Rescue challenge brings in world
The World Rescue Challenge, a training event for firefighters from around the world, is taking place in Clearwater this week, the first time the event has been held in the United States.
The challenge includes a series of competitions scheduled to begin today and run through 3 p.m. Saturday at downtown Clearwater's Coachman Park and Harborview Center. More than 20 teams from about 20 countries, including Ireland, New Zealand, Brazil and Ghana, will participate.
Clearwater firefighters will not participate in the competition. "We're a real small department. We just couldn't afford it," said Kent Watts, special operations chief. Watts added that his department didn't learn about the event until too late to include the expense in its budget.
The competitions include vehicle extrications as well as trauma response to skydiving and motorcycle accidents.
The event, free and open to the public, is organized by the nonprofit North American Vehicle Rescue Association in partnership with the city of Clearwater.
For more information, visit the association's website, navraus.org.
Historical Society to host fall fish fry
The Clearwater Historical Society will hold its annual fall fish fry from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Clearwater.
The event raises funds to support the group's Plumb House Museum, located just north of the recreation center overlooking Lake Belleview.
The meal will include all-you-can-eat fish (freshwater catfish or mullet), hush puppies, cheese or plain grits, coleslaw, coffee or tea.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
Register now for art classes
Registration is open for Fall II classes at the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Gladys Douglas School of the Arts.
Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available as well as one-day to week-long workshops in a variety of media from Nov. 4 through Dec. 15. There are no grades in the classes.
Tuition rates are discounted for DFAC members. Scholarships are also available.
For more information or to register, go online to dfac.org, visit the center at 1143 Michigan Blvd. or call (727) 298-3322.
Thanksgiving cooks sought
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1120 Curlew Road, is looking for volunteer cooks to help prepare Thanksgiving dinners for those in need.
The church is asking home cooks to purchase and cook turkeys and pies at home to deliver to the church during the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-27. On the same days, volunteers are also needed to prepare side dishes in the afternoon and evenings at the church.
For a schedule of drop-off times and further information on volunteering, email John Lewis at email@example.com.
Open house to welcome director, dedicate mural
The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 200 Main St., will hold an open house for its members and the community on Nov. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. to welcome its new director, Susan Peterson, and dedicate a newly painted mural on its building.
The mural was painted by Truman Adams of Sarasota and depicts key elements from Safety Harbor's history, such as Odet Philippe, thought to be the first European settler in Pinellas County.
If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP by Nov. 5 to firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 726-2890.
Band event set for Dunedin; Clearwater High hosts play
Two North Pinellas high schools are gearing up for performances next month.
From 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9, Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Road, will host the Florida Bandmasters Association District Marching Band Music Performance Assessment. High school bands from throughout the county will participate. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. Children 3 and under are free.
Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., will perform Nunsense at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 8 and 9. Student tickets are $10 and adult admission is $15. For more information, contact Joy Roche at email@example.com or (727) 298-1620 ext. 2125.