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Things to do in North Pinellas from Valentine's Day dances to boating classes

Today

The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the Pinellas County Cooperative Extension, 12175 125th St. N, Largo. Meeting includes a class, short business meeting, a presentation by Paul Storm from Meke Aloha Orchids, an orchid sale, raffle and refreshments. Visitors welcome. Free admission and parking. Call (727) 733-8167.

Today

Learning about law: The Clearwater Bar Association presents People's Law School, an educational series taught by lawyers and judges, 7-9 p.m. every Thursday through April 29 at St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater. This week's class features the topic of Consumer Protection and Mediation in the Arts Auditorium. Free. All are welcome, no registration required. For directions visit spcollege.edu.

Milk and cookies: Award-winning children's author Tina Turbin will host Milk and Cookies Story Time, featuring milk and cookies, children's activities, a book reading and a book giveaway, at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA, 1600 16th St. N. $25 per family; no one turned away due to inability to pay. All proceeds benefit the YMCA's Keeping the Promise campaign. Call (727) 787-9622.

Membership tea: The Friends of the Oldsmar Library will host its Valentine Membership Tea at noon in TECO Hall at the Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E. Everyone is welcome. Free. Call (813) 749-1178.

Pancake supper: The public is invited to the Tarpon Springs Rotary Club's ninth annual all-you-can-eat pancake supper 5-8 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 111 Lime St., Tarpon Springs. $5 per person. For advance tickets call (727) 937-6837. E-mail rjhaddad@gte.net or call Ron Haddad at (727) 804-8332.

Thursday night bingo: Games begin at 7 at Tarpon Springs Yacht Club, 350 N Spring Blvd. Call (727) 934-2136.

Genealogy help: Members of the Caladesi Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, are available to assist the public with genealogy research 1-3 p.m. Thursdays at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. No appointment necessary. Call (727) 733-5383.

Bingo: All are welcome to play at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at VFW Post 2473, 1401 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-0922.

Noon bingo: Game starts at noon every Thursday at Turner-Brandon American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Lunch available. Call (727) 442-5293.

Harvest marketplace: Outdoor shopping offers fresh produce, specialty foods, green goods, original creations and live music 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday at Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5015.

Safety Harbor Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., featuring fresh and organic produce, plants and flowers, gourmet foods, baked goods, jewelry, light snacks and more. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.

Kiwanis meeting: Phyllis Frolich, board member with Adventure Amputee Camp, will speak at the 6 p.m. meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City at Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane. Public welcome. For reservations call (727) 725-7549.

Armchair travelers series: Experienced travelers will tell about their adventures in Ireland and Wales at 2 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Friday

Fish fry and show: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2473 invites the public to a 5-7 p.m. fish fry, followed by an Elvis show with Steve Roberti from 7-9 p.m. at 1401 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-0992.

Flip, float and fly: Fairies, Inc., a unique blend of dance, cirque-style athleticism, aerial feats, mischievous pranks and charming story, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Preshow both nights at 7. $28 adults, $18 children. Visit Largoarts.com or call (727) 587-6793.

Exhibit opening: Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance will host an opening reception 5:50-9 p.m. at Stirling Hall, 730 Broadway, Dunedin for a member exhibition that runs through Feb. 27. Visit gcaa-fl.org or call (727) 738-8010.

An evening with Stetson Kennedy: Pioneering folklorist, activist, author and environmentalist Stetson Kennedy will speak about his work with the WPA Florida Writers' Project and more at 7 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot Museum, 160 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 943-4624.

Mardi party for pups: From 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Pioneer Park, corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Registration 5:30-6:30 p.m.; vendor exhibits, music and drawings 5:30-8:30 p.m.; and contest judging and Main Street Walk at 6:30 p.m. E-mail dwhite@dunedinfl.net or call (727) 812-4530, (727) 812-4545.

Fashion show fundraiser: A fundraiser to support the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History will be 6-8 p.m. at Taste Cafe's outdoor courtyard, 500 Main St. in Safety Harbor and include a beer and wine tasting and fashion show. Advance tickets $20 at Taste Cafe, $25 at the door. Visit tastesafetyharbor.com or call (727) 726-1668.

Clearwater Garden Club: Facilitator Sandy Huff from the Pinellas County Extension Service will demonstrate possibilities for small floral arrangements at a Valentine's workshop at 10 a.m. at 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. Bring a favorite container and plant material for a unique design. Supplies available for a small fee. Call Caroline at (727) 595-2882.

Historic route to freedom: Local author, adventurer, teacher and explorer Rick Rhodes discusses the history of the Underground Railroad at 2 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Free. All ages welcome. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Fish dinner: The Knights of Columbus offer baked and fried fish dinners with all the trimmings 4-7 p.m. Fridays through April 2 at 1251 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin. $8 per person includes dinner, dessert, coffee or tea. Call Mike Mills at (727) 365-2582.

Symphony concert: The Suncoast Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. Free refreshments. Admission $8, $5 for center members. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Visit phrec.org or call (727) 771-6000.

Jam session: Bring a lawn chair, musical instrument or just sing along with the Snow Birds, musicians who come from all points north, for an afternoon of country jams 1-3 every Friday through April 9 at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Parking available on 125th Street. Call (727) 582-2123.

Twice a week bingo: Open to the public, games start at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday at American Legion Post 275, 360 Wilson St., Dunedin. Prizes and jackpots awarded. Call (727) 733-8153.

Sunset Sounds: Unwind with family and friends at this free music series 7-9 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. For more information, visit LargoEvents.com or call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.

Dunedin's Green Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday until the end of April in Pioneer Park, corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Features produce, cheese, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, organic products and more. Call Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.

Saturday

Valentine dinner dance: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2473 invites the public to a Valentine's dinner and dance 5-9 p.m. at 1401 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Music by Tom Stanley. Call (727) 447-0992.

Fireside concert series: Travel back in time with "Americana Roots," an evening of vocal harmonies, storytelling, music on banjo, flute and dulcimer, and homespun humor with Suzanne and Jim, 7-9 at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. During intermission, make s'mores around the campfire. Concert will be indoors. $3 per person, $2 Clearwater residents. Call (727) 793-2976.

Sixth annual Valentine's Tea: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Tarpon Avenue in Tarpon Springs. Stop by participating shops and enjoy free tea parties, a variety of foods and Valentine's Day cookies. The Sunday Morning Farmers Market joins the Valentines Day celebration 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with a special market featuring more than 40 vendors and special entertainment. Call (727) 934-6364.

Hands across the sand: A gathering to oppose oil drilling off Florida's coasts begins at noon at the northwest corner of Fred Howard Beach, 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs. Call (813) 728-6910.

Wild hog roast: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10304 will have a wild-hog roast and Valentine X-travaganza at 2 p.m. at 724 Tuskawilla St., Clearwater. $5 donation benefits youth baseball. Call (727) 443-7473.

Safe boating class: Coast Guard Flotilla 11-9 will offer a safe boating class 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the former Pappas' Restaurant, 18 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 938-8568.

Landscape lecture: Attend a family friendly lecture on "Edible Yards" at 2 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. No reservations required. $5 donation suggested, $1 for children, will be taken at the door. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Woofstock 2010: Take a stroll with your favorite canine 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Event features contests, training sessions, pet-related vendors, Largo police K-9 demonstrations, music, children's play area and more. Free. Visit PlayLargo.com or call (727) 518-3021.

All things Italian: LIADO's seventh annual San Gennaro Festa will be 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at the Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Event includes a traditional San Gennaro procession, live entertainment, meatball and cannoli-eating contests, tarantella dancers, grape stomping, Italian car show, children's activities and more. Admission $4, free for children 12 and younger. Visit sangennarofesta.com or call (727) 724-4045, (727) 327-1936.

Find your family tree: The Pinellas Genealogy Society presents its annual educational seminar and book sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Guest speaker will be Dick Eastman. For registration form, visit rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpgs.

Things to do in North Pinellas from Valentine's Day dances to boating classes 02/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6:54pm]

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