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Local events to celebrate the Fourth of July

Today

Holiday sing-along: Enjoy the tunes and sing along with Constantine Grame and Lauren Weber at the holiday program "Stars and Stripes Forever, A Patriotic Muse," at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Safford House, 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs. $15, $13 members. Call (727) 942-5605.

Today

Stories in Spanish: Attend the program "Katie Adams: Spanish Stories," featuring Hispanic stories with a dash of Spanish words at 2 p.m. at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. Call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.

Kids chess club: Bring your own chess set to this event at 3:30 p.m. at Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater. Call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.

Better writing: Wordsmith, a freelance secular writers' critique group, will meet 10 a.m. to noon through the summer in the library of Church on the Bayou Presbyterian, 409 Whitcomb Boulevard, Tarpon Springs. No dues or fees. Call (727) 942-7354 or (727) 934-8885.

Garden club potluck: Bring a side dish and the recipe to a "Potluck Get-Together" at 11:30 a.m. at the Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Public invited. Call Barbara Chapman at (727) 581-8929.

Cool bargains: Purchase Christmas books and more for all ages at a half-price "Christmas in July" sale during library hours this month in the Book Nook at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Proceeds benefit library programs and activities. Call (727) 733-2665.

Ceramics display: Ceramic artworks by St. Petersburg College faculty members Kimberly Kirchman and Jonathan Barnes will be on display during regular library hours in the Osceola Gallery of the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Free and open to the public. Call (727) 562-4814.

Musical evening: Ron and the Classics will perform at 7 p.m. today, July 15 and 29 at Turner-Brandon American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. The post accepts old flags and cell phones for proper disposal. Call (727) 442-5293.

Thursday

Water playground opens: The Kiwanis Sprayground, a new interactive children's water playground with more than 3,000 square feet of play area, opens at 10 a.m. at Highlander Park, 1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin. Hours will be 9 a.m. to sunset. ADA accessible. Call (727) 812-4530.

Dance benefit: A 24-hour dance-a-thon fundraiser for the newly-established Shara Himmel "Share Your Heart" Camp Kadima scholarship fund will take place at Pinellas County Jewish Day School, 1775 S Highland Ave., Clearwater. The public is invited to participate 7 p.m. to midnight. $7 entrance fee. For details call (727) 365-2014.

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.

Genealogy help: Members of the Caladesi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are available to assist the public with genealogy research 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. No appointment necessary. Call (727) 733-5383.

Noon bingo: Game starts at 12 p.m. every Thursday at Turner-Brandon American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Wear your Legion shirt and get a second beverage free. Call (727) 442-5293.

Story time: Windell Campbell Storytelling will feature storytelling with puppets at 3 p.m. at the North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.

Friday

Coin show: The Clearwater Coin Club will host its annual coin show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater, with more than 150 dealers, daily free gold coin giveaways and hourly door prizes. Free admission. Call (727) 688-9871.

Elvis tribute: Enjoy an Elvis Tribute with entertainer Steve Roberti 6 to 10 p.m. at VFW Post 2473, 1401 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-0922.

Writers group: Writers of all skill levels interested in getting published are invited to join the Writers Critique Group that meets 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Call David at (727) 942-9540.

Friday night fun: 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Seafood or chicken dinners will be available. Cost is $6.50. Bill Johnson and his karaoke machine will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. Call (727) 584-2038.

Saturday

Parade and fireworks: The Auxiliary Unit of American Legion Post 238, Safety Harbor, will host a Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. down Main St. from Second Ave. to Ninth Ave. S. When accompanied by an adult, children 12 and younger can bring decorated bikes, trikes and baby carriages and march in the parade. Festivities continue at 5 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Marina, including a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Call Brad Purdy at (727) 724-1555.

Patriotic picnic: The second Fourth of July Patriotic Picnic in the Park will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Craig Park, located along Spring Bayou, Tarpon Springs. The event includes a children's water fun area (wear bathing suits, bring towels); free food; game area with horseshoes, badminton, volleyball and more; sack races; hotdog eating contest; outrigger rides; reptiles from Tarpon Aquarium; and entertainment by the Bayou Boys and talent show winners in the band shell. Bring lawn chairs. (No fireworks are scheduled.) Call (727) 942-5628.

Picnic and fun: Belleair Bluffs' Independence Day Picnic will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belleair Bluffs Community Center and Park, 2747 Sunset Boulevard, and will feature plenty of activities for children and adults including Jason the Roving Magician, "Dunk the Mayor," karaoke by "Doc," bounce house and slide, and free food. (No fireworks are scheduled.) Call (727) 584-2151.

Festival and fireworks: Largo's Independence Day celebration kicks off with a DJ and festival foods at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. at Largo Central Park, 120 Central Park Drive. No alcohol, pets or personal fireworks (not even sparklers). Free admission and parking. Call (727) 587-6775 or visit LargoEvents.com.

Ride the rails: Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading and the hobby of live steam firsthand with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are approximately 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passings running through beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open for public runs the first full weekend of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.

Local events to celebrate the Fourth of July 06/30/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:57pm]
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