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• Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
AARP Driver Safety Course
SAFETY HARBOR – The AARP Driver Safety Course will be held at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd Street North on Aug. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m.

AARP offers the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers ages 50 and older. Gain the skills and tools you need to drive safely on today’s roads.

Update your knowledge of the rules and hazards of the road. Continued driver education reduces your chances of receiving traffic violations or being involved in an accident and may qualify you for an insurance discount. There are no tests to pass - just useful information to keep you safe on the road.

All age drivers are welcome. Registration is required. To register, call 724-1525 x 4107 or go to www.safetyharborlibrary.com.
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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.

Call 734-0757  
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Cornerstone Community Church GriefShare group
ST. PETERSBURG – The next session for the GriefShare morning support group will begin Friday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, in Fellowship Hall at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N.

The group will meet Fridays through Nov. 28. A program on surviving the holidays also will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to noon. For information, visit cccstpete.com.
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Friday Night Dinners
LARGO – Friday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo. The cost is $7.25 and includes shrimp, four-piece chicken and all-you-can-eat fried fish served with rolls, french fries and coleslaw.
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GriefShare
ST. PETERSBURG – The next session for the GriefShare morning support group will begin Friday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, in Fellowship Hall at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N.

The group will meet Fridays through Nov. 28. A program on surviving the holidays also will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to noon. For information, visit cccstpete.com.
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Indoor archery lessons
OLDSMAR – The city offers indoor archery lessons Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N. The fee is $20 per month with a rec card and $30 per month without a rec card. For more information, call 813-749-1152.
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Senior center jam session
ST. PETERSBURG – The Sunshine Center Country Classics band is looking for experienced musicians. Old country music and some new will be featured in the jam session on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Audience members are welcome to sing solo or with the crowd. The Sunshine Center is located at 330 Fifth St. N. For more information, call 893-7190.
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West Coast Swing dance lessons
SEMINOLE – Free West Coast Swing dance lessons are offered on Fridays, 6 p.m., at Crystal Blue Ballroom, 10527 Park Blvd. N. Lessons are free for anyone under the age of 30. Call Renee at 698-0171 for more information.
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Woodland Discovery Walk
TARPON SPRINGS – The Woodland Discovery Walk will be presented Friday, Aug. 28, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.

Brooker Creek Preserve certified guides will lead the hike along the Education Center Trail. During this free .75-mile stroll through the woods, hikers will discover flora, fauna and other interesting wildlife. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required. Water and a hat are recommended.

All ages are welcome, although children younger than age 6 may find the hike challenging. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advance registration is required.

To register, visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org. Call 453-6800.
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• Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015
Beekeeping workshop
TARPON SPRINGS – A free program on beekeeping will be offered Saturday, Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.

The program will provide an introduction to beekeeping. In seesion 2 of “Beekeeping, a Hobby with Sweet Rewards,” focus will primarily be on the equipment and tools necessary for beekeeping. The components of the “modern” bee hive and the tools used by beekeepers will be identified.

Advance registration is required.

To register, visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6800.
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Best Buy blood drives
Select Best Buy stores will host blood drives Saturday, Aug. 29, 1 to 7 p.m. where donors can share their power to save lives by giving blood and receive a free $10 Best Buy gift card.

 Appointments will be honored and walk-ins will be welcome. For information or appointments, call 888-936-6283 or visit oneblood.org /bestbuy.

In addition, all donors will receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, temperature, iron count and a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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Birds of prey program
ST. PETERSBURG – A free program on birds of prey will be presented Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.

Senior avian education volunteers from Boyd Hill Nature Preserve will facilitate this live presentation. In this program, aspects of predator-prey relationships – adaptations that ensure success as predators and birds role in maintaining healthy, balanced ecosystems – will be illustrated. The basic natural history of each species also will be discussed along with the impact of humans on their habitats and populations.

Advance registration is required.

To register, visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.
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Community Indoor Garage Sale
LARGO – The city of Largo will host its annual Community Indoor Garage Sale Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m. to noon, at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road.

With more than 65 tables, you are bound to find some great treasures and deals on home goods, childcare items and toys, gently used clothing and more. Admission is free. Call 518-3125.
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Democratic Women’s Club meeting
LARGO – The Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas invites the public to help celebrate its 75th anniversary with a luncheon and entertainment Saturday, Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m., at Royal Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave. NE.

The club is the oldest Democratic women’s club in the nation. Seating for this event is limited so sign up early. The cost is $40. Pay in advance with checks made out to Kathy Murray, 1000 Woodside Ave., Clearwater, FL 33756.

Entertainment will be the presentation of “Mother Jones,” with the monologue by Margaret Taylor and folk music by Elizabeth Roth. Mother Jones, whose real name was Mary Harris, was named the most dangerous woman in America. Raised in Toronto, she knew the ravages of poverty and discrimination. Seeing capitalist greed make the rich richer and the poor poorer, she stood with exploited mine workers and made headlines defying years of imprisonment to inspire and organize for the unions to end “wage slavery.”

For more information about the club or the luncheon, contact publicity chair Nancy Hoppe at 595-8506 or eppohn@tampabay.rr.com.
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Food truck rally on Corey Avenue
ST. PETE BEACH – The series of Corey Avenue Food Truck Rallies continues Saturday, Aug. 29, 5 to 9 p.m., in the 400 block of Corey Avenue. The event will feature live music and food trucks from across the Tampa Bay area. Another food truck rally will be held Sept. 26.
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Grupo Logos from Brazil
PINELLAS PARK – Praise and worship with Grupo Logos from Brazil will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 30, 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m., at Grace Bible Fellowship, 10999 60th St. N.

Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be collected. Call 545-2219.

This will be an experience of praise and worship for the American, Brazilian and Hispanic communities of Tampa Bay. The Saturday concert will be presented in Portuguese. The Sunday morning presentation will be in Portuguese with PowerPoint lyrics. The Sunday evening event will be in Spanish.
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Largo’s Back to School Expo and Open House
LARGO – Largo’s Back to School Expo and Open House will be Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Highland Recreation Complex.

Bring the whole family to explore Highland for free. Vendors focusing on youth and families will be on site with information, back to school goodies and wellness exams. Larger back-to-school prizes will be given away hourly.

Open house offerings include free Playworld, Exerplay, game room, walking track, fitness room and activities in the gymnasium. The Highland Family Aquatic Center will offer buy-one-get-one-free admission during their swim session.

For more information on attending or becoming a wellness vendor, call Christina at 587-6740, ext. 5008.
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New Horizons Club for Widowed People meeting
New Horizons Club for Widowed People will meet for the first time of the fall season Saturday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m., at the west clubhouse of the Imperial Palms Rental Apartments, 101 Imperial Palms Drive.

The speaker during the meeting will be a representative from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office crime prevention task force, which helps raise awareness of crimes. Topics to be discussed include identity theft, fraud and scams, purse snatching, guns and alternative weapons, home safety, carjacking and more.

After the meeting, the members will go to dinner at the Rooster Fish Grille, at 7761 Missouri Ave. The club invites all widowed people to join for social events and service to the community.

The group donates to the RCS food pantry, gathers personal items for troops overseas, collects aluminum tabs off of cans for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa and contributes to a Sheriff’s Office fund to help children before they’re placed in foster care.

For more information and membership, call Betty Baker at 392-5028.  
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Preserve workday
TARPON SPRINGS – A preserve workday will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.

Citizens can join the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve to remove exotic vegetation and nuisance plants from the preserve. Participants are asked to bring work gloves, clippers, shovels, handsaws and loppers. This is hard work and recommended for strong volunteers ages 12 and older. Water and snacks provided.

For additional information, call Evan Earle at 515-9545. Visit www.friendsofbrookercreekpreserve.org.
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Punk Rock Bake Sale
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – A “Punk Rock Bake Sale” to raise money for instruments and gear for Girls Rock! Tampa Bay will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to noon, at Antique Alley, 562 Studio D, Indian Rocks Road.

Girls Rock! Tampa Bay is an empowerment program to help girls find their voice through music while fostering self-confidence, collaboration and individuality.

The organization is also accepting used musical instruments and gear. For information, call 282-2516, visit girlsrocktampabay.squarespace.com or find it on Facebook.
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