Florida artists to discuss activism, inspiration
The Morean Arts Center Galleries presents a panel discussion with the artists from the exhibits "Paradise Lost/Paradise Found" and "Disappearing Florida" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. Participants, led by curator Amanda Cooper, will discuss the idea of artist-as-activist and how their love for the Sunshine State inspired the work on the exhibits. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available. To RSVP, or for more information, call (727) 822-7872, ext. 2133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn to make portfolios for Gibbs' arts programs
Gibbs High School's Pinellas County Center for the Arts is hosting a portfolio prep day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the high school, 850 34th St. S. This audition/portfolio prep day is for all interested students who are auditioning for the program in visual art, theater tech, performance and musical theater, instrumental and vocal music, and dance. Receive information and tips to help prospective students make a productive audition/portfolio for the program. For more information, call Francine Giannotti or Donna Hearn at (727) 893-5452, ext. 2031, or visit www.pccagibbs.com.
Drawings, screenings, more at wellness expo
The city of Seminole Recreation Division hosts the 10th annual "Fit Over 50" health and wellness expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N. This expo will feature health and wellness seminars, community entertainment, a healthy salad buffet, hands-on fitness/wellness demonstrations, giveaways, drawings and health screenings. In addition, many senior friendly businesses will be on hand to discuss their products. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (727) 391-8345.
Get tickets for Air Force, SPC concert bands
The Concert Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve plays alongside musicians from the St. Petersburg College Concert Band for a show of Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes, movie themes and patriotic favorites at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. The concert is free, but you must pick up a ticket at the box office. For more information call (727) 822-3590 or visit www.spcollege.edu/palladium.
Visit commissioner without appointment
Pinellas County Commissioner Kenneth T. Welch, District 7, announced the beginning of community office hours to allow Pinellas residents to voice their opinions, ideas and concerns relating to county issues without having to travel to the County Courthouse. The first of these monthly meetings will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the James Weldon Johnson Branch Library at 1059 18th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. The commissioner will be in the Quiet Study Room at the back of the library and will meet with constituents first-come, first-served; no appointment necessary.
Topics expected to come before the Board of County Commissioners in 2011 include transportation/light rail, human services/housing/homeless services, EMS restructuring, annexation and countywide budget cuts.
For more information visit www.pinellascounty.org/commission or call (727) 464-3614.
Collector of toy trains to discuss his hobby
Bob Stanton, a former collector of old toy trains, has acquired many beautiful models, most of which his family could never have afforded when he was young. Stanton will discuss the history of his hobby and his experience with old toy trains at the Seminole Historical Society's next meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Seminole Recreation Center, Room 210B, 9100 113th St. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (727) 391-1433.
PJ Playgroup designed to tire kids out for bed
Looking for an easy and fun way to get the kids to bed on time? Come to Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays for PJ Playgroup. The program is designed for walking toddlers though age 5 dressed in their pajamas for a parent-child playgroup before bedtime. There will be free-play and organized activities. Then, the group will end with a calming activity or story. The cost is $2 for residents, $2.50 for nonresidents; $5.50 for guests. For more information, visit PlayLargo.com or call (727) 518-3016.
Bubbles, boomerangs at Scientific Circus Feb. 5
Tickets are on sale for the Super Scientific Circus at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Through the use of boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bull whips, and magic, the performers will introduce scientific principles such as friction, inertia, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure and ultraviolet light. The program aims to prove that science can be fun. Tickets are $6.50 for adults; $5.50 for children; $20 for a family four-pack. For more information, call the box office, (727) 587-6793.
Author featured speaker at women's retreat
Tickets are on sale for the 32nd annual Growth in Faith Women's Retreat Feb. 26 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. The featured speaker will be Sheri Rose Shepherd, author of His Princess: Love Letters from Your King. The cost is $30 which includes lunch. Doors open at 8 a.m. The program is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit, www.GrowthInFaith.org.
Jazz vocalist Monheit performing Saturday
Tickets are on sale for Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. She will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. She has appeared on numerous television shows including Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Today and Christmas at the White House. Tickets are $35, $40 VIP, $40 day of show. For tickets, visit LargoArts.com or call (727) 587-6793.
ST. PETE BEACH
Dixie Hollins classes 1969 to 1974 set reunion
Dixie Hollins alumni are planning a reunion for the classes of 1969 through 1974 for the weekend of June 17-19 at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach.
Any alumni who have not been contacted and who are interested in attending should contact Sherry Brock at email@example.com or (727) 347-9662.
Submit your one-act play before April 1
West Coast Players invite novice, emerging or accomplished playwrights to submit one-act plays to be performed at the annual One Acts Festival, July 8-10.
All plays must be original (no adaptations), require minimal staging and not previously staged in the Tampa Bay area. Blatantly adult themes and/or language are only acceptable when the play reading committee considers it vital to the plot. Approximately eight plays will be chosen. The entry fee is $5. A portion will be awarded to three playwrights whose scripts are designated as favorites by audience vote.
Send one copy of the script, typed in standard format (no e-mails) postmarked no later than April 1 to: West Coast Players, Attn: One Act Play Producer, P.O. Box 5022, Clearwater, FL 33758. Be sure to include your street address, telephone number and e-mail. For information, call (727) 437-2363.
Christian school offers minority scholarship
Indian Rocks Christian School, 12685 Ulmerton Road, is accepting nominations for the Betty Shields Minority Scholarship (Grades 6-11). Pick up a nomination packet from the school. The nomination deadline is Monday. For more information, call (727) 593-8706.