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• Thursday, May 5, 2016
Caregiver Coffee Hour
SEMINOLE – The Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Caregiver Coffee Hour meets first Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Maria’s Adult Day Care Center, 7821 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole.

The Caregiver Coffee Hour is an educational, emotional and social support program for family caregivers. Caregivers meet in a comfortable and confidential setting to chat with peers about issues pertinent to their dementia journey.

A Heidi Crockett, licensed clinical social worker with Aging Care Advocates, and volunteer support group facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association facilitates the program.

RSVP appreciated for coordination of seating and refreshments. Call 578-2558 or email killiane@alzflgulf.org. For more information, call 393-7711 or visit www.alz.org /flgulfcoast.
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Derby Nite
OLDSMAR – The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation will host its second annual Derby Nite Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd.

Tickets are $30 and include tastings from 10 area restaurants as well as one complimentary beer, wine or specialty drink.

This year’s event will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. There will be virtual horse racing with horses named for sponsors, casino games and a live auction. Culinary arts students will serve from trays branded with 10 participating restaurants as they network with the guests.

The Derby Nite supports two great local charities. The event funds technical scholarships to graduating seniors in four area high schools, including a culinary arts school. The foundation’s partner organization, The Children’s Home, cares for children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Specifically, the SEEDs program provides assistance to prepare these children for reading readiness by grade 3.

Nielsen, Tampa Bay Downs and Dermatology Healthcare LLC are major event sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available including the Kentucky Derby Sponsorship at $2,000, Preakness Sponsorship at $1,000 and Belmont Stakes Sponsorship at $500. The foundation also is accepting prize donations for the auction.

For additional information and registration, visit www.utbef.org or call Jerry Custin at 813-855-4233.
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Parkinson’s support group meeting
LARGO – The ALF Heron House, 2050 East Bay Drive, hosts a monthly support group meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

A combination of the Starkey Parkies (formerly meeting at Grand Villa) and HH’s Movement Support group, each meeting features an exercise segment, socialization and refreshments, and presentations made by a different Parkinson’s/Movement Disorder specialist, with caregiver support offered as needed.

For more information, call support group leader Cheryl Sitton at 559-7776.
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Pinellas-Pasco Heart Gallery Fiesta
ST. PETERSBURG – The Pinellas-Pasco Heart Gallery is hosting a Fiesta on the Field May 5, 6:30 p.m., at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

The event celebrates 10 years of the organization finding forever families for local foster children. It will include dinner, drinks, live entertainment, a silent auction and more.

Purchase tickets at heartgallerykids.org or call 727-258-4806.
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Reading with the Ranger
LARGO – Reading with the Ranger will be presented Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., Largo.

This program for kids will include a story with a ranger, a morning hike and a snack. Offered first Thursdays, registration is required. Cost is $5 per family. To register, call 727-518-3047.
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Tourism Lunch
ST. PETE BEACH – Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Tourism Lunch, presented by Bright House Networks, on Thursday, May 5, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd.

Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the program at noon. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. For information or to register, email Julianne Wilhelm at Julianne@tampabaybeaches.com or visit TampaBayBeaches.com.

The 2016 cutting-edge theme, “Next Generation Marketing: Understanding the Millennial Mindset,” will be presented by Lucas Cobb of MMGY Global. Cobb is a tourism industry-marketing strategist. He will use Florida’s latest trends to prove that, “the Millennial way isn’t just for Millennials,” suggesting that more and more travelers across all generations are adopting the same mindset.

The 2016 Tourism Person of the Year will be awarded during event.

Select sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.
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Water arthritis classes
PINELLAS PARK – Water arthritis classes are offered at Skyview Pool, 9040 54th Way N., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. Cost is $2.50 per person.

Doing arthritis exercises in the water provides added resistance for a great workout. Classes will focus on gentle stretching, balance and movements. Swimming not required. Exercises done in shallow waters. Call 369-5694 for more information.
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• Friday, May 6, 2016
Clearwater Beach Taste Fest
CLEARWATER – The seventh annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be Friday, May 6, 6 to 9 p.m., on Clearwater Beach at Beach Walk and South Gulfview Boulevard.

The annual event will include the opportunity to enjoy fine wines, craft beers and scrumptious foods from more than 30 restaurants whose chefs will be showcasing signature dishes and specialties. Morton Plant Mease Health Foundation has been selected as the beneficiary this year.

Live entertainment will be provided by contemporary jazz artist Eric Darius. Activities will include raffle baskets, chef auctions as well as a fireworks display to close the evening.

For information, visit www.ClearwaterBeachRestaurantWeek.com.
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Clearwater Police Officer Memorial Service
CLEARWATER – The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 10 and the Clearwater Police Department will host the 35th annual Clearwater Police Officer Memorial Service Friday, May 6, 10 a.m., at Station Square Park, 612 Cleveland St. in downtown Clearwater.

The service will honor those who have given their lives in the service of the city. The keynote speaker will be Lorraine Yaslowitz Marino, widow of fallen St. Petersburg Police K9 Officer Jeffery Yaslowitz. Also speaking will be President Jonathan Walser and Chaplain Brian Rogers, both of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 10.

Immediately following the memorial service, refreshments will be served at the Clearwater Police Department, 645 Pierce St. in Clearwater.
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Crafts for veterans
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., will offer a weekly craft workshop for veterans on Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Projects, which are donated by the Help Hospitalized Veterans Program, include model cars, wood projects, leatherwork, needlecrafts, poster art, beadwork and more.

The crafts aid in rehabilitation, and are designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. 

Bring proof of Military Service for free project. Work at the center or take it home. Call 541-0776.
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First Friday
TARPON SPRINGS – The next First Friday, hosted by the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association, will be Friday, May 6, 6 to 10 p.m., in downtown Tarpon Springs.

Each month, First Fridays will be a different theme. First Fridays will include music, food, vendors, beer and wine.

The ongoing event in Tarpon Springs is scheduled through November. The city will close Tarpon Avenue from Pinellas Avenue to Ring Avenue for each of the events.

Booth space for merchant members is free. If you require electric, the fee would be $15.

For questions or to become a vendor, contact Reggie Gibson at 727-543-1593 or tarponspringsflorida@gmail.com.
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Golf Tournament Weekend
LARGO – Tee up for a good cause this May for PARC’s 42nd annual Golf Tournament Weekend presented by Raymond James. The tournament kicks off Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., with a Friday Night Party at the Bayou Club in Largo.

This year, the party is Kentucky Derby themed, and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, live “horse” races, silent and live auction and more. Guests are encouraged to wear their best Derby hat for a prize. Tickets for this event are $100 a person.

On Saturday, check-in starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Afterward, there will be an awards dinner and other festivities. Various levels of sponsorship are still available.

Sponsors for the event include Raymond James Financial, Wallace, Welch & Willingham and Detweiler’s Propane Gas Service.

For more information, contact Annie Woods at 727-341-6962 or email events@parc-fl.org.

PARC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. To learn more about PARC, call 727-345-9111 or visit www.parc-fl.org.
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GriefShare group meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – A GriefShare group will meet Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, beginning May 6, at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N. The group will meet from May 6 through July 29. GriefShare is for anyone who has lost a loved one to help them get through their grief. For information, call 727-343-7747.
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Lawn and Garden Help Desk
ST. PETERSBURG – The UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County Master Gardeners will provide a Lawn and Garden Help Desk Fridays, May 6 and 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

The Master Gardeners will provide solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn and landscape care. To register, visit www.weedonislandpreserve.eventbrite.com. For information, call 727-453-6500.

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Safety Harbor Resort and Spa 90th anniversary celebration
SAFETY HARBOR – The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa will celebrate its 90th anniversary Friday, May 6, 8 to 10 p.m., at 105 N. Bayshore Drive. The event will feature live music and libations. The celebration is open to the public.

From May 9-31, the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa will offer specials throughout the Resort and Spa and a Grand Anniversary Brunch will be served on Sunday, May 29, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., during Memorial Day Weekend.

In 1926 the Espiritu Santo Springs Corporation by W.E. Sinclair and Partners built the Safety Harbor Sanatorium and Hotel. The Touloumis Family purchased the property in 2005 and has invested millions in extensive upgrades and expansions in order to become one of the best known resorts and spas in the world and repeatedly among Spa Finder Magazine’s top 10 U.S. Spas and The Knot’s Best Wedding Destinations.

“It’s been a rewarding journey renovating, restoring and developing the property that has evolved into a market-leading resort and unparalleled spa destination,” said Bill Touloumis, owner of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.
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Senior investment club
ST. PETERSBURG – A senior investment club conducts discussions every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.

The free club is open to the public and will feature discussions on anything related to investing. Share your best picks or your worst picks. Ask questions, give your opinion. It’s all about education and fun.

Call Sally for more information at 727-893-7101.
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SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chamber of Commerce will host a shred-a-thon Friday, May 6, 9 to 11 a.m., in the parking lot next to Dr. Sandra Lilo’s office, 8300 113th St. N. A $5 donation is requested per bag or box. Call 727-392-3245 for more information.
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West Coast Swing dance lessons
SEMINOLE – Free West Coast Swing dance lessons are offered on Fridays, 6 p.m., at Crystal Blue Ballroom, 10527 Park Blvd. N. Lessons are free for anyone under the age of 30. Call Renee at 698-0171 for more information.
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• Saturday, May 7, 2016
Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade
CLEARWATER – The seventh annual Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade, an Indian multi-cultural parade and festival, will take place Saturday, May 7, at the Pier 60 Pavilion at 1 Causeway Blvd.on the beach, Clearwater Beach.

There will be a cultural program at the Pier 60 Pavilion from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Pier 60 Pavilion, and returns there at which time the free feast begins.

The Ratha Yatra Parade is the oldest known parade in the world. The event will feature live music, singing, classical dance, books, bazaar, yoga class and lots of free vegetarian food.

All are welcome. Admission is free. The festival is co-sponsored by International Society for Krishna Consciousness Alachua, the USF Tampa Bhakti Yoga Society and the Lotus Pond Yoga Studio.

For information, visit www.festivalofchariots.org, call Bhadra das at 352-316-4560 or email Bhadradas@gmail.com.
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Saturday in the Park Family Health Fest
LARGO – Saturday in the Park Family Health Fest will be Saturday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.

The Sun Coast Osteopathic Foundation will host the free, family-friendly Saturday in the Park event celebrating and promoting healthy families and lifestyles. The event will feature live music, children’s activities, entertainment and educational experiences for family members of all ages.

Food and beverages are available for purchase. For information, call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.
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