Book signing Meet New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey at the Safety Harbor Public Library on Jan. 27, 7 p.m., as he kicks off a tour for his latest novel in the Serge Storms saga, “Shark Skin Suite.” The library is located at 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor.
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.
Safe boating class ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.
The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.
For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
Take a Hand support group meeting LARGO – Take a Hand, a new support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.
The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.
The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.
Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.
Historical Society meeting SEMINOLE – Jay Starkey Jr. will speak at the Seminole Historical Society meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., Room 210B.
He is the son of Jay Starkey Sr., the pioneer Pinellas County resident for whom Starkey Road is named. Jay Sr. was not only a local cattle rancher, but also the County tax collector, a bank director and a conservationist who worked to preserve Pinellas’ beauty.
His son will speak about his impact on the county and Florida’s west coast in the 20th century.
Copies of “Things I Remember,” written by Jay Sr., will be available at the meeting to members at no charge while supplies last.
Admission is free; the public is invited to attend.
Call 391-1433 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
MOAA luncheon The Clearwater Chapter of The Military Officers Association (MOAA) will meet at the Clearwater Country Club, 525 Betty Lane, at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 for its monthly luncheon. The guest speaker will be Col. Bill Horne, USAF RET.
All military officers, their spouses, survivors and auxiliary members are invited. Jackets are requested. Reservations are required. Call Jane Belson at 535-9151.
NARFE Chapter 1140 luncheon meeting ST. PETERSBURG – Chapter 1140 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host its next monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m., at the Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet Restaurant, 391 34th St. N.
NARFE Chapter 1140 includes the Gulf Beaches and southern Pinellas County. All Federal retirees and active Federal employees are encouraged to attend. Spouses and guests are welcome to attend.
There will be a discussion of up-to-date issues particularly relevant for active and retired Federal employees. New officers for 2015 will be introduced. For information, call 446-1619.
Evening of jazz The Safety Harbor Library Foundation invites the public to swing with jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her dynamic band at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29. Prior to the show at 6:30 p.m., there will be a wine and cheese reception with opportunities for silent auction items.
All proceeds will support the Foundation’s 20/20 Vision – Let’s Build a Story capital campaign. The program is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.
Clearwater Public Library book sale CLEARWATER – The Friends of the Clearwater Public Library will host a book sale on Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Jan. 30-31, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave
. A special collectibles area will be set aside for rare and collectible books. Each book is individually priced.
A special pre-sale event with entry donation of $10 will be held on Jan. 28, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Daughters of Italy to host meeting DUNEDIN – The Daughters of Italy Lodge No. 2825 will host its monthly meeting on Jan. 29 at Clearwater Community Church, room 206 of the education building, 2897 Belcher Road.
Italian and non-Italian women and their guests are invited to attend. Buffet dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m.; cost is $8 per person. Please RSVP by Jan. 22.
Fit Over 50 expo set SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole will host its 14th annual Fit Over 50 health and wellness expo Thursday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
This event, which focuses on the health and wellness of Pinellas County seniors, will include freebies, entertainment, a healthy salad buffet, a vendor expo, hands-on fitness and wellness demonstrations, health screenings and more.
This expo is free and open to the public.
Call Kristyn Sabbag at 391-8345 for more information.
Health, wellness fair LARGO – The annual Health, Wellness and Volunteer Fair will be Thursday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.
The fair will feature a wide variety of health and wellness vendors and service providers as well as social service agencies seeking volunteers. The OneBlood Bloodmobile will be onsite accepting blood donations.
There will be limited concessions available and door prizes will be drawn throughout the event.
Indian Rocks Beach Library story time INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library.
The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
Children of all ages are invited.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.