Fire at Bait House threatened yacht
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that partially damaged the Bait House Restaurant on Clearwater Beach Monday night.
A fisherman noticed smoke coming from the building at 51 Causeway Blvd. just after it closed at 10 p.m., a fire rescue spokesman said. When firefighters arrived, they found the building in flames.
Gusty winds fanned the flames and for a time endangered the 115-foot StarLite Majesty dining yacht, anchored nearby. The fire was eventually extinguished, and no injuries were reported.
The blaze appears to have started in the kitchen, the only portion of the restaurant damaged by the fire.
Author to sign work at book fair
Students and teachers from Eisenhower Elementary School will hold a book fair Saturday afternoon at Barnes & Noble, 23654 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater, with a book signing by local author Dorothy Billingsly Rado.
During the event, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., Rado will conduct a reading of her newly published book, Precious MEOWments for the Child Within Us, in which she shares simple wisdom that she has gleaned from interactions with her cat.
Eisenhower Elementary principal Antonette Wilson describes the book fair as an event that will allow parents and teachers to model behavior that leads to a deeper appreciation of reading, underscoring the vital role that reading skills play in understanding any subject matter.
Turkey Trot Camp will be at rec center
Dunedin's Parks & Recreation Department is hosting Turkey Trot Camp for children ages 5 to 12 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Nov. 25 through 27. Children will enjoy fun-filled activities, including Thanksgiving-themed games, arts and crafts, special treats and more. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost is $65. Extra recreation is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. for an additional $15. Campers must bring their own lunch and water bottle and wear close-toed shoes. For more information, call (727) 738-2920.
Commission will not meet
The Dunedin City Commission has canceled its meeting this Thursday due to a death in one member's family.
Commissioner Julie Scales' husband, retired Col. David Scales, died unexpectedly last week. In a show of respect, her colleagues elected to cancel their city meeting.
Items on this week's commission agenda will be discussed at the next meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at City Hall, 542 Main St.
Veterans Day ceremony at high school
The public is invited to Dunedin's annual Veterans Day celebration set for 8:45 a.m. Nov. 11 at Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Road.
The ceremony will be held in the school's football stadium, named Memorial Stadium in honor of Dunedin veterans killed in action during the Vietnam War.
It will feature patriotic music by the Dunedin High School Highlander Band and Choral Ensemble; service anthems; remarks by state Rep. Carl Zimmermann, Mayor Dave Eggers and school principal Reuben Hepburn; a drill team performance by the high school NJROTC unit, and a formal Pass in Review.
The event is free. Veterans are also invited to a free continental breakfast in the principal's conference room from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
The stadium is handicapped-accessible, and arrangements are available for those who need assistance. Call Cmdr. Rick Schock or Chief Dana Saunders at (727) 469-4100 ext. 2049 for more information.
Grape Escape to aid YMCA program
The YMCA of the Suncoast and the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA will host their 11th annual Grape Escape Garden Party and Wine Tasting fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Earthscapes Garden Room in Palm Harbor.
The event, presented by Dick Norris GMC/Buick and Norris Bay Insurance, raises funds to support the YMCA "Open Doors" financial assistance program. The Y believes that no one, regardless of age, race or religion, should be turned away from Y services because of inability to pay.
Individual tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA, 1600 16th St. in Palm Harbor, or online at donate.suncoastymca.org/grapeescape.
The Grape Escape will include a variety of food from local restaurants, specialty beer and wines, and a silent auction. Call (727) 787-9622 for information.
Lego a snap? Library seeks tutors and mentors
The East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, is beginning to plan its 2014 Lego and Robotics program. The library is looking for tutors and long-term weekly mentors to help with the sessions, which will start in January. The volunteers will work with students (age 9 and up) using the Lego Mindstorm. Although business, technology or science experience is not required, it is a plus. The program will be held from January through May. To register, call (727) 773-2665.
Heritage Village needs volunteers
Volunteers at Heritage Village are offered a unique chance to help citizens connect the past with the present. Heritage Village's volunteers provide the community with a greater understanding of local and state history and underscore the importance of preserving history for future generations.
Learn about volunteering with Pinellas County's Heritage Village at a volunteer orientation to be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. This orientation is planned for adults interested in becoming docents/tour guides, historic house caretakers and museum greeters.
The meeting will be held in the Pinellas Room at Heritage Village. For more information about volunteering or the orientation, call (727) 582-2125.
Heritage Village is at 11909 125th St. N. in Largo. This living history museum brings more than 150 years of local history to life with 28 authentic buildings and structures. Paths wind through 21 acres and connect with the Florida Botanical Gardens.
Heritage Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all Pinellas County holidays. For more information, call (727) 582-2123.