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• Sunday, May 1, 2016
Corey Sunday Market
ST. PETE BEACH – The popular Corey Avenue Sunday Market is open Sundays, October through May, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market, features 50 to 80 vendors who sell a variety of locally produced and homemade items including produce, plants, take home foods, ready to eat lunch bites, hand crafts, eco-friendly and fair trade products.

This season will be the second that Tampa Bay Markets has managed the market in conjunction with the Corey Avenue Business Association.

For more details, visit www.TampaBayMarkets.com or on Facebook at Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St Pete Beach.

The market is located on Corey Avenue between Boca Ciega Avenue and Gulf Boulevard.
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Cure on Wheels
TIERRE VERDE – Presented by AAA, the Cure on Wheels Cure the Bay Challenge Ride will take place Sunday, May 1, at Tampa Bay Watch, near Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde.

A variety of cycling events are available for all ages. The ride includes a 7-mile All Children’s Family Fun Ride, a 20 Tour De Moffitt Ride and a 40-mile YMCA Pedal for a Purpose Ride. Individual riders and rider teams are welcome.

The 7-mile All Children’s Family Fun riders have a minimum goal of $75 a person fundraising goal plus a $25 per person registration fee. Children 11 and younger are exempt from fundraising, but encouraged to do so.

The 20 Tour De Moffitt and 40-mile YMCA Pedal For A Purpose riders have a minimum fundraising goal of $250 per person and a $50 registration fee.

Participants may register at the event as well as online in advance.

Visit give.cureonwheels.org.
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Garden tours
LARGO - The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation will host a tour of the Florida Botanical Gardens and five private gardens on Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The garden tour will begin at Pinellas County Extension at 10 a.m., where participants will start a guided tour of the Florida Botanical Gardens and receive a map that will guide them to the other five participating gardens in the mid-county area. The private gardens will be open to visitors from noon until 4 p.m.

The private garden tour features multiple unique gardens. Guests will visit a master orchid hybridizer who will share his techniques. Other gardens on the tour include a butterfly, native, fruit and vegetable garden with an onsite plant nursery, a native plant garden and the Japanese art of flower arranging called ikebana.

Another garden is an eclectic mix of reclaimed cobblestones and English chimney pots in a mini Florida jungle, complete with a fishpond.

Lastly, tour-goers will visit a floral garden with outdoor artwork and a mixture of palms and ornamental trees surrounding a unique pool with an island overlooking Clearwater Bay.

Tickets for the tour are $15 per person or $10 per person for FBGF members. Tickets can be purchased online at www.flbgfoundation.org or at the Botanical Bounty Gift Shop in the Extension building Monday through Friday.

All proceeds go to the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation to purchase plants and make improvements to the gardens.

For information, visit www.flbgfoundation.org or call 727-582-2117.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, with an alternate entrance at 12211 Walsingham Road.
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Guided tours of the Florida Botanical Gardens
LARGO – Guided tours of the Florida Botanical Gardens will be offered Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to noon, at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

Visitors may also tour five beautiful and varied private gardens located in Belleair Bluffs, Indian Rocks Beach and Seminole. Private gardens are open noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and $10 for members of the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation.

Advance registration is required. To register, visit www.flbgfoundation.org, call 727-582-5800 or purchase tickets on the day of the event at the Florida Botanical Gardens gift shop. Wristbands and maps will be distributed on the day of the event at the Florida Botanical Gardens Gift Shop from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants must have a wrist band to participate in any of the tours.
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Lessons Learned: 40 Years of Speaking Truth to Power
ST. PETERSBURG – Elizabeth Holtzman will speak on Lessons Learned: 40 Years of Speaking Truth to Power on Sunday, May 1, 4:30 p.m., at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S.

In 1972, Holtzman burst onto the congressional scene by defeating a 50+-year incumbent. Shortly after arriving in Washington, D.C., she rose to prominence for the major role she played in the Nixon impeachment hearings.

The 1978 Holtzman Amendment requires that Nazi war criminals be deported from the United States. Other career highlights included protecting the privacy and dignity of rape victims, advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment, working on environmental issues, rooting out corruption in government, protecting voting rights and more.

Holtzman will speak as part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series. Her presentation will be followed by question-and-answer session and a light supper. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Temple Beth-El, along with USF St. Petersburg, League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg area, Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater.

For information, call 727-347-6136.
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Mother’s Day celebration
CLEARWATER  – The Church of Scientology will host a Mother’s Day celebration Sunday, May 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at its Public Information Center in the lobby of the former Bank of Clearwater.

An evening piano recital by Kathy Roberts is planned and refreshments will be served.

“I am a mother myself, and enjoy activities that include all members of the community,” said Rosie Freihoff, organizer of the event. “We want all mothers and families to enjoy this day and are honored to have pianist, Kathy Roberts, performing for us.”

To make reservations, call Freihoff at 727-510-4595.
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Paddleboard yoga
ST. PETE BEACH – Residents will have an opportunity to strengthen their core and find relaxation on the water with paddleboard Yoga at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center. Classes are held on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

The class is good for first-time paddlers or those looking to expand their existing practice. Each class will include basic paddling instruction and gentle yoga on the water. Reservations are required. Limited space is available.

The cost is $15 for St. Pete Beach residents or $17 for a nonresident. To reserve your spot call the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center at 363-9264.

For a full list of aquatic classes visit www.spbrec.com.
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• Monday, May 2, 2016
Survey results release event
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition distributed a neighborhood survey and received more than 300 responses from Clearwater residents. Those results will be announced from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 2 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 407 Saturn Ave.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Susan P. Ajoc, director of community services for the city of St. Petersburg.

There is no cost to attend the meeting and refreshments will be served.
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Beef ‘O’Brady’s Trivia Night
SEMINOLE – Beef‘O’Brady’s, 1-799 Park Blvd. N., now offers Trivia Night every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. The winning team receives a $50 gift certificate. There will be a $5.49 burger with fries special every Monday night. To register a team, call Angel or Mike at 393-2880.
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English classes
MADEIRA BEACH – English for students of other languages is being offered by Pinellas County School Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Cost is $30 a semester.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and to practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.

For information, call 727-547-7872 or email piolim@pcsb.org.
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Film screening
CLEARWATER – The movie “Our Wild Hearts” will be shown Monday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., at Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church, 2817 Sunset Point Road.

Popcorn and drinks will be available. The church announced several other film screenings in the coming months, including “Redemption of Henry Meyer” on June 6 and “Brother’s Keeper” on July 11.

The church will host a car show on Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost to register a vehicle is $10. Registered car owners will get a free lunch. Trophies will be awarded to winners and dash plaques will be given to the first 20 cars. Food and drinks will be available.

Call 727-796-3057 or visit www.sylvanabbeyumc.org.
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Free skin cancer screenings
CLEARWATER – The 20th annual Morton Plant Mease Melanoma Monday event, where health experts offer free skin cancer screenings to the community, will be Monday, May 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Morton Plant Hospital, in the Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Registration is required to participate in the screening. For an appointment, call 727-953-6877. Participants should wear loose fitting clothing to the screening. The examination is limited to exposed skin only.
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Speakeasy Toastmasters meeting
PINELLAS PARK – Speakeasy Toastmasters meets Mondays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N. in Pinellas Park.

Designed for those who have trouble speaking in public. Toastmasters is an organization that helps participants learn to calm their nerves and be the most confident presenter possible.

For information, call 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabayrr.com.
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• Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Free English lessons
PINELLAS PARK – Free English lessons for adult speakers of other languages are offered Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the parish hall at Sacred Heart Church, 7809 46th Way. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 541-4447.
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Bromeliad Auction
PINELLAS PARK – The Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society will host its annual Bromeliad Auction Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., at Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.

There will be both active and silent auctions and auctions of bromeliads and some bromeliad-related items such as artwork, posters, ceramics, and books. The bromeliads will represent a range of different genera and the plants are typically excellent specimens and often unusual or hard to find.

For information, email garybrom@yahoo.com.
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CLA Estate Planning workshop
CLEARWATER – CLA Estate Planning will host a free workshop Tuesday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Clarion Inn & Suites, 20967 U.S. 19 N.

The workshop will provide valuable information on securing one’s estate and retirement planning. Guests will receive a workbook and information regarding the pros and cons of wills and trusts, how to avoid probate, long-term health care concerns and tax reduction planning.

Seating is limited. To RSVP, call 866-252-8721.

CLA Estate Services is a firm devoted to assisting area residents in protecting their assets and ensuring their money lasts.
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Community Conversation
SEMINOLE – Pinellas County is hosting a Community Conversation Tuesday, May 3, 6-7 p.m., at St. Petersburg College, Seminole campus, in the University Partnership Center Digitorium, 9200 113th St. N., preceded by an open house from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

The public is invited to join County Commissioners and the county administrator to discuss county services and important topics such as housing, social services and transportation.

Held in partnership with St. Petersburg College and Bay News 9, the Community Conversation offers an interactive venue for citizens to talk about issues, with the convenience of social media, online video streaming and blogging. Residents also can participate in the event via phone and by watching live on PCC-TV or SPC-TV.

For more information about the Community Conversation, visit www.pinellascounty.org /CommunityConversation or call 727-464-3000.
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English classes
MADEIRA BEACH – English for students of other languages is being offered by Pinellas County School Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Cost is $30 a semester.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and to practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.

For information, call 727-547-7872 or email piolim@pcsb.org.
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Gulfport Market blood drive
GULFPORT – OneBlood of Florida will conduct a blood drive during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market on Tuesday, May 3, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.

Blood and platelet donors will receive a free wellness check-up, including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening, as well as a free T-shirt. Blood drive organizers hope to revisit the Fresh Market again during the summer if enough donors are able to participate on Tuesday.

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is a year-round open-air market featuring fruits, vegetables and a wide variety of other foods; hand-made arts and crafts; bath, body and wellness products; live music and more. More than 70 vendors and exhibitors participate each Tuesday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting in May, summer hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, visit www.gulfportma.com, or email freshmarket@gulfportma.com.
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Mad Beach Strong Eight Run Club
MADEIRA BEACH – The Mad Beach Strong Eight Run Club meets Tuesday nights at 7:30 at Mad Beach Craft Brewing, 12945 Village Blvd. All runners are welcome.
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