American Legion luau LARGO – The Heisler-Johnson American Legion, Auxiliary Unit 119, is inviting the public to a luau party and pig roast on the post’s outdoor patio Sunday, April 19, 3 to 6 p.m., at 130 First Ave. SW.
There will be music, games, fun, contests and even a specialty tropical drink. Come dressed to the theme of the party. On the menu will be pork, baked beans, pineapple coleslaw, corn on the cob, rolls and butter and a tropical ambrosia dessert.
Tickets are on sale for $8 per person and can be purchased from the bartender in the American Legion’s lounge. Proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary Unit 119’s programs.
Crime Victims' Rights Week CLEARWATER - The Victim Advocate Advisory Committee of the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force is sponsoring a day filled with fun activities and valuable resources for crime victim survivors and their families Sunday, April 19, 1-4 p.m. at Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 MLK Jr. Ave. Clearwater.
The free event is hosted by a team of professional victim advocates from local law enforcement, community victim advocates and not for profit organizations that serve survivors of homicide victims, victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, other related violent crimes and their families.
The collaborative effort reflects the spirit of the 2015 National Theme “Engaging Community – Empowering Victims,” which highlights the importance of building partnerships throughout communities to better address all victims’ needs and crate a victim response system that is open and accessible to all survivors and victims of crime.
Activities will include self-defense classes, Tai Chi demonstrations, yoga, therapeutic events, arts and crafts, DJ with line dancing lessons, live performances, many information tables and more.
Engaging Communities; Empowering Victims CLEARWATER - In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the Domestic Violence Task Force Victim Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a day filled with fun activities and valuable resources for crime victim survivors and their families Sunday, April 19, 1 to 4 p.m., at Ross Norton Park, 1426 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. in Clearwater.
Reflecting the spirit of the 2015 theme is: "Engaging Communities; Empowering Victims," this event highlights the importance of building partnerships throughout our communities to better address all victims' needs and create a victim response system that is open and accessible to all survivors and victims of crime.
The event which will include activities such as Tai-Chi and Self Defense classes; Arts and Crafts; Self Care and Massages; Line Dancing; a DJ; and Face Painting as well as gifts for the first 115 guests. The "goody bag" gift will included a drawstring book bag, a safety whistle and a light-up flashlight necklaces.
The power of partnerships launched the crime victims’ rights movement and the achievements celebrated during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week each year. Families of murdered children, victims of sexual assault, drunk driving, domestic violence, and other violent crimes mobilized at the grassroots level, joining forces to demand justice for victims of crime.
The National Campaign for Victims’ Rights founded by these partners led to President Ronald Reagan’s reforms on behalf of crime victims, his declaration of the first NCVRW, and the creation of the Victims of Crime Act and Crime Victims Fund, whose anniversary the victim advocate community will celebrate during its Kick Off in observation of NCVRW this weekend.
The event is open to the public and will serve as a prelude to the 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week which takes place from April 19-25, 2015.
For more information, call victim advocate Bobbie Hodson at 727-580-5474.
Indian Shores market INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market is open in the parking lot of the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd., every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May.
The market is free of charge and family friendly. Leashed pets are welcome.
“All of our vendors are local, hands-on owners and operators,” said Market Operations Manager Laura Garrison. “We have organic produce, gourmet foodies and some of the best artists and crafters in the area. And we’re really happy to be part of the Indian Shores community. The administration and the police department of Indian Shores are an incredible group of people to work with.”
Island EarthDays 2015 DUNEDIN – Honeymoon Island State Park and the Friends of the Island Parks Inc. will present Island EarthDays 2015 on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin.
This event is part of National Earth Days, a celebration of environmental and sustainable goals for maintaining and promoting preservation of the environment. Activities will be located in the shady picnic area next to the beach and the wooded hiking trails. Festival hours will be Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is free with paid admission to the park. Park admission is $8 a vehicle with an eight-person limit per vehicle
Beef‘O’Brady’s Trivia Night SEMINOLE – Beef‘O’Brady’s, 1-799 Park Blvd. N., now offers Trivia Night every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m.
The winning team receives a $50 gift certificate. There will be a $5.49 burger with fries special every Monday night.
To register a team, call Angel or Mike at 393-2880.
Belleair Rotary Club fundraiser BELLEAIR – The Belleair Rotary Club is having its annual fundraiser Monday, April 20, 6-9 p.m.
This year the event will be at the Belleair Country Club in Belleair.
The gala is expected to gather hundreds of wine-and-food loving guests. This year's event includes a Casino Style event together with silent auctions and entertainment by vocalist Erica DiCeglie. Tickets are $50 in advance and will be available online at www.BelleairRotary.org, or from a Belleair Rotary member.
Over the years this event has raised over $150,000 dollars, and supported organizations and charities such as Belleair Elementary School, UPARC, Salvation Army, Polio Eradication, Rotary Foundation.
Craft classes at Bay Vista ST. PETERSBURG – Bay Vista Recreation Center, 7000 Fourth St. S., offers craft classes Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m.
They include paper crafts, polymer clay sculpting, felting and more
The cost is $30 for four classes, plus a craft fee.
For more information call 893-7124 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org.
Republican Club of Greater Largo annual meeting LARGO – Largo Mayor Woody Brown will give a “State of the City” address to the Republican Club of Greater Largo during the club’s annual meeting Monday, April 20, 6 p.m., at Alfano’s Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road.
Brown, who has served as a Largo commissioner since 2007, will discuss the city and its future growth. The meeting is open to the public and starts with dinner, followed by Brown’s remarks.
Brown has served on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, acting as secretary, treasurer and vice chair. He also served as vice chair for the council’s Agency For Bay Management.
His civic work included being vice president of the Clearwater Jazz Festival, a member of the Central Pinellas Chamvber of Commerce and a member of the Largo Rotary Club, where he served as president in 2005.
Brown has a chiropractic business on West Bay Drive. He and his family live in downtown Largo. He is an avid saltwater fishing enthusiast, a competitive beach volleyball player and a member of the world championship USA Ultimate Frisbee Team in 2004.
The Republican Club of Greater Largo serves the entire central Pinellas area, welcoming Republicans from Belleair Bluffs, the beaches, Feather Sound and Largo. Speakers scheduled for upcoming meetings include Florida Senator Jeff Brandes on May 18 and U.S. Congressman David Jolly on July 20.
For more information, call club President Casey Cox at 480-9155.
Town Hall with the County Commission PALM HARBOR - Annual Town Hall with the County Commission is Monday, April 20, 7 p.m., at East Lake Methodist Church - 2801 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
This is residents opportunity to hear from their County Commissioners including District 4 Commissioner Dave Eggers representing Palm Harbor, East Lake, and much of North County. Other Commissioners and County Administrator will also be in attendance.
Format for the evening will include discussions with the commissioners on what's going on in North County where the commissioners will review accomplishments. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the commissioners. Visit www.cncnpc.org for more details.
Author Showcase PALM HARBOR – The East Lake Community Library hosts an Author Showcase series third Tuesdays, 6 to 7:50 p.m., at 4125 East Lake Road. The series offers attendees an opportunity to hear authors talk about their books and their writing.
The featured author on April 21 will be Anastasia Charalabakos, a writer and teacher of English as a second language. Charalabakos will talk about her book “From Darkness to Triumph: Creating Success Amidst Barriers,” which chronicles the trials and achievements of her life as a blind person.
The book shows how handicaps do not have to present insurmountable barriers and how those who live and work with the blind should not, through well-intentioned over-protection, limit the ability of the blind to achieve.
Clearwater Woman’s Club meeting CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Woman’s Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., 11 a.m. except in December. Visit www.clearwatercwc.org.
ESOL fair CLEARWATER – Pinellas County Schools English for Speakers of Other Languages department is partnering with dozens of community organizations to provide families with information about a variety of resources.
The ESOL Community Resource Fair will be presented Tuesday, April 21, 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the cafeteria at Skycrest Elementary School, 10 N. Corona Ave.
For information, English and Serbo-Croatian speakers should call 588-6415, and Spanish speakers should call 623-4414.