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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email email@example.com.
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.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daughters of Italy meeting CLEARWATER – The Daughters of Italy Lodge 2825 will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 24, at the Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin, in Room 206 of the education building.
Italian and non-Italian women are invited to attend. Coffee and dessert is served at 6 p.m., followed by a short general meeting. The guest will be a hospice worker, and the cultural program will include Italian regions that celebrate Italian Carnevale.
Extension garden tours LARGO – Vegetable, herb and tropical fruit garden tours will be offered Thursdays, April 10 and 24, 9 a.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road.
The free tours will offer guests the opportunity to explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas and learn how to grow food in home gardens.
The tour will include an array of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs, trees and flowers in the enclosed herb garden; the Egyptian, Mediterranean, Asian and beverage plantings; and tropical fruits that do well in the Florida climate including many varieties of bananas, figs, papayas, mangoes, avocados, sugar cane and citrus.
Attendees will learn about how featured plants can be in homes and will discover little-known fruits not usually considered by the home gardener including Jackfruit, Carambola, Buddha’s Hand and Pomegranate.
The tours will showcase a diversity of plantings including a wide variety of ground covers, bromeliads, palms and power-line friendly trees that can be used in the home landscape.
Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and are recommended for adults.
Free CPR and First Aid classes SEMINOLE – Seminole Fire Rescue is offering free basic CPR and First Aid classes. The next CPR class is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. and the next Basic First Aid class is set for Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m.
All classes are taught at Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N.
Designed to help a person gain the confidence to help during an emergency, these classes are easy to understand and focus on the skills required to help save a life. The classes are not intended for professional certifications, but for the average individual.
Call 393-8711, ext. 210 for advance registration and information. Space is limited.
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