Archaeology lecture ST. PETERSBURG – As part of the Archaeology Lecture Series, a program on complex hunter-gatherers of interior British Columbia will be presented Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 to 8 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
The Middle Fraser Canyon of interior British Columbia is the traditional home of the St’at’imc people, famous for their intensive salmon fishing, large pithouse villages, and complex social organization. Archaeological research has identified the establishment of permanent St’at’imc villages in the Mid-Fraser Canyon shortly after 2,000 years ago. The villages grew to peak size by 1,300 years ago with some communities including as many as 1,000 persons organized in clans and ranked house groups.
King’s Brass performance LARGO – Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will perform Thursday, Jan. 19, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Ave., Largo. Dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for dinner and show or $15 for the show only. Call 727-584-8695.
This musical event is done in the round for a complete immersion of big brass sound.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets every Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N.
All are welcome to attend.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Let’s Toast the Opera ST. PETERSBURG – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College will present Let’s Toast the Opera, a wine and cheese reception, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Quak Center at Westminster Suncoast, 1095 Pinellas Point Drive S.
Special guests will include baritone Sherrill Milnes of the New York Metropolitan Opera and WUSF-FM public radio host Russell Gant.
Milnes is acclaimed as a foremost operatic baritone of his generation. He has sung more than 650 performances at the Met, including 16 new productions and 10 national telecasts. He is the winter of three Grammy Awards and is most recorded American male opera singer of his time.
Admission is $5 per person or free for season ticket holders of the OLLI Met Opera and National Theatre programs at Eckerd College.
OLLI at Eckerd College, a nonprofit educational organization, annually provides more than 400 affordable and intellectually stimulating non-credit classes, interest groups, local and international trips and special events designed for people over 50 and open to all adult learners in Pinellas County.
New Possibilities BELLEAIR BLUFFS – Women Working Together for Animals at SPCA Tampa Bay will take part in Radiance MedSpa’s New Year, New Possibilities event on Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Radiance MedSpa, 2894 W. Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs.
Cost is $20 which includes food and drink, $100 credit toward service at Radiance MedSpa, swag bag, free brow card, chance drawing tickets, a live demo of CoolSculpting, and a presentation of “Possibilities.”
RSVP is required. For more information, call Luan Dean at 727-586-3591, ext. 122, or email LDean@spcatampabay.org.
Public forum on free speech SEMINOLE – The threat to First Amendment rights posed by overzealous political correctness will be debated at a public forum Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 to 8:15 p.m., in the Conference Center at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole.
Advance registration is required. Admission is $20 for students and educators, and $25 for the general public. To register, visit solutions.spcollege.edu. For information, call 727-394-6942.
The dinner is co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU Television.
The event, part of the SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions’ Dinner Series, is titled “You Can’t Say That: Free Speech and the Social Sensitivity Movement.”
Opening speaker will be Susan Kruth, program officer for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education of Philadelphia. Dr. David Liebert, professor and academic department chair for social and behavioral sciences at St. Petersburg College, will join her. The moderator will be David Klement, executive director of the Institute.
Tai Chi and Qigong classes ST. PETE BEACH – Tai Chi and Qigong classes are presented Mondays, 11 a.m.; and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.
This class is designed to reduce stress, inflammation and disease associated with stress, as well as improve postural alignment and flexibility. The class combines specific movements, coordinated breathing and a calm focused mind used in traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong practices that will improve health, vitality and longevity.
No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $5 for adults or free for SilverSneakers. Visit www.spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245 for more information.
Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, expo Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its annual dinner on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.
This dinner meeting is attended by chamber members and nonmembers to celebrate 2016 successes and welcome new leadership for 2017.
Celebrating Local Business, the theme of this year’s dinner, will present guests with five featured success stories from local businesses. Attendees are invited to witness the astounding impact that local businesses have here in the community.
Prior to the dinner and ceremony, the chamber will showcase a business expo at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The expo will feature 21 local businesses and is free to the public.
Entry into the expo begins at 4:30 p.m. and includes a cocktail reception for all attendees of the annual dinner. Dinner will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Cost to attend the dinner is $65 per member or $75 per future member. To sign up, visit TampaBayBeaches.com.
To inquire about space in the 2017 business expo or to be a sponsor for the annual dinner, visit TampaBayBeaches.com.
For information, call Julianne Wilhelm at 727-360-6957.
Tours of Plumb House CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Historical Society offers free guided and self-guided tours of the historic Plumb House from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Nov. 5 until May 6.
The house is located at 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater.
For more information, call 727-446-4250 or 727-399-1412.
Weedon Walkabout ST. PETERSBURG – A Weedon Walkabout will be offered Thursday, Jan. 19, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
Participants will have an opportunity to hike through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the preserve and learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve. A hat, closed-toe shoes and water are also recommended. The free program is best for ages 6 years and older.
Heissler Organ Concert Series ST. PETERSBURG – As part of the Heissler Organ Concert Series, David Enlow will perform Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Music Center of St. Petersburg College, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Enlow, a member of the organ faculty at the Juilliard School and music director for Church of the Resurrection, Manhattan, will be presented for a third concert appearance at St. Petersburg College.
Admission is $10 for adults and free for students and SPC staff with a current ID card.
More than just a Band-Aid ST. PETERSBURG – “More than just a Band-Aid,” a program on wound care, will be presented Friday, Jan. 20, 2 to 3 p.m., at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Petersburg.
The free program will include a lecture and interactive discussion with Dr. Steven LeVine, a well-known and prestigious vascular surgeon who will speak on advanced wound healing.
Palm Harbor Montessori benefit CLEARWATER – Bill Haley’s Comets will perform Friday, Jan. 20, at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St., Clearwater. The show will feature Bill Haley’s Comets along with special guest Elliott Smith, a magician and comedian. Cost is $50, which includes a full dinner, the show and dancing. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Palm Harbor Montessori Academy PTO.
Rally Around Town food truck ST. PETERSBURG – The first-ever Rally Around Town food truck event of 2017 will take place Friday, Jan. 20, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Pier Aquarium’s Marine Discovery Center, 250 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.
The event will feature 10 food trucks and a theme of Burger Bash. The movie “Good Burger” will be playing on the big screen and each truck will be doing a take on the classic hamburger.
Admission and parking are free. Beer, wine and sangria will be available for purchase.
This month’s featured trucks are Bacon Boss, Empamamas, Vanchetta, Maggie on the Move, Merica, Flip’n Tasty, Twisted Iron, St. Pete Taco Lady, Cajun in a Truck and Craving Donuts.
Senior investment club ST. PETERSBURG – A senior investment club conducts discussions every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.
The free club is open to the public and will feature discussions on anything related to investing. Share your best picks or your worst picks. Ask questions, give your opinion. It’s all about education and fun.
Wildflower photography hike ST. PETERSBURG – A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
Participants will have an opportunity to hike the preserve in search of that perfect photo. This free program provides great opportunities for photographers of all levels to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, preserve volunteers highlight seasonal features of the preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve.
Community concert CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Community Jazz Band and the Clearwater Community Concert Band will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Countryside High School auditorium, at the corner of SR 580 and McMullen Booth Road.
There is no cost to attend the performance. For more information, visit www:clearwatercommunityband.com or call Jim Roth at 727-365-8017.
Cornhole tournaments PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts a cornhole tournament and beanbag toss the third 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.
Footprints on the Land hike TARPON SPRINGS – The Footprints on the Land Hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
Certified hike guides will lead a free hike along the Education Center Trail. Attendees will learn of the many “footprints” that be found during this 0.75-mile walk. Sturdy closed-toed shoes are a must. Water and hat are recommended. An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Those younger than age 6 may find the hike challenging.