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CLEARWATER — RCS Pinellas will host the ninth annual Blue Jean Ball on Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at a private residence in Largo.

The event will serve to raise funds that will provide help and hope for the food insecure, homeless, and domestic violence survivors of Pinellas County. The night will include food, great entertainment and a silent auction.

“Each time the Blue Jean Ball rolls around I get excited and overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Kirk Ray Smith, president and CEO of RCS Pinellas, in a press release. “The level of commitment and passion demonstrated by the volunteers who organize this event year after year is immeasurable. The Blue Jean Ball is one of our marquee special events. Without the funds it generates it would be impossible to perform our mission. Due to the tireless and selfless efforts of the Blue Jean Ball committee, we are able to provide programs and services for well over 130,000 individuals in need living throughout Pinellas County.”

The specific event address will be provided in all ticket and sponsorship confirmations. The presenting sponsors are

Siracusa Staffing & Leasing and Bizco Technologies and other sponsors include Pinch A Penny, and St. Petersburg College. To become a sponsor, purchase tickets, or learn more about the event, visit rcspinellas.org/blue-jean-ball-2019.

Largo Area Historical Society to host annual Cracker Supper

LARGO — The annual Cracker Supper hosted by the Largo Area Historical Society returns for the 45th year Saturday, March 9, 4 p.m., in Parish Hall at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with supper to be served at 5:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction featuring items donated by area businesses.

For information and reservations, call Sarah at 727-400-6567 or Jean at 727-535-7342.

Roy Zimmerman to perform in concert

ST. PETERSBURG — Political satirist singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman will perform Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 100 Mirror Lake Drive N., St. Petersburg.

Zimmerman will bring his unique blend of humor and social commentary. His music is a funny and forceful expression of resistance in the age of Trump.

“In the current national nightmare, we need to laugh,” Zimmerman said. “And we need to hope. To laugh is to fight back. To hope is to fight back.”

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zimmerman’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views on social media. He recently released his 10th album as a solo artist, “RiZe Up.” His signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more-timely

FUMC to host Arts from the Heart Valentine Concert

CLEARWATER – The 15th annual Arts from the Heart Valentine Concert will be presented Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Clearwater, 411 Turner St., Clearwater.

“This annual concert has become an audience favorite with record breaking attendance in each of the last couple of years,” said Bradley Swope, FUMC director of music.

The concert will feature performances of Broadway hits, popular songs and vocal standards from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. After the performance, the evening will conclude with a reception of chocolate desserts and fruit in the Fellowship Hall.

Admission is $15.

For information, call Swope at 727-446-5955, ext. 406.

FUMC annual book drive underway

CLEARWATER — First United Methodist Clearwater donates books each May for kindergarten through fifth grade students at Belleair Elementary School to promote summertime reading.

“Our 2019 goal is to collect no less than 2,000 books,” said Pam Lutgen, FUMC book drive chair.

All books and donations can be accepted through April at the welcome center desk inside FUMC, 411 Turner St., Clearwater.

The most direct way to help is to contribute cash or checks so that new books can be purchased from Scholastic at a discounted rate. Ordering from Scholastic ensures specific grade level appropriate books that include favorite authors, titles, and subject matter chosen by the students themselves. Another way to contribute is by purchasing new or gently used books and placing them in the book box in the welcome center desk.

FUMC adopted Belleair Elementary a decade ago for its weekend food program called “Pack-A-Snack” because four out of five students there are “food insecure.” The book program followed quickly upon learning the same proportion live in households where English is a second language. Understandably, Belleair Elementary students' proficiency of reading and language skills lag behind the state average.

“By encouraging these kids to read we can positively change their lives forever,” Lutgen said.

For information, visit www.firstmethodistclearwater.org.

Calvary Episcopal Church to host Winterfest

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Winterfest will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St., Indian Rocks Beach.

The event will be presented outside the church on the property as well as inside in the church. A special feature will be a free concert in the sanctuary at noon. Performing will be the Paradies Ensemble, featuring James Paradies on trumpet and Julie Paradies, violinist. Matt Burke, organist/choirmaster for Calvary Episcopal Church, will play the organ and piano. Selections will be for brass and organ as well as violin and piano.

The public is welcome to attend. There is no charge but donations are welcomed.

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