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.
Historical Society meeting SEMINOLE – Jay Starkey Jr. will speak at the Seminole Historical Society meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., Room 210B.
He is the son of Jay Starkey Sr., the pioneer Pinellas County resident for whom Starkey Road is named. Jay Sr. was not only a local cattle rancher, but also the County tax collector, a bank director and a conservationist who worked to preserve Pinellas’ beauty.
His son will speak about his impact on the county and Florida’s west coast in the 20th century.
Copies of “Things I Remember,” written by Jay Sr., will be available at the meeting to members at no charge while supplies last.
Admission is free; the public is invited to attend.
Call 391-1433 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
MOAA luncheon The Clearwater Chapter of The Military Officers Association (MOAA) will meet at the Clearwater Country Club, 525 Betty Lane, at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 for its monthly luncheon. The guest speaker will be Col. Bill Horne, USAF RET.
All military officers, their spouses, survivors and auxiliary members are invited. Jackets are requested. Reservations are required. Call Jane Belson at 535-9151.
NARFE Chapter 1140 luncheon meeting ST. PETERSBURG – Chapter 1140 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host its next monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m., at the Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet Restaurant, 391 34th St. N.
NARFE Chapter 1140 includes the Gulf Beaches and southern Pinellas County. All Federal retirees and active Federal employees are encouraged to attend. Spouses and guests are welcome to attend.
There will be a discussion of up-to-date issues particularly relevant for active and retired Federal employees. New officers for 2015 will be introduced. For information, call 446-1619.
Evening of jazz The Safety Harbor Library Foundation invites the public to swing with jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her dynamic band at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29. Prior to the show at 6:30 p.m., there will be a wine and cheese reception with opportunities for silent auction items.
All proceeds will support the Foundation’s 20/20 Vision – Let’s Build a Story capital campaign. The program is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.
Clearwater Public Library book sale CLEARWATER – The Friends of the Clearwater Public Library will host a book sale on Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Jan. 30-31, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave
. A special collectibles area will be set aside for rare and collectible books. Each book is individually priced.
A special pre-sale event with entry donation of $10 will be held on Jan. 28, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Daughters of Italy to host meeting DUNEDIN – The Daughters of Italy Lodge No. 2825 will host its monthly meeting on Jan. 29 at Clearwater Community Church, room 206 of the education building, 2897 Belcher Road.
Italian and non-Italian women and their guests are invited to attend. Buffet dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m.; cost is $8 per person. Please RSVP by Jan. 22.
Fit Over 50 expo set SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole will host its 14th annual Fit Over 50 health and wellness expo Thursday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
This event, which focuses on the health and wellness of Pinellas County seniors, will include freebies, entertainment, a healthy salad buffet, a vendor expo, hands-on fitness and wellness demonstrations, health screenings and more.
This expo is free and open to the public.
Call Kristyn Sabbag at 391-8345 for more information.
Health, wellness fair LARGO – The annual Health, Wellness and Volunteer Fair will be Thursday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.
The fair will feature a wide variety of health and wellness vendors and service providers as well as social service agencies seeking volunteers. The OneBlood Bloodmobile will be onsite accepting blood donations.
There will be limited concessions available and door prizes will be drawn throughout the event.
Indian Rocks Beach Library story time INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library.
The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
Children of all ages are invited.
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.
Retirement education LARGO – Brookdale Pinecrest and Gene Melamud, senior vice president of investments at Raymond James, will host a complimentary luncheon Thursday, Jan. 29, noon, at Brookdale Pinecrest, 1150 Eighth Ave. SW.
The program is intended to help seniors piece together questions and answers that will assist them in achieving rich and satisfying retirement years.
“We’re excited to be able to host such a knowledgeable and dedicated professional here at Brookdale Pinecrest,” said Karen McFarlin, executive director of Brookdale Pinecrest. “Gene always has some new and interesting things to share with our residents and guests.”
“I’m seeing some new trends in the market that I’m anxious to share with our seniors and their families,” said Melamud. “Simple questions about how things will work in retirement years can prove for some life-changing answers. Our luncheon seminar will inspire you to think differently about living in retirement.”
SPC’s Village Square gambling forum SEMINOLE – St. Petersburg College’s Village Square, sponsored by the school’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, will host a dinner forum on casino gambling and its impact on Florida, Thursday, Jan. 29, 6 to 8:15 p.m.
The program, titled “Rolling the Dice: Is Casino Gambling a Good Bet for Florida,” will take place at SPC’s Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N.
A panel will explore in depth the pros and cons of expanded gambling, its prospects for passage and its potential impacts. Speaking in favor will be Nick Iarossi, founding member of Capital City Consulting and a lobbyist for the gaming industry.
Speaking against will be David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to study and strengthen civil society. Moderator will be Dr. Susan Demers, dean of the College of Policy, Ethics and Legal Studies at SPC.
This forum is co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU television.
Advance registration is required. Admission to the dinner and program is $25 for Village Square members and educators, $30 for guests, and $20 for students.
Winter book sale LARGO – The Friends of the Largo Library is holding a winter book sale Friday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Jenkins Room of the library.
All books are 50 cents at this semi-annual event. Buy two and get one free.
Sign up to be a Friends member and get access to the book sale preview Thursday, Jan. 29, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Members need to show their membership card or be listed on the Friends membership list. Nonmembers can join the Friends for an annual fee of $10 or can pay $10 and be admitted to the preview.
All proceeds will benefit the library. For more information, call the library bookstore at 586-9372 or visit www.LargoPublicLibrary.org.
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic 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.
The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
Crop Till You Drop LARGO – Join fellow scrappers to crop, trim, and embellish at this year’s Crop Till You Drop Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.
The scrapbook extravaganza begins Friday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m., and will continue until Sunday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m., closing from midnight until 8 a.m. each morning. Scrappers will enjoy prize drawings, giveaways and fresh new ideas from fellow scrapbookers.
The cost is $100 per person for the weekend or $60 for Saturday only for those who register by Jan. 1. After that, the price is $125 for the weekend or $75 for Saturday.
The full weekend includes six meals, snacks, drinks and a giveaway.
Friday Morning Market TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce has resumed its annual Friday Morning Market at the Treasure Island Community Center behind Walgreens. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The market is a weekly event through April 24 featuring produce, food, arts and crafts, collectibles and jewelry.
For more information, call 360-4121.