Belleair Bluffs Business Association after-hours mingle BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The Belleair Bluffs Business Association after-hours mingle will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Cody’s Original Roadhouse corporate office, 2530 West Bay Drive.
The meeting will take place in the corporate office, not in the restaurant.
There will be refreshments and door prizes. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet new business contacts.
Any business, regardless of location, is welcome to attend and bring a guest. The mission of the Bluffs Business Association is to promote and improve the business environment and stimulate a vibrant local economy in the Belleair, Belleair Bluffs and Largo communities.
Birds in Your Florida Garden PALM HARBOR – Birds in Your Florida Garden will be presented Thursday, Oct. 8, 2 and 6:15 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 7. Admission is free, but space is limited.
The free program will feature factual information about the best environments for attracting birds (including plants and trees) and the birds (all identified with illustrations) most likely to frequent Pinellas area gardens.
Essentrics stretching class SAFETY HARBOR – Arielle Giordano will host an essentrics stretching class at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Essentrics loosens muscles so you feel less pain, improve circulation, increase energy levels and improve mobility. For more information, call 724-1525, ext. 4105.
Flip Flop Fling ST. PETE BEACH – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Flip Flop Fling Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., at the Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd.
The event will include Taste of the Beaches auction items, live entertainment, complimentary drink and appetizers.
Admission is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.
For more information, call 360-6957.
Greater Pinellas Democratic Club meeting CLEARWATER – The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N.
Guest speaker will be public defender Bob Dillinger.
For information, call 360-3971.
Health and wellness presentation SEMINOLE – Join registered dietitian and certified health coach Linda Siesel for a free health and wellness presentation Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
The talk will touch on how to lose weight easily and safely, the secrets to weight loss and long-term success, and why diets don’t work. Learn how to establish new habits for success in long-term weight loss, increased energy and health. All are welcome.
Oil painting classes INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter.
Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.
Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting. Individual creativity is emphasized.
The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary.
For more information, call 595-1083 or email email@example.com.
Parkinson’s support group meeting SEMINOLE – The Early Onset Parkinson’s Support Group meets second Thursdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9530 Starkey Road.
Ginny Bernard is the group facilitator.
“As a 30-year caregiver and advocate for Parkinson’s Disease, I have learned the value of a support group,” Bernard said in a press release. “A place where you can be yourself ... know you are not alone and share your problems and frustrations, learning how to cope with PD.”
Pinellas Technical College open houses The Clearwater and St. Petersburg campuses of Pinellas Technical College will host open houses in preparation for the start of a new school term.
The open house on the Clearwater campus will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 6100 154th Ave. N., Clearwater.
The open house on the St. Petersburg campus will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 901 34th St., St. Petersburg.
High school seniors and the community can visit the campus and learn about the variety of career technical training opportunities available at Pinellas Technical College.
The college is a prime resource for individuals looking for a career change, an opportunity to enhance and update their current career skills or for people who are entering the job market and need technical credentials.
At the open houses, Pinellas Technical College staff members will assist potential students in choosing a career path before courses begin on Oct. 20.
Information regarding the availability of financial aid for those who meet the eligibility criteria will also be shared. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
Real Moms Doing Real Life LARGO – Real Moms Doing Real Life, a moms-day-out, will be presented Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m., beginning Sept. 10 and continuing through Dec. 3, at Hope Church, 7100 142nd Ave.
Real Moms Doing Real Life will be facilitated by Lisa Hein, author and speaker, who will be guiding the study time utilizing Pastor Andy Stanley’s book, “Future Family.” Attendees may arrive early to register for the event and enjoy Hope Café, featuring Starbucks coffee.
Childcare will be available for all ages, nursery to elementary. Academic tutors will be available for home-school studies.
Retired Teachers Association meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The South Pinellas Retired Teachers Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m., at Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet, 391 34th St. N.
Meetings are open to all who have worked in the field of education in Florida or elsewhere, including teachers, support personnel and administrators.
The meeting will begin at noon with an activity planned by the hospitality committee. The speaker will be Ann Palmer from the Pinellas Literacy Council. After the program, various chairpersons may impart information that has to do directly with members. The meeting is not used for business and adjourns by 1 p.m.
The group meets regularly on second Thursdays from October through May. At each meeting, attendees have an opportunity to donate to a local charity chosen by project cheer. At this meeting, the group will be collecting school supplies to distribute to schools in need.
Water arthritis classes INELLAS 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.
Weight Loss Surgery Information LARGO - Weight Loss Surgery Information Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., at Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. Attendees can take the first step to weight loss surgery. Richard Gordon, M.D., will explain various options. To preregister for a health seminar, call 953-6877, or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.
Boca Ciega High class of 1965 50th reunion ST. PETE BEACH – Boca Ciega High School’s class of 1965 will host its 50th anniversary reunion on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Silas Dent’s Bayside Banquet Hall, 5501 Gulf Blvd.
The event also will feature a tour of the BCHS campus on Friday at 4 p.m. Attendees should meet in the lobby of the BCHS administration building. Friday evening, there will be a meet-and-greet from 7 to 11 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music in the gazebo.
On Saturday, attendees can hang out at Harry’s Beach Bar at the Sirata Beach Resort, across from Silas Dent’s. Saturday evening, from 6 to 11 p.m., there will be a barbeque buffet and sundae bar, cash bar and sock hop music with The Impacs. Cost is $80 per person.
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.
The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
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.
Dunkin Donuts blood drive TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Dunkin’ Donuts is hosting a blood drive and offering a free dozen donuts to donors Friday, Oct. 9, 7 to 11 a.m., at 1143 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.
Save a life by donating blood on the Big Red Bus Bloodmobile. Each donar will receive a dozen donuts, a T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.
Fall Campout LARGO – A Fall Campout will be offered Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N., Largo.
The program will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and will conclude Saturday at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 a person. Children age 2 and younger are free.
The Friends of the Largo Nature Parks will host the family camp out. Food, campfire events and nature programs will be presented under the stars at Bonner Nature Park. Advance registration and payment are required. To register, visit NatureParkFriends.org. For information, call 518-3047.