Western movies LARGO – Round up your posse and watch a free movie series featuring some of the all-time great Western movies on first Wednesdays, 1 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. “Cowboy cuisine” will be featured in the concession stand.
Check the Largo Community Center’s “Largo Lantern” or call 518-3131 for a listing of movies and special food items.
Alzheimer’s caregiver class ST. PETERSBURG – Bayfront Health hosts an Alzheimer’s caregiver class on first Wednesdays, 2 p.m., at 701 Sixth St. S. The class is designed for those who are a caregiver of a family member or loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. A different topic is covered at every class.
English classes MADEIRA BEACH – English for students of other languages is being offered by Pinellas County School Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Cost is $30 a semester.
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and to practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.
Grief Recovery Support Group SEMINOLE – The Grief Recovery Support Group will meet Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 17 and continuing through May 11, at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd.
The program will meet in Room 13 at the church. The public is welcome.
To register, call 727-391-4769.
NARFE monthly meeting CLEARWATER – All federal retirees and active federal employees are invited to attend an upcoming meeting of Clearwater NARFE Chapter 259 at 1 p.m. on May 4 in conference room A at Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. Spouses and guests are welcome.
Karen Rennacker, family service counselor from Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, will lead a discussion on pre-need funeral arrangements.
For additional information, call Mike Pizzorusso at 727-510-9472 or Christine Wiedemer at 727-317-7266.
Pinellas Opera League DUNEDIN – The Pinellas Opera League will host its monthly luncheon concert Wednesday, May 4, 11 a.m., at the Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin.
Attendees will have an opportunity to socialize and to be entertained by professional singers performing well-known arias and show tunes. The special guest will be Constantine Grame, director of the New Century Opera.
Lunches are $22 for members and $25 for nonmembers. For reservations, call Nancy at 727-738-4007 by Friday, April 29.
The Pinellas Opera League meets monthly October through June.
Yom HaShoah commemorative ceremony ST. PETERSBURG – In observance of Yom HaShoah, the Florida Holocaust Museum, in partnership with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and the Tampa Rabbinical Association, will host a commemorative ceremony and candle lighting by Holocaust survivors on Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., at the museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.
The ceremony will be followed by a talk from second-generation Holocaust survivor Martin Goldsmith, author of “Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance.” This program is free and open to the public.
Known more commonly outside of Israel as Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah honors the memory of the more than six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. The full name of the day is Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah or "Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism" as it also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
In his latest memoir, Goldsmith traces the experience of his grandfather and uncle aboard the St. Louis. Filled with refugees, the ship crossed the Atlantic in attempts to flee Nazi Germany, but was turned back at every port. His relatives spent three years in a number of different settlements before ultimately being sent to their deaths in Auschwitz. Seventy years later, Goldsmith followed in their footsteps to bear witness and reconcile his own relationship with the past.
The event will include an question-and-answer session with the author as well as a book-signing.
Caregiver Coffee Hour SEMINOLE – The Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Caregiver Coffee Hour meets first Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Maria’s Adult Day Care Center, 7821 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole.
The Caregiver Coffee Hour is an educational, emotional and social support program for family caregivers. Caregivers meet in a comfortable and confidential setting to chat with peers about issues pertinent to their dementia journey.
A Heidi Crockett, licensed clinical social worker with Aging Care Advocates, and volunteer support group facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association facilitates the program.
Derby Nite OLDSMAR – The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation will host its second annual Derby Nite Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd.
Tickets are $30 and include tastings from 10 area restaurants as well as one complimentary beer, wine or specialty drink.
This year’s event will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. There will be virtual horse racing with horses named for sponsors, casino games and a live auction. Culinary arts students will serve from trays branded with 10 participating restaurants as they network with the guests.
The Derby Nite supports two great local charities. The event funds technical scholarships to graduating seniors in four area high schools, including a culinary arts school. The foundation’s partner organization, The Children’s Home, cares for children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Specifically, the SEEDs program provides assistance to prepare these children for reading readiness by grade 3.
Nielsen, Tampa Bay Downs and Dermatology Healthcare LLC are major event sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available including the Kentucky Derby Sponsorship at $2,000, Preakness Sponsorship at $1,000 and Belmont Stakes Sponsorship at $500. The foundation also is accepting prize donations for the auction.
For additional information and registration, visit www.utbef.org or call Jerry Custin at 813-855-4233.
Parkinson’s support group meeting LARGO – The ALF Heron House, 2050 East Bay Drive, hosts a monthly support group meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.
A combination of the Starkey Parkies (formerly meeting at Grand Villa) and HH’s Movement Support group, each meeting features an exercise segment, socialization and refreshments, and presentations made by a different Parkinson’s/Movement Disorder specialist, with caregiver support offered as needed.
For more information, call support group leader Cheryl Sitton at 559-7776.
Tourism Lunch ST. PETE BEACH – Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Tourism Lunch, presented by Bright House Networks, on Thursday, May 5, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd.
The 2016 cutting-edge theme, “Next Generation Marketing: Understanding the Millennial Mindset,” will be presented by Lucas Cobb of MMGY Global. Cobb is a tourism industry-marketing strategist. He will use Florida’s latest trends to prove that, “the Millennial way isn’t just for Millennials,” suggesting that more and more travelers across all generations are adopting the same mindset.
The 2016 Tourism Person of the Year will be awarded during event.
Select sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.
Water arthritis classes PINELLAS PARK – Water arthritis classes are offered at Skyview Pool, 9040 54th Way N., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. Cost is $2.50 per person.
Doing arthritis exercises in the water provides added resistance for a great workout. Classes will focus on gentle stretching, balance and movements. Swimming not required. Exercises done in shallow waters. Call 369-5694 for more information.
Clearwater Beach Taste Fest CLEARWATER – The seventh annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be Friday, May 6, 6 to 9 p.m., on Clearwater Beach at Beach Walk and South Gulfview Boulevard.
The annual event will include the opportunity to enjoy fine wines, craft beers and scrumptious foods from more than 30 restaurants whose chefs will be showcasing signature dishes and specialties. Morton Plant Mease Health Foundation has been selected as the beneficiary this year.
Live entertainment will be provided by contemporary jazz artist Eric Darius. Activities will include raffle baskets, chef auctions as well as a fireworks display to close the evening.
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.
Golf Tournament Weekend LARGO – Tee up for a good cause this May for PARC’s 42nd annual Golf Tournament Weekend presented by Raymond James. The tournament kicks off Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., with a Friday Night Party at the Bayou Club in Largo.
This year, the party is Kentucky Derby themed, and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, live “horse” races, silent and live auction and more. Guests are encouraged to wear their best Derby hat for a prize. Tickets for this event are $100 a person.
On Saturday, check-in starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Afterward, there will be an awards dinner and other festivities. Various levels of sponsorship are still available.
Sponsors for the event include Raymond James Financial, Wallace, Welch & Willingham and Detweiler’s Propane Gas Service.
PARC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. To learn more about PARC, call 727-345-9111 or visit www.parc-fl.org.
GriefShare group meeting ST. PETERSBURG – A GriefShare group will meet Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, beginning May 6, at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N. The group will meet from May 6 through July 29. GriefShare is for anyone who has lost a loved one to help them get through their grief. For information, call 727-343-7747.
Lawn and Garden Help Desk ST. PETERSBURG – The UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County Master Gardeners will provide a Lawn and Garden Help Desk Fridays, May 6 and 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
The Master Gardeners will provide solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn and landscape care. To register, visit www.weedonislandpreserve.eventbrite.com. For information, call 727-453-6500.