INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - After much discussion at their meeting March 24, city commissioners voted 3-2 to keep their monthly meeting time at 7 p.m.
Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin brought up the issue. She asked that the time for the meeting be changed to 6 p.m. She suggested that there would not be much change in the number of people who attended the meetings and that city staff, who begin work at 7:30 a.m., would get a break by having the meeting an hour earlier.
City Manager Gregg Mims said the commissioners should not worry about how the staff felt on the matter.
BELLEAIR - After years of talking and months of construction, the roundabout in the center of town is now open. It opened on Saturday, March 14, and by all accounts it should solve several ongoing problems at the intersection of Ponce De Leon Boulevard and Indian Rocks Road in Belleair.
The idea of building a roundabout was hatched roughly two years ago when several residents complained to the town commission that they feared for their children’s safety as they crossed Indian Rocks Road on their way to the recreation center. Eventually, the commission approved the idea and construction began late last year.
BELLEAIR - Most drivers will usually tell you they hate speed bumps; those raised pieces of roadway that jolt their vehicle if they are driving too fast. Yet the people of Osceola Road in Belleair like their speed bumps just fine and have asked the town commission to leave them alone.
The speed bumps, or traffic calming devices, as they are formally known, were installed on Osceola while Indian Rocks Road was closed because of construction of the new roundabout. Motorists discovered they could get around the construction by cutting through Osceola, which runs right in front of the Recreation Center where children abound.
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. 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. The gala is expected to gather hundreds of wine-and-food loving guests. Also this year there will be 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.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach’s Art and Ale will be held Saturday, May 16, at the Duncan McClellan Glass Studio, 550 24th St. S., St. Petersburg, 6-9 p.m.
Along with the art donated by Creative Clay, Rotary’s Art and Ale fundraiser will feature, for sale, 150 small 5- by 7-inch works of painted art created by many professional and amateur artists from the following art organizations: University of Tampa, IRB’s Beach Art Center, Dazzio Art Experience, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Pinellas Park Art Society, Morean Arts Center, Art Lofts, Dysfunctional Grace Art Gallery and many other Downtown St Petersburg artists.
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.”
Winter festival PINELLAS PARK – A winter festival will be presented Sunday, March 29, noon to 4 p.m., at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th Ave.
The festival will feature traditional Armenian food, music, pony rides, bounce house and more. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For information, call 545-0380.
Non-trivial Pursuits program CLEARWATER – As part of the Non-trivial Pursuits series, the program “Malta – The Island of Mystery!” will be presented Monday, March 30, 7 p.m., at Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.
Ruth Zammit will present the program. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about Malta’s history and culture. The island republic at the heart of the Mediterranean was for 350 years the home of the mighty Knights of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta.
It boasts ruins of two-dozen temples built 1,000 years before the great Pyramids of Egypt as well as small fishing villages set in contrast to busy grand harbors.
Non-trivial Pursuits, a long-standing program at Chapel-By-The-Sea, offers presentations during the fall and winter on various topics scheduled on selected Monday nights. These presentations include religious and non-religious subjects.
The community is invited to these free programs. Light refreshments are served.
Reservations are requested. Call 446-0430.
Author program New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick will present a program Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m., at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.
Bostwick will be on hand to launch her new book, “The Second Sister.” The author is best known for her Cobbled Court Quilt Series. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a program and book sale and signing at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Dunedin Public Library, Dunedin Friends of the Library and Rainbow's End Quilt Shoppe, the event is free.