Below is a look at some events coming up around Largo in the coming weeks.
LARGO — The David Haines Memorial Footgolf Tournament benefiting the Pinellas Chapter of Special Olympics will be held Saturday, April 13, at the Largo Municipal Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road.
Registration for the event, which substitutes soccer balls for golf balls, will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Play will begin at 10 a.m. and continue for the nine-hole course until noon, but participants may complete the 18-hole course.
Prizes, however, will be awarded on scores from nine holes only.
Lunch will be available for purchase in the golf course clubhouse and water will be furnished throughout the tournament.
Cost is $20 per player and $20 per “virtual” player for those wishing to contribute but not actually play. Each entry fee includes nine holes and an opportunity to win prizes. Each paid entry also sponsors a Special Olympics athlete to participate in the tournament at no cost to the athlete.
An adult must accompany players aged 13 and younger. No cleats will be allowed on the course. Players may bring their own regulation size 5 soccer ball or one will be provided. A silent auction will be conducted throughout the tournament and each player will receive a swag bag. Opportunities to purchase tickets to win other prizes will be available during the event.
Registration may be completed online at specialolympicsflorida.org/pinellas/foot-golf-scramble. For more information, contact Cydni Weiner at firstname.lastname@example.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 — The Bay Area Professional Writers Guild Inc. will sponsor a series of workshops to help people in the community become better writers.
“The Write Stuff” series of workshops will tackle a different part of writing as a career to promote the art of writing and its development. On April 11, the guild will hold The Write Stuff: How to Self-Publish and Market Your Book at Creative Pinellas on 12211 Walsingham Road, from 10 a.m. to noon. All the workshops are open to the public.
Presenters for the workshop include John Brown, author of “A Self Publishing Primer: The Inside Story Of Self Publishing For All New Authors,” and Louise Harris, president of LAST Research and Editing, and author of “The 1776” series of books.
The fee for the April 11 workshop is $15.
Family Fun Fishing outing
LARGO — The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast hosts its 15th annual Family Fun Fishing outing Saturday, April 27, 8 to 11 a.m., at Taylor Park, 1100 SW 8th Ave.
This event is free for children 14 and younger. Kiwanis provides bait and fishing poles. Participants are welcome to bring their own gear. Prizes will be given out for first fish caught, most fish caught, smallest fish caught, and the first-, second-, and third-largest fish caught.
Coffee or juice and a donut will be offered for a $1 donation. Proceeds go towards the purchase of bait that day.
Call 727-873-7852 for more information.
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 host a free showing of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12.
On-site parking and concessions will be available. Alcohol is not permitted.
Ukulele society workshop
LARGO — A monthly ukulele workshop will be held at the Largo Public Library on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.
Hosted by the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society, the workshop provides an introduction to the ukulele. A limited number of instruments will be supplied by the society, so participants are urged to bring their own if you have one.
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.
Art Hops 2019
LARGO — With a nod toward the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and all things groovy, the Greater Largo Library Foundation will hold its 12th annual Art Hops! Art Hops 2019 — The Library Experience on Saturday, April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Public Library.
The event will offer an array of interactive activities and demonstrations, including a variety of popular library programs. Art Hops will also feature artists and artisans with items for sale, a silent auction, entertainment, dinner and dessert, a cash bar, and a craft brew garden.
Event tickets are $35.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit gllf.org.
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.
Southwest Recreation Complex
Underwater Egg Hunt
LARGO — Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, will host an underwater egg hunt for children 5 and older Friday, April 19, from noon to 2 p.m.
Children that cannot swim must use a life jacket and parents are not permitted in the pool during the hunt times. Enjoy open swim outside of the hunt areas for the entire event.
Limited spots for each age group will be available. The cost is $5 per wristband.
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.