A Valentine's Day Wedding Gift
Here's to love on Valentine's Day. During these economically challenging times, couples hoping to get married may feel they just can't afford it right now.
The Pinellas County Clerk of the Court, the Florida Botanical Gardens and the Charmonizers Barbershop Quartet are joining to offer a romantic solution.
On Feb. 14, Ken Burke, clerk of the Pinellas County Court, will perform a group marriage ceremony in the Wedding Garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens.
The county ceremony fee will be waived, as will the gardens facility usage fee. However, couples are required to apply and pay for their marriage license no later than Feb. 11.
The license fee is $93.50 and will be reduced to $61 for Florida residents who complete a premarital preparation course. The event will take place at 2 p.m. The Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. For more information, call the Clerk of the Court Office at (727) 464-4876.
Ridgecrest to celebrate community members
Community members will be honored during the "What's Right with Ridgecrest'' banquet Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Ridgecrest Area Youth Development Initiative's after-school tutoring program.
Honorees include Daisy Beal, the co-founder of Friends of Ridgecrest and coordinator of Ridgecrest's Juneteenth celebration; Gwen Feazell, co-founder of Bridging the Achieving Gap; Vic Wickman, a volunteer swim instructor at the Ridgecrest YMCA; and Wanda McCawthan, a community activist and GRAYDI board member. Eleven-year-old Amna Soliman will also receive an award for her work helping other students at the GRAYDI Computer and Learning Center.
The event, including dinner, begins at 4 p.m. and will be at the Ridgecrest YMCA, 1801 119th St. N. There will be an opportunity to make donations at the end of the program. The event is free, but registration is required. Call GRAYDI at (727) 595-1684.
Scuba Olympics set for Pool Complex
The city of Largo's Aquatics Division will host the Scuba Olympics at noon Saturday at the Southwest Pool Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo.
Events include an underwater bicycle race and professional obstacle course. Proceeds will support a new Special Olympics Swim Team program. Call (727) 586-7455.
Park celebration will focus on happy pups
Everything will be about peace, love and happy pups at Woofstock 2009 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The groovy celebration at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, will include dog training classes, contests, musical entertainment and animal-related merchandise on display.
For information on the event or to become a vendor, call Mandy Petersen at (727) 518-3021.
Jewelry show to have crafters and artisans
Treat your sweetheart or yourself to something dazzling for Valentine's Day. Largo's special events department is coordinating the "All That Glitters Jewelry Show'' from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside Ulmer Park on Sunday. Crafters and artisans will be selling their wares near the gazebo. Admission is free.
Ulmer Park is located at 301 W Bay Drive. For information, visit www.largoevents.com.
Run to benefit Caregiving Youth
The Caring Heart Run will be held Feb. 14 at Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave. NE.
The fundraiser, in its second year, is to benefit the Caregivers Support Network and its Caregiving Youth Project of Pinellas, a new program that identifies youth that have caregiving responsibilities for a family member.
To register, visit: www.caregiverssupportnetwork.com. For information, call (727) 437-1639.