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Clearwater plans free Fourth of July event at Coachman Park


City plans free Fourth of July event at park

A free Fourth of July event is planned for downtown's Coachman Park, and the city says it will have the largest fireworks display in the Tampa Bay area. "Clearwater Celebrates America" will also feature a concert by the Mostly Pops Orchestra, as well as food, beverages and exhibitors. Gates will open at 4 p.m. July 4, and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Children's activities will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include games, prizes, face painting and a visit from Tampa Bay's favorite mascots. The fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. will be synchronized to music to end the evening. The Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge will be closed in both directions from 9 to 10 p.m. because of the fireworks. For information, visit

Man accused of assaulting girl, 7

A Clearwater man is charged with capital sexual battery in connection with assaults on a 7-year-old girl, police said. Clearwater police detectives said Johnnie Cheek, 35, assaulted the girl three times. They obtained a warrant, and Cheek was arrested in Jacksonville last weekend. Police said he confessed to assaulting the girl. Cheek was extradited to Pinellas County and remained in jail on Wednesday without bail.

'Earnest' auditions continue tonight

The West Coast Players, a community theater group at 21905 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater, have decided to add a third audition at 7 p.m. today. The troupe still needs to find one of the leads for its production of The Importance of Being Earnest. The play will be staged Aug. 17 to Sept. 2. The character is a young man between the ages of 20 and 35. Bring a resume and a head shot, if available. Auditions will be readings from the script. For more information, visit


Natural food store reception is today

Get Healthy, a chain of natural food markets with locations in Brooksville, Spring Hill and Inverness, is opening its first Pinellas County location — at 4011 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. The new store will host a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today to show off its organic produce, bulk grains, smoothies, vitamins and supplements, as well as its practitioners in fields such as acupuncture. A ribbon-cutting will be at 5:30 p.m. For information, go to or call (813) 475-7255.


Walking tours are every Friday at 11

The Dunedin Walking Tour program continues at 11 a.m. every Friday. The one hour, docent-guided tour starts at the Dunedin Historical Museum, 349 Main St. Tickets are $15 and include entrance into the museum, a packet of information and literature, and a discount on the day of purchase for lunch or dinner at several Dunedin restaurants. For information, call (727) 736-1176.