2017 Pinellas 4-H Fall Carnival LARGO – UF/IFAS Pinellas County 4-H will host its fall carnival Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. The event will take place in the back of Heritage Village by the windmill and water tower. Parking will be available at Heritage Village and the Florida Botanical Gardens.
The open house is a free event and will give interested young people, ages 5 to 18, the opportunity to see what 4-H clubs are offering participants this upcoming year. Adults interested in volunteering with the organization are also encouraged to attend.
4-H is looking for young people interested in developing leadership skills, volunteering in the community and searching for fun ways to learn. The open house will feature animals, carnival games, and include educational activities, fashion shows and project demonstrations for children to get an up-close and personal experience with 4-H activities. Information sessions about 4-H clubs will be held at the top of every hour. A silent auction will be held with proceeds benefitting Pinellas County 4-H.
Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser LARGO – Rooth & Rooth Elder Law Attorneys has partnered with Assisting Hands Home Care to sponsor a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association set for Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., at Liberty Lanes, 11401 Starkey Road, Largo.
Cost is $150 for six people on one lane for two hours. Cost also includes shoe rental as well as three months of advertising on the Liberty Lanes screens. Individual bowlers can play for $25.
There also will be silent auction and raffle items.
Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption drive Area shelters will join News Channel 8 – WFLA in its hosting of NBC’s Clear the Shelters third annual nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, Aug. 19.
On this day, participating shelters will offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 70,000 pet adoptions nationwide.
Clear the Shelters initiative is supported and sponsored locally by Nissan, Precision Overhead Garage Door, Argosy University and Superior Heating and Cooling.
Families interested in adopting a pet can visit ClearTheShelters.com to access more information about Clear the Shelters, and to find a full list of local participating animal shelters throughout News Channel 8’s viewing area.
Communitywide garage sale LARGO – Southwest Recreation Complex will hold its annual indoor communitywide garage sale Saturday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.
The garage sale, which is free, will feature more than 65 tables of home goods, child toys, gently used clothing and much more. Tables are on sale now until they are sold out, $10 each (limit of two per person).
Footprints on the Land hike TARPON SPRINGS – The Footprints on the Land Hike will be offered Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
Certified hike guides will lead a free hike along the Education Center Trail. Attendees will learn of the many “footprints” that be found during this 0.75-mile walk. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must. Water and hat are recommended. An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Those younger than age 6 may find the hike challenging.
Monte Carlo Casino Night MADEIRA BEACH – The annual “Monte Carlo Casino Night” will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Madeira Beach Community Center, 200 Rex Place. Conducted by the Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, social hour begins at 6 p.m., with gaming getting underway at 7 p.m.
Admission is $50 a person, which buys $2,500 in gaming play money. Additional gaming money is available for purchase. A live auction also is scheduled. Sponsorships are still available.
For information, call the Chamber office, 727-360-4121.
Toy drive ST. PETERSBURG – The Tampa Bay Rowdies are partnering up with 9-year old Addison Kapustiak and her nonprofit, Sending Smiles, for a toy collection at the Saturday, Aug. 19, match.
The toy drive is in preparation of the Rowdies #GOLDTOGETHER campaign to bring awareness to childhood cancer.
Kapustiak lives with a rare disease called TRAPS Syndrome and goes to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital every other week to receive infusion treatments. On one visit, she noticed the prize closet, where kids go to pick out a toy when their treatment is finished, was down to almost nothing. Addison started a small toy drive to collect toys for the prize closet, which has now grown into the nonprofit Sending Smiles.
Sending Smiles donation boxes will be placed outside the main gates at the Saturday, Aug. 19 match. Rowdies fans can donate new, unused toys in original packaging or new books. Tropical Smoothie Café will offer ½ off smoothies and Tijuana Flats will offer $5 Flats Cash for fans who bring a toy. All donations will go directly to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
For tickets to the Aug. 19 match, call 727-222-2000.
Weedon Island guided hike ST. PETERSBURG – A guided hike will be offered Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ecosystems and early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. The program is best for ages 6 and older.
Clearwater Community Gardens Summer Brunch CLEARWATER – The third annual Clearwater Community Gardens Summer Brunch will take place Sunday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fort Harrison, 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.
At the brunch, the club will celebrate the success of the community garden. The garden is flourishing with 36 families enjoying friendship, food and fun in a safe environment.
Each year, members gather in the Crystal Ballroom on the top floor of the Fort Harrison Hotel in downtown Clearwater with a brunch to recognize sponsors, friends and other supporters. Dress is casual.
The community garden is funded by donations and contributions, and the Summer Brunch provides more than 50 percent of the annual budget.
This year’s theme is “What’s the Buzz about?”
Mankind depends on bees and other pollinators. In addition to providing funds for the annual budget, this year attendees will help build a pollinator garden habitat at the community garden. The special guest speaker is Christy Linke, director of Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, District 8. Linke will be discussing pollinators and their importance in our lives.
Hebrew reading course ST. PETERSBURG – Rabbi Korf of Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg will conduct the five sessions of Read it in Hebrew beginning Monday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Chabad Jewish Center, 4010 Park St. N., St. Petersburg.
Cost is $50 before Aug. 13. Cost is $65 after Aug. 13. For information or to register, call 727-344-4900 or visit www.ChabadSP.com.
Tai Chi and Qigong classes ST. PETE BEACH – Tai Chi and Qigong classes are presented Mondays, 11 a.m.; and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.
This class is designed to reduce stress, inflammation and disease associated with stress, as well as improve postural alignment and flexibility. The class combines specific movements, coordinated breathing and a calm focused mind used in traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong practices that will improve health, vitality and longevity.
No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $5 for adults or free for SilverSneakers. Visit www.spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245 for more information.
Classic Radio Drama Hour SAFETY HARBOR – Safety Harbor Library will present Classic Radio Drama Hour at 2 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. For more information, call 727-724-1525, ext. 4112 or visit www.SafetyHarborLibrary.com.
ESL training sessions LARGO – The Largo Public Library will host English language learning tutor orientation Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and training Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jenkins Community Wing.
The orientation and training will teach ESL teaching techniques that will enable attendees to help others improve their English skills. Tutors commit to two hours per week of teaching and mentoring.
Registration is required. Please plan to attend both sessions.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-587-6715, ext. 2547.
AARP driver safety course SAFETY HARBOR – AARP will host a driver safety course from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Safety Harbor Library. At this workshop, attendees will gain the skills and tools needed to drive safely on today’s roads and learn rules and hazards of the road.
The AARP class fee is $15 for members/$20 for nonmembers. Fees are payable by check only in class.
Book Time at Brooker TARPON SPRINGS – Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursday, Aug. 24, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited.
Diabetes education program LARGO – The Largo Community Center will host a diabetes education program Thursday, Aug. 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The course offer techniques and tips for keeping yourself healthy and active.
The cost is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.
Call 727-518-3131 or check the bulletin board to add your name to the interest list.