PINELLAS PARK - As construction of the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch at Lurie Municipal Park progresses, the organization is planning its second annual fundraising bike ride.
The 10-mile Alive Ride will take place Thursday, Sept. 1, with cyclists meeting at Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 49th St., at 8:30 a.m. It will stop at several Pinellas Park schools along its route, including Pinellas Central Elementary School, Pinellas Park Elementary School, Cross Bayou Elementary School and Pinellas Park High School, before heading back to Quaker Steak & Lube.
A pre-ride meeting will take place at Quaker Steak & Lube the evening before, Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m. At the end of Bike Night, WWAR will draw the winner of a raffle for a Panhead replica motorcycle. Tickets can be purchased at woundedwarriorsabilitiesranch.org.
PINELLAS PARK - As a robust summer of programming wraps up at Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization, which aims to enrich and educate girls, is excited for its fall offerings.
Its next big fundraiser, the annual Father Daughter Ball, is coming up Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 to 9 p.m., at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island.
The idea is to encourage the support of male role models in girls’ lives, said Kathie Michael, community development coordinator. This means that not only are fathers welcome to accompany their daughters at the event, but grandfathers, uncles, older brothers - any male that has a positive influence on a girl - are as well.
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Medical District, the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce and the city present its first-ever Back to School Family Fun Day Sunday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave.
The event will include free health screenings, free school supplies, door prizes, food trucks, bounce houses, healthy living advice, exercise and activities.
Typically, at this time of year, the chamber and medical district come together on an event for seniors. But it seemed like the perfect time to introduce an event for children heading back to the classroom, said Holly Mcweeney, who works with the chamber.
PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park has always offered a multitude of events for the area’s children, but there wasn’t much on the calendar that was of interest to those 12 and older, said Keith Sabiel Jr., recreation director.
“They kind of aged out at that point,” he said. “We don’t have much on a recreation level for these kids.”
So this spring the Recreation Department’s staff decided to reach out to older children in the city by expanding its programming. Targeting teenagers aged 13 to 17, the Teen Center at Youth Park, 4000 66th Ave., opened June 17.
PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park has hired Lana Beck to replace longtime government relations administrator Tim Caddell, who retired last month.
Prior to joining city staff, she was the director of communications and special projects for Drug Free America Foundation. She worked for DFAF, a national and international policy and prevention non-profit organization, for more than 13 years.
Caddell worked for the city for 15 years, joining the city as public events director in 2001. He was later given the title of public information officer, as well, and lobbying to state lawmakers on behalf of the city was eventually added to his list of duties. This is when his title was changed to government relations administrator.
Car dealership flag pole approved PINELLAS PARK - The City Council approved a conditional use request by a Maserati and Alfa Romeo new car dealership, 3033 Gandy Blvd., to install a 100-foot-tall flag pole on its property. The council discussed the request at its June 23 meeting.
The height limit for a flag pole in the area where the dealership is located, which is a B-1 general commercial zoning district, is 50 feet.
The Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the request at its June 2 meeting and recommended approval by the council.
Introduction to Mushroom Identification TARPON SPRINGS - Introduction to Mushroom Identification, Saturday, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Mycologist and Plant Pathologist Dustin H. Purcell, MS., will explain what characteristics to look for when finding mushrooms and some common species and groups of mushrooms that can be found in the area.
Monte Carlo Night TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Monte Carlo Night event Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Treasure Island Community Center. For sponsorship details, call 727-360-4121 or email email@example.com.
Bring Your Own Lawn Chairs Talk CLEARWATER – As part of the Bring Your Own Lawn Chairs Talks, a free program detailing the snakes of Pinellas County will be presented Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m., at Kapok Park, 2950 Glen Oak Ave. N., Clearwater.
Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair, snacks, drinks and mosquito repellant. The park do not have restrooms or water fountains. Those interested must preregister one week before the program date.
To register, call 727-793-2976. There is a minimum requirement of three participants for the program to take place.
Daddy Daughter Date Night TARPON SPRINGS - Visit the Tarpon Spring Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave. for this Daddy Daughter Date Night, Saturday Aug. 27, 5 to 8 p.m.
No matter the age, there’s nothing like a father-daughter bond. Here’s the perfect opportunity for dads to take their princesses out for a special night of their own. If dad is unavailable, a significant male adult is welcome. Tickets are on sale at the community center and preregistration is required.
Payment is required at the time of registration. The event costs $30 for each dad and daughter pair. There is a $10 charge for each additional daughter. Call the Tarpon Springs Recreation Department at 727-942-5628 or visit TSRDonline.com for more information.
Fraternal Order of Eagles cookout CLEARWATER – The Fraternal Order of Eagles will host a cookout for first responders from noon to 5 p.m. on Aug. 27 at 1485 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. For more information, call Susan Davis at 727-535-6039.
Introduction to Beekeeping LARGO – An Introduction to Beekeeping will be presented Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to noon, at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.
In the third part of this program, participants will discover what it takes to keep bee hives healthy throughout the beekeeping seasons. The program will review how to maintain healthy honeybee colonies, discuss how to recognize pests and diseases and organic beekeeping practices.
The program is free but advance registration is required.
Misa en Español SEMINOLE – St. Justin, Martyr Catholic Church recently added a Misa en Español every Saturday at 6 p.m.
Other Masses are presented Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. (in English); and Sunday, 7 p.m. (in Portuguese). Daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., preceded by the Rosary.
The Rev. Gerald Hendry is the Pastor.
St. Justin, Martyr is at 10851 Ridge Road in Seminole.
For information, call 397-3312 or visit stjustinmartyr.net.
Nar-Anon meeting OLDSMAR – A Nar-Anon group meets Saturdays, 10 a.m., at United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave.
Nar-Anon, a 12-step support group for families and friends of addicts, is a worldwide fellowship that offers help by sharing experience, strength and hope. The group is designed for those affected by someone’s addiction.
For additional information, visit naranonfl.org or call 1-888-947-8885.
Republican Club translation services CLEARWATER – The Hispanic Republican Club of Pinellas County offers translation services, citizenship classes and other assistance on Saturdays at its office at 1167 Woodlawn St. The office is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All services are free of charge.
Other services include notary public, legal consultation, English as a second language classes and voter registration.
For information, go by the office, call Chely Hernandez-Miller at 434-4008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety Harbor Home Show SAFETY HARBOR – The Safety Harbor Home Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave. S., Safety Harbor.
Admission and parking are free.
Free seminars will be held throughout the show on everything from landscaping and sustainable living to clever kitchen and cooking concepts and building tips, the seminars will be presented by local experts in the relevant industries.
Visitors will be able to see, try and buy the latest in both home and state-of-the-art new products – many of which are being launched at the show by local businesses.