Capitol Theatre to reopen soon
After nearly $8 million in renovations, the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater is on target to reopen next month.
"We're in good shape. The last thing to go in will be the seats," said Jeffrey Hartzog, director of operations at Ruth Eckerd Hall, which manages the Capitol Theatre for the city of Clearwater. "They'll be the last things to be inspected."
In addition to expanding capacity from 485 to 737 seats, the renovated theater will include bigger lobbies, bars, restrooms and a rooftop terrace for private events and preshow parties.
Opening night is Dec. 18 with former Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald.
If you go
The historic venue will reopen with an ambitious slate of concerts. Among the acts on the Capitol's calendar:
Pop and rock: McDonald (Dec. 18, tickets are $82-$98), Rockapella (Dec. 20, $30-$45), Katherine McPhee (Jan. 11, $50-$100), Don Williams (Jan. 24, $65-$85), Shawn Colvin (Jan. 25, $35-$65), Melissa Manchester (Feb. 15, $45-$55), Edwin McCain (Feb. 20, $35-$49), Dave Mason's Traffic Jam (Feb. 21, $49-$59), Tommy Emmanuel (Feb. 22, tickets TBA), Don McLean (March 7, $45-$85), Gino Vannelli (March 8, $55-$115), Michael Bolton (March 10, $72-$92), Marc Cohn (March 21, $45-$59), Al Stewart (March 22, $29-$37), Steve Hackett of Genesis and GTR (April 3, $65-$85) and Judy Collins (April 11, $49-$65).
Comedy: Sinbad (Dec. 19, $39-$85), Jackie Mason (Feb. 1, $25-$50), Jay Leno (Feb. 9, $85-$195), Bob Newhart (March 1, $50-$98) and Joan Rivers (March 14, $65-$85).
Jazz, classical and more: Chris Botti (Jan. 18, $69-$125), Dukes of Dixieland (Feb. 9, $35-$75), Pavlo (Feb. 14, $29.50-$59.50), Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band (March 15, $52-$72), the Irish Tenors (St. Patrick's Day, $50-$100) and Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty (April 26, tickets TBA). The stage show I Love Lucy Live on Stage will run May 16 through June 8, becoming the first touring Broadway musical to book an extended run at the Cap.
For more information, go online to atthecap.com.
Caregiver seminar is free
Caregivers are invited this week to a free public seminar aimed at connecting them with the tools necessary to help others.
The "Care for the Caregiver Seminar" is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Neighborly Care Network, 13945 Evergreen Ave., in Clearwater.
Seminar topics include helping caregivers understand the legal assistance needed to lessen financial strains and providing them with support systems and services that allow them to provide care with less stress.
The discussion will be led by a panel of senior legal and health experts, including elder law attorney Charlie Robinson and Peggy Macaluso, program specialist and director of client advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association.
Respite assistance will be provided for patients during the seminar.
Call (727) 573-9444 for information.
Help build new playground
More than 200 volunteers from the Tampa Bay Rays, Citizens Alliance for Progress Inc., organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Tarpon Springs community will join forces on Saturday to build a new playground at Union Academy Family Center, 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The new playground's design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in September.
The new playground will provide more than 300 children in the Tarpon Springs community with a safe place to play every week. Currently, the children served by the Union Academy Family Center do not have a playground to enjoy.
The playground will be the fourth built by the Rays and KaBOOM! in the Tampa Bay region and it is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2013 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
Build day on Saturday will start with an 8:30 a.m. kick-off ceremony and volunteer deployment. Around 2:30, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to dedicate the new play area.
Special guests will include Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and his family.
Anyone interested in helping out should visit www.citizens allianceforprogress.org.
Health offices closed for holiday
In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will be closed on Monday. Normal hours and operations will resume on Tuesday.
For information about the DOH-Pinellas, go to www.pinellashealth.com.
Learn about living wills
The Florida Bar Association will present a free seminar on living wills at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., at 10 a.m. Nov. 19.
The workshop, led by attorney Michael John Faehner, will explain end-of-life and life support systems, as well as the legalities of a living will.
No registration is required.
Call (727) 298-3299 for information.