Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in
Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Raymond James Optimist Club ST. PETERSBURG - The Raymond James Optimist Club meets the first Wednesday of the month, noon at Raymond James Financial Center, 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a new Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.”
Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month.
For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email email@example.com.
Art At The Plaza open house
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – Art At The Plaza, at 100 Indian Rocks Road N., will host an open house during the annual Christmas at the Plaza evening, set for Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
This family business will make this year’s Christmas At The Plaza evening extra special by having internationally acclaimed fashion designer and artist Michael Vollbracht in the store presenting “A Few of My Favorite Things.” Also featured will be works by premier artists such as Will Dexter, Rocky Bridges, Duncan McClellan, Glen Tarnowski and pieces from Interiors by Sharman.
Vollbracht’s talents and career have spanned fashion, interior design, illustration and publishing – all with his unique talent and perspective. His artistic vision stands out among the best. From the earliest days of the famous Bloomingdale’s shopping bag, to his glamorous Coty award winning fashion shows, the Vollbracht signature drew attention. He has designed and illustrated for such diversified entities such as the New Yorker, Neiman Marcus, Joan Crawford, Bill Blass, Laura Bush, Janet Jackson, Saks Fifth Avenue and Art At The Plaza.
Author discussion, signing
SAFETY HARBOR – The Safety Harbor Public Library will host author Dr. Eddie C. Donnally in a book discussion and signing on Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., at 101 Second St. N. Copies of his book, “Ride the White Horse,” will be available for sale and signing.
Donnally rode on racing’s fast track, lived inside its underbelly and became part of its underworld. From constant bulimia, broken bones and betrayal of Boston’s infamous Winter Hill Gang, he depicts an unseen side of Thoroughbred racing. Though none of that compared to his struggles with sibling sexual trauma, promiscuity and an addiction to crack cocaine. In seven months, the addiction took him from newspaper writing and TV show hosting to grooming horses on the backstretch. Redemption came in a jail cell, and after 17 years of Christian ministry, he holds a doctorate of ministry and serves as a hospice and hospital chaplain.
Breakfast Optimist Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG - The Breakfast Optimist Club meets each Thursday, 7:30 a.m. at Kissin’ Cuzzins Restaurant, 951 34th St. N., St. Petersburg.
PALM HARBOR – Italian lessons are offered by The Central Gulf Coast Lodge No. 2708, Sons of Italy on Thursdays at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.
Beginners classes are at 5 p.m. and intermediate classes at 6:30 p.m.
For further information, call 787-3344.
Oh, Florida: Capital of Weirdness
SEMINOLE – History professor and author Gary Mormino, a respected Florida historian and storyteller, will present a program titled “Oh, Florida: Capital of Weirdness” at the next Village Square dinner at St. Petersburg College on Thursday, Dec. 5. The moderator will be Earl Fratus, associate professor of political science and history at SPC. The dinner and program will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at the Campus Conference Center of SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. N. Advance registration is required.
The program represents a change of pace in the Village Square’s typical menu of hot-button state and national issue debates. Recent programs have focused on immigration reform, gun control, FCAT/Common Core, and climate change/sea level rise. “Oh Florida” will be a somewhat whimsical but candid discussion of the challenges the state faces to preserve the last vestiges of Old Florida by a writer and teacher who has spent much of his career in that effort.
Mormino, professor emeritus of Florida history at USF St. Petersburg, has written extensively about how Florida has changed in the decades since World War II. His seminal book, “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida,” is a comprehensive social history of the Sunshine State as it evolved from the rural, backwoods culture portrayed in the books of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to become the mega-state that it is today – fourth largest in population, soon to become third.
The Village Square is a forum for nonpartisan debate of key state and national issues that operates under the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at SPC. The Institute serves as a resource for academic enrichment, a nonpartisan venue for civil debate and civic engagement.
Registration for Village Square members is $25; for guests, $30, and for educators and students, $20. They can be made online at spcollege.edu/solutions, click on the Village Square tab. By mail, send checks to Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Palm Harbor Toastmasters meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Toastmasters Club meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
The club is open to all who are interested in perfecting their public speaking skills.
For more information, contact Jack Lynch at 542-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoulder pain seminar
ST. PETERSBURG – A community seminar on shoulder pain will be presented Thursday, Dec. 5, noon to 1 p.m., at the Heart and Vascular Institute, 6006 49th St. N., Suite 230, St. Petersburg. To register, call 888-598-9586.
The seminar will be facilitated by Anthony Albert, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. Albert will discuss various options for diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain.
Death by Chocolate
LARGO – The Rotary Club of Largo will present the 18th annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser – bringing hundreds of people with a love for chocolate together in the name of charity – Friday, Dec. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
The event will feature thousands of all-you-can-eat delectable, mouth watering chocolate creations by the local restaurants that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Enjoy complimentary champagne, a silent auction and entertainment encompassed by the holiday lights illuminating Largo Central Park.
Organized on Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” the local club anticipates raising $30,000 to serve the needs of our area’s underprivileged youth this year alone. Founded more than 50 years ago, the club has donated more than $300,000 to local youth initiatives.
Downtown merchants open house
DUNEDIN – The merchants in downtown Dunedin will be having a festive open house for the holidays, Friday, Dec. 6, 5 until 8:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, goodies and much holiday cheer. Call 733-3197.
OLDSMAR – Join the Upper Tampa Bay and Safety Harbor chambers of commerce on Friday, Dec. 6 to help Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis and Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub raise funds to support the needy families in the area.
Bevis and Ayoub will be pouring coffee at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa starting at 7:30 a.m.
This will be the first joint appearance by the two mayors who are continuing the long-standing tradition of spreading holiday goodwill. The breakfast is organized by the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Oldsmar and Safety Harbor, the Neighborhood Family Center and the Oldsmar-East Lake Rotary Club.
The proceeds will provide holiday food and gifts to families in need who are identified by the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center and our Community Policing Officers of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
If you are unable to attend the breakfast but wish to either donate an item for the auction or make a donation, please contact the Safety Harbor Chamber at 726-2890 or the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber at 855-4233.
Miniature decorated Christmas trees are a long part of the tradition of this great event.
Tickets are $25 each and are available at the two chamber offices.
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
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.
Ties and Tennis Shoes Gala
ST. PETERSBURG – Three members of the Tampa Bay Rays – Matt Joyce, Brandon Gomes and Jake McGee – will serve as honorary co-chairs for the Pinellas Education Foundation’s Ties and Tennis Shoes Gala at Tropicana Field on Dec. 6.
Proceeds from the event will increase the number of scholarships available to help deserving Pinellas students attend college or technical school through the Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Scholarship program.
This whimsical evening, where women dress in cocktail attire but complete their look with tennis shoes, will feature dinner, a ’Tis the Season Shoppes where a variety of vendors will sell gifts of all kinds, a silent auction, craft beer tables (with drink ticket purchase), as well as an inflatable obstacle course, jousting, table tennis, battle bots, slap shot hockey, baseball, basketball and more.
General admission tickets are $35 with entrance to the event at 7 p.m. VIP tickets are $125 with entrance at 6 p.m.
There will be no tickets sold at the door.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tiesandtennisshoes.com
After the Friday night fun, enjoy a Saturday morning run at Tropicana Field. Take part in the Foundation’s Ties and Tennis Shoes 5K Run/Walk, one-mile fun run or kids dash. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 with the run at 7:30 a.m. Participants will cross the finish line on the field on Rays Vision.
Cost is $30 to register until Dec. 1 and $35 after with proceeds going to the Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Scholarship program. Join or create a team by visiting www.tiesandtennisshoes.com.
After the race, participants can enjoy the Santa Parade and head down to the city of St. Petersburg’s Snowfest in Straub Park.
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.