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• Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Homespun by Hands and Hearts Arts and Crafts Show
LARGO – The 20th annual Homespun by Hands and Hearts Arts and Crafts Show will be Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Christian Life Enrichment Center of St. Paul United Methodist Church, on the corner of Highland Avenue and Rosery Road.

The show has featured the best of local artists and craftspeople for the last 20 years. This year’s show includes unique handcrafted items from more than 85 local vendors. Children are invited to create their own arts and crafts in the Children’s Activity Center and enjoy the St. Paul pumpkin patch across the street.

The $1 cost of admission to the craft show benefits the homeless of Pinellas County. For information, visit
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Arts and crafts fair
LARGO – The 20th annual Arts and Crafts Event will be presented Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave.

The event will feature 85 vendors, door prizes, a children’s activity center and pumpkin patch. All crafts are original, handcrafted and created by the artists themselves. The craft show is being held inside and outside the Christian Life Enrichment Center of the church.

There is a $1 donation at the door with the proceeds going toward the homeless and other select ministries in the church. For information, call 585-0273.
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Blessing of the Animals
LARGO – A Blessing of the Animals will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. and noon, at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, 2790 Sunny Breeze Ave.

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis, St. Dunstan’s invites the general public to bring their pets for an individual blessing by the Rev. Fr. James Derbyshire. The blessing will take place on church grounds in a shaded area. Water stations will be available, and each pet will receive a small, appropriate goody bag.
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Boat Safety Course
CLEARWATER – A boating safety class will be offered Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, 8 a.m., by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 at the Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, second floor, at Morton Plant Hospital, 455 Pinellas St.

Materials are $50. Parking is free.

The class, taught by certified instructors, covers topics including boating emergencies, getting underway, navigation and legal requirements.

All graduates receive a Florida state certification card.

For information or to register, call Leslie Long, 469-8895 or email
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Boating safety course
TARPON SPRINGS – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Tarpon Springs Flotilla offers a boating safety course the second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon, at the auxiliary’s classroom at Turtle Cove Marine, 827 Roosevelt Blvd., at the west end of the sponge docks.

The course, titled “About Boating Safely,” is designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Some of the topics presented will be boating emergencies, know your boat, getting underway, navigating the waterways, operating your boat safely, and legal requirements.

The fee is $40, which includes all printed materials. Florida boater safety certification cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course.

For more information, call Roy Warner at 938-8568 or email
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Boca Ciega High class of 1965 50th reunion
ST. PETE BEACH – Boca Ciega High School’s class of 1965 will host its 50th anniversary reunion on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Silas Dent’s Bayside Banquet Hall, 5501 Gulf Blvd.

The event also will feature a tour of the BCHS campus on Friday at 4 p.m. Attendees should meet in the lobby of the BCHS administration building. Friday evening, there will be a meet-and-greet from 7 to 11 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music in the gazebo.

On Saturday, attendees can hang out at Harry’s Beach Bar at the Sirata Beach Resort, across from Silas Dent’s. Saturday evening, from 6 to 11 p.m., there will be a barbeque buffet and sundae bar, cash bar and sock hop music with The Impacs. Cost is $80 per person.

For information, call Mardell McCormick Ammon at 391-3520 or
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Bonner Park guided nature hike
LARGO – A guided nature hike will be offered Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m., at Bonner Park, 14444 143rd St. N. Guests will take a guided walk through the woods, seeking out animals at the park.

The hike is part of a series of monthly nature hikes, offered second Saturdays, at different nature parks in Largo. The hike is free but donations are accepted. To preregister, call 518-3047.
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Fall Campout
LARGO – A Fall Campout will be offered Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N., Largo.

The program will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and will conclude Saturday at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 a person. Children age 2 and younger are free.

The Friends of the Largo Nature Parks will host the family camp out. Food, campfire events and nature programs will be presented under the stars at Bonner Nature Park. Advance registration and payment are required. To register, visit For information, call 518-3047.
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Festival of Service
DUNEDIN – The First United Methodist Church of Dunedin will host a Festival of Service Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to noon, in downtown Dunedin.

FUMC Dunedin and supporting local businesses will work with volunteers to pack 10,000 compassion meals on Main Street. The meals will be distributed to people experiencing hunger – right here in Pinellas County and abroad.

In addition to feeding 10,000 families, the church will be celebrating its centennial with carnival games and a bounce house for children and families, a mobile blood donation unit, and a pet blessing at 9 a.m. in Pioneer Park.

This street party also will feature fun games and treats. There is no cost to participate in any of the event activities.

For information, email Chrissy Krampert at or call 850-766-9250 or email Lauren Wolf at or call 813-951-5632.
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Fish broil
ST. PETE BEACH – Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School PTA will host its annual fish broil Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 to 8 p.m., at 8600 Boca Ciega Drive.

This annual school fundraiser supports the recently re-opened Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School. This event brings staff, students, their families and friends together for an afternoon of community, fun and fundraising featuring great food, games, and activities.

This event opens the campus to the entire community and brings students and families together to celebrate the start of a new school year. Funds raised will provide educational materials and support for programs at our school. 

The event will feature local artists, live music, food and drinks. Attendees can purchase fresh fish or barbecue chicken dinners with two sides for $5. There will be carnival games, fish painting, a bounce house, face painting, photo booth, dunk tank and local vendors.

For information, call Heather Ames at 641-9090 or email  
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German American Society Oktoberfest
PINELLAS PARK – The German American Society, 8098 66th St. N., will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 2 and 3, and 9 and 10, 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is $6. Children 12 and younger are free. Parking is free. Call 238-8201.
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Grande Gala for Flappers & Fellas
CLEARWATER – RCS will host a Grande Gala for Flappers & Fellas, a Roaring Twenties-themed fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 at Banquet Masters Speakeasy, 13355 49th St. N.

Entertainment will include world-class music from the acclaimed Dick Rumore’s Jazz Cellar Underground Orchestra with Special Guest Fred Johnson whose new album debuts this fall.

Tickets are $125 per person; $250 per person includes the VIP pre-party. Tickets may be purchased online at /GrandeGala or by phone at 584-3528, extension 409.
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Gulf Beaches Library book sale
MADEIRA BEACH – The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library will host a book sale Friday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is located at 200 Municipal Drive. For information, call 391-2828.
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HERricane Glam Run 5K
PALM HARBOR – The HERricane Glam Run 5K will be Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30 a.m., at Pop Stansell Park, 797 Florida Ave. Preregistration costs $25 through Sept. 22 and $30 after Sept. 22. Call 647-4040.

The Palm Harbor University High School Medical Magnet Booster Club and the PHUHS Center for Wellness and Medical Professions students will host the event to raise funds for the program and for the Morton Plant Mease Mammography Voucher Program.

There will be team and age group awards. The first 300 registrants get a free pink boa. Free T-shirts also will be available to registrants.
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Homecoming dress give away
CLEARWATER – Belle of the Ball Project will provide Homecoming dresses and accessories to in-need, low-income high school girls on two more Saturdays left this fall.

The dates are Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. The store is located at 1210 Holt Ave., and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dresses are available to all greater Tampa Bay area in-need, high school girls only.

For more information about Belle of the Ball Project, call 386-4502 or visit  
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League of Women Voters meeting
CLEARWATER – The League of Women Voters will meet at 10 a.m. on Oct. 10 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive. Guest speaker will be Rick Wolfe, director of Charter Schools and Home Education.
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Medicare seminar
SAFETY HARBOR – SHINE representatives will host a seminar on Medicare Advantage Plans on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N.

The program, presented by Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, is open to the public. The program is conducted by specially trained volunteers of the SHINE program and will provide detailed information on the basics of Medicare Advantage Plans, including eligibility and enrollment, types of plans, and rights and considerations. SHINE representatives will be available to answer questions and provide enrollment or benefit application assistance.

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE Program is available to provide free, unbiased information and assistance to Florida Medicare beneficiaries as they carefully evaluate their health care options. For a listing of SHINE counseling sites and public events, visit

For information, call 724-1525, ext. 4107, or visit
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Misa en Español
SEMINOLE – St. Justin, Martyr Catholic Church recently added a Misa en Español every Saturday at 6 p.m.  Other Masses are presented Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. (in English); and Sunday, 7 p.m. (in Portuguese). Daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., preceded by the Rosary.

The Rev. Gerald Hendry is the Pastor. St. Justin, Martyr is at 10851 Ridge Road in Seminole. For information, call 397-3312 or visit
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Monthly cornhole tournaments
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts a cornhole tournament and beanbag toss the second Saturday of each month at 4 p.m., at the German American Society, 8098 66th St.

Cost is $30 for a two-member team. Individuals can be paired with a teammate on site; Businesses, families and individuals are welcome. Call the Chamber at 544-4777.
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Nar-Anon meeting
OLDSMAR – A Nar-Anon group meets Saturdays, 10 a.m., at United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave.

Nar-Anon, a 12-step support group for families and friends of addicts, is a worldwide fellowship that offers help by sharing experience, strength and hope. The group is designed for those affected by someone’s addiction.

For additional information, visit or call 1-888-947-8885.
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