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Community Calender
• Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
AARP Tax-Aide
SAFETY HARBOR – AARP Tax-Aide is available at the Safety Harbor Public Library through April 15. Hours of assistance are Mondays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are not accepted for this first come, first served assistance. AARP recommends bringing your previous year’s tax return and social security card. Tax-Aide is held in the library meeting room and is accessible from the parking lot at the south end of the building.

For more information, please call 727-724-1525, ext. 4112. The library is located at 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
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Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m. Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
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Crafts for veterans
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., will offer a weekly craft workshop for veterans on Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Projects, which are donated by the Help Hospitalized Veterans Program, include model cars, wood projects, leatherwork, needlecrafts, poster art, beadwork and more.

The crafts aid in rehabilitation, and are designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. 

Bring proof of Military Service for free project. Work at the center or take it home. Call 541-0776.
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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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Honeymoon Island guided walks
DUNEDIN – Guided walks will be offered Oct. 14 through April 1 at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd.

Hikes are offered Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. The hikes are free with paid park admission of $8 per carload. Call 738-2903.

Attendees taking part in Friday beach walks should meet at the South Beach Pavilion at 11 a.m. Those taking part in Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Osprey Trail Walks should meet at the picnic area.

For information, visit www.islandparks.org /naturecenter /programs.htm.
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Movies in the park
OLDSMAR – The city of Oldsmar will host movies in the park, held second Fridays, at the Mobbly Bayou Environmental Education Center, 423 Lafayette Blvd. The Feb. 12 movie, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be “Hotel Transylvania 2.” The March 11 movie, starting at 6:45 p.m., will be “Minions.” Bring your own chairs. Snacks and refreshments will be sold. For more information, call 813-749-1152.
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Romantic spaghetti dinner
PINELLAS PARK – The Senior Center, 7625 59th St., will offer a romantic spaghetti dinner for Valentine’s Day Friday, Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.

Cost is $5 per person and includes salad, bread and dessert.

RSVP by Feb. 9. Call 727-369-5694.
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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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• Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
About Boating Safely class
CLEARWATER – United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater will offer its About Boating Safely class on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14, 8 a.m., on the second floor of the Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, on the Morton Plant Hospital Campus, 455 Pinellas St.

This is the first class for this year and will include the dangers of hypothermia and winter boating. Unlike Internet courses, certified USCGAUX instructors who can answer questions and share their experiences on local waters teach the ABS class.

Topics include Boating Emergencies, Know Your Boat, Getting Underway, Navigating, Operating Your Boat Safely and Legal Requirements. All graduates receive a Florida State Certification Card. Materials cost $35.

For information and registration, call Leslie Long at 727-469-8895, or email auxboatingclass@gmail.com.
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Antique and collectible glass show and sale
LARGO – Antique and collectible glass is expected to be at the annual show and sale of the Sparkling Clearwater Depression Glass Club on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14. Admission is $5, which is good for both days. Parking is free.

Numerous types of glass will be for sale, including American-made art glass, carnival glass, depression glass and pattern glass. China, pottery, dinnerware and kitchenware spanning the decades from the 1880s into the 1960s also will be available.

Booths will offer books for sale, glass repair and glass identification. Door prizes totaling $1,000 will be given away.

For more information, call Tom Campbell, 727-725-2069, or visit clearwaterdepressionglassclub.com.
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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 rwarner25@tampabay.rr.com.
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Bunco party
SEMINOLE – The annual bunco party of PEO Chapter HK will be Saturday, Feb. 13, 11:45 a.m., at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd.

PEO is a national philanthropic organization providing scholarships to women. Local merchants and restaurants have donated over $250 in door prizes to this fundraising event. Tickets are $25 for luncheon buffet of sandwiches, beverage and dessert.

Call 727-743-4166 for tickets.
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Chinese auction
SEMINOLE – The Lady of the Elks will host its Chinese auction Saturday, Feb. 13, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Seminole Elk’s Lodge, 10717 Seminole Blvd. Call 727-391-3179 for more information.
Chinese New Year
LARGO – You don’t have to travel far to experience Chinese New Year as Largo Central Park will host a celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

Chinese New Year is part of larger lunar new year celebration that takes place across Asia. The event will include traditional foods, colorful performances and traditional Chinese crafts and activities. Admission is free. Wristbands may be purchased for children’s activities.

For more information, call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.
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Cornhole tournament and beanbag toss
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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Fashions of Belleair
BELLEAIR – Fashions of Belleair, a fashion show and luncheon, will be Saturday, Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m., at Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. Reservations are required by Feb. 10.

Cost is a minimum donation of $40. Make checks payable to the Abilities Guild and mail checks to Jodi Martino, 162 Marina Del Rey Court, Clearwater, FL 33767.

The show will feature the work of Julian Hartzog, an internationally renowned designer of metal fashion, who will make a guest appearance. The master of ceremonies will be Kelly Machbitz. Pianist David Lyon will provide music.

The event also will include a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. Proceeds will benefit the recently homeless and wounded veterans through the Abilities Guild Mall.

Participating boutiques includes 432 Westside, Belleair Pro Shop, Cassi & Co, Enchanted Physique, For the Love of Boutique, Illume Eco Boutique, Jannas Consignment, Living Pretty, Nicole Boutique, Patchington, Shoes by Beverly and Suzettes on the Rocks.
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Great American Family Campout
SEMINOLE – The Recreation Division will host its third annual Great American Family Campout Saturday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m., at City Park, 7464 Ridge Rd. Attendees will break camp by 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 14.

Activities will include a campfire, scavenger hunt, crafts and campfire treats. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

A $5 tent permit is required and must be purchased in advance at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N.

Alcoholic beverages, open flames, glass containers and pets are prohibited. Call 391-8345 for more information.
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Honeymoon Island guided walks
DUNEDIN – Guided walks will be offered Oct. 14 through April 1 at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd.

Hikes are offered Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. The hikes are free with paid park admission of $8 per carload. Call 738-2903.

Attendees taking part in Friday beach walks should meet at the South Beach Pavilion at 11 a.m. Those taking part in Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Osprey Trail Walks should meet at the picnic area.

For information, visit www.islandparks.org /naturecenter /programs.htm.
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Hukyu Bonsai Society meeting
CLEARWATER – The Hukyu Bonsai Society will meet Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane. Cost is a $1 suggested donation per session. Call 727-793-2976. Attendees will learn the art and techniques of bonsai. For information, call Jeff Haskins at 813-951-1904 or Kay Waldron at 727-376-0178 for details.

 
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Kitchen Botany program
ST. PETERSBURG – Kitchen Botany will be presented Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.

Participants will explore where fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices really come from and how many of them were “domesticated” from wild plants. The free program is recommended for adults and youth ages 12 and older.

Advance registration required. To register, visit www.weedonislandpreserve.eventbrite.com. For information, call 727-453-6500.
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