Silent auction to help with facility upgrades
The Clearwater Little League will hold a silent auction to raise money for a state-of-the-art batting cage and covered practice facility tonight at Palm Pavilion on Clearwater Beach.
The nearly 60-year-old organization is trying to raise $350,000 for the project, part of a larger $3.3 million refurbishing of the league's Sid Lickton Complex on Saturn Avenue.
The fields will be ready for the spring season, which begins in January. A weekend of formal dedications and celebrations will take place Feb. 14-16, Valentine's Day weekend, said Ric Ortega, a league board member.
The five batting cages will be able to be converted into infield practice facilities during inclement weather. Planners also want to have a covered area for parents to gather and have lighting for night use, he said.
"The additional features make (Sid Lickton) that much more viable for everybody," Ortega said. "This is a bonus, not just for Clearwater, but for all of Pinellas County."
Little Leaguers from around the county will be able to use the facility during tournaments, Ortega said.
Tonight's event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Bay Esplanade. A $5 donation is suggested for entry.
Operation Santa scheduled for Dec. 17-23
The Dunedin Fire Department will conduct Operation Santa again this year, bringing Santa through town on a decorated fire truck each night at 6 p.m. Dec. 17-23.
Santa will travel a pre-determined route and stop at five locations to greet those who wish to see him. The Santa truck will then cruise the Dunedin Causeway before returning to the fire station at approximately 8:30 p.m.
The route is as follows:
Beginning at fire station 61 at 1940 Ed Eckert Drive, the truck will head east on Michigan Boulevard to the Community Center for a stop near the back stage, then to Vanech Park for the second stop.
The truck then will proceed south on Keene Road to State Road 580 and then west on SR 580 to Patricia Avenue, and south on Patricia to Dunedin Middle School for a stop in its parking lot.
The truck will then head west on Union Street to Douglas Avenue and turn north. The next stop is at the stadium. From the stadium, the truck will proceed north on Douglas Avenue and through downtown to Edgewater Park for the last stop. Leaving Edgewater Park, the truck will head north on Bayshore Boulevard and ride out to the end of the Dunedin Causeway.
At each stop, the truck will linger for five to 10 minutes so Santa can greet gathered children and families.
Call (727) 298-3102 for more information.
Internet classes in January
The Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., is offering classes next month to seniors interested in learning about the Internet.
Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20 with a recreation card or $30 without.
A course on email and Facebook will be held Jan. 7-16. Participants must register by Jan. 6. A class on Web browsing and video chat program Skype will be held Jan. 21-30. Students must register by Jan. 17.
For more information, call the center at (727) 298-3299.
Get a free flu shot
Protect yourself from seasonal flu with a vaccine at no cost during the Flu Vaccine Clinic at the Florida Department of Health's Mid-County Health Department, 8751 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Flu vaccines will be provided from 5:30-8 p.m. today at this location only. Call (727) 524-4410 for more information.
High school choir set for holiday concert
The Palm Harbor University High School a cappella choir will present a holiday concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Freewill donations will be collected and given to the high school to support the music department. The choir is under the direction of Justin Havard. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006, if more information is needed.
Learn to bead ornaments for holidays
Beading Ornaments for the Holidays, a special crafts class, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Class attendees will take a plain ornament and learn how to embellish it with a draping of glittering beads. Registration is required, with a non-refundable startup fee of $5 that includes colored patterns, instructions, a beading needle and beading thread. Additional supplies can be furnished by the student or, for an additional fee, by the teacher. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a break with fellow crafters. Participants must phone the instructor, Sandra Carr, at (727) 784-1905 for additional details.