25 in advance only and includes preferred seating and a reception at 6:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the LGBT Youth Group. Call (727) 321-3854.
• March 23 — 2 p.m., the Metro Center of St. Petersburg.
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