Wine/art walk kicks off event, wines the blues
Music and wine are on tap during the 20th Dunedin Wines the Blues, a two-day event that kicks off Friday with the Dunedin Wine/Art Walk. For $10, patrons get a wristband entitling them to special offers, giveaways and prize drawings. At a wine and beer tent in Pioneer Park, the Suncoast Blues Society will sponsor a Blues Jam from 5:30 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, a street party from 5 to 11 p.m. will feature food and wine, craft vendors, wine promotions and three musical acts: Sandy Atkinson and the True Loves at 5 p.m.; the Honey Island Swamp Band from New Orleans at 7 p.m. and, at 9 p.m., the Nighthawks, a Southern roots rock band. Admission is free; a glass of wine is $5 to $9.
Veterans honored at school on Friday
The public is invited to a Veteran's Day event at Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Road, at 9 a.m. Friday in the school's Memorial Stadium, named in honor of soldiers killed during the Vietnam War. Principal Reuben Hepburn and Mayor Dave Eggers will speak before a tribute that includes patriotic music by the Dunedin High School Highlander Band, service anthems, veteran recognitions, a drill team performance by the school's NJROTC Unit and a formal Pass in Review. Veterans are invited to attend a free breakfast in the school cafeteria from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
'Hairy Potter' to speak at art center
John Moore is the latest subject of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's free "Coffee and Conversation" series. He's renowned as the "Hairy Potter" for his use of horse hair in creating pottery. At noon today, he'll expound on his career and share his techniques. Call the DFAC, 1143 Michigan Blvd., at (727) 298-3322.
Fundraising event today honors vets
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Mayor David Archie and state legislators Mike Fasano and Peter Nehr will speak at an event honoring veterans this evening, at 5:30 p.m. at Spanos-Pappas Hall, 348 N Pinellas Ave. It will include a color guard, entertainment, dinner, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $5. It's a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project and a food drive for The Shepherd Center of Tarpon Springs. For information, go to www.WeSaluteYou.us or call (727) 474-0382.
Deputies arrest man after struggle
A homeless man who said he was afraid of going back to jail tried to grab a Pinellas sheriff deputy's gun during a struggle early Wednesday, authorities said. James Keith Hudson, 45, listed as a transient from Palm Harbor, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and obstruction by a disguised person. He was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,500 bail. Deputies say they encountered Hudson while investigating a suspicious vehicle near 34106 U.S. 19 N around 1:30 a.m. He gave deputies a fake name, arrest reports state. When confronted about the name, he struggled with two deputies and tried to grab one's gun from its holster, the Sheriff's Office said.
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