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
Belleair to offer holiday camps for children
The Belleair Parks & Recreation Department will offer a holiday drop-in camp for children ages 6 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday. Full day and half day schedules are available.
For more information, call (727) 518-3728 or visit
Congressional candidates to speak to Republican women’s group
Interested in meeting candidates vying for the seat of former U.S. Congressional Representative Bill Young? 
Candidates will speak at the monthly meeting of the Belleair Women's Republican Club on Saturday at the Belleair Country Club.
Candidates in the Jan. 14 Republican primary are Kathleen Peters, Florida State Representative; David Jolly, former Pinellas County Commissioner and former aide to the late Rep. Young; and Mark Bircher, a retired Marine Corps brigadier.
The social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12. The cost is $22 and is payable at the door in cash or check; credit cards are not accepted. 
To make a reservation, call Pat Watts at (727) 595-1791 or email or
In other news, the women’s club will host “Adventures in Fashion Show” on Feb. 7.
MOWW to meet Tuesday
BELLEAIR – The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month. The luncheon will be held 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.
Computer classes available to senior citizens
The Senior Citizens Services, located at 1204 Rogers Street, offers computer classes on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
The “Back to Basics” class is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This class includes basic facts about the computer, how it works, an overview of the internet, setting up a computer for personal favorites, and basic computer trouble shooting techniques.
The next level is “Beyond Basics” held on Tuesday & Thursday. The class covers the Windows operating systems, word processing, creating files & folders and steps to ensure a virus free computer.
Call (727) 442-8104 for upcoming classes and costs. Visit for more information.
Dance and circus workshops on tap
Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay will offer New Year’s Dance & Cirque Workshops today  through Sunday at 1490 N. Belcher Road, Suite H.
Children ages 5 to 8 will have a half day of circus instruction and a half day of musical theater. Sessions for 8-year-olds through adults will cover trapeze, tissue, Spanish web, hoop, hammock, hand balancing, acrobatics and contortion.
Classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $200 for four days or $60 per day. For details, call (727) 461-0098, visit or e-mail
Monday evening art, stories for families at the Main Library
The Main Clearwater Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave, will offer a new program series for families with children beginning the Monday.
“Monday Night is Family Night” will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. and include a different art project on the first Monday of each month, and family story time the remaining three Mondays throughout the winter.
Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite adults for stories, music and themed crafts.
For more information, please call (727) 562-4970 or visit
Coast Guard Auxiliary to teach safe boating
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 is offering the “About Boating Safely” class at 8 a.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at Clearwater Police Department headquarters, 645 Pierce St.
Unlike Internet courses, this class is taught by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors who can answer questions and share their experiences on local waters.  Topics include boating emergencies, navigating, safe operation and legal requirements. All graduates receive a state certification card. 
Cost for materials is $35. To register, contact Peter Ubillos, staff officer for public education, at (727) 469-8895 or
“Tapas and Twain” to be presented
The public is invited to enjoy an evening with Ned Johnson in “Tapas and Twain” on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The event will focus on Mark Twain’s unforgettable wit and story-telling.  Cost is $15 including tapas, wine and other refreshments. 
The event will be held at the Social Hall of the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater.  For reservations, call (727) 531-3172.
Civitan Club is seeking new members
The local Clearwater chapter of the Civitan International organization is recruiting new members. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in room 12 of the adult education building at the Heritage United Methodist Church located at 2680 Landmark Drive.
Annual membership cost $96. For more information, call Largo member Fred at (727) 584-0461, Clearwater members Ron and Sue at (727) 726-6410 or in Palm Harbor Earle at (727) 786-4535.
Sunsets at Pier 60
Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for free music and films from 4-8 p.m., weather permitting. Free movies: Friday, “Smurfs 2” (PG), and Saturday, “Man of Steel” (PG-13). Shows begin around dusk.
Island Estates Women’s Club will celebrate the New Year
The next luncheon of the Island Estates Women’s Club will be held at Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Resort on Sand Key on Jan. 21. Reservations are requested by Jan. 17. Call Helen Frain at (727) 445-9290. For membership information about the club, call Joan Landreth at (727) 812-8078.
Downtown market is open
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
Scottish Country dancing open to public
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.
Hale Senior Center offers events
The Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., offers a full slate of classes and activities. Those include:
• Woodcarving, wood burning and folk art painting; Tai Chi; line dancing; movie series; sketch group; chair yoga; square dancing; Mexican train dominoes; duplicate bridge; QiGong; diabetes support center; professional counseling; quilter’s corner; brain games; scrapbooking; and leg vein screening. For a schedule of dates and times, visit
• Learn the basics of email, Facebook. This computer workshop will be held Tuesday and again on Jan. 14, and Jan. 16 at 9 a.m.  The course will teach the basics about email, including how email works, where you get email service from, and how you communicate properly and safely online. The Facebook aspect will teach you, how to set up a profile, upload photos, find friends, communicate with others, and safety. The cost is $20 with an ID card; $30 without an ID card.
For details, call (727) 298-3299.
Junior Olympic archery program offered
This program focuses on target archery skills. The training class is Sunday 10 a.m. at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. 
Students age 8-17 meet from 10 a.m. 12 noon; those 18 and older meet from noon to 2 p.m.
Contact Cost is $65 per month.
Opera league to hold January business meeting
DUNEDIN — The Pinellas Opera League will host a business luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd.
Attendees will socialize, eat, and be entertained by local opera singers. Cost is $20. For reservations, call (727) 738-4007 by the Sunday evening before the luncheon. For cancellations, call the Monday morning before the luncheon. 
Senior Solos to celebrate with New Year’s Day lunch
LARGO — Senior Solos, a singles 55 and older group, will host their first meeting of 2014 at is at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N. There will be a potluck lunch; bring a dish to share and $2 or no dish and $5. After a vote on new officers, a representative from Hospice will speak with humor on serious issues.
Five-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten to play live at cultural center
Highly acclaimed bass guitarist Victor Wooten will perform live at the Largo Cultural Center on Friday at 8 p.m., with special guest Stu Hamm.
Wooten is known for his solo recordings, tours and as a member of the Grammy-winning super group, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. He has won most every major award given to a bass guitarist, was voted "Bassist of the Year" by Bass Player Magazine three times and is the only person to have won the award more than once.
Stu Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half century. Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords and harmonics.
Tickets are $29.50-$39.50, additional $5 at the door. Tickets are available by visiting or calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
Four Freshmen to perform at cultural center
The Four Freshmen will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St. S.E.
The band is known for using open-harmony vocals that build on the barbershop tradition. The quartet accompanies itself on guitar, trumpet, bass and drums. Hits include “It’s a Blue World,” “Mood Indigo,” “Day by Day” and “Graduation Day.”
Past shows by the group have sold out. Tickets are $34.50 to $44.50 and an additional $5 at the door. Tickets are available in advance by visiting or calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
Drought and salt tolerant plants topic of workshop
The Florida Native Plant Society will hold a free workshop, Plants for Drought and Salt Tolerant Landscaping, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
Native plants that can thrive with minimal care are the topic this month, presented by George Kish, author of Native Florida Plants for Drought and Salt tolerant Landscaping.
The Florida Native Plant Society meets each month, auction of native plants, seed swap and refreshments.
For more information, visit
New six week dog training course offered
A six week series for pets and their owners offered by Pinellas County Animal Services begins Wednesday.
The lessons, taught by professional trainers, offer help with basic dog behavior, such as primary commands (sit, stay, heel), walking on a leash, waiting and door manners among others.
The six week course is limited to 10 registrants and will be held each Wednesday from 7 – 8 p.m. at the county animal services office, 12450 Ulmerton Road. Tuition is $80 for all six weeks.
For more information and to register, visit
Largo sponsoring students’ video contest
The city is holding a “What I Love About Largo” video contest for first- through 12th -graders living in or attending school in Largo. The contest is in conjunction with the city’s community values campaign, which seeks input from residents and the business community to identify local priorities through an online survey and workshops.
Video submissions must be received at city hall by 5 p.m. Mar. 3. Qualifying entries will be posted to the city’s website for a public showcase in April. Entries will be evaluated on creativity, originality, message and quality. The first-place winner in each category from elementary, middle and high schools will receive a $200 Amazon gift card. Winners will receive special recognition and a public viewing at a city commission meeting.
All content must be shot in the city, and films must be less than five minutes long. Entries can be simple video clips or fully-edited segments filmed on digital cameras or smartphones.
For more information, visit
Local ombudsman council to meet Jan. 16
The Pasco and North Pinellas Ombudsman Council will hold its next monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Saint Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 7120 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend.
The local ombudsman council is a part of Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.  The council is made up of local ombudsmen whose goal is to improve the quality of life and care of residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family-care homes. 
For more information, call Annette Perry at 727-588-6912 or 727-376-2788 or email
The state ombudsman program needs volunteers to join its corps of advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes
For information on the state program, visit
Premiere of “Ain’t food wonderful” at the Venue
The new musical spoof “Ain’t food wonderful,” written by Gil Perlroth, published author of the smash hit “Ain’t retirement grand” will be premiered at the Venue Theatre Feb. 7-Feb. 23.    
The play highlights everything related to food experiences like restaurant dining, holiday feasts, dieting, the organic food rage, pregnancy cravings, and fast food emporiums and features songs about everyone’s daily encounters like Who Doesn’t Like Chinese?, A Bag Boy at Publix, Nothing like a Jewish Deli, Cellulite Blues, and Hooter Guys.
The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  
Tickets are $20 and reservations may be made by calling the theatre at (727) 822-6194 or by visiting the Venue Theatre website at
Proceeds from the tickets sales will benefit the Meals on Wheels organization.
The Venue Theatre and Actors Studio is located in the Hudson Furniture Plaza at 9125 U.S. 19 N. in Pinellas Park.
Opera on Sunday Afternoon
The Pinellas Opera League will present the video “Die Fladermaus” by Johann Strauss, Jr., in meeting room A of the Safety Harbor Library on Sunday 1:30 p.m.
The library is located at 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. For more information, visit
Safety Harbor library seeking volunteers
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.
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