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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.
The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.
Qi Gong meditation classes ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
The cost is $10 per class.
Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and
is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.
SEMINOLE - American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., offers a monthly spaghetti dinner the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol. For more information, call 391-6324.
Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club 1427169 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at The Centre of Palm Harbor, Room A, 1500 16th St., 7 to 8:30 p.m. The upcoming meetings are Dec. 3 and 17.
The group also has a social meeting every second and fourth Tuesday of the of the month at Sea Dogs Brewing Company, 26200 U.S. 19, Clearwater in a private room at 6:30 p.m. Come and mingle, socialize and eat dinner with fellow Toastmasters members and guests. The meeting is 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group will meet Dec. 10 only because the fourth Tuesday is Christmas Eve.
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.”
Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance SAFETY HARBOR – Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance for Healthy, Happy Bodies is coming to the Safety Harbor Rigsby Recreation Center, 605 Second St. N. on Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through Sept. 24, 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $60 for residents and $90 for nonresidents and is for ages 15 and older.
Over the course of this month-long program, Dr. Erin Flowers will focus on the relationship between nutrition and healthy functions of the body, individualized nutritional counseling, metabolism, supplement education and more. The class also includes individual nutrition counseling and progress evaluations.
Participants must preregister and by calling 724-1545.
GriefShare program SEMINOLE – A 13-week GriefShare program will begin Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd.
A morning and evening program will be offered. For additional details, call 391-4767.
Seminole Rec Center’s Teen Board meeting SEMINOLE – The Seminole Recreation Division is looking for local middle and high school students to be part of its Teen Board committee this year. The introductory meeting will take place Wednesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreational Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
Participants will provide input on current trends, assist with events and community service projects, and learn career skills while making new friends and creating positive experiences.
For more information, call the group’s adviser, Kasey Postupack, at 391-8345.
Veterans town hall meeting BAY PINES – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in collaboration with the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office will host a Veterans town hall meeting and outreach on Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.
Veterans and their families, congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations and other community partners are invited to attend.
During the town hall, VA officials from both agencies will provide updates on VA operations and improvement initiatives regarding VA health care and benefits. Veterans and their families will have an opportunity to comment publicly about VA programs and services.
VA Outreach services and special program representatives will also be available to assist Veterans to include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance; patient advocate services and more.
The town hall is one of many being held around the country. New VA Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced the meetings to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans.
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
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.
Belleair Women’s Republican Club meeting BELLEAIR – Irene Sullivan, who is on the board of Drug Free America, and Clearwater attorney Ryan Schoeb will discuss medical marijuana at the Belleair Women’s Republican Club’s next monthly meeting at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Friday, Sept. 5.
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.