Author event DUNEDIN – Julianne Black will introduce her creation “My Dunedin Coloring Book” at an event on Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Sweet Peas Café, 434 Virginia Lane, Dunedin.
“My Dunedin Coloring Book” is a series of sketches, impressions and inspirations centered in and around Dunedin. The coloring book features 32 pages of landscapes and animals. Dunedin fans will recognize local shops and eateries, beach scenes, festivals and more.
Subject matter and variety of detail from page to page make it an easy fit for any age or art ability.
The free Sweet Peas event will feature a book signing, entertainment and fun as well as a story time by the author at 11 a.m. Black will read from a few of her previous titles. All ages are welcome.
Black has written and illustrated over a dozen books, including “Sleep Sweet” the multi-award winning augmented reality, animated children’s book. She is an internationally recognized graphic artist as well as full-time creative. She works in a myriad of artistic mediums. For information, visit www.julianneblack.com.
Bizarre Bazaar LARGO – Creations of the wonderfully strange from around the Tampa Bay area will be coming to Arkane Aleworks, 2480 East Bay Drive, for the Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday, May 27, 2 to 6 p.m.
Head out to the beer garden to check out unusual handcrafted items for purchase. The event also will feature live music, food and beer releases.
Guided hike ST. PETERSBURG – A guided hike will be offered Saturday, May 27, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. The program is best for ages 6 and older.
Seasons of Florida Photography Hike TARPON SPRINGS – The Seasons of Florida Photography Hike will be Saturday, May 27, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
Participants will join photographers and naturalists Karl and Kathleen Nichter to explore and photograph the natural beauty of Brooker Creek Preserve. Photography tips and techniques will be discussed. In the event of rain, there will be a classroom session. The hike is free.
Suncoast Herpetological Society meeting CLEARWATER – The Suncoast Herpetological Society will meet Saturday, May 27, 6 to 8 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
The Suncoast Herpetological Society is a nonprofit, educational, and recreational club for people interested in reptiles and amphibians with an emphasis on responsible husbandry and captive breeding. The Suncoast Herpetological Society provides educational talks to Pinellas County residents as well as the surrounding counties and communities. Each month a speaker discusses a herpetological topic at the meeting, and he or she goes into the community giving talks at libraries, schools and environmental education centers.
Wildflower Garden Club meeting TARPON SPRINGS – The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve will meet Saturday, May 27, 9 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
Attendees will help make the Wildflower Garden at Brooker Creek Preserve the best it can be. Pam Brown, Master Gardener, is the leader and teaches the best practices of garden maintenance.
Corey Avenue Sunday Market ST. PETE BEACH – The Corey Avenue Sunday Market, located on Corey Avenue between Boca Ciega Avenue and Gulf Boulevard on St. Pete Beach, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2-May 28.
The market supports vendors who sell a variety of locally produced and homemade items including produce, plants, take home foods, ready to eat lunch bites, hand crafts, eco-friendly and fair trade products. For information, visit www.TampaBayMarkets.com.
Memorial Day ceremony ST. PETERSBURG – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will commemorate Memorial Day with a ceremony on Monday, May 29, 10 a.m., at the Bay Pines National Cemetery, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg.
This is the only National Cemetery in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and the largest observance of Memorial Day with more than 4,000 expected attendees. Veterans, their families and friends, and the general public are invited to attend.
Prior to the ceremony, on Saturday, May 27, volunteers from the community will mark more than 35,000 graves at the cemetery with U.S. flags to honor the men and women who served the nation.
Keynote speaker for the event will be U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Edward W. Sandlin, commander of Air Station Clearwater. Other speakers include U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, and local VA leaders from the Bay Pines VAHCS, St. Petersburg VA Regional Office and Bay Pines National Cemetery. The master of ceremonies will be Fox 13 anchor and reporter Alcides Segui. The ceremony also will feature musical performances by the Suncoast Symphony Orchestra and traditional military tributes.
Vietnam veterans who attend the ceremony may receive a commemorative lapel pin and other items as part of the Bay Pines VAHCS’s continued commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Click here to learn more about the commemoration.
Parking for the ceremony will be available nearby. Shuttles will provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the National Cemetery. The venue is handicapped accessible. A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Please plan appropriately for inclement weather.
For information about the event or to volunteer to help mark graves, call 727-319-6479.
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.
Coloring group meeting PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., holds Color Me Calm, coloring get-togethers, every Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m. Colored pencils will be available at the center. Call 727-369-5694.
Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets Tuesdays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. Guests ages 18 and older are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.
This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and leaders – or those aspiring – to learn vital leadership and communication skills.
Contact Dennis Hamel at 727-374-2612 or visit www.seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org.
Smoking cessation classes LARGO – Free smoking cessation classes will be presented Tuesdays, May 2 through June 6, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Bardmoor YMCA, 8495 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo.
Sponsored by Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center and Tobacco Free Florida, the program provides free tobacco cessation services to help participants quit any form of tobacco through in-person group classes and free nicotine-replacement therapy – such as patches, gum or lozenges – while supplies last and if medically appropriate. The program is funded by the Florida Department of Health. Members and nonmembers are welcome. Space is limited.
To register, call Nicole Kelly at 813-929-1000, ext. 204.
Lake Seminole Square health day SEMINOLE – Lake Seminole Square will join an estimated 1,000 local groups to celebrate the 24th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day at 2 p.m. on May 31.
As an official host site, Lake Seminole Square will hold a celebration and live demonstration of their two most popular exercise classes, B-Fit and Sit & B-Fit, at 2 p.m. Lake Seminole Square will join with an estimated 100,000 seniors across the country expected to help promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical fitness, good nutrition and preventive care.
For more information, please contact Donna MacKenzie at 727-391-0500, ext. 1315.
Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meeting LARGO – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Rotary Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Rotary Club of Seminole meets weekly on Wednesdays at noon at the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017
AARP safe driver course SAFETY HARBOR – AARP will host a driver safety course from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1 at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. The AARP class fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Fees are payable by check only in class. To register, call 727-724-1525, ext. 4107 or online at www.safetyharborlibrary.com.
Hurricane prep seminar SEMINOLE – The 2017 hurricane season may not officially begin until June 1, but what are you doing now to get ready for it?
To help you prepare, the city of Seminole is hosting a hurricane seminar Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. Principal speaker will be Julie Phillips, a meteorologist with WFLA StormTeam 8, who will talk about hurricanes and tropical storms.
Also speaking will be Brad Dykens, Seminole Fire Rescue public affairs officer. He also serves as the city’s community preparedness and life safety coordinator.
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.
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