Upcoming events - Community calendar

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. Dec. 26, 27 and 30. Full day and half day schedules are available.
Another camp at the same time and for the same age group is set for Jan. 2 and 3.
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 Jan. 4 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 Jan. 7

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 Jan. 7 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.

Opportunities for women, veteran and minority business owners

Pinellas County's Small Business Enterprise Program is offering a class today on the county contractual process for small businesses owners.
The class will discuss the county’s purchasing system and how to register to do business with the county government. The second hour of the class will focus on how to complete the State of Florida Certified Business Enterprise application and opportunities for women, minority and service-disabled veteran owned firms.
The two-hour class begins and 12 noon and the cost is $10 per person.
The Pinellas Economic Development office is located at 13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200 in Clearwater. For more information, call (727) 464-7332 or visit

Boeing Boeing

The Early Bird Dinner Theatre will present “Boeing Boeing” today through Sunday. 
Playboy Bernard's affairs with three different flight attendants are in jeopardy when the airlines decide to change their schedules.
Daily performances begin at 4 p.m. The cost is $29.90 plus tax per person. The theater is located at 13355 49th St N. in Clearwater. Call (727) 446-5898  or visit

Flag football tournament in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner

Enjoy a day of fun, friendship and football Saturday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, 2450 Drew St. in Clearwater.
There are five divisions of play – Top Gun, Weekend Warrior, High School, Powder Puff and Co-ed.
Proceeds will go to the “I'm Logan It Foundation,” a commemoration for Logan Matthew Kushner who drowned in January after smoking a legal form of synthetic marijuana.
Cost is $20 per player. Call (727) 799-6340. Visit

Clearwater libraries offer puppets, drum circle

 The Clearwater Public Library system announces two festive events at 2 p.m. Dec. 28.
The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will host the Dascaloja Puppeteers in the annual “Winter Wonder Show” in the Youth Services area. The free puppet show is aimed at grade-school-age children and will include songs pertaining to winter and the holiday season.
The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580 at Countryside Boulevard, will welcome 2014 with its annual Community Drum Circle. Giving Tree Music’s Steve Turner returns to lead the free event open to all ages. Drums will be provided.
For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit

Blast with Little River Band Dec. 27

Blast Friday will feature the Little River Band on Friday, Dec. 27, 5:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown.
The radio-friendly Aussie rockers achieved a rare status with Reminiscing, which garnered more than 5 million airplays on America radio -- and Lady is close behind with more than 4 million airplays.
The family-friendly celebration features unique vendors, fun foods, family activities, contests and entertainment including the free concert.
For more information, call (727) 464-7200 or visit

New Year’s Day 5K run

Start your New Year off right with this family-friendly 5K run and one mile fun run along Ream Wilson Trail. The run will step off at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, from Del Oro Park, 401 McMullen Booth Road.
Proceeds help support youth Amateur Athletic Youth basketball club, Team Under Pressure. Cost is $25, $35.

Tour the Plumb House Museum

The Clearwater Historical Society will offer a free tour of the historic Plumb House Museum at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, showcasing a variety of antiques and vintage items including uniforms and photos of the Clearwater Bombers champion men's softball team.
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.
Call (727) 399-1412. Donations are welcome.

Dance and circus workshops on tap

Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay will offer New Year’s Dance & Cirque Workshops Jan. 2 through Jan. 5 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 first Monday in January.
“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

“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 concert: Saturday by the Island Boys. Free movies: Friday, “Prancer”(PG), and Saturday, “The Guilt Trip” (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

Benefit For Dunedin families affected by recent sinkhole

A concert and craft sale will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the VFW Post 2550, 360 Douglas Ave. Proceeds will go to the families that lost their homes to recent sinkhole activity in Dunedin.
The event will also include a kid's corner with Santa, bounce houses, live music, silent auction and more. Wrist bands will be available for $25 allowing unlimited access to the kid's corner and a free raffle ticket.
For more information, email

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 Jan. 7, 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, Jan. 5, 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. Jan. 8 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. 

Art center plans holiday sale, show

“Unwrapped-Uncorked” and “Art Uncorked,” the Beach Art Center’s holiday sale and show, runs through December at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.
The sale and show will feature the work of local award winning artists including paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and pottery for under $100.
“Art Uncorked” shopping and wine tasting event will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday during December and will feature tastings by Impressive Florida Wines of Indian Rocks Beach.
For more information, call (727) 596-4331 or visit

Santa and the Efficiency Experts

A cast of children ages 4 to 12 will present the tale of how Mrs. Claus takes action to save Christmas when Santa's friend Harvey decides to "simplify" the day.
The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. The cost is $3 per person.

Free holiday movie in the park

Gather the family, grab a blanket and watch the movie “Elf” Friday in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Seasonal activities for children will begin one hour before sunset, and the film starts at dusk.
Parking onsite and concessions will be available. No alcohol is permitted.
Other movie in the park dates are Feb. 14, March 28 and April 11. For a list of film titles, visit or call (727) 587-6755.

Pet programs sponsored by SPCA Tampa Bay

The SPCA Tampa Bay, located at 9099 130th Ave. N. in Largo, is offering the following programs:
- Don't risk losing your cat, dog or rabbit. Get a low cost microchip for your pet today at 4 p.m. at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. and keep them safe. Cost is $25.
- Friendly dogs can enjoy play time out of the Florida weather at SPCA’s indoor dog park at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
- A canine delinquent workshop will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The workshop, geared towards mature dogs that have not outgrown puppy behaviors, teaches potty training and addresses bad habits like chewing, darting out the door and barking. The cost is $25; or $20 for SPCA adopters.
For more information, call (727) 586-3591 or visit

Writer's group and critique

Writers are invited to a meeting of the Pinellas Authors and Writers Organization, where members read five minutes of their work and the group offers critiques. The next session is Saturday, Dec. 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. 
For more information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit

Victor Wooten to perform

There's nothing this musician can't do with a bass, winning the "Bass Player of the Year" award from Bass Player magazine three times in a row. The performance is Friday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Fellow bassist Stu Hamm will also perform.
 Tickets are $29.50-$39.50.
For more information, call (727) 587-6751 or visit

Largo presents “The Four Freshman”

The Four Freshmen will perform Saturday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. 
Their sound is based on open-harmony vocals which build on the barbershop tradition. The quartet accompanies itself on guitar, trumpet, bass and drums. Cost is $34.50-$44.50.
For more information, call (727) 587-6751 or visit

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, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
Native plants that can thrive with minimal care is 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 Jan. 8.
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. March 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

Final performance of “The Last Room” this weekend

This musical based on the viewpoint of an inn keeper regarding the nativity of Christ will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Venue Theatre and Actors Studio located in the Broyhill Plaza at 9125 U.S. 19 N.
This musical was written by local playwright and composer Donna Tripp. Tickets are $20 each.
In addition, Dave Celestian will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the theater. The play is based on a former engineer who left his corporate job to pursue comedy. It offers a distinctive blend of intelligent, quick witted humor. Tickets are $10 per person.
For more information, call (727) 822-6194 or visit

Cathy Lorelei performing for Christmas dance

The German American Society Concert Series will present Cathy Lorelei on Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. The club is located at 8098 66th St. N. in Pinellas Park.
Semi-formal attire is required for Saturday concerts. Cost is $5 for members, $8 for guests, $3 for youngsters under the age of 18, and children 12 and younger free.

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, Jan. 5, 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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