LARGO — The Florida Suncoast Chorus, which is based at the Largo Community Center, placed first among mixed choruses in recent statewide competitions in Orlando sponsored by the Barbershop Harmony Society.

The Barbershop Harmony Society has more than 80,000 members worldwide.

Tracing its roots back some 60 years, the Florida Suncoast Chorus performs throughout Pinellas County and beyond. Its repertoire includes folk tunes, patriotic numbers, love songs, spirituals, holiday classics, American standards, and pop tunes — all sung a cappella in close harmony.

The chorus rehearses each Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Largo Community Center, and the public is welcome to watch.

Membership in the chorus is open to men and women of all ages.

Its next performance is slated for Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m., at the Community Center.

For information about the chorus or to arrange for a performance, call 727-667-5502.

New electric vehicle charging stations installed

LARGO — In partnership with Duke Energy, the city of Largo has installed six electric vehicle charging stations on city property that are free of charge for residents, visitors and staff.

The three newest stations are in the front parking lot of City Hall, at the Belcher Soccer Complex and at Southwest Recreation Center. 

Largo also recently joined the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition, a group committed to reducing emission and improving local air quality through the promotion and use of alternative vehicles and technology. These efforts support Largo’s strategic focus on sustainability and its commitment to transition to a 100 percent electric fleet by 2030.

Parks division gives boost to bees

LARGO — The city of Largo Parks Division will participate in a sustainability initiative to promote the support and growth of critical pollinator colonies, which include bees, wasps, butterflies and many others.

Recently the wildflowers in the grass at the Largo Cemetery have been blooming, attracting thousands of bees and other pollinators to the area. While the area may appear that it needs to be mowed, parks staff say they will refrain from mowing the grass until the more active growing season arrives and the wildflowers are out of bloom.

For any questions or concerns, call the Parks Division at 727-586-7415.

Water Conservation Challenge kicks off

LARGO – Mayor Woody Brown is joining other mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water by taking part in the annual Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

Last year, residents from thousands of cities across the country pledged to reduce their water usage by nearly 2 billion gallons.

To participate, enter online at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of the city of Largo. One winning city will be determined from five population categories. The city with the most pledges in each population category will win. Residents from the winning cities who take the online pledge will also be entered to win hundreds of environmentally friendly prizes, including $5,000 for home utilities, water-saving fixtures and home improvement gift cards.

Each person who takes the pledge also has the option to select a charity within the community to win a new Toyota RAV4 hybrid vehicle.

For questions, visit OurFutureLargo.com or email Sustainability@largo.com.