Below is a look at some events coming up around Largo in the coming weeks.
Reasons for Hope conference
LARGO — The Reasons for Hope conference will be presented Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 S Highland Ave., Largo.
Why do bad things happen to good people? Is there factual evidence that the gospels are true? These are just two of the questions that will be discussed at the conference. Apologetics scholars from across the country will speak during the two-day conference, covering topics ranging from what the Bible says about women to why God allows evil. The Christian scholars who will be speaking at the conference include Dr. Clay Jones, professor at Biola University; Laurie Stewart, president of Women in Apologetics; John Stewart, author and award-winning radio personality, and more.
Cost for both days is $30, and discounts are available for students, groups and others. For information or to register, visit www.stpaulumc.org.
Yard sale benefit
LARGO — A yard sale will take place Saturday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Christian Fellowship Church of Largo, 900 Starkey Road.
Proceeds will benefit Sabal Palms Children’s Center.
Beyond Incredible fashion event
LARGO — Beyond Incredible, a fashion event to celebrate exceptional men and women with disabilities, will be presented Saturday, April 6, 5 to 8 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 S. Highland Ave., Largo.
This event is organized by Help Us Gather, a local nonprofit with the mission to connect people with disabilities to social events. HUG is pulling out all the stops to make sure this special event is a night to remember.
More than 250 people will dress to the nines and gather at the church. Guests with special needs will be pampered with hair, makeup, jewelry, accessories and more before walking a red carpet and taking photographs with local beauty queens.
Four individuals with special needs will be honored that evening for their exceptional contributions to the Tampa Bay community. The honor comes with the title of Charitable, Powerful, Fearless or Inspirational. What makes this event unique is that HUG books celebrity appearances in Tampa Bay for each of its title holders. 2018’s celebrity appearances included a live TV interview, receiving an “Honorary Deputy” title from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and a special appearance at Julie Weintraub’s Denim and Diamonds fundraiser, benefiting Hands Across the Bay.
“We hold this glamorous gala each year because we understand how important it is for people of all abilities to experience special events,” said Robin Lally, founder of the nonprofit. “I am so inspired by the men and women I meet through HUG. These incredible people have accomplishments that HUG wants to both celebrate and share with the community.”
Help Us Gather is part of The Helping Project, a public charity with 501(c)3 status. Lally founded Help Us Gather in 2017. Help Us Gather is a way to find or share events for people of all abilities in Tampa Bay. For information, visit www.helpusgather.org.
Spring Fling Sock Hop
LARGO — The 20th annual Spring Fling Sock Hop fundraising event will be held Saturday, April 13, from 6 to 10 p.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road.
The event, which is presented by longtime dance club FL 50’s Original Rockers, will feature music by the Impacs, a local band that plays music from the 1950s, ‘60s and more.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and more will be made available by the Knights of Columbus in-house restaurant. There is also a cash bar and snacks.
Tickets are $10 each at the door or in advance. Call 727-786-1624 or 813-837-3335.
A portion of all the proceeds are given to local charities. The FL 50’s Original Rockers are a nonprofit organization, and donate each year to many charitable organizations in the area.
Largo Central Park
Largo Central Park is at 101 Central Park Drive. Within the park are the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive; the Largo Feed Store, 295 Central Park Drive; and the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. To contact the library, call 727-587-6715.
Free movies in the park
LARGO — Central Park will show free family-friendly movies on select Fridays in March and April starting at 6:30 p.m.
On-site parking and concessions will be available. Alcohol is not permitted.
Movie titles include: “Teen Titans Go to the Movies” (April 5), and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (April 12).
Pioneering Women of Traditional Music
LARGO — The Largo Public Library will present Pioneering Women of Traditional Music on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m.
During the event, which will will take place in the Jenkins Community Wing on the first floor of the library, roots musician Paula Bradley will present a concert featuring women of traditional American old-time and blues music. Bradley will discuss the lives of each performer, including both obscure and more well-known players, such as the Carter Family.
This event is free to attend.
The Presidents’ Escort: The Joseph Browning Corbin Story
LARGO — The Presidents’ Escort: The Joseph Browning Corbin Story will be presented Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Largo Public Library.
This event will take place in the Jenkins Community Wing on the first floor of the library.
During the event, learn about the life of Joseph B. Corbin, a World War II veteran and Seminole resident who was recently awarded the French Order of Légion d’Honneur, the highest honor in France.
Corbin served five U.S. presidents as a presidential motorcycle escort during his career with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Discover his firsthand impressions of our former presidents — from Harry Truman to Richard Nixon — and follow his journey through the politics, relationships and fanfare of the White House.
This event is free, but registration is required by visiting www.LargoPublicLibrary.org.
Playing! Unplugged, Touch-a-Truck return
LARGO — Two of Largo’s most popular free events arrive Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when Playing! Unplugged and Touch-a-Truck return to Central Park.
Touch-a-Truck allows children to climb, honk and play around in a variety of vehicles, including fire trucks, dump trucks, buses and an 18-wheeler.
The day also will include the annual Playing! Unplugged … Just What the Doctor Ordered. The event’s new host, Dr. Cesar Lara, invites children of all ages to unplug from technology and participate in a variety of activities, including a ropes course, obstacle course, Nerf battle, tree and rock climbing and more.
Free limited on-site parking is available and park and walk will be offered from Largo Middle School.
For more information, visit LargoEvents.com or call 727-0587-6740, ext. 5014.
LARGO — The Central Park Performing Arts Center will host its annual wedding expo on Sunday, April 7, from noon to 3 p.m. The Center will showcase some of the best wedding and event professionals in the Tampa Bay area.
Couples looking to tie the knot will have the opportunity to interact with selected vendors from various categories, see the latest trends of 2019, enjoy guided tours of the Central Park wedding sites and rustic Historic Largo Feed Store.
The event is free to all attendees who pre-register online by Friday, April 5, with the first 100 brides registered to receive a special bridal swag bag. All brides will be entered into (must be present to win) a drawing for a three-day, two-night stay at Camelot Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach or a VIP Experience Package to WTR at The Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas, as well as a chance to win other prizes.
Walk-ups are welcome at $10 per entry with all of the proceeds going to Central Park Performing Arts Center theatre camp scholarships.
For more information, call 727-587-6751.
LARGO — The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas will present its 13th annual Pawfest on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Largo Central Park.
Co-sponsored by the city of Largo, Pawfest is a free carnival for children and dogs with fun activities for the whole family.
Besides offering plenty of adoptable pets, the festival will include dog agility demonstrations and a K-9 demonstration by the Largo Police Department.
Other activities include contests for the best-costumed dogs, best trick dogs, and largest and smallest dog. Children contests include musical chairs and hula hoops. Bounce houses also will be back, and Largo Central Railroad will offer rides.
Sponsorships, vendor fees and drawings help fund the Kiwanis Club’s many service programs for the year.
For more information on Pawfest to learn about Kiwanis membership, call 727-536-0412.
Largo Live Central Park Music Series
LARGO — The Betty Fox Band will kick off the Largo Live Central Park Music Series with a performance Friday, April 19, 7 to 10 p.m., in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.
This new music series will feature a different local headliner each month. The free concerts will be presented on third Fridays at the park and also will feature food vendors, beer and wine.
Upcoming headliners include country rock band Soul Circus Cowboys on May 17 and pop-rock performer Chris McCarty on June 21.
For information, visit LargoEvents.com.
Highland Recreation Complex
Highland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Visit HighlandRecreation.com or call 727-518-3016.
Brunch with the Bunny
LARGO — Brunch with the Bunny events will be held at Southwest Recreation Complex on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m., and at Highland Recreation Complex on Thursday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy brunch, crafts and games with a spring theme.
Register at any of the city’s recreation facilities for the event, which is for children age 6 and younger.
The cost is $6 each child and $2 each adult.
Family Fun Run Series
LARGO — The Spring Has Sprung Fun Run will be held Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m., at Highland Recreation Complex.
Pre-registration at any of the city’s three facilities is recommended to reserve a spot.
The cost is $10 for an individual or $20 for the whole family.
Kayak at Highland Lake
LARGO — Enjoy a free day of kayaking at Highland Lake on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All equipment will be provided.
Call 727-518-3016 for more information.
LARGO — Highland Recreation Complex will host the second annual Largo Playcon on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In partnership with M&M Video Games, this family-friendly event is for fans of all ages with an appreciation for gaming and comics.
Featured will be vendors of toys and collectibles, artwork, apparel, comic books, games and more. There will also be gaming competitions and free play, a costume contest, cosplay guest and a chance to meet local comic book artists.
Event wristbands are on sale and can be purchased at Highland Recreation, M&M Video Games locations and online at PlayLargo.com.
Cost is $7 in advance and $10 at the door for ages 12 and older. Children age 11 and younger get in free.
For more information, call 727-518-3016 or visit HighlandRecreation.com.
McGough Nature Park
McGough Nature Park is at 11901 146th St. N. and includes the Narrows Environmental Education Center. Visit largoparks.com or call 727-518-3047.
Birds of prey show
LARGO — The Look Alive Bird Show will be each Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Narrows Environmental Education Center.
Attendees will get a glimpse at the world of Florida’s flighted hunters. The show details the adaptations that raptors use to exploit the natural world for their gain. The show includes owls, hawks, falcons and Sarge, the center’s own bald eagle and the star of the show.
The show is free.
Arbor Day celebration
LARGO — Celebrate Arbor Day at McGough Nature Park on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The free event will showcase the park’s many animals, including owls, snakes and reptiles. Attendees also can take home a free tree or, for a donation, get a picture taken with Sarge, the park’s American bald eagle.
Largo Community Center
The Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 727-518-3131.
Suncoast Barbershop Chorus Spring Concert
LARGO — The Suncoast Barbershop Chorus will hold a Spring Concert on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Largo Community Center.
Enjoy the smooth stylings of the chorus as they sing your favorite springtime songs in true barbershop fashion.
The cost is $16 with a meal or $10 for the concert only.