Boca Ciega High class of 1965 50th reunion ST. PETE BEACH – Boca Ciega High School’s class of 1965 will host its 50th anniversary reunion on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Silas Dent’s Bayside Banquet Hall, 5501 Gulf Blvd.
The event also will feature a tour of the BCHS campus on Friday at 4 p.m. Attendees should meet in the lobby of the BCHS administration building. Friday evening, there will be a meet-and-greet from 7 to 11 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music in the gazebo.
On Saturday, attendees can hang out at Harry’s Beach Bar at the Sirata Beach Resort, across from Silas Dent’s. Saturday evening, from 6 to 11 p.m., there will be a barbeque buffet and sundae bar, cash bar and sock hop music with The Impacs. Cost is $80 per person.
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.
The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
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.
Dunkin Donuts blood drive TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Dunkin’ Donuts is hosting a blood drive and offering a free dozen donuts to donors Friday, Oct. 9, 7 to 11 a.m., at 1143 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.
Save a life by donating blood on the Big Red Bus Bloodmobile. Each donar will receive a dozen donuts, a T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.
Fall Campout LARGO – A Fall Campout will be offered Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N., Largo.
The program will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and will conclude Saturday at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 a person. Children age 2 and younger are free.
The Friends of the Largo Nature Parks will host the family camp out. Food, campfire events and nature programs will be presented under the stars at Bonner Nature Park. Advance registration and payment are required. To register, visit NatureParkFriends.org. For information, call 518-3047.
Freedom in Messiah ST. PETERSBURG – Freedom in Messiah, a free concert with Keren and Greg Tarr, will be presented Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., at St. Petersburg Beth-El Shalom, 1701 29th Ave. N.
The concert will feature a mixture of traditional Jewish songs and original music. Call 345-7777.
Friday Night Dinners LARGO – Friday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo. The cost is $7.25 and includes shrimp, four-piece chicken and all-you-can-eat fried fish served with rolls, french fries and coleslaw.
German American Society Oktoberfest PINELLAS PARK – The German American Society, 8098 66th St. N., will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 2 and 3, and 9 and 10, 4 to 10 p.m.
Admission is $6. Children 12 and younger are free. Parking is free.
Gulf Beaches Library book sale MADEIRA BEACH – The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library will host a book sale Friday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is located at 200 Municipal Drive. For information, call 391-2828.
Indoor archery lessons OLDSMAR – The city offers indoor archery lessons Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N.
The fee is $20 per month with a rec card and $30 per month without a rec card.
For more information, call 813-749-1152.
Mi Gallery grand opening celebration CLEARWATER – Mi Gallery, one of the waterfront shops located on Sand Key, will host its grand opening celebration Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 1261 Gulf Blvd., Suite 122, Clearwater Beach.
There will be refreshments and prizes.
The opening exhibit will highlight the works of 16 Florida artists working in a diverse array of mediums that include oils, acrylics, watercolors, prints, pottery and metal sculpture.
In addition to Mi Gallery’s resident artists, the shop also represents a number of Florida manufacturers. The gallery is owned and operated by Mi Richter. This is her second retail establishment.
Pride and Prejudice ST. PETERSBURG – The Shorecrest Preparatory Drama Department will present “Pride and Prejudice” Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest, 5101 First St. NE.
Adapted from author Jane Austen’s novel, this romantic comedy written by Helen Jerome takes an entertaining, whimsical look at three daughters in early 19th century England. Two of them are eager to marry, but the third sister, Elizabeth Bennet, stubbornly resists wedding bells – at least until she meets the upper-class gentleman, Mr. Darcy.
The play focuses on the duel between Elizabeth and her pride and Mr. Darcy and his prejudice. Each gives in before the evening is over and pride and prejudice meet halfway.
The play features critically acclaimed student thespians, many of whom took home state awards at the 2014 Florida Thespians Festival.
The play is directed by William Leavengood, who teaches theater and playwriting/screenwriting at Shorecrest.
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the box office one hour before the show.
Senior center jam session ST. PETERSBURG – The Sunshine Center Country Classics band is looking for experienced musicians.
Old country music and some new will be featured in the jam session on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Audience members are welcome to sing solo or with the crowd.
The Sunshine Center is located at 330 Fifth St. N.
For more information, call 893-7190.
St. Petersburg College Piano Concert Series ST. PETERSBURG – As part of the St. Petersburg College Piano Concert Series, Barry Snyder will perform piano favorites Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., at SPC Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Snyder, an internationally acclaimed pianist and teacher, entered onto the international stage as a result of his winning three major prizes at the 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, including the silver medal, Pan American Union award and chamber music prize. Since then, Snyder has recorded more than 50 CDs and has given concerts and master classes around the world. Solo recitals, collaborative recitals and master classes have taken him to venues in such cities as Moscow, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Bangkok, London, Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle and Vancouver.
The concert program will include selections by Haydn, Chopin, Ravel, Dohnanyi and Liszt.
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.
Homespun by Hands and Hearts Arts and Crafts Show LARGO – The 20th annual Homespun by Hands and Hearts Arts and Crafts Show will be Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Christian Life Enrichment Center of St. Paul United Methodist Church, on the corner of Highland Avenue and Rosery Road.
The show has featured the best of local artists and craftspeople for the last 20 years. This year’s show includes unique handcrafted items from more than 85 local vendors. Children are invited to create their own arts and crafts in the Children’s Activity Center and enjoy the St. Paul pumpkin patch across the street.
The $1 cost of admission to the craft show benefits the homeless of Pinellas County.
For information, visit www.stpaulumc.org.
Arts and crafts fair LARGO – The 20th annual Arts and Crafts Event will be presented Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave.
The event will feature 85 vendors, door prizes, a children’s activity center and pumpkin patch. All crafts are original, handcrafted and created by the artists themselves. The craft show is being held inside and outside the Christian Life Enrichment Center of the church.
There is a $1 donation at the door with the proceeds going toward the homeless and other select ministries in the church.
For information, call 585-0273.
Blessing of the Animals LARGO – A Blessing of the Animals will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. and noon, at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, 2790 Sunny Breeze Ave.
Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis, St. Dunstan’s invites the general public to bring their pets for an individual blessing by the Rev. Fr. James Derbyshire. The blessing will take place on church grounds in a shaded area. Water stations will be available, and each pet will receive a small, appropriate goody bag.
Boat Safety Course CLEARWATER – A boating safety class will be offered Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, 8 a.m., by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 at the Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, second floor, at Morton Plant Hospital, 455 Pinellas St.
Materials are $50. Parking is free.
The class, taught by certified instructors, covers topics including boating emergencies, getting underway, navigation and legal requirements.
All graduates receive a Florida state certification card.
Boating safety course TARPON SPRINGS – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Tarpon Springs Flotilla offers a boating safety course the second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon, at the auxiliary’s classroom at Turtle Cove Marine, 827 Roosevelt Blvd., at the west end of the sponge docks.
The course, titled “About Boating Safely,” is designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Some of the topics presented will be boating emergencies, know your boat, getting underway, navigating the waterways, operating your boat safely, and legal requirements.
The fee is $40, which includes all printed materials. Florida boater safety certification cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course.