CLEARWATER – Morton Plant Mease Memory Disorders Clinic and the Aging Well Center are teaming up to offer CarFit, a free, new safety program designed to help older adults learn how the “fit” of their vehicle affects their driving and how to use their vehicle’s safety features.
The CarFit event will take place Friday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Aging Well Center at The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road.
Older drivers are considered safer drivers because they are more likely to wear seatbelts and less apt to speed. However, they are more likely to be seriously injured or killed from a car accident due to their bodies’ fragility and improper fit in their cars, CarFit program organizers say.
“As people get older, changes happen in vision, strength, range of motion, weight and height that can cause less comfort making it harder to have control behind the wheel,” said Celisa Bonner in a press release. Bonner is clinic coordinator at Madonna Ptak Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss at Morton Plant Mease. “The CarFit program is a good opportunity for a driver to find their safest fit with their car and to increase the driver’s safety on the road as well as the safety of others.”
Drivers who attend the free community event will have a 12-point checklist done in about 20 minutes that includes checking if the driver: is sitting correctly and positioned at least 10 inches from the steering wheel; can reach the pedals easily with one’s foot instead of toes causing slower reaction time; and has the flexibility to adjust mirrors and minimize blind spots.
Trained volunteers will recommend car and driver adjustments after the inspection.
Drivers interested in having a CarFit check are asked to preregister. Call 724-3070.
CarFit is an educational and safety program created by the American Society on Aging, and developed in collaboration with American Automobile Association, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Overeaters Anonymous Amigos
ST. PETERSBURG – Overeaters Anonymous Amigos, a program of recovery for eating disorders, meets Fridays, 11 a.m., at Beacon House, 2151 Central Ave.
The newest Pinellas OA group features a bilingual message.
For information, call Margie C. at 828-9711. There are no dues or fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
ST. PETERSBURG – A full course Shabbat dinner will be presented Friday, Dec. 13, at the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. The Cantorial Shabbat will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost for those who RSVP prior to Monday, Dec. 9, is $18 for adults, $10 for children and $50 for a family. Thereafter, the cost is $20 for adults and $12 for children. To RSVP, call 344-4900 or visit www.ChabadSP.com.
The event also will feature professional cantor Rabbi Levi Kaplan. Kaplan will inspire attendees with songs and stories. With his rich baritone voice and passion for chazzanut, Kaplan began training in his early teens under the tutelage of famous cantors and voice coaches in New York. For the past 20 years he has performed at congregations and venues across the U.S. and abroad.
Additionally, for the past 13 years Kaplan, a dynamic educator and animated teacher, has directed the Ivy League Torah Study Experience, an exclusive summer learning retreat in the Catskills for promising young Jewish leaders of the next generation.
Kaplan is also the director of TorahCafe.com, the online division of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) which features thousands of lectures on Jewish topics across the spectrum, given by some of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world today.
Kaplan also will lead Shabbat morning services on Saturday, Dec. 14. All are invited to participate free of charge. A special Kiddush will follow services.
Sunset Optimist Club meeting TREASURE ISLAND - The Sunset Optimist Club meets the second and fourth Friday of the month, 7 p.m. at Treasure Island Beach Pavilion, 8000 W. Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Email email@example.com.
Swedish weaving classes
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is offering Swedish weaving classes on Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave.
The cost is $2 a class. Participants need to bring their own supplies. Instructor Patty Bush works with students on bedspreads and throws. For more information, call 942-5628.
VFW fish fry, bingo
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 hosts a fish/shrimp fry every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 360 Douglas Ave.
The post sponsors bingo each Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Bingo starts at noon.
The public is invited. Call 733-6107.
Clearwater Gateway Farmer’s Market CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Gateway Farmer’s Market is open each Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Cleveland Street east of Missouri Avenue. Parking is available at Fifth Third Bank, 1150 Cleveland Street; Greektown Grille, 1230 Cleveland St., and Maxa Enterprises, 1275 Cleveland St.
This family friendly event welcomes customers with children, bikes and dogs as they shop for local food, produce, artisan goods, and enjoy the free entertainment.
Visit www.myclearwatermarket.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meets second Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at St. Giles Episcopal Church, 8271 52nd St. N.
Attendees will enjoy a “fun day of cropping and sharing,” according to a press release. Everyone is welcome – particularly those who have not been involved in scrapbooking previously. There will be plenty of people sharing information and equipment. Attendees should bring a bag lunch or join the group for a take-out.
Sundamizu Bonsai Club meeting CLEARWATER – Sundamizu Bonsai Club meets second Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
Attendees learn about Bonsai. Meetings feature demonstrations, lectures and workshops. There is no charge.
For information, call Lois Powell at 742-3301 or email Sun email@example.com.
Tree ID program
TARPON SPRINGS – A free program on identifying trees will be presented Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
A local natural resource agent will discuss the basics of how to identify area trees. The presentation will include a guided tree identification 0.75-mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat are recommended. The program is best for ages 6 and older.
PINELLAS PARK – The choir will present its Christmas musical Sunday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Pinellas Park, 5495 Park Blvd. The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge. For information, call 546-5748.
Southern Home Companion
ST. PETERSBURG – The Southern Home Companion will be presented Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S.
This community concert will feature Christmas folk songs and spirituals performed by the Chancel Choir, Children’s Choir and instrumentalists, base, guitar and steel drum with narration of the Christmas story. A free will offering will be received.
For information, call 381-2499.
Ageless Grace classes CLEARWATER – Ageless Grace, a fitness and wellness program for seniors, is offered on Mondays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. The program uses 21 tools to pinpoint and address an aging population such as balance, cognitive function, joint mobility, spinal flexibility, systemic stimulation, left and right brain coordination, and confidence. The class is for any fitness level. Relax in a chair and practice spaghetti spine, juicy joints and rockin’ Rockettes. Cost is $3 with a recreation card or $4 without a card. Call 298-3299.
Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.
Guests are welcome.
The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.
Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Farmers Group instruction session
ST. PETERSBURG – The Urban Farmers Group gives instructions to people who want to grow their food every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Free admission to The Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission located at 1763 Ninth Ave. N. Enter off Queen Street.
Call 391-9590 or visit Facebook.com/UrbanFarmersGroup.
OLDSMAR – The city of Oldsmar offers high-energy zumba fitness sessions Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center.
The price is $5 per class with a recreation card or $7.50 per class without a card.
Book discussion at Indian Shores Library
INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library plans a book discussion and lunch with Tim McGee, author of “Worthy McGuire,” Tuesday, Dec. 17 at noon in the Center’s community hall. For more information, call 542-9742.
The novel is a sometimes funny, often inspiring, tale of a D-Day survivor returning to Normandy to keep a solemn promise, with his troubled family in tow. After the discussion, library volunteers will offer a meal of Normandy chicken, apple pastries, and Spam.
The event is free to members of the Indian Shores Library. While Indian Shores is not a member of the Pinellas County Library Cooperative, everyone is welcome to join the town library just $5.
The number of lunch attendees is limited to 30. Pick up tickets at the library by Dec 14.
The library is located in the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd. Hours are Monday and Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.
Downtown Optimist Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG - The Downtown Optimist Club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 6:30 p.m. at Tic Tock Restaurant, 8123 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Call Vi at 527-2656.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.
On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations.
Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.