Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Have your say on proposed Dunedin city budget

DUNEDIN

Have your say on proposed city budget

The City Commission will hold hearings for residents to sound off on the proposed 2013 budget. Hearings are 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 27, during the regular commission meetings. The final budget will be adopted at the Sept. 27 meeting. The fiscal year starts Oct. 1. To see the documents, visit dunedingov.com, select the Government tab, then Finance, then Budget.

Free concert series at Highlander Park

The city's Starlight Concert series kicks off at 9 p.m. Friday at Highlander Park's Sindoon Stage with music by the Legendary JCs. The Vodkanauts perform Sept. 14, the Bus Stop Band on Sept. 21 and the Late Night Brass on Sept. 28. Genres include jazz, soul, rock, blues and R&B. The free concerts are sponsored in part by Nielsen, the Kiwanis Club, Murals for Mutts and Dunedin Doggie Rescue. Beer and concessions are available. Call the Dunedin Community Center at (727) 812-4530.

LARGO

Learn to fly fish, kayak at center

The Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing will start two classes on Sept. 12, each costing $45. Kayaking 101 begins at 6:30 p.m. and is a two-part class focusing on tips and methods of paddling strokes, getting in and out of a kayak, equipment, safety and preparation. The second part will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. The other class is Intro to Fly Fishing, and it also starts at 6:30 p.m. The two-part class introduces the techniques for saltwater and freshwater fly fishing along with an introduction to knots, tackle and artificial flies. The second fly fishing class will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. The center is at 12211 Walsingham Road. Call (727) 365-4660.

TARPON SPRINGS

Class on handling bullies, strangers

Register now for a Stranger Awareness/Bullying Prevention Seminar at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Craig Park Recreation Center, 5 Beekman Way. The program is a tae kwon do class for all ages to learn how to avoid being a victim and how to stay safe when encountering strangers. It will also include discussion on how to react to bullying and how to avoid conflicts. The cost is $25. For more information, call (727) 942-5628.

Go to Greek isles for a few hours

The city will present Night in the Islands, a free festival on the Sponge Docks, from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The event features music by the Greek band Ellada, which will perform nisiotika, the lively traditional music of the Greek islands, as well as old and new Greek favorites. Ellada includes George Soffos, bouzouki; Elias Poulos, vocals; and Dino Theofilos, keyboard. The festival will be on Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Athens streets. The festival is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

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Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

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Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

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Festivus 2017: Submit your grievances and complaints here

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Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code

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Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional N. Korea talks

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Judge signals release of ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

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Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

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