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• Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Amendment 2 debate
GULFPORT – A debate on the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, or Amendment 2, is set Thursday, Oct. 23, noon, in Grant Hall at Stetson University College of Law, 4101 61st St. S.  

Attorney John Morgan will argue the merits of the initiative with former State Supreme Court justice Kenneth Bell, who has questioned whether the amendment might result in marijuana getting into the hands of children. Morgan is a proponent of the medical benefits of marijuana.  

The initiative is on the Nov. 4 ballot.  

TO RSVP, email events@law.stetson.edu. For more information, call 562-7381.
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Annual candlelight vigil
LARGO - Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will host the sixth annual candlelight vigil Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 105 Central Park Drive.

The vigil is a time to remember those who have died as a result of drug and alcohol related overdose; help those who are currently living with addiction; and bring hope that the community working together can make a difference for the future.

The vigil will bring together a wide range of groups from the religious, government and private sectors of the community. Pinellas County School students also will attend. Attendees will hear the personal stories from the families of those who have lost loved ones to drug overdose or are struggling with addiction today.

For more information about the vigil, or to add your story and video to the memorial wall, contact Laurie Serra at 727-424-6906 or email nope.pinellas@gmail.com.

The event is being hosted by NOPE, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Operation PAR in partnership with the LiveFree Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County (livefree@operpar.org), among many other community partners.
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BPW working women’s forum
ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg-Pinellas chapter of Business and Professional Women will celebrate National Business Women’s Week with its annual working women’s forum, From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships that Buzz.

The forum will be presented Thursday, Oct. 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S. A diverse panel of local businesswomen will reflect on their experiences and how mentoring relationships come in all shapes, sizes and ages. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will precede the discussion.

Panelists will include Sophia T. Wisniewska, Ph.D., regional chancellor, USF St. Petersburg; Jessica Rivelli, founder, Working Women of Florida; Gwendolyn Reese, president/CEO, InFinite Solutions of Tampa Bay; and Elaine Smalling, marketing and communications manager, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. BPW member Tami Simms, a local real estate professional and past state president of BPW/Florida, will moderate the forum.

Advance tickets are $20 for BPW members and $25 for nonmembers. Admission at the door is $30. A networking reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will precede the panel discussion.  

For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.BPWStPetePinellas.org.
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Cooters Crab Fest
CLEARWATER – To celebrate the opening of stone crab season, Cooters Restaurant & Bar will host its 21st annual Crab Fest Oct. 23-26, at 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach.

The four-day big tent party will kick off Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., and will run throughout the weekend, while supplies last. Cooters’ special Crab Fest menu will feature fresh off the boat Florida stone crab, king crab, snow crab and Dungeness crab all at special reduced prices.

There also will be live music under the big tent, commemorative merchandise and drink specials.

Cooters’ Crab Fest is a family friendly event and there is no cover charge. Valet parking will be available.  Visit Cooters.com.
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Garden tour
LARGO – Vegetable, herb a tropicals tours will be offered Thursdays, Oct. 2 and 23, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.

Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Florida Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and recommended for adults only.

Tours are free but registration is required. Call 582-2100. Visit tinyurl.com /k78n7vq.
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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.
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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.
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PureLife Medi-Spa fashion gala
CLEARWATER – PureLife Medi-Spa and Gioffre Boutique will host a celebration of PureLife’s one-year anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 to 10 p.m., at Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S. Fort Harrison.

The event – an evening of beauty, fashion and art – will feature Italian cuisine, an enchanting runway show, sensational live music, aerial entertainment, secret champagne diamond raffle, prizes and giveaways. Proceeds from the event will benefit Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay.

Reservations are required. To RSVP, call 595-3400 or visit www.purelifemedispa.com.
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TBBCoC Learn @ Lunch
ST. PETE BEACH – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its October Learn @ Lunch on Thursday, Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center, 5300 Gulf Blvd.

Speakers from Duke Energy will share their vision for underground utilities throughout the bay area. The conversion of overhead power lines to underground has been a topic of great interest on the Pinellas Barrier Islands. With the county’s funding of Gulf Boulevard for undergrounding and beautification, Duke Energy has been working with municipal partners to identify plans for conversion.

The presenters will include Luis Ordaz, director of distribution and project management for Florida; and Melissa Seixas, government and community relations manager for Pinellas and Pasco.

The lunch will be preceded by networking. Cost is $15 for TBBCoC members and $25 for nonmembers.

Preregistration is encouraged. Call 360-6957. Cash walk-ups also are welcome.
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