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West Pinellas notebook: Chili Blaze will heat up Pinellas Park on Friday


Ninth annual Chili Blaze will heat up city on Friday

Get out the fire hoses; it's time for the Pinellas Park firefighters' ninth annual Chili Blaze. This year's event promises competition from 35 chili-cooking teams competing for top honors in three categories. Although eight teams of firefighters representing firehouses around the county will compete, you don't have to be a firefighter to join. Competitors include professional chefs and corporate teams, as well as moms and dads with secret family recipes.

This year's panel of judges will include local media personalities Mark Larson of 1040 WWBA and Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler, Clerk of the County Court Ken Burke, Pinellas County Commissioners Ken Welch and Karen Seel, and others. Proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association's summer camp program for kids. The event also will feature food and beer vendors, live music by the Tropical Brain Freezes and the Glenn Evans Band featuring T.C. Carr, and arts and crafts exhibits from more than 40 crafters. Admission is $7 for all you can sample.

When: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday.

Where: England Brothers Band Shell, 5000 81st Ave. N.

Info: Contact Nick DelGrosso at 687-4494, e-mail ndelgrosso@pin or visit the Web site at

Pinellas Park

Country in the Park is

at Town Square Plaza

Country in the Park kicks off Saturday morning at Town Square Plaza in Pinellas Park. The family-friendly day of music and arts and crafts in the park will feature a MOPAR exhibition, food vendors, inflatables and pony rides for kids. The day's events will be followed by live musical performances in the evening starting with country recording artist John Conlee at 8 p.m., followed by Hank Shaw and the Cactus Creek Band and others.

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Town Square Plaza Park, 5121 80th Ave. N.

Info: Call Tim Caddell at 541-0721 or visit and click on upcoming events.

Pinellas Park

Orchestra's last concert of season is April 6

The Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, conducted by Richard N. Van Dommelen will wind down its current season with a final concert April 6. The repertoire will include pops, light classical music and a performance of the Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings in F Minor by J.S. Bach. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

When: 7: 30 p.m. April 6.

Where: Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center on 4951 78th Ave. N.

Info: Call 526-6816.


County, state officials

to speak at UCAP-USEM

Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch and state Sen. Charlie Justice are scheduled to speak at the next meeting of UCAP-USEM. The UCAP group (United Community Associations of Pinellas) is made up of residents of unincorporated Pinellas communities including Tierra Verde, Pasadena, Lealman and Seminole. USEM (Unincorporated Seminole Community Association), which represents the interests of residents of unincorporated central Pinellas County, soon will merge with the UCAP group. Time will be allotted for questions.

The meeting is open to the public. Please note that the agenda may change due to the speakers' schedules.

When: 7 p.m. March 27.

Where: SPC/Seminole Library, 9200 113th St.

Info: Contact Ray Neri at 527-5352 or e-mail

Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to or mail it to Lorrie Lykins, Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. The deadline for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is 5 p.m. the previous Friday.

West Pinellas notebook: Chili Blaze will heat up Pinellas Park on Friday 03/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:35am]
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