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Clearwater man accused of kneeing pregnant girlfriend in stomach


Man arrested after pregnant woman is hit

Police arrested a Clearwater man Wednesday and accused him of kneeing his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach. Wilson Rocha, 28, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a charge of aggravated battery after his girlfriend, who is four months pregnant and lives with him in the 2200 block of Nursery Road, told Clearwater officers he attacked her during an argument. Rocha, who was previously arrested for battery in late October, remained in jail Thursday afternoon with no bond.


Chef to discuss the sweet potato

The theme of this month's free Dunedin Community Garden Association workshop is "Chef Michael's Sweet Potato Cookfest — From Table to Garden." The presentation, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Dunedin Community Center, will explore the southern delight called the sweet potato. The classically-trained chef Michael Webb, a native Floridian who owns the cafe inside the Dunedin Fine Art Center, will explain how the sweet potato got to Florida, when to plant and when to harvest. He will also guide attendees through the preparation of three recipes. Check out for more information.

Santa will visit community center

Children in Dunedin have a chance to meet Santa and even receive a personal phone call from him or Mrs. Claus. Join Santa for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, crafts and story time at 9 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Tickets cost $8 and include free same-day admission to the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Children's Museum. There will be a photographer to take pictures with Santa for an additional fee. Pre-registration for the day's events ends Nov. 29. To receive a special holiday call from the North Pole, pick up forms at either the community center or the Dunedin Library, then submit them by Dec. 12. Calls are for children age 7 and under. Visit or call (727) 812-4530 for more information on either activity.


Concert highlights museum's exhibit

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will host "Concert in the Galleries: A Night in Paris," featuring the Reflections Chamber Ensemble, at 5 p.m. Sunday. The concert complements the museum's special exhibition, "The French Connection: Prints from the Caroline Adams Byrd-Denjoy Collection," on view at the museum through Jan. 6. The concert is $16 per person ($12 for museum members) and includes a French-inspired reception. Reservations are required: (727) 712-5229. The museum is located on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road.


SPC stage features piano duet recital

A piano duet recital featuring Xu Hui and Michelle Huang will be held at 7:30 tonight in the Music Center on the Gibbs campus of St. Petersburg College, 6605 Fifth Ave., St. Petersburg. The recital will feature the music of Mozart, Dvorak, Debussy, Barber and Lutoslawski. Xu Hui has played concerts around the world and in 2010, she performed in New York's Carnegie Hall. Admission to the concert is $5.