Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

What's happening in Pinellas? Lots of things

Funny film: The Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, hosts a World of Humor Film at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Piano in the Factory is free. For information, call (727) 391-2828.

Give a Purse, Buy a purse: Friends of Vincent House are accepting new or nearly new purses, accessories, scarves and jewelry for the first Purses 4 Hope sale, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Donations can be delivered to Vincent House, 4801 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Sale proceeds will go toward scholarships. Call (727) 541-0360 or visit vincenthouse.org.

Prom for all: The Gathering of Women needs prom, bridesmaid and evening dresses, accessories, shoes, jewelry and shawls for high school girls who cannot afford prom attire. The organization is also asking beauty salons, barbershops, nail salons, dry cleaners, florists and limo companies to donate their time or discounted services to the high school seniors. Call Samantha at (727) 321-8825.

EMS forum: Representatives from Pinellas County and Sunstar and firefighters will have a forum at 2 p.m. today at the Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St. The talk will focus on the emergency medical services controversy. Free. Seating is limited. Information: 912Pinellas.org.

OPERA show today: The Tampa Bay Opera presents a free performance featuring the Matinee Opera Players' Favorite Scenes From Grand Operas at 2 p.m. today at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Visit tampabayopera.com.

Catholic luau: Tickets are on sale for the St. Patrick's Winter Luau, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Monsignor McCall Hall, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. The event will feature live entertainment, roast pig, barbecue chicken, potato salad, juice and tropical fruit. Tickets are $16 for adults in advance, $20 at the door; $6 for kids 14 and under and $8 at the door. Get them at the school and church office. For information, call (727) 581-4865.

Thrifty buys: The Boutique, the thrift store for the Deaf & Hearing Connection at 7821 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, is closing. Shoppers can buy one clothing item and get one free. The sale continues until all items are gone. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call (727) 399-9983.

trashy fashion applicants: Applications are being accepted for the fifth annual Trashy Fashion Show at the Largo Cultural Center on April 21. Amateur eco-fashion designers can apply to showcase their "trashions" in this event that celebrates Earth Day. Designs must be at least 75 percent recycled or discarded items. Complete an online application by March 25 at LargoRecycles.com or call (727) 586-7424. Then participants will send a digital photo, description of their design and an environmental fact to accompany their design by April 1.

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