Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show LARGO – The Armed Forces History Museum welcomes the First Responders Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 2050 34th Way N.
First responders from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties will compete to be crowned chili champs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12.
The afternoon will be filled with all the chili you can sample, classic cars, a Budweiser beer truck, a cupcake truck, hot dogs and snacks, World War II M8 vehicle rides, virtual simulator rides, museum tours and a live DJ from Rhino Cubes. Event sponsors are Great Bay Distributors/Budweiser, Shasta, Rip It Beverages, Little Greek Restaurants, Let’s Roll Promotions, Q105 and WQYK.
The events acts as a fundraiser for the museum’s community outreach, veteran and youth education programs.
Drive Electric Day OLDSMAR – Oldsmar is hosting Drive Electric Day Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 100 State St. W.
The one-day event is made possible through a partnership with the city of Oldsmar, NovaCharge and the Sierra Club.
Those attending will have an opportunity to ride and drive in electric cars ranging from BMW i3 to the Nissan LEAF.
Hawk homecoming LARGO – The McGough Nature Park will formally welcome home two red-shouldered hawks to their new home and introduce the birds of prey to the community Saturday, Sept. 20, 3 to 6 p.m., at 11901 146th St. N
The center will reveal the winning name of the male red-shoulder hawk and sharing the story of the birds’ journey. This free event will be an educational opportunity to learn about birds of prey and conservation.
Healthy teacher workshop CLEARWATER – Whole Foods Market is hosting a pre-opening Healthy Teachers workshop on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on both days at 27001 U.S. 19.
The classes are free and designed to equip teachers, principals, and school administrators with the knowledge and tools necessary to transform their own health and well-being; serve as healthful role models for students; and become agents of change in their schools and communities.
Developed by the Whole Kids Foundation, the classes also will provide an overview on the basic principles of healthy eating and cooking.
If interested, register on www.eventbrite.com under the Whole Kids Foundation Healthy Teachers Workshop.
Mobile collection for chemicals, electronics SEMINOLE - Pinellas County residents can safely dispose of many household electronics and chemicals at the next free household mobile collection Saturday, Sept. 20, at Seminole High School, 8401 131st St. N., Seminole.
Offered by Pinellas County Solid Waste, the collection runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For everyone’s safety, participants must be in a vehicle. The event is subject to change due to severe weather.
Residents can drop off electronics such as camcorders, cellphones, computers, TVs, DVD players and microwave ovens. Chemical items accepted include automotive fluids, batteries, fuel, paint and fluorescent bulbs along with other mercury containing devices.
Residents should not mix chemicals together or place them in dark plastic bags and should keep products in original, labeled containers if possible. Individual batteries should be placed in separate plastic bags or have terminals covered with heavy tape to prevent short-circuits.
Items that will not be accepted include air conditioning units and other large appliances, radioactive, biological or infectious waste, fire extinguishers, tires and propane tanks.
The September event is the eleventh collection offered in 2014. Three more are scheduled for October, and another in November in locations throughout the county.
Businesses can participate in the mobile collection events for a fee. Businesses can arrange for drop-off and payment by calling EQ Florida at 813-319-3400 for chemicals and Diversified Recycling for electronics at 800-936-1477.
Mother Son Messy Madness LARGO – Registration has opened for the city of Largo’s third annual Mother Son Messy Madness Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Highland Recreation Complex.
The special night is just for moms and sons ages 5 to 13. This year’s theme is “Down on the Farm.” Dinner, dessert and messy, high-energy games, for moms and sons, are all included. Bring towels, as Largo Fire
Rescue will be on site with a fire truck to help spray participants clean after the activities.
The cost is $25 per couple and $8 for each additional son. Spaces are limited. Register at Highland Recreation Complex; the deadline is Friday, Sept. 12.
Second Chance Treasure Sale PINELLAS PARK – PACE Center for Girls Inc. is asking community members to clean out their closets and donate any unwanted, gently-used gowns, dresses and jeans.
Items donated to PACE will be re-sold at their inaugural Denim & Dresses Second Chance Treasure Sale on Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m., at the PACE Center for Girls, 4000 Gateway Center Blvd., Suite 400, Pinellas Park.
Donations of dresses, gowns and jeans only may be taken to any Sun Country Cleaners location in Pinel
All clothes donated will generate funding to continue the center’s work, expand their reach, advocate for changes in public policy and increase the evidence base of what works to help all girls.
The PACE Denim & Dresses Second Chance Treasure Sale is sponsored by Sun County Cleaners, Keller Williams Realty, The Beth Dillinger Foundation, Publix, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
All gowns are $20; all dresses are $10, and all jeans are $5.
PACE prevents girls from entering the costly juvenile justice system and reduces the significant long-term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, dropping out of school, unemployment and long-term economic dependency.
See It! Learn It! Do It! CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Avenue, will host a Sept. 20 community learning event called See It! Learn It! Do It!
From noon to 4 p.m., the public is invited to the library, where dozens of learning stations will be set up around the building, each featuring a demonstrator with a different skill or piece of information to teach.
Topics ranging from the practical to the arcane will be covered, including such how-to’s as tying a necktie, folding a T-shirt in seconds, getting a better snapshot, using chopsticks, reading a map, doing card tricks, and dancing the hula. Attendees are invited to browse and learn as many of them as they like.
The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Due to library staffing requirements, the Countryside and East Branch libraries will be closed that day.
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.
Sweet IRB open house INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Sweet IRB will host its Grand Open House Sip and Sample event on Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 311 Gulf Blvd., No. 5.
Sweet IRB is the newest addition to Indian Rocks Beach Business Triangle offering some of the sweetest treats in town, including its signature cinnamon rolls. Sweet IRB will also have a full espresso bar, wholesale and custom services and host special events.
Truck-N-Play Day SAFETY HARBOR – Safety Harbor Recreation Truck-N-Play Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Safety Harbor City Park, 940 Seventh St. S.
The city wants to fill the park with trucks and machines for kids to climb on and touch.
The event celebrates its Playful City USA with trucks, obstacle courses, games, bounce houses and other fun. It also can be a great opportunity to get your business or cool vehicle out into the community, and it’s free to participate.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
National Back to Church Sunday CLEARWATER – Hope Presbyterian Church, at 1698 S. Belcher Road, will celebrate National Back to Church Sunday Sept. 21, 10:15 a.m., in the church’s sanctuary.
Everyone is invited to come back to church. Back to Church Sunday is an excellent time to give church another try or re-engage with others.
For information, call 531-3200.
Aquaponics program PALM HARBOR – An introduction to aquaponics will be presented Monday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., at the new Sol Terra Lifestyle Center, 1090 Michigan Ave.
The program is free.
The guest speaker will be Gina Cavaliero, from Green Acres Aquaponics in Brooksville. She will present an introduction to aquaponics. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to produce both fish and organic/chemical free fruits and vegetables, in a dynamic, man-made, pond type ecosystem in their own backyard.
If there is enough interest in this class, Cavaliero hopes to return to the area soon to do a full day, hands-on workshop where she will demonstrate how to get started with aquaponics for a no-till, no-weeds, no-irrigation food production system.
Bone and Joint Lecture Series ST. PETERSBURG – Two programs are scheduled in the weeks that follow at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, 701 Sixth St. S.
The Bone and Joint Lecture Series will kick off with a presentation by Dr. Brian Burke, Bayfront Health orthopedic surgeon, set for Wednesday, Sept. 24, noon to 1 p.m., in the Sheen Conference Center. This free seminar will include a light lunch.
A Matter of Balance classes will begin Monday, Sept. 22. The eight-week session is designed for adults age 60 and older and will cover how to manage falls and increase activity levels.
For information and to RSVP for a program, call 895-3627. Visit Bayfront.com.
Candidate forum PALM HARBOR – The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce Town Hall Series presents a candidate forum on Monday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library.
Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith will be the moderator.
The event will feature the candidates for State Senate District 20, State Representative Districts 64 and 65, County Commission Districts 2 and 4, School Board District 4, and East Lake and Palm Harbor Fire Districts.
This is an opportunity for citizens to meet the candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Supervisor of Elections staff will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. for voter registration.