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Officials from St. Petersburg College and Duke Energy celebrates the installation of the college’s solar energy-generating projects at the Seminole and Clearwater campuses April 10. From left are Melissa Seixas and Joe Pietrzak of Duke Energy; St. Petersburg College students Gentian Kruja and Morgan Fouse; SPC Seminole campus Provost Dr. James Olliver; SPC vice president of facilities Jim Waecther; and Nancy Loehr and Lora Whitted from Duke Energy.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs High School Winter Guard, led by Jeannine Ford, was ranked first in the nation at the 2014 Winter Guard International World Color Guard Championships in Dayton, Ohio, on April 5.

A nonprofit youth organization, Winter Guard International serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and other indoor percussion activities. More than 36,000 people participated in regional competitions this year and more than 12,000 at the World Championships this month.
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CLEARWATER - The Grammy Museum’s acclaimed Music Revolution Project, an educational initiative developed in 2012, has confirmed its return to the Tampa Bay area, as announced by Bob Santelli, executive director of the museum.

Having debuted as a pilot program two years ago in Kansas City, Mo., and for the first time in the

Tampa Bay area last year, the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project offers talented youth in the area the chance to engage in musical workshops, songwriting courses and mentoring sessions as well as an opportunity to record the material they’ve written and to perform their new work live.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Representing Tarpon Springs High School, 18-year-old Lavante Pope of Pinellas Park and 18-year-old Giulia De Lima of Clearwater were two of the three finalists in a cook-off March 30 at Your Pro Kitchen in Oldsmar; 17-year-old Tiffany Camocho from Dixie M. Hollins High School was the third finalist.

Eight Pinellas County high school culinary arts students who have been selected to receive a Ryan Wells Foundation Scholarship were given 45 minutes to prepare an appetizer before a panel of judges for the chance to win additional scholarship money from Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship Competition, which is run by the Pinellas Education Foundation.

The first, second, and third place winners will be announced at the Walker’s Rising Stars awards night on May 6 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
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TARPON SPRINGS - “Fatal Vision Googles” helped bring home the message during Prom DUI Awareness at East Lake High School April 4.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Suncoast Safety Council, Students Against Destructive Decision and the high school at 1300 Silver Eagle Drive in Tarpon Springs, collaborated to spread the message of safety during the 2014 prom season.
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LARGO - Teachers at Largo High School encountered an unexpected - and defiantly frozen - surprise when they arrived at work the morning of April 2.

The school’s seniors had built banks of snow near the entrance to the teacher parking lot off Missouri Avenue.

“Teachers who came from the north really appreciated the prank as it reminded them of all the snow they miss shoveling each day - especially this blizzard-bound winter,” explained Deb Howard, secretary of the school’s ExCEL magnet program. “It was great because it didn’t accidentally cause any damage and would dissolve before our school day ended.”
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LARGO - The inaugural Invention Convention will be presented Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N.

The Invention Convention will feature more than 30 gifted kindergarten through fifth grade children from Pinellas County Schools showcasing and sharing their inventions to the public, as well as to judges from the Tampa Bay Inventors Council. Inventions will be for babies, camping, food utensils, school supplies, showers, sports and much more.

Eleven Pinellas County schools will be participating, including Bauder Elementary, San Jose Elementary, Leila Davis Elementary, Lake St. George Elementary, Cypress Woods Elementary, Dunedin Elementary, Sunset Hills Elementary, Sutherland Elementary, Skycrest Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary and Curlew Creek Elementary. Each participating school will select the top three inventions that will move onto the Invention Convention. Each school has their own judging committee to make the school-based decision.
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LARGO - Heidi Simos has been named the new campus president of Everest University’s Largo campus.

“I am pleased to join Everest and bring my background in education and management to challenge our students as we train and help them reach their career goals,” Simos said.

In her new position, Simos will oversee all administrative departments, including admissions, student affairs, education programs, and community and business relations at Everest University-Largo at 1199 East Bay Drive.
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Chamber mixer
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce plans a mixer with the Freedom Boat Club on the second floor patio of the Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina, 11125 Gulf Blvd., Thursday, April 17, 5:30 to 8 p.m.  

Meet and mingle with chamber members and boating enthusiasts. Open to boaters and non-boaters. For more information, call 360-4121.
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Coffee with a Cop
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Police Department will kick off its new program, Coffee with a Cop, Thursday, April 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at Starbucks, 7350 U.S. 19 N. This is a great opportunity to come meet and speak with a local police officer. Call 244-1715 for more information.
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Daisy Grant Fashion Show and Luncheon
CLEARWATER – The GFWC/Clearwater Woman’s club will host its 43rd annual Daisy Grant Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, April 17, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.  

Bobbi Tafelski, manager of the Northwood Plaza store, will comment on fashions by Patchington. Models are members of the club and also feature Margaret Wood Burnside, editor of the Tampa Bay Magazine. The theme is “Casual Elegance” and was introduced by Coco Chanel when she created “the little black dress” and started a fashion revolution by liberating women from the corset.  

The Daisy fundraiser awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the Clearwater community, including Clothes to Kids, Meals on Wheels, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Clearwater Library System, and many others. Gift baskets will be offered through raffle tickets.

Event tickets are $45 or $55 for patrons and include a listing in the program. Make reservations by April 10 by calling 726-6410.
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Dining in the Dark
ST. PETERSBURG – The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit focused on sight-saving research, will open guests’ eyes to the challenges of the visually impaired at its fifth annual Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Dining in the Dark on Thursday, April 17, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg.  

To recognize their philanthropic and professional accomplishments in the Tampa Bay community, the foundation will present its Visionary Award to Joyce and Walter Larson, philanthropist and founder of Larson Communities, and to Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida president.  

Serving as master of ceremonies again this year will be Dick Crippen, sports personality and Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser.  

Dining in the Dark is a distinctive sensory awareness experience in which guests participate in an unforgettable dining adventure, in complete darkness.

To get a glimpse into the lives of the blind, diners will wear special light-blocking blindfolds and enjoy their entrée using only their heightened senses of smell, sound, taste and touch.

The one-of-a-kind event will benefit the foundation’s cutting-edge research into preventions, treatments and cures for vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases like macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome and related conditions.  

Individual tickets are $150 each and sponsor packages begin at $1,000. For ticket and sponsorship information, call Kimberly Marlow at 954-496-0776 or email KMarlow@FightBlidness.org.  
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Flood insurance seminar
SEMINOLE – The Tampa Bay Insurance Group Inc. will provide in-depth and up-to-date information about the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St., Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.  

Time will be allowed to answer questions. No cost or reservation required.  

This event is organized by the USEM Community Association. For information, call 392-3082.
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Gaming Club
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.  

This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available. This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.  

Call 391-8345 for more information.
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Historical Society meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. Refreshments will be available. Call 541-6206 for more information.
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Largo’s Teen Idol competition
LARGO – Do you have the vocal talent and confidence to become Largo’s next Teen Idol? Find out at this year’s Teen Idol Competition and Show Thursday, April 17, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center.  

All teens ages 13-18 are eligible to participate in this amateur vocal performance competition. Auditions will be held March 18 and 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.  

Bring two forms of identification, one must be a photo ID. A registration form must be completed prior to the audition date. Registration forms can be found at www.LargoArts.com or at the center.  

Tickets for the final show are $6.50 and can be purchased in advance at the Largo Cultural Center Box Office or at LargoArts.com.  

For more information, contact Jessica at 587-6740. ext. 5014 or jnewsome@largo.com or call the Box Office Hotline at 587-6793.
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Overeaters Anonymous
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road. Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders. For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
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Palm Harbor Toastmasters meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Toastmasters Club meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St. The club is open to all who are interested in perfecting their public speaking skills. For more information, contact Jack Lynch at 542-6100 or email jclynch3@msn.com.
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