FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON TO BENEFIT UPARC
The seventh annual "Open Your Heart for UPARC" fashion show and luncheon begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N. It features celebrity models and hosts; a high-energy choreographed show; Chinese and 50/50 raffles; and a luncheon to delight the senses. Tickets are $70 per person. The mission of the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens is to improve the self-sufficiency, self-esteem and quality of life for more than 500 people with developmental disabilities and their families. Call (727) 797-8712 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woman, 73, flees mobile home fire
A 73-year-old woman escaped a fire at her mobile home Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The fire at 2419 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Lot 727, was reported at 3:45 p.m. and was quickly brought under control by Clearwater Fire and Rescue. The woman, who was able to get out before firefighters arrived, was not injured, but the home is uninhabitable. Authorities said they would contact the American Red Cross to help the woman. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Garden Club hosts lasagna night
The Clearwater Garden Club's Lasagna Night will be held Feb. 26 at 405 Seminole Ave. Dinner includes lasagna, salad, bread and dessert. Donations for wine will be accepted. Cost is $10. For reservations and tickets, call Caroline at (727) 595-2882 or e-mail email@example.com.
Acid bombs set off at restaurants
Police are trying to find who is responsible for setting off two homemade acid bombs at two beach restaurants Monday. First, a small acid bomb exploded in a garbage can at the entrance to Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, 7 Rockaway St. A short time later, a similar device exploded under the deck of Palm Pavilion Restaurant at 10 Bay Esplanade Ave. Several people were on the deck when the device exploded, police said. No injuries were reported in the incidents, which happened between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. But detectives are concerned because the devices were located in public places, police spokeswoman Beth Watts said.
Heavy fire damage displaces couple
Firefighters worked for about an hour Tuesday morning to extinguish a house fire. Neighbors reported white smoke coming from the roof of the house at 437 Lexington St. around 7:35 a.m., a dispatcher said. Firefighters had put out the blaze but were still on scene at 8:30 a.m., Dunedin fire marshal Bill McElligott said. A married couple lives at the home, he said. They were not there at the time. The cause was probably electrical, McElligott said.