Coffee with a Cop PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Police Department will kick off its new program, Coffee with a Cop, Thursday, April 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at Starbucks, 7350 U.S. 19 N.
This is a great opportunity to come meet and speak with a local police officer.
Call 244-1715 for more information.
Daisy Grant Fashion Show and Luncheon CLEARWATER – The GFWC/Clearwater Woman’s club will host its 43rd annual Daisy Grant Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, April 17, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
Bobbi Tafelski, manager of the Northwood Plaza store, will comment on fashions by Patchington. Models are members of the club and also feature Margaret Wood Burnside, editor of the Tampa Bay Magazine.
The theme is “Casual Elegance” and was introduced by Coco Chanel when she created “the little black dress” and started a fashion revolution by liberating women from the corset.
The Daisy fundraiser awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the Clearwater community, including Clothes to Kids, Meals on Wheels, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Clearwater Library System, and many others.
Gift baskets will be offered through raffle tickets.
Event tickets are $45 or $55 for patrons and include a listing in the program. Make reservations by April 10 by calling 726-6410.
Dining in the Dark ST. PETERSBURG – The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit focused on sight-saving research, will open guests’ eyes to the challenges of the visually impaired at its fifth annual Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Dining in the Dark on Thursday, April 17, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg.
To recognize their philanthropic and professional accomplishments in the Tampa Bay community, the foundation will present its Visionary Award to Joyce and Walter Larson, philanthropist and founder of Larson Communities, and to Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida president.
Serving as master of ceremonies again this year will be Dick Crippen, sports personality and Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser.
Dining in the Dark is a distinctive sensory awareness experience in which guests participate in an unforgettable dining adventure, in complete darkness.
To get a glimpse into the lives of the blind, diners will wear special light-blocking blindfolds and enjoy their entrée using only their heightened senses of smell, sound, taste and touch.
The one-of-a-kind event will benefit the foundation’s cutting-edge research into preventions, treatments and cures for vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases like macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome and related conditions.
Individual tickets are $150 each and sponsor packages begin at $1,000. For ticket and sponsorship information, call Kimberly Marlow at 954-496-0776 or email KMarlow@FightBlidness.org.
Gaming Club INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available.
This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.
Historical Society meeting PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd.
Refreshments will be available.
Call 541-6206 for more information.
Largo’s Teen Idol competition LARGO – Do you have the vocal talent and confidence to become Largo’s next Teen Idol? Find out at this year’s Teen Idol Competition and Show Thursday, April 17, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center.
All teens ages 13-18 are eligible to participate in this amateur vocal performance competition. Auditions will be held March 18 and 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
Bring two forms of identification, one must be a photo ID. A registration form must be completed prior to the audition date. Registration forms can be found at www.LargoArts.com or at the center.
Tickets for the final show are $6.50 and can be purchased in advance at the Largo Cultural Center Box Office or at LargoArts.com.
For more information, contact Jessica at 587-6740. ext. 5014 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Box Office Hotline at 587-6793.
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 email@example.com.
Friday Morning Market
TREASURE ISLAND – The annual Friday Morning Market is underway at Treasure Island Community Park and will continue through early April. The event, which features a variety of vendors, is open each Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Holy Friday Procession TARPON SPRINGS – Easter weekend will begin on April 18 with the Holy Friday Procession, hosted by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
The procession, which will begin at 8:45 p.m. and last until about 9:45 p.m,, will run along N. Pinellas Avenue, Orange Street, Ring Street and N. Tarpon Avenue, disrupting traffic on all of the roads beginning at 8 p.m.
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
Scottish American Society 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., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
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.
Classic car show TIERRA VERDE – More than 100 cars will be on display Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the Tierra Verde Business Partnership plans its third annual Classic Car Show and Taste of Tierra Verde in the Tierra Verde business district at 1101 Pinellas Bayway S.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team.
The TVBP is made up of 75 local businesses and community groups. Its mission is to support and promote existing and new businesses on Tierra Verde.
Entry fee for the car show is $15 in advance and $20 day of the show. Cars for sale are $10 day of the show and vendor space is $25.
For more information on the car show, call 547-8082.
Rotary Club Easter egg hunt TREASURE ISLAND – The Gulf Beaches Rotary Club and the Isle of Capri Civic Association are co-sponsoring a free Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m., at Treasure Island Community Center Park, 106th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard.
Activities for children 10 and younger will include an egg hunt, bonnet and hat contest, and a visit with the Easter bunny.
Those attending should bring cameras to capture the fun.
For additional information, call 547-4575 or 367-2303.
CLEARWATER – The East Library, 2251 Drew St., is hosting a monthly Socrates Café, which are free forums that are open to the public. Attendees will get a brain workout, which research has shown is as important as exercise is for the body.
The Cafés are set for Saturdays, Feb. 8, March 15, April 19, May 10, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20, 2 to 4 p.m.
Participants choose a philosophical topic and then use Socratic dialogue – a question and answer debate technique developed by the Greek philosopher – to examine the topic. There are no prerequisites or additional preparation required.
Socrates Cafés came into being through writer-philosopher Christopher Phillips who said that people learn more by asking questions in social groups. In his book, “Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy,” he advocates using the Socratic method of philosophical dialogue in open-invitation forums to understand truth.