OPEN FIRE HOUSE: East Lake Fire Rescue will have an open house today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd. Artist Stephen Palladino will paint a mural on a 120-square-foot section of wall at the station. There will be rides on the American La France antique fire truck. Other activities will include a Bayflite helicopter, a law enforcement K-9 demonstration and a smoke trailer. Food and drinks will be available and there will be bounce houses for the children.
RICH PRESENTATION: Florida gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich will be guest speaker at the May 20 meeting of the Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas in Safety Harbor. Rich served in the state House of Representatives from 2000 to 2004 and was elected to the state Senate in 2004, serving until she left because of term limits in November 2012. As a legislator, Rich was known as an advocate for children and social justice issues. The luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Library, 102 Second St. A donation of $5 is requested. Call (727) 581-4630 for reservations.
A FORMER BULL FROG: Retired four-star Adm. Eric T. Olson, former commander of U.S. Special Operations and a Navy SEAL, will talk as part of the Morton Plant Mease Distinguished Speaker Series at 7 p.m. April 25 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. The event benefits the Dr. George Morris Earn As You Learn nursing education programs at Morton Plant Mease hospitals. Olson served more than 38 years in the military, retiring from the Navy in 2011. At that time, he was the "Bull Frog," the longest-serving Navy SEAL on duty. The nursing education programs were established by the not-for-profit hospitals of Morton Plant Mease to attract and retain quality nurses. They provide a stipend for nursing students to relieve pressure of working full time while attending school. Tickets are $150 ($70 of which is tax deductible). A reception is planned from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m. For information or tickets, contact Morton Plant Mease Foundation at (727) 462-7036 or visit mpmfoundation.org.