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Affordable Care Act presentation
SAFETY HARBOR – A presentation about the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act by Dr. Mark Morris, M.D., is set for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Find out more about the law, what is in it, and how it will affect you. Join others in learning about the new benefits offered by the law. Morris is a Tampa Bay pediatrician in private practice and former Chief of Staff of All Children’s Hospital.
Call 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Metro Friendly Visitors meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The Metro Friendly Visitors, a group of LGBT seniors at Metro Community Center in the Kenwood area of St. Petersburg, is making a special outreach to homebound LGBT seniors throughout Pinellas County for communication and socialization.
The Metro Friendly Visitors will meet Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m., at the Metro Community Center, 3251 Third Ave. N.
Those who participate in the Metro Center senior activities enjoy the good fellowship of regular group discussions and outings. However, members realize that there many in the community who are shut-ins due to ill-health and injury. The M
etro Friendly Visitors program targets shut-ins, those who may be residing alone or in a group care setting.
Metro Friendly Visitors needs help identifying those LGBT homebound seniors in Pinellas County who might welcome some companionship and regular visits from volunteers.
Monthly crafting event
LARGO – Attend a free evening of crafting while taking inspiration from non-fiction books at the Largo Public Library on second Wednesdays, 6 p.m., in the Jenkins Community Wing of the library, 120 Central Park Drive.
Use a variety of materials to create a fun and unique project during this adult program. Families are welcome. The Nov. 13 craft will be a cross-stitch leather cuff.
No registration is required. All materials will be provided. Call 587-6715.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a new 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 email@example.com.
Ask Your Educator
LARGO - Ask Your Educator: Panel Discussion on Diabetes – Thursday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m., at Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center, Room 120, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. Two certified diabetes educators will answer questions about diabetes. To preregister for a health seminar, call 953-6877, or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.
Breakfast Optimist Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG - The Breakfast Optimist Club meets each Thursday, 7:30 a.m. at Kissin’ Cuzzins Restaurant, 951 34th St. N., St. Petersburg.
LARGO – Free vegetable, herb and tropical fruit garden tours will be offered Thursday, Dec. 19, 9 to 11 a.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Advance registration is required. Call 582-2500 or visit www.eventbrite.com/event/6241882639/eorg.
Attendees will learn more about growing their own food as they marvel at the eye-catching array of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs, trees and flowers in Extension's Florida Botanical Herb Garden. Guests will wander the brick paths between the Egyptian, Mediterranean, Asian and beverage plantings and learn how the featured plants can be used in the home.
Visitors also will learn more about the tropical fruits that do well in the Florida climate including many varieties of bananas, figs, papayas, mangoes, avocados, sugar cane and citrus as well as little-known fruits that are not usually considered by the home gardener including jackfruit, carambola, Buddha's Hand and pomegranate.
The tour features a diversity of plantings including a wide variety of ground covers, bromeliads, palms and power-line friendly trees can be used in home landscaping. These tours, recommended for adults, are limited to groups of 14 to 16 people.
Holiday cartooning card workshop
SAFETY HARBOR – The Safety Harbor Public Library will host a holiday cartooning card workshop with local artist, Leah Lopez on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2:30 p.m., at 101 Second St. N. Learn how to draw with holiday flair and design your own special holiday card. All ages are welcome. Call 724-1525, ext. 4112.
PALM HARBOR – Italian lessons are offered by The Central Gulf Coast Lodge No. 2708, Sons of Italy on Thursdays at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.
Beginners classes are at 5 p.m. and intermediate classes at 6:30 p.m.
For further information, call 787-3344.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Palm Harbor Toastmasters meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Toastmasters Club meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
The club is open to all who are interested in perfecting their public speaking skills.
For more information, contact Jack Lynch at 542-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retired Teachers Association meeting
The South Pinellas Retired Teachers Association will meet Thursday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m., at the Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet, 391 34th St. N., St. Petersburg.
The buffet costs $6.99. The meeting will begin at noon with an activity planned by the hospitality committee. The December meeting will feature a white elephant auction and seasonal music.
Meetings are open to all who have worked in the field of education whether here in Florida or elsewhere, including teachers, support personnel and administrators. The group meets second Thursdays from October through May.
CLEARWATER – Morton Plant Mease Memory Disorders Clinic and the Aging Well Center are teaming up to offer CarFit, a free, new safety program designed to help older adults learn how the “fit” of their vehicle affects their driving and how to use their vehicle’s safety features.
The CarFit event will take place Friday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Aging Well Center at The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road.
Older drivers are considered safer drivers because they are more likely to wear seatbelts and less apt to speed. However, they are more likely to be seriously injured or killed from a car accident due to their bodies’ fragility and improper fit in their cars, CarFit program organizers say.
“As people get older, changes happen in vision, strength, range of motion, weight and height that can cause less comfort making it harder to have control behind the wheel,” said Celisa Bonner in a press release. Bonner is clinic coordinator at Madonna Ptak Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss at Morton Plant Mease. “The CarFit program is a good opportunity for a driver to find their safest fit with their car and to increase the driver’s safety on the road as well as the safety of others.”
Drivers who attend the free community event will have a 12-point checklist done in about 20 minutes that includes checking if the driver: is sitting correctly and positioned at least 10 inches from the steering wheel; can reach the pedals easily with one’s foot instead of toes causing slower reaction time; and has the flexibility to adjust mirrors and minimize blind spots.
Trained volunteers will recommend car and driver adjustments after the inspection.
Drivers interested in having a CarFit check are asked to preregister. Call 724-3070.
CarFit is an educational and safety program created by the American Society on Aging, and developed in collaboration with American Automobile Association, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Overeaters Anonymous Amigos
ST. PETERSBURG – Overeaters Anonymous Amigos, a program of recovery for eating disorders, meets Fridays, 11 a.m., at Beacon House, 2151 Central Ave.
The newest Pinellas OA group features a bilingual message.
For information, call Margie C. at 828-9711. There are no dues or fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
ST. PETERSBURG – A full course Shabbat dinner will be presented Friday, Dec. 13, at the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. The Cantorial Shabbat will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost for those who RSVP prior to Monday, Dec. 9, is $18 for adults, $10 for children and $50 for a family. Thereafter, the cost is $20 for adults and $12 for children. To RSVP, call 344-4900 or visit www.ChabadSP.com.
The event also will feature professional cantor Rabbi Levi Kaplan. Kaplan will inspire attendees with songs and stories. With his rich baritone voice and passion for chazzanut, Kaplan began training in his early teens under the tutelage of famous cantors and voice coaches in New York. For the past 20 years he has performed at congregations and venues across the U.S. and abroad.
Additionally, for the past 13 years Kaplan, a dynamic educator and animated teacher, has directed the Ivy League Torah Study Experience, an exclusive summer learning retreat in the Catskills for promising young Jewish leaders of the next generation.
Kaplan is also the director of TorahCafe.com, the online division of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) which features thousands of lectures on Jewish topics across the spectrum, given by some of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world today.
Kaplan also will lead Shabbat morning services on Saturday, Dec. 14. All are invited to participate free of charge. A special Kiddush will follow services.
Sunset Optimist Club meeting TREASURE ISLAND - The Sunset Optimist Club meets the second and fourth Friday of the month, 7 p.m. at Treasure Island Beach Pavilion, 8000 W. Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Email email@example.com.
Swedish weaving classes
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is offering Swedish weaving classes on Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave.
The cost is $2 a class. Participants need to bring their own supplies. Instructor Patty Bush works with students on bedspreads and throws. For more information, call 942-5628.