Alzheimer’s support group CLEARWATER – Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter will host a new, monthly support group for caregivers with a loved one with dementia who lives at home or in a facility which focuses on intimacy needs and concerns.
Beginning May 7, the group will meet first Wednesdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the conference room at Alzheimer’s Association’s Clearwater office, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709.
This support group will help caregivers come up with new relationship rituals and healthy alternatives for finding the care, hope, and intimacy every human being needs and deserves.
Heidi Crockett, MSW, will facilitate. Crockett is a geriatric care manager with Aging Care Advocates. She advocates for improved quality of life for seniors specifically on the subject of intimacy and has presented several seminars for professionals and caregivers including, “Sexual Concerns Associated with Dementia,” and “Intimacy as We Age: Loving our Loved Ones Safely.”
Bike Night for breast cancer awareness CLEARWATER – To raise breast cancer awareness, bikers have been challenged by Tony Cianci, owner of Full Throttle Magazine, to dye their facial hair pink at the Quaker Steak and Lube Bike Night, set for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., at Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St. N.
Bikers from all over the state of Florida will be showing up and dyeing their beards and facial hair pink for breast cancer awareness. The bike night usually has between 2,000 and 3,000 in attendance every Wednesday night.
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.
The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.
Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.
Dunedin chamber candidates’ forum DUNEDIN – The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidates’ forum on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., at the Hale Center, 330 Douglas Ave.
Both Dunedin mayoral candidates, Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski and Vice Mayor Julie Scales, will attend to answer questions and share their views.
Pinellas County Commission candidates for the District 2 at-large seat, Pat Gerard, Democrat, and Ed Hooper, Republican, as well as County Commission candidates for District 4, Dave Eggers, Republican; Carl Folkman, no party affiliation; Mark Weinkrantz, Democrat; and Marcus Harrison, no party affiliation; will be participating.
The forum will be moderated by former County Commissioner and League of Women Voters President Sallie Parks. Questions have been submitted for the forum from members of the Dunedin Chamber.
Native Plant Society meeting CLEARWATER – The Florida Native Plant Society will host its monthly meeting Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
Brian Neiman of Florida Friendly Landscaping will offer suggestions on how to create a low maintenance native landscape.
The meeting will feature refreshments, a plant sale and information on upcoming talks and events. The group also will sponsor a tour of native landscapes on Oct. 4 as well as a fall plant sale on Oct. 11.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Countryside Library book club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, is continuing its popular book club that meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Titles for the monthly sessions are as follows:
• Feb. 20 – The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott
• March 20 – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
• April 17 – The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian
• May 15 – Still Foolin‘ ’Em, by Billy Crystal
• June 19 – The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, by Naomi Ragen
• July 17 – My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
• Aug. 21 – Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard Le Mieux
• Sept. 18 – Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosam
• Oct. 16 – The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon
• Nov. 20 – Luna, by Julie Anne Peters
• Dec. 18 – My Life with Charlie Brown, by Charles Shultz
Garden tour LARGO – Vegetable, herb a tropicals tours will be offered Thursdays, Oct. 2 and 23, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.
Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Florida Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and recommended for adults only.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
Les Mills Body Pump Launch
LARGO – The Les Mills Body Pump Launch will be Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.
Join the new release of body pump moves and music. The free event includes a raffle, prizes and bottled water. Call 518-3016.
Safety Harbor history presentation SAFETY HARBOR – Local history researchers, Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner, will present a presentation regarding significant events of 20th century Safety Harbor on Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Fifth years ago, in 1964, William Blackshear was elected as a Safety Harbor City Commissioner and is believed to be the first African-American to hold public office in all of Florida since the end of Reconstruction. Learn about his experience and many other significant events that happened in that century.
St. Petersburg College candidates debate SEMINOLE – To help citizens go to the polls as informed voters, St. Petersburg College is presenting a debate for local candidates seeking public office in the Nov. 4 general election.
The debate, sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Digitorium of the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N.
Facing off will be candidates for Pinellas County Commission from Districts 2 and 4, and candidates for the eight most highly contested seats in the state Legislature. Also up for debate will be two proposed amendments to the State Constitution.
A distinguished panel of experts will question the candidates and provide background on the issues.
The debates will be split into three one-hour sessions, with the first two combining state legislative races whose district borders are relatively contiguous, for the convenience of voters interested in their home district candidates. A brief discussion of the two constitutional amendments will precede the candidate debates.
The schedule is: 5:30-6 p.m.: Constitutional Amendments 1 and 2
• 6-7 p.m.: House Districts 65, 66 and 67; 7-8 p.m.: Senate District 22, House Districts 68 and 69; 8-9 p.m.: County Commission Districts 2 and 4.
Belleair Women’s Republican Club meeting BELLEAIR – Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, will speak at the next meeting of The Belleair Women’s Republican Club at the Belleair Country Club, 1 County Club Lane, Friday, Oct. 3.
Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $25. For reservations please call Claudia Thomas at 470-9849 or 813-361-4345 or email at email@example.com, this is a new contact for one month only. People who expect to attend also can contact Sherrie Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movie at Oldsmar library OLDSMAR – The Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E., will present a recently released movie and free popcorn Friday, Oct. 3, 1 to 3 p.m., in TECO Hall.
Admission is free. For the title of the movie, call 813-749-1148.
North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast PALM HARBOR – The North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast will be presented Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 a.m., at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N.
Admission is $25 a person and $200 per table. Call 940-5357.
This will be a morning of prayer to bring about awareness to the issues of poverty, hunger and homelessness in North Pinellas.
Proceeds from The Shepherd Center Prayer Breakfast will support the organization’s mission to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and equip the least among us by providing opportunities and a place for all to give and receive hope.
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.
Sunset Market LARGO – Sunset Market is open every Friday through May, 3 to 7 p.m., in Largo Central Park’s parking lot No. 1, at southwest corner of East Bay and Central Park drives.
Vendors will offer vegetables, fruits, raw local honey, herbal teas and wild-caught seafood as well as organic body products, essential oils, arts and crafts. The focus will be on produce and organic products with about 40 percent of the market dedicated to art and craft vendors.
The market offers several ways for commercial business to advertise as well as two free spaces per market reserved for nonprofit entities.