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BELLEAIR BEACH - Children gather around, and this great-grandmother smiles. Sylvia Holstein is not a teacher, although she’s taught the children she encounters much about life.

She’s not a counselor, although she’s passed along wisdom much as a seasoned counselor would.

She’s not a nurse or health care worker although she works in a hospital and cares deeply about her “patients.”

One of the young people agrees to have his portrait drawn while others sit and watch.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Calvary Episcopal Church in Indian Rocks Beach is preparing for Winterfest, scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at 1615 First St.

A children’s parade and activities, a pet parade and silent auction, arts and craft and food will be included in the event.

Event sponsors are needed. Call the church office at 595-2374 or email secretary@tampabay.rr.com.
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Thursday, November 20
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach will have its annual raffle Sunday, Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m., for a Super Bowl package that includes two tickets to the game, four nights lodging in Phoenix and $1,000 spending money.

The 12th annual Big Game Raffle will be held at Slyce Pizza, 311 Gulf Blvd. As the event sponsor, Slyce will provide food and drink specials from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

For the first time in 12 years, all entrants will have three chances to win. The club will award a second prize of $1,000 and a third prize of $500 in the drawing.
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Wednesday, November 19
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BELLEAIR - One of the reasons the town of Belleair bought the Belleview Biltmore Golf Course was to make sure there would never be any development on the property. The course is valued green space in the community and stands over the town’s water supply, which could be disrupted if residential or commercial development were ever to take place on the property.

During the debate over the fate of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel more than two years ago one of the hotel’s owners, Daniel Ades, told the commission that he and his brother could sell the golf course to a developer as a way to make money. That angered the town’s commissioners, particularly Mayor Gary Katica, who vowed that it would never happen. He didn’t have a legal leg to stand on until Town Manager Micah Maxwell came up with the idea of having the town buy the course. That way it could remove development rights and preserve the green space.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Strategic visioning, where residents, business owners and other interested parties become involved in a process to chart a community’s future course, has been a topic of interest at recent Bluffs city commission meetings.

Commissioner Jack Nazario has been a strong advocate of the process, which he said would create a course for the city’s development in coming years by determining “where we are, where we want to be and how to get there.”

“We want to sit down to determine goals and objectives, come up with a plan to get to those objectives and know that the city’s residents are behind us,” Nazario said at a commission meeting in September.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Everyone seems to agree a canopy effect would be nice all along Gulf Boulevard in the city; they just can’t agree on how it should be done. The idea of formalizing the canopy effect was brought before the commission meeting on Nov. 12, and it was clear early in the discussion that agreement on how to achieve the goal was a long way off.

The idea of a canopy effect first came up at a Planning and Zoning Board meeting earlier this year. To get professional advice on the matter the board asked a Pinellas County extension agent to weigh in.
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Wednesday, November 12
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Since the Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge opened in 2007, boaters, fishermen and other visitors to the marina have been without any type of concession facility. That is about to change.

Plans for construction of a new bait house were presented at the Belleair Bluffs Nov. 10 workshop meeting. Paul Cozzie, bureau director of Pinellas County Parks and Recreation, said the operation would offer much more than bait.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The city is currently planning its annual holiday street parade and invites organizations to participate.

The parade lineup converges at noon Sunday, Dec. 7, along East Gulf Boulevard and at 1 p.m. it will begin to weave throughout each finger, ending at Kolb Park, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.

Following the conclusion of the holiday street parade, the city will host the annual children’s holiday party at the civic auditorium.
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• Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
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.

Call 734-0757  
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Charity gift-wrap fundraiser
CLEARWATER – A free charity gift-wrap fundraiser will be held Friday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Light of Christ Catholic Church, 2176 Marilyn St.

Donations will benefit the Light of Christ life teen/edge programs and the Gracie G. Purdy Foundation Inc.  

For additional information on how to donate to or assist the event, call Michael Baralt at 742-2691.
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Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m. Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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Scottish American Society 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., Dunedin.  

The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.   

Call 734 0757.
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Sunset Market
LARGO – Sunset Market is open every Friday through May, 3 to 7 p.m., in Largo Central Park’s parking lot No. 1, at southwest corner of East Bay and Central Park drives.

Vendors will offer vegetables, fruits, raw local honey, herbal teas and wild-caught seafood as well as organic body products, essential oils, arts and crafts. The focus will be on produce and organic products with about 40 percent of the market dedicated to art and craft vendors.

The market offers several ways for commercial business to advertise as well as two free spaces per market reserved for nonprofit entities.

For more information, contact Jennifer McCafferty at 813-846-1316 or jennifer@jens-market.com.
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• Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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Tarpon Springs Market
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Market opens Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues Saturdays through June 27, 2015, rain or shine.

Due to a scheduling conflict with both the primary and alternate locations, the market will be closed on Nov. 22.

The market will feature ethnic food, imports, crafts and a variety of entertainment. Fresh locally grown organic produce and locally caught seafood also will be offered when in season and available. Parking and admission are free.

The primary location is in the downtown shopping district of Tarpon Springs at the corner of Pinellas Avenue (Alt. U.S. 19) and Tarpon Avenue. The alternate location is Craig Park at South Spring Boulevard and Pineapple Street for those weekends with other events scheduled in the Mother Meres lot.  

Visit www.tarponspringsmarket.com.
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Wildflower Garden Club meeting
TARPON SPRINGS – The Wildflower Garden Club will meet Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.

The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve will be getting their gardening hands dirty in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Participants should bring garden gloves and a hat. The event is free but registration is required.  

Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
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