Enjoy free coffee and conversation with Elaine Schilp, a specialist in Chinese brush painting in both traditional and modern styles, at noon at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Ave. Free. Call (727) 298-3322.
Learn about diabetes: Cindy Bray of Morton Plant Mease Hospital's Diabetes Education Center will be the guest speaker at a 6 p.m. meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City at Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane. Public welcome. For reservations, call (727) 725-7549. Visit kiwanis.org/club/springtimecity.
Make contact: Attend the "Right Out of Tomorrow" Business-to-Business Trade Show and Social presented by the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce 5-8 p.m.at the St. Nicholas Community Center, 348 N Pinellas Ave. and network with more than 60 businesses, have gold and jewelry appraised, and sample food from some of Tarpon's restaurants. Open to the public. Admission $3. Call (727) 937-6109.
Fun Fair: St. Patrick Catholic School, 1501 Trotter Road, Largo will present its Fun Fair, Friday through Sunday, with a preview night 6-10 p.m. today. The fun continues 6-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Included will be carnival games, amusement rides, a silent auction, bingo and a flea market. Free admission and parking. An unlimited ride, four-day wristband, $55; Thursday night or Sunday-only wristband, $20. Food and game tickets are three for $1. Call (727) 581-4865.
Adventures across the pond: The "Armchair Traveler" series visits Great Britain at 2 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. and features photos and tales of adventure by world travelers. Free. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.
Beach concert: Bring your favorite beach chair or blanket and listen to the Crowns perform oldies and doo wop 7-9 p.m. at Sunset Beach, at the west end of Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free admission. Call (727) 942-5628.
Genealogy help: Members of the Caladesi Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, are available to assist the public with genealogy research 1-3 p.m. Thursdays at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. No appointment necessary. Call (727) 733-5383.
Bingo: All are welcome to play at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at VFW Post 2473, 1401 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-0922.
Sketch group: Sketching from a live model is offered 6-8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Daily fee $2 with recreation ID card, $3 without. Call (727) 298-3299.
Noon bingo: Game starts at noon every Thursday at Turner-Brandon American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Lunch available. Call (727) 442-5293.
Square dancing: Dance to professional caller Allen Snell 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Fee is $5 per person. Call (727) 298-3299.
Sunset Sounds: Rebekah Pulley is this month's featured performer at Sunset Sounds, a free music series 7-9 p.m. the second Friday of every month at Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Bring seating. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014. Visit LargoEvents.com.
Showcasing talent: Auditions for the Adult and Senior Fall Talent Show will be 3-5:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 16 at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. Show is Nov. 5. 15 performers will be selected by a panel of judges. Call (727) 518-3131.
Musical comedy: Eight O'Clock Theater presents Forever Plaid at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Performances include the classics Three Coins in a Fountain, Sixteen Tons, Chain Gang and Heart & Soul. Tickets $30 VIP; $27 advance; $30 day of show; $23 group; and $25 seniors (60 and over). Call (727) 587-6793 or visit eightoclocktheatre.com.
Exhibition and lecture: Rollins College studio art professor Rachel Simmons brings her multi-media "Wonders of the Sea" exhibition to the area and will give a free lecture and slide presentation entitled "Antarctica: Making Art From Ice" at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Two workshops for children and adults are planned for Saturday. For details, call (727) 298-3322.
Warmhearted spoof: West Coast Players will present the musical revue, Ain't Retirement Grand, at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday at West Coast Players Theater, 21905 U.S. 19 N, in the Clearwater Commerce Center behind Clearwater Toyota. All tickets $15. For reservations call (727) 437-2363.
Oktoberfest: The Suncoast Animal League will host the Safety Harbor Oktoberfest 4-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Enjoy German food, beer, live entertainment, games, children's play area, arts and crafts vendors, "Dogtoberfest," and the "Running of the Wieners." All proceeds benefit the Suncoast Animal League. Call (727) 786-1330 or visit suncoastanimalleague.org.
Praying for peace: The third annual Public Prayer Rally will take place noon-1:15 p.m. at Pioneer Park, the intersection of Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Parking is available in the municipal lot, one block south of Pioneer Park at Main Street and Highland Avenue. Call (727) 736-6567.
Saturday tournament: Tampa Bay Backgammon Club will host backgammon and tavli tournaments starting at noon at Hampton Inn & Suites, 39284 U.S. 19 N. Call (727) 743-0500. Visit tampabaybackgammon.com.
Inspiring stroll: The 17th annual Artist's Studio Waltz Open House Tour will be 9 a.m-5 p.m. and take visitors on a free, self-guided tour of this area's art community in Palm Harbor and Dunedin. Download a location map and view artist's work at studiowaltz17.pbworks.com or pick up maps at Dunedin Library and Chamber of Commerce, Dunedin Fine Art Center, and Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs. For information about participating artists and locations, call Susan Rollins Gehring at (727) 736-2466 or (727) 916-0105; or Carol Sackman at (727) 736-4036.
Summer Saturday Green Market: Open 7:30 a.m.-noon in Pioneer Park, at Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Features produce, cheeses, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, organic products and more. Call (727) 733-4215.
Flea market: The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department will host its annual flea market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the air-conditioned gymnasium of the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. Free admission. Call (727) 942-5628.
Art walk: There will be an art walk noon-4 p.m. in historic downtown Tarpon Springs and includes exhibits on Alt. U.S. 19 from Boyer Street north to Tarpon Avenue. Event includes on-location painting, live music and children's activities. Free. Call Heather at (727) 937-7125.
Arts and crafts: Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance presents "Art in the Garden," an outdoor arts and crafts sale featuring the artwork of GCAA members and friends 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 514 Skinner Blvd., Dunedin. Free admission. Call (727) 738-8010.
A sea of orange: Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase today through Oct. 31 at the annual Pumpkin Patch at East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road. Proceeds benefit missions and ministries of East Lake UMC. Call (727) 784-9250 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pumpkin patch: The Lighthouse Student Ministry will host its 18th annual fall sale of pumpkins and gourds 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. until Oct. 31 at Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. Proceeds will be used for mission projects and to send students to camp. Call (727) 796-1329.
Career forum: Several neighborhood churches are sponsoring the Clearwater Career Forum 9-11 a.m. over three Saturday mornings, Oct. 10, 17 and 24 in the cafe of the Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road. The forum will help strengthen positive self-image, assess personal career skills and provide tools for an effective job search. $20 offering suggested to cover all three sessions. For details call (727) 531-0992.
Italian-American Heritage Month: LIADO, the Italian-American Women of Today, will present information on their culture and heritage 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Call (727) 773-2665.
Welcome to the neighborhood: New to East Lake? Find out what this area has to offer, meet other newcomers and enjoy free refreshments at 10:30 a.m. at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Call (727) 773-2665.
Morning bird walk: Take an easy bird watching walk on packed trails and pavement with the Clearwater Audubon Society to see songbirds, raptors and more at John Chesnut Park, 2200 East Lake Road. Meet at 8 a.m. at shelter 6. Call Ellen Pfau at (727) 786-3718 or visit pinellascounty.org/park/04_Chesnut.htm.
Keeping coasts clean: A special benefit for The Suncoast Chapter of Surfrider Foundation will take place 6-9 p.m. Saturday at The Beach Bar on Mandalay, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater. Surfing videos, free gear and live music bring awareness of the sport of surfing and the efforts Surfrider makes to keep beaches and waters clean. Petitions against offshore oil drilling will be available for signing. For details, call Flash Gordon at (727) 442-7953, e-mail email@example.com or visit suncoastsurfrider.org.
Diamond anniversary: The Humane Society of Pinellas will host its 60th anniversary open house celebration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater with bagels, cake and other refreshments, children's games, pet photography, calendars, demonstrations by Clearwater police, and more. HSP will offer 60 percent off regular adoption fees. Call (727) 797-7722, ext. 222.