new community band auditions are scheduled
Local composer Dan Fox will hold auditions Wednesday and Thursday to form a Tarpon Springs community band. The Florida Nighthawks, a professional band, will play jazz and dance music from the 1920s, including songs once made famous by musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The band is seeking reed, brass and rhythm players, as well as violinists and singers. Musicians audition at 7 p.m. Wednesday and singers audition at 7 p.m. Thursday, both at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. For more information, call (727) 937-0686.
Pitch in to help clean up the coast
Register now to participate in a coastal cleanup hosted by the city of Clearwater and Keep Pinellas Beautiful. The program will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Courtney Campbell Causeway beach. Participants will remove trash and debris and are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, dress for the outdoors, wear sunscreen, and bring a pair of work or gardening gloves. Supervision, water and all tools and supplies will be provided. All ages are welcome. Students who participate are eligible to receive school service hours. The entrance to the beach is across the street from 3350 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. You can also enter the beach at Damascus Road. Visit www.myclearwater.com/parksvolunteer. For more information, call (727) 562-4803 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
First hearing set on 2013 budget
The Clearwater City Council will hold its first public hearing on next year's budget on Tuesday evening. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Clearwater's property tax rate will likely stay the same for the fourth year in a row. Officials have suggested no change to the tax rate of 5.15 mills, or $5.15 for every $1,000 of taxable property. Property values in Clearwater dropped $110 million in the past year, but officials say they've balanced the budget with job cuts and city reserves. The city will host a second public hearing on Sept. 20.
Draw out the artist within
The Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, is starting "Art in All Forms." The series begins this month and covers a wide range of disciplines. Learn to paint with acrylics, create and decorate in ceramics, understand the techniques of cartooning and drawing, work with watercolors, form clay into pottery and sculpture; string beads, pins, stones and charms into jewelry. For information, visit largocommunitycenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.