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Plenty to do this weekend in North Pinellas County

Today

• Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase today through Oct. 31 at the annual Pumpkin Patch at East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road. Proceeds benefit missions and ministries of East Lake UMC. For information, call (727) 784-9250 or e-mail church@eastlakeumc.org.

• Lighthouse Student Ministry will host its 18th annual fall sale of pumpkins and gourds 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 31 at Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. Proceeds will be used for mission projects and to send students to camp. For information, call (727) 796-1329.

Today

Inspiring stroll: The 17th annual Studio Waltz Open House Tour from 9 a.m-5 p.m. takes visitors on a free, self-guided tour of the art community in Palm Harbor and Dunedin. Download a location map and view artist's work at studiowaltz17.pbworks.com or pick up maps at Dunedin Library and Chamber of Commerce, Dunedin Fine Art Center and Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs. For information about participating artists and locations, call Susan Rollins Gehring at (727) 736-2466 or (727) 916-0105; or Carol Sackman at (727) 736-4036.

Keeping coasts clean: A special benefit for the Suncoast Chapter of Surfrider Foundation 6-9 p.m. at the Beach Bar on Mandalay, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Surfing videos, free gear and live music bring awareness of the sport of surfing and the efforts Surfrider makes to keep beaches and waters clean. Petitions against offshore oil drilling will be available for signing. For details, call Flash Gordon at (727) 442-7953, e-mail flash@greenbenches.com or visit suncoast surfrider.org.

Free flights: Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 282 hosts its Young Eagles Flight Rally for Tampa Bay's young people ages 8-17 at Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Flights are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration begins at 8.30 a.m. in the main office building and closes at 11 a.m.; flights begin at 9 a.m. A parent must be present to complete the registration form and remain at the airport until the flight is completed. For details, visit the Young Eagles Web page at youngeagles.org, and EAA Chapter 282 at eaa282.org.

Diamond anniversary: The Humane Society of Pinellas host its 60th anniversary open house celebration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater with bagels, cake and other refreshments, children's games, pet photography, calendars, demonstrations by Clearwater police and more. HSP will offer 60 percent off regular adoption fees. Call (727) 797-7722, ext. 222.

Career forum: Several neighborhood churches are sponsoring the Clearwater Career Forum 9-11 a.m. over three Saturday mornings, Oct. 10, 17 and 24 in the cafe of the Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road. The forum will help strengthen positive self-image, assess personal career skills and provide tools for an effective job search. $20 offering suggested to cover all three sessions. Call (727) 531-0992.

Praying for peace: The third annual Public Prayer Rally noon-1:15 p.m. at Pioneer Park at Main Street. and Douglas Avenue. Parking available in the municipal lot one block south of Pioneer Park at Main Street and Highland Avenue. Call (727) 736-6567.

Saturday tournament: Tampa Bay Backgammon Club's backgammon and tavli tournaments at noon at Hampton Inn and Suites, 39284 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 743-0500. Visit tampabaybackgammon.com.

Summer Saturday Green Market: Open 7:30 a.m.-noon in Pioneer Park, at Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Features produce, cheeses, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, organic products and more. Call (727) 733-4215.

Flea market: Tarpon Springs Recreation Department's annual flea market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the air-conditioned gymnasium of the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. Free admission. Call (727) 942-5628.

Art walk: Noon-4 p.m. in historic downtown Tarpon Springs, includes exhibits on Alt. 19 from Boyer Street north to Tarpon Avenue. Event includes on-location painting, live music and children's activities. Free. Call Heather at (727) 937-7125.

Arts and crafts: Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance Inc. presents "Art in the Garden," an outdoor arts and crafts sale featuring the work of GCAA members and friends 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 514 Skinner Blvd., Dunedin. Free admission. Call (727) 738-8010.

Italian-American Heritage Month: LIADO, the Italian-American Women of Today, present information on their culture and heritage 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Call (727) 773-2665.

Welcome to the neighborhood: New to East Lake? Find out what the area has to offer, meet other newcomers and enjoy free refreshments at 10:30 a.m. at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Call (727) 773-2665.

Morning bird walk: Take an easy bird watching walk on packed trails and pavement with the Clearwater Audubon Society to see songbirds, raptors and more at John Chesnut Park, 2200 East Lake Road. Meet at 8 a.m. at shelter 6. Call Ellen Pfau at (727) 786-3718 or visit pinellascounty.org/park/04_Chesnut.htm.

Musical comedy: Eight O'Clock Theater presents Forever Plaid at 8 p.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Performances include the classics Three Coins in a Fountain, Sixteen Tons, Chain Gang and Heart & Soul. Tickets $30 VIP; $27 advance; $30 day of show; $23 group; and $25 seniors (60+). Call (727) 587-6793 or visit eight oclocktheatre.com.

Oktoberfest: Suncoast Animal League hosts the Safety Harbor Oktoberfest 8 a.m.-10 p.m. today and noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Enjoy German food, beer, live entertainment, games, children's play area, arts and crafts vendors, "Dogtoberfest" and the "Running of the Wieners." All proceeds benefit the Suncoast Animal League. Call (727) 786-1330 or visit suncoast animalleague.org.

Fun Fair: St. Patrick Catholic School, 1501 Trotter Road, Largo continues 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Carnival games, amusement rides, a silent auction, bingo and a flea market. Free admission, parking. An unlimited ride four-day wristband, $55; Sunday-only wristband, $20. Food and game tickets are three for $1. Call (727) 581-4865.

Warmhearted spoof: West Coast Players will present the musical revue, Ain't Retirement Grand, at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at West Coast Players Theater, 21905 U.S. 19 N, in the Clearwater Commerce Center behind Clearwater Toyota. Follow the access road at Drew St. to the stop sign and turn right into the first group of units. All tickets $15. For reservations, call (727) 437-2363.

Perfect placement: Diane Gallin, a certified feng shui consultant, will give a lecture on the ancient practice and offer advice at 11 a.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. A question and answer period will follow. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3007.

Sunday

Meet the artists: The opening reception for Studio 1212's "Black and White Show" will be 2-5 p.m. at 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Join studio artists for conversation, refreshments and a show of artwork. Free admission. Call (727) 446-4566.

Social commentary: Patience, a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that satirizes the aesthetic craze of the 1870s and 1880s, will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 18, and 8 p.m. Friday and Oct. 17 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $15, $13 members and students. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.

Opera DVD: The Pinellas Opera League will show the DVD, La Pietra del Paragone by Gioachino Rossini, at 1:30 p.m. at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 784-9512.

Breakfast fundraiser: Sit down to a country breakfast 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. $4 members, $4.50 nonmembers, $2 for children 10 and younger. Proceeds benefit the center. Call (727) 771-6000.

Hispanic Heritage: A concert and festival at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater, featuring some of the hottest Latin artists from Colombia, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Gates open at noon. Advance adult tickets $15, $20 at the door, free for children 10 and younger. Coolers, food and drink, pets, fireworks, umbrellas, tents or canopies not permitted. Call (727) 562-4550 or visit 925maxima.com/herenciahispana.

Afternoon fun: Kids can wear their Halloween costumes to Second Sunday Family Flicks and see two free movie shorts, Alex's Halloween and The Hollow Tree, at 1:30 p.m. at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Ave. The Tampa Bay Balloon Jammers will also present a free demonstration 1:30-4 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase. Call (727) 298-3322.

Bingo: Doors open at 11 a.m., bingo starts at 12:30 p.m. Sundays at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1251 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin. Smoking and non-smoking rooms. Coffee, donuts, hot dogs, soda and snacks available. For details, call Pat McGehee at (727) 779-3704.

Singles dance: American Legion Post 7 hosts a Bay Area Singles Dance with DJ Mike playing oldies and adult contemporary music 6-11 p.m. every Sunday during October at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Admission $8. Call (727) 459-2076.

Monday

Great books discussion group: Fans of Jane Austen and zombies are invited to discuss Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, at 6:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. Reading the book is not a prerequisite. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.

Singing is life: The Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop Four-part Harmony Chorus invites all male singers to come and see if this fascinating hobby might appeal to you. The chorus meets at 6:45 p.m. every Monday at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. Call Wes at (727) 784-8052 or visit crystalaires.com.

Memoir writing class: Begin writing your life story at a memoir writing class led by Sandy Huff 10 a.m.-noon every Tuesday until Dec. 22 at Rigsby Center, 605 Seventh St. N, Safety Harbor. Bring writing materials. For details, call (727) 724-1545.

Dixieland dance: The Bayside Banjo Band plays Dixieland and old-time songs from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-9204.

Chorale seeks voices: The International Chorale of Dunedin is in need of tenors and basses. The group meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at Emmanuel Community Church, 1150 County Road 1, Palm Harbor. For information, call Bev Peck at bevpeck@tampabay.rr.com.

Plenty to do this weekend in North Pinellas County 10/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2009 10:35pm]

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