Back-to-school open house LARGO – Join Largo’s Recreation Parks and Art Department for a free back-to-school open house Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Highland and Southwest recreation complexes and Largo Community Center.
Visit one facility or all three for back-to-school giveaways, class demonstrations and more. Learn more about Largo recreation membership.
Recreation members enjoy access to all recreation facilities and discounted programming for $10 a year.
Highland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Call 518-3016.
Southwest Recreation Complex is at 13120 Vonn Road. Call 518-3125. Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Call 518-3131.
WalMart Missouri, Largo High School PTSA and Largo Middle School PTSA will sponsor this open house.
Chamber Night at the Ballpark PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce plans Night at the Ballpark Saturday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. when the Clearwater Threshers host the Brevard County Manatees at Bright House Field.
Those attending can enjoy and evening of fun at the Hot Corner Café ticket holders can eat and drink all they want from 5 to 8 p.m. The deal also includes 16-ounce draft beers for $2 for three hours.
Tickets are $14.50 per person and available by contacting Dan Madden at 712-4403.
Great Scallop Search TIERRA VERDE – Tampa Bay Watch is seeking volunteer boaters to participate in its annual Great Scallop Search Saturday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. Boaters will meet on the east end of the Fort De Soto Park boat ramp.
The event is a yearly resource monitoring of scallops. Volunteers will snorkel along set transect lines to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa bays.
UPARC benefit concert CLEARWATER – Employee Leasing Strategies and AXA Advisors present an end of summer celebration concert to benefit the UPARC Foundation set for Saturday, Aug. 23, 6 to 11 p.m., at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort Ballroom.
The concert will include live music by ’60s recording artist Mercy with the hit single, Love Can Make You Happy, as well as dance band Act III.
Come dance the night away while listening to great music, hors d’oeuvres and bidding on silent and live auction items. There will be a cash bar, and the attire is casual.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Dinner Church CLEARWATER – Dinner Church will be presented Sundays, Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 5:30 p.m., in Hambley Hall at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S. Belcher Road.
Everyone is welcome for potluck dinner, relaxing music, DVD topic series and roundtable discussion. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass around. For information, call 531-3200 or visit www.HopeFamily.com.
Monthly Story Swap
PINELLAS PARK – A monthly Story Swap event will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month, 3 to 5 p.m., at Park Station, Room 104, 5851 Park Blvd.
Come share a story – fact or fiction, traditional or original. Stories should be no longer than 10 minutes and family-friendly. Listeners welcome as well.
For more information, call 647-8057.
100 Women Who Care meeting PINELLAS PARK – The 100 Women Who Care, a group uniting Pinellas County women to make a collective monetary impact on community charities, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 26, 7 to 8 p.m., with a social time at 6:30 p.m., at Ready for Life, 4000 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 200.
Patterned after a similar group in Michigan, this concept has been very effective in other communities around the United States. The local group seeks to encourage 100 women or more to attend four meetings a year and pledge $100 per meeting, totaling $400 for the year.
At each meeting, any member wishing to request donations for a local charity or nonprofit will place her name into a basket. Three names will be drawn from the basket. These three members will have the opportunity to present a five-minute explanation of the local organization they nominated.
After an opportunity for questions, members vote for one of the three charities. Each of the participating women then writes a check directly to the winning organization.
Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas meeting SAFETY HARBOR – The Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas will welcome Doris Weatherford, acclaimed author of women’s history, to its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. and the meeting starts at 11:45 p.m.
Weatherford has written books such as “The American Suffragist Movement” and “A Chronology of American Women’s History” and will speak on these topics and join in celebrating Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the day in 1920 when women were given the full right to vote.
Lunch of sandwiches or pizza is available for a $5 donation. For questions, call Victoria at 744-1101.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.
On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations.
Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.
The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.
Monthly educational series on hemp and cannabis
Witch’s Brew plans series on cannabis
PALM HARBOR – The Witch’s Brew Café/Pub will host a monthly educational series on the subject of hemp and cannabis beginning Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
The eight-month series will be presented second and fourth Tuesdays. It will run through October. Each month will highlight a certain facet of the issue, with topics such as marijuana as medicine, economics of the “cannabusiness industry, politics of getting it legalized, spiritual/recreational/creative uses, current and future laws and the opportunities with hemp.
Each gathering will showcase a documentary or talk show on the subject to be followed with discussion. One of the presentations each month will be a screening of an episode of “The Captain Cannabis Show,” an Internet talk radio show dedicated to the hemp and cannabis industry in Florida.
The Witch’s Brew is at 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor.
Qi Gong meditation classes ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
The cost is $10 per class.
Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and
is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.