executive chefs in cook-off at tasting event
Four local chefs will battle in a head-to-head cook-off challenge Tuesday evening at a Taste of Clearwater, which will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Attendees will enjoy live music and limitless samples from about 40 restaurants and beverage providers. Advanced tickets are available at the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, 401 Cleveland St., or online at clearwaterflorida.org. They're $30 for general admission, $25 for chamber members, $20 each for a group rate of five or more. Tickets are also available at the gate for $30. Also, executive chefs from Island Way Grill, Rumba Island Bar and Grill, Enchantment on the Beach restaurant at the Clearwater Beach Best Western, and Rusty's Bistro at the Sheraton Sand Key will compete in a 60-minute culinary competition.
Clearwater High's 1971 class reunion
Clearwater High School's Class of 1971 will celebrate its 40th reunion at Clearwater Beach with a retro-themed "Back to the 70s" party from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Duval Room of Holiday Inn and Suites, 521 S Gulfview Blvd.; and a cocktail reception and dinner (resort casual dress) 6 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Carlouel Yacht Club, 1091 Eldorado Ave. For information, call (727) 799-2267 or visit Clearwaterhighschoolclassof1971.org.
Budget planning workshop Monday
The City Commission will hold its final planning workshop on the 2012 budget from 9 a.m. to noon Monday. Citizens get a chance to weigh in at public hearings at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 22, during regular commission meetings. The City Commission will adopt the final budget at its Sept. 22 meeting.
Halloween event needs volunteers
Dunedin is seeking volunteers for its Oct. 29 "Halloween Happening" event at the Dunedin Community Center. The 20 adult volunteers will sit behind a wall and use puppets to pass out candy to children ages 2 to 6 during the non-scary "Boo in the Zoo" event. Volunteer shifts are 5 to 7:30 p.m. and 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. The 50 teens will assist with games and pass out prizes from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive food and drink. For information, visit http://www.dunedingov.com/docs/home/holiday_vols.pdf or contact Jan Sebald at (727) 812-4540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LIbrary to host Hungry for Art
The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will once again co-host an Appetite for Art program at the library at noon on Tuesday.
Patti Buster, the museum's education coordinator, will give a sneak preview of upcoming exhibits and events, including images of newly acquired artworks from the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, which closed in 2009. Bring a brown bag lunch, and coffee and cookies will be provided. For information, call (727) 784-3332.