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One of many artists that lined the sidewalks during Safety Harbor's annual Chalk Art Festival March 21-22, Janet P. Tombros, of Apopka, Florida, works on her chalk art.
CLEARWATER - It sounds like things are getting pretty noisy on Clearwater Beach. The Clearwater City Council addressed concerns over the city’s noise ordinance during both its workshop and regular meetings on March 16 and March 19, respectively.

The issue came up in response to a letter city manager Bill Horne and council members received from Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Darlene Kole. In the letter, dated March 4, Kole raised concerns over the application of the city’s noise ordinance, specifically in regard to Clearwater Beach.

“The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce met with the Board,” Kole wrote in the letter. “It was brought to our attention that the “Noise Ordinance” has once again become an issue and concerns were raised by many of our businesses as to how it is being applied.
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CLEARWATER - Marilyn Michael was honored March 15 for her 25 years as choir director and organist at Chapel-By-The-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.

More than 150 chapel members, current and former choir members, faculty from St. Petersburg College and friends were present at a reception in Chapel Hall after the worship service.

Michael received gifts from the chapel membership and the choir as well as accolades from all who attended.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Center for the Arts opened in downtown Clearwater March 21, bringing not only culture and the arts to the area, but also community outreach and social awareness events.

According to a press release announcing the opening, the Clearwater Center for the Arts seeks to imbue Clearwater with art and to inspire and enrich the community by offering events, classes, performances and visual arts exhibits.

Shelley Jaffe, the art center’s executive director, said the center will be focused on community outreach, with free mentoring and classes to at-risk and disadvantaged youth.
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Thursday, March 19
CLEARWATER - The Church of Scientology will be the focus of an upcoming HBO documentary, which already has both proponents and opponents of the religious organization taking hard stances.

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney debuted in limited release on March 13 and is set to make its HBO debut on Sunday, March 29, at 8 p.m. Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright bases the documentary on the book of the same name.

The film focuses on the origins of the Church, with its roots in the teachings of founder L. Ron Hubbard, to its much sought after and eventual designation as a religious organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, including director and screenwriter Paul Haggis, who detail their experiences with the church.
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CLEARWATER - Four bridges on Island Estates have experienced significant deterioration and have been scheduled for replacement.

Two bridges are located on Island Way, between Skiff Point and Palm Island SE, and two are on Harbor Passage, from Island Way to Snug Island and also Harbor Island. The project currently is in the design phase, and construction is expected to begin later this year.

Until construction begins, certain portions of the bridges are currently restricted. Safety zones are marked with road striping in order to maintain safe means of access until the bridges are replaced.
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Tuesday, March 17
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater Police detectives are asking for the public's help to identify three women who allegedly teamed up to steal thousands of dollars of perfume from a local store on March 5.

According to March 17 media release, two of the women distracted employees at Ulta Beauty, 2683 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., while the other woman concealed about $2,000 worth of perfume in her purse.

She then left without paying during the visit to the store at Clearwater Mall.
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CLEARWATER - The following road and lane closures will take place in the city of Clearwater.

Currently under way:

- The east side of Saturn Avenue at Cleveland Street will be under construction due to stormwater pipe replacement through Friday, March 20, daylight hours only. Use caution along this route.

- The southbound lane of Countryside Boulevard at Country Club Drive South will be under construction due to stormwater improvements through Friday, March 27. Use caution along this route.
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Thursday, March 12
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CLEARWATER - Before the gates at Bright House Field opened for the first spring training game, before the fans poured in and the grills heated up, one sound echoed above the rest: the slap of ball against glove as the Philadelphia Phillies started warming up. And let me tell you, there’s no better sound.

“It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball,” Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, says in “Moneyball.” And he’s right. Baseball won’t buy you flowers on Valentine’s Day or concert tickets for your birthday, but he’s always there. For eight months a year,
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• Monday, March 30, 2015
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.  
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Senior Singles Friendship Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Senior Singles Friendship Club meets every Monday at 4:30 p.m. for dinner at a local restaurant.

Newcomers welcome.

For more information, email Estella at giterdun7571@hotmail.com.
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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 jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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Venue Theatre free acting class
Venue Theatre will offer a free acting workshop on Monday, March 30, 7 to 9 p.m., at 4989 72nd Ave., Pinellas Park

The workshop will cover basic acting techniques, how to become a working actor, and general info on how to get into the business.

Those with interest will be encouraged to join the next full Intro to Acting Workshop starting April 6.

For information, call 822-6194 or email venueactorstudio@gmail.com.
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Wing Madness
LARGO – Sons of the American Legion Post 119 sponsor Wing Madness every Monday, 5 to 8 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo.

Enjoy chicken wings served hot, mild, BBQ, butter and garlic and spicy BBQ for $4 for six or $7 for 12. French fries and onion rings are available. Bob Swenson donates music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit All Children’s Hospital, Fisher House and the National Child Welfare Foundation.
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• Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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.

For information, call 298-3080.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Safe boating class
ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.

Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.

The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.

For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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