PINELLAS PARK - Two years ago when librarian Erin Hollingsworth launched Random Fandom: Teen Anime Club at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library she expected maybe half a dozen teens gathering to discuss their favorite Japanese animation.
Hollingsworth had a personal interest in the art form. Around the same time, the library also created a separate graphic novel and manga collection. So she thought the club might be a good way to draw a few new teenagers to the library.
“Our graphic novel and manga collection grew in popularity,” she said.
PINELLAS PARK -The fast-growing Pinellas Arts Village will host its first annual Pinellas Arts Village Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 17, noon to 6 p.m.
The event will transform the heart of Pinellas Park’s creative district (located within the 5600 and 5700 blocks of Park Boulevard North and Park Station) into a charming outdoor holiday bazaar where visitors will find unique locally made gifts. Shoppers will enjoy live music (performers to be announced) and delicious fare from Surf & Turf food truck.
PINELLAS PARK - The city’s 14th annual Holiday in the Park will kick off the holiday season in Pinellas Park.
The annual family-friendly event will take place Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:30 to 10 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. Presented by Pinellas Park Police Explorer Post 912 and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, the free celebration will include all of the usual favorites: children’s games, entertainment, the children’s train ride, a hay ride, pictures with Santa and more. Choirs from local elementary schools will also perform, said Det. Benson Dimaculangan.
PINELLAS PARK - Wordier Than Thou, a bookstore and literary arts events organization, 5741 75th Ave. N., will host a series of events over Thanksgiving weekend.
The store will host a Thanksgiving potluck open to the public Thursday, Nov. 24, 3 to 9 p.m. RSVP is required. Every attendee must bring a dish. Many dishes will be vegan or vegetarian. Call 516-906-2140 to RSVP.
PINELLAS PARK - After shutting down for six weeks this summer for renovations, the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., reopened in early September.
“It was given a nice new facelift,” said Keith Sabiel Jr., the city’s recreation director.
After asbestos was found in the flooring abatement, the city needed to shut down the center’s main building. The popular shuffleboard courts and senior fitness annex remained open during the renovations.
PINELLAS PARK - In order to make up for the recent loss of significant sponsorship, the Horses for the Handicapped Foundation of Pinellas County will hold a benefit concert Saturday, Oct. 29, 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N.
The program, Happy Trails, will feature a Western-themed music presented by the Aristo Vocal Performance Studio in Belleair.
All funds raised will go directly to Horses for the Handicapped, which is based in Seminole. For 35 years, this equestrian program has promoted and taught recreational horseback riding to the handicapped.
PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park is offering a number of activities in October to help residents celebrate the Halloween season.
The second annual 5K Pumpkin Fun Run & Family Mile Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, at England Brothers Park. Registration will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. prior to the event kicking off at 6 p.m.
PINELLAS PARK - Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., is the latest location to join the Clearwater Dolphin Trail.
The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce, which is located at Park Station, recently unveiled Parker the Dolphin. He’s one of more than 200 6-foot dolphins, including one in Washington, D.C. The dolphins are inspired by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Winter the dolphin, star of the movies “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2.”
Garage sale fundraiser LARGO – The Great Bay Signs Relay for Life team will host a garage sale Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Lowe’s Commercial Painting, 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. This Relay for Life Team fundraising effort is part of the annual Clearwater Relay for Life event set for next May.
Safe boating classes MADEIRA BEACH – The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-3 offers monthly safe boating classes at its headquarters at 299 Boca Ciega Drive. Classes meet the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person.
The classes are open to the public and recommended for anyone who owns a boat, a personal watercraft, anyone interested in purchasing a boat or anyone who wants to learn safe boating practices.
Classes cover subjects such as navigating the waterways, operating a boat safely, legal regulations, what to do in an emergency, getting to know your boat and information you need to know before getting underway.
Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988 must take a boating safety course and have a valid boating certificate and a photo ID while operating a vessel.
Experienced U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors teach all classes. For more information, call 391-5185.
Corey Avenue Sunday Market ST. PETE BEACH – The Corey Avenue Sunday Market, located on Corey Avenue between Boca Ciega Avenue and Gulf Boulevard on St. Pete Beach, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2-May 28.
The market supports vendors who sell a variety of locally produced and homemade items including produce, plants, take home foods, ready to eat lunch bites, hand crafts, eco-friendly and fair trade products. For information, visit www.TampaBayMarkets.com.
Madeira Social Club meeting MADEIRA BEACH – The Madeira Beach Social Club meets the first Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at Madeira Beach City Hall. Hear about new activities, including monthly luncheons, bridge, canasta, trips to local attractions and fall and spring picnics.
Club members do not have to live in Madeira Beach to join. Membership dues are $15 per year. Call Dianne for more information at 727-397-3434.
Pricing and Presenting Your Works ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance will present a arts Business Continuing Education sessions Pricing and Presenting Your Works Monday, Dec. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This session is designed for those who know how to create art but may not know how to sell it. Topics covered will include pricing art, how to approach a gallery, selling wholesale and business insurance.
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s free arts and cultural education seminars are presented in partnership with The Greenhouse. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Education Committee sponsors sessions.
Tai Chi and Qigong classes ST. PETE BEACH – Tai Chi and Qigong classes are presented Mondays, 11 a.m.; and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.
This class is designed to reduce stress, inflammation and disease associated with stress, as well as improve postural alignment and flexibility. The class combines specific movements, coordinated breathing and a calm focused mind used in traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong practices that will improve health, vitality and longevity.
No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $5 for adults or free for SilverSneakers. Visit www.spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245 for more information.
Military Order of the World Wars meeting CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a short program.
Military officers who are retired or are on active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. The MOWW also welcomes new members.
To make reservations or to inquire about becoming a member, call George Smith at 786-5578.
Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets Tuesdays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. Guests ages 18 and older are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.
This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and leaders – or those aspiring – to learn vital leadership and communication skills.
Contact Dennis Hamel at 727-374-2612 or visit www.seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org.
Western movies LARGO – Round up your posse and watch a free movie series featuring some of the all-time great Western movies on first Wednesdays, 1 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. “Cowboy cuisine” will be featured in the concession stand.
Check the Largo Community Center’s “Largo Lantern” or call 518-3131 for a listing of movies and special food items.