LARGO - The College Fund of Pinellas County held its annual meeting Feb. 28 at the Largo Public Library, kicking off the organization’s fiscal year.
During the meeting, the organization elects officers and sets goals for fundraising and the selection of college grant recipients.
James Cordea of Largo was elected president of the board of directors along with the vice president of student selection Audrey Scheidenhelm, vice president of finance Gerald Dominick, vice president of public relations Robert Rankine, treasurer Sharron Rankine, assistant treasurer Loretta Laws, recording secretary Bette Ra Ivey and corresponding secretary Lawrence Poindexter.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Church of the Isles Community Christian School hosts its seventh annual GreenFest, at 24th Avenue and First Street, Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free.
GreenFest is a celebration of local foods, eco-friendly products, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to preserving our environment. The GreenFest is COTI’s annual fundraiser event and signature environmental celebration for the entire community.
“COTI prides itself on teaching our students from age 2 to fifth grade about caring for the Earth and this event extends that message to the entire community,” said Amber Phillips, director of preschool.
The festival features live music, a bounce house and children’s area and more than 80 vendors including many local artists, great food, beer and wine. This year’s sponsors are Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty, Crabby Bill’s Seafood, CYMplify, Crunchy Mama and the Beach Bee. All proceeds from this event benefit the COTI Community Christian School, a ministry of the Church of the Isles.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole High School Band Boosters in coordination with the Florida Federation of Colorguards will host the annual Seminole Visual Spectacular Competition on Saturday, March 15, at Seminole High School.
The event will bring together the finest in winter guards with exciting flag and rifle work, choreography and visual effects. The show also will feature percussion units in competition.
Over 50 units will compete. Local schools scheduled to participate include Countryside, Largo, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Northside Christian, Osceola and Seminole. Those from outside Pinellas County include Colonial, Plant City, Riverview, Freedom, Gaither, Cape Coral and Fleming Island as well as two independent guards.
The day will begin with the first colorguard performance at 10 a.m., followed by the percussion competition, which commences at 7 p.m. A Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit event, the competition will provide awards in all competing classifications. For a complete competition schedule, visit www.ffcc.org and click on the Seminole High School link.
SEMINOLE - Before State Sen. Dennis Jones retired from public life in 2012, the honors and accolades rolled in from around the community. Then they continued after he stepped down.
But one of the biggest accolades came slightly more than a year later when Jones, a longtime leader in the Florida Legislature, a successful Pinellas County chiropractor and director of the Institute of Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College, was awarded the inaugural Public Service Award from the Institute of Strategic Policy Solutions during a dinner Feb. 21 at the SPC Seminole campus.
PINELLAS PARK - The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education stopped at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Pinellas Park Feb. 19 to meet with school and community leaders, present awards and honor local and national partners who support the movement for educational excellence.
The stop was one of 50 in the Fighting for Our Children’s Future National Bus Tour, a cross-country, year-long effort to raise awareness for the profound impact an excellent education can make on a child’s life, and to celebrate the unique role Catholic schools play as agents of human formation and social transformation.
ST. PETERSBURG - The 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year and Business Partners of the Year were all announced at the Evening of Excellence at Mahaffey Theater Feb. 18.
Presented by the Pinellas Education Foundation and Pinellas County Schools, the event also featured entertainment, the induction of Robert McIntyre into the Hall of Honor and a special dessert reception celebrating the best in education.
The winner for the 2014 Outstanding Educator is Kevin Ford from Tarpon Springs High School.
Ford, a band director, is credited with envisioning and founding the nationally recognized Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School, which integrates curriculum in academics, instrumental music, technology, and leadership skills. A former Outstanding Educator of the Year finalist, Ford was the Tarpon Springs Community Teacher of the Year in
Antique Alley Spring Antique Show
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The Spring Antique Show will be presented Sunday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Antique Alley, 580 N. Indian Rocks Road.
The alley overflows with more than 50 outside antiques vendors at this annual event, plus several charming and eclectic shops that are open year-round. Admission is free and parking is available in designated areas.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Corey Fresh Market
ST. PETE BEACH - Corey Fresh Market every Sunday October through May, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 300 block of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Corey Fresh Market hosts an average of 50 local vendors, offering roduce, flowers/plants, arts/crafts, specialty foods, live music, special appearances. Free admission and parking. Visit www.coreyave.com or call 727-498-8778.
Kiwanis Club annual fire truck pull
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole will hold its annual fire truck pull, Pulling for Kids, Sunday, March 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N., south parking lot.
This fundraiser benefits several of the club’s projects, including the Key Club at Seminole High School, the Builders Club at Seminole Middle School, K-Kids at Bauder Elementary School, Every Child a Swimmer and Horses for the Handicapped.
The club is looking for sponsors and teams to register for the event. Adult and teen teams should have no more than eight members, and kids’ teams should have 10 to 12 members. Cost per team is $150.
For more information, call Steve Zazzaro at 432-3544.
Latin ballroom dance classes
ST. PETE BEACH – The St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, offers Latin ballroom dance class on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., from Feb. 24 to March 17.
The cost is $40. For more information, visit www.spbrec.com or call 363-9245.
Non-Trivial Pursuits CLEARWATER – The next Non-Trivial Pursuits program will be presented Monday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., at Chapel-By-The-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.
The event will feature guest speaker Capt. Tyson Wallerstein. Wallerstein will present Better Weather! Better Fishing! He will make recommendations about where to fish in the area and will offer other helpful fishing tips.
Non-Trivial Pursuits is a long-standing program at Chapel-By-The-Sea offering presentations to the public on various topics. There is no charge for the programs and light refreshments are available. Seat reservations are requested so proper arrangements can be made.
PINELLAS PARK – Senior Solos will meet on the second Monday of the month, 1:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Recreation Center, 7625 59th St. N.
Bring a potluck dish to share and pay $2 or pay $5 without a dish.
All singles 55+ are welcome.
Call Pat at 520-8797 for more information.
Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.
Guests are welcome.
The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.
Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLDSMAR – The city of Oldsmar offers high-energy zumba fitness sessions Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center.
The price is $5 per class with a recreation card or $7.50 per class without a card.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.