Friday, December 15, 2017
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Cooking fire destroys Clearwater home

Musical comedy opens today

Three couples' sometimes hilarious reactions to parenthood form the central theme of the musical comedy Baby, opening today in Tarpon Springs. Story, Page 6.

CLEARWATER

Cooking fire destroys two-story home

Food left cooking unattended caused a fire that destroyed a two-story home at 1477 Drew St. on Thursday afternoon. It took firefighters around 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze. One resident, who was not named, was outside when firefighters arrived. No one was hurt.

EAST LAKE

Writers celebrate with reception

Members of the East Lake Writers Workshop are hosting a book launch reception to celebrate publication of Florida On My Mind, their collection of Florida-themed short stories. The reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. The public is invited to the free event. The book costs $15 online, but is $12.95 if you buy it at the book launch. Part of the profits from book sales will go to the library. For more information, call (727) 772-6997.

DUNEDIN

Art sale to benefit school programs

Visit downtown Dunedin from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday for San Jose night, a student art sale, stroll and outdoor musical celebration benefiting the elementary school's music, gifted, autism and other educational programs. The art show will feature pieces from more than 130 students displayed throughout Pioneer Park and the patio at Skip's Bar and Grill. Musical performances and Reader's Theatre begin at 5:30 p.m. at the park stage. Casa Tina and Pan y Vino will donate 100 percent of their food profits to the school. Take-out is available. For reservations, call (727) 734-9226, or for more information, call the school at (727) 469-5956.

Garden party tickets on sale

Start reserving your tickets for the Dunedin Fine Art Center's 32nd annual garden party. The theme for this year's celebration, to be held 5 p.m. to sunset April 1 at four Dunedin homes overlooking the St. Joseph Sound off Santa Barbara Drive, is "Art, Jewels and April Fools." Pegged as the art center's single largest annual fundraiser, the party will feature live music, food and an art auction. Tickets start at $150 per person. For more information, call (727) 298-3322.

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