Sunday, January 21, 2018
Events

Things to do

Events

Helping Hearts for Ireland Family Fun Day: Helping Hearts for Ireland Family Fun Day is a community fundraiser for Ireland Nugent, the 2-year-old who lost her lower legs in a lawn mower accident. The event includes performances by six bands, carnival games, bounce houses and slides, a petting zoo, photo booth, face painting and miniature golf. Food and drinks are included with admission cost (specialty drinks and other items available at an additional charge). Noon-5 p.m. today. Tickets cost $15 per person, free for children 3 and younger (family four-pack $50). The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 741-1711; eventbrite.com.

Bay Area Singles Dance: Dress to impress and meet up to 150 other singles of all ages. 6-10 p.m. today. $8. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. (727) 518-3131; largo.com.

Computer Classes for Seniors: Comprehensive computer instruction is offered at a comfortable pace every weekday morning at 10 a.m. The course fee is $25. Registration is required. Senior Citizens Services Inc., 1204 Rogers St., Clearwater. (727) 442-8104; facebook.com/clearwaterseniorcitizens.

Naturemania Summer Camp: Naturemania, a weekly summer camp packed with nature-related activities for kids who have completed grades 1-5, begins Monday and includes trail hikes, guest speakers, swimming, nature park exploration and arts and crafts. Camps are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and continue through Aug. 17. $76, $95 for non-residents. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. (727) 518-3047; largo.com.

Estate Planning 101: This workshop is a basic introduction to estate planning for families and is a great way to learn about how the law treats important assets. 1-2 p.m. Monday. Free. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2665.

Clearwater Stamp Club: The Clearwater Stamp Club invites everyone with an interest in stamp collecting to its monthly meeting and program. This month's featured topic is "The History and Stamps of Heligoland." 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday. Free. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 599-1745.

Aspiring Writers Workshop: This weekly class is designed for those dreaming of writing the next great American novel, fantasizing about being a newspaper columnist or leaving a legacy for one's children through the written word. Bring pen and paper. 10 a.m. Tuesday. $40 a month. Call to preregister. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628; tsrdonline.com.

Children's Summer Reading Kickoff Party: Children of all ages are invited to enjoy the Earthlings Electric Washboard as they start off summer right. Noon Tuesday. Free. Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1178; oldsmarlibrary.org.

Upper Pinellas Singles: Join singles ages 50 and older for dinner and meet new friends at 6 p.m. Tuesday. No reservations needed. $8, includes dinner. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin. (727) 729-7758.

Music

Greek Bouzouki Workshops: Greek native Leonidas Zafiris, a professional bouzouki musician, will teach an adult class (2-2:45 p.m.) and a youth class (3-4 p.m.). A few bouzoukis will be available for beginning students. 2-4 p.m. today. $5 per class. Safford House Historic Museum, 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.

Sing Barbershop Harmony: Sharpen your singing skills, establish lasting friendships, enrich your life and the lives of others and have fun as a member of the Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop four-part harmony group that meets at 6:45 p.m. every Monday at the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-8052.

Markets

Crossroads Farmers Market: Vendors offer fresh produce, locally produced honey, food, baked goods, jewelry and crafts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Pop Stansell Park, 797 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 724-3054.

Food/cooking

Pastry & Baking Classes: Chef Michael Ostrander shares his secrets as an executive pastry chef in hands-on class with lunch served. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today. $100, includes lunch, materials and recipe book. Michael's Extraordinary Desserts & Baking Academy, 11151 66th St. N, No. 301, Largo. (727) 744-6073; chefmichaelostrander.com.

Theater

The Boys in the Band: This poignant drama shows what life was like for homosexuals during the 1960s. Written by Mart Crowley, the play opened off-Broadway in 1968, where it ran for more than 1,000 performances. For mature audiences; contains strong language. (A special performance to benefit St. Pete Pride will be at 8 p.m. June 20 with tickets priced at $30 per person.) 2 p.m. today. Tickets are $16 ($13 for groups of 10 or more). West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; WCPlayers.org.

Pets

Pet Foster Parenting Class: Suncoast Animal League will explain how to temporarily help homeless cats and dogs until they are able to find their permanent home. To get more information and to make a reservation, call (727) 786-1330 or email [email protected] 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. suncoastanimalleague.org.

Health/fitness

Ageless Grace: A chair-based exercise group that addresses balance, cognitive function, joint mobility, spinal flexibility, systemic stimulation, right-left brain coordination and confidence. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Monday. $3-$4. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Laughter Yoga: Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing to de-stress and energize your life. 11 a.m. Monday. $7, $5 residents. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 733-7296.

Cancer Support Group: This cancer support group for women meets in Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library, fourth floor. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. (727) 953-6877; BayCareEvents.org.

Judo/Ju Jitsu Classes: 7:30-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Involves a complete Japanese system of self defense exercising both mind and body, building confidence, self esteem and coordination. Monthly fee is $50; $53.21 (non-residents). Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628.

Wine tasting

Ruta de Vino Grand Tasting: More than 100 wines from Chile, Argentina, Spain and Portugal pair with appetizers, plus there will be a host of winemakers from Rioja and other regions showcasing their wines and winemaking seminars (limited space) that include "Tempranillo: A Study of Terroir," and "Terroirs of La Rioja Alta." 2-5 p.m. today. $25. Registration required. Includes one seminar registration on first-come, first-served basis. B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. (727) 937-5049; b-21.com.

Girls Night Out: Selected ladies-themed wines to enjoy, plus June birthday girls get a free half-glass of wine. 3-9 p.m. Tuesday. No cover, drink prices vary. International Cellar, 3689 Tampa Road, Suite 304, Oldsmar. (813) 855-8099; internationalcellar.com.

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At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

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Published: 01/20/18
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

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Published: 01/18/18
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2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

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Published: 01/18/18
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