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Clearwater community events

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation is accepting volunteers and sponsors for Holiday Lights in the Gardens. This fundraising celebration opens on Nov. 27 and is open nightly from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Dec. 31. This is the Gardens' largest fundraiser of the year and depends on volunteers, sponsors and donations to reduce the cost of offering this holiday tradition in Pinellas County. Volunteers will be needed every night to greet guests and sell products from the foundation's gift cart. Volunteers may work just one night or as many as they would like.

No experience is necessary and training will be provided. The foundation is also looking for musicians, dancers, jugglers, choirs, magicians and vocalists to volunteer their time and talents. Sponsors for light displays and notable areas of the gardens are also needed.

All proceeds go directly back into the community garden. For information on how to become a foundation member, volunteer or sponsor, call the foundation office at (727) 582-2117 or send an e-mail to

The Florida Botanical Gardens is at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, with an alternate entrance at 12211 Walsingham Road. The gardens are open from 7 a.m. until dusk every day. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (727) 582-2100.

God at work conference: The Christian Chamber of Commerce Tampa Bay will be hosting the God at Work Conference on Oct. 17.

The event features a lineup of area business presidents and CEOs who will give insight into how to put God back in the workplace. 8 a.m. to noon at the Woodlawn Community Academy Auditorium, Clearwater.

Cost is $49 for chamber members and $79 for nonmembers. For information call Laurie Hill at (727) 424-3429 or email at To register visit

Clearwater Arts Alliance announces the inaugural season of Pianos in Pinellas, running from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, and is seeking 10 high foot-traffic locations throughout Pinellas to participate. Ten upright pianos have been donated by Randy's Wholesale Pianos, and the pianos will be sanded in preparation for selected artists from our area to paint in a theme depicting music, the arts or simply portraying Pinellas.

Artists wishing to be considered should visit to download the Call for Artists. There is a $300 stipend along with the chance of a one person show at Gallery 1356 in Clearwater.

The alliance is looking for 10 local sponsors to host the pianos in bustling public/private locations where the public can play the pianos. The cost of sponsorship is $1,800. This project also features a talent competition in which contestants are encouraged to make music and video their performance. Upload a copy to Youtube and email link to For information, call (727) 599-5688.

Domestic violence forum: The Pinellas County Clerk's office is inviting the general public to attend a domestic violence educational forum hosted by the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. This event will be held at the Pinellas County Justice Center, 14250 49th St. N, Largo, in the Jury Assembly room from 6 to 8 p.m., on Oct. 27. The forum will consist of an informational panel of speakers from the Haven and CASA domestic violence shelters, the Largo Police Department, and Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. In addition, volunteer lawyers will be available to provide free legal advice on injunctions and family related matters.

All visitors will need to enter the building through the security access area and be screened. Reservations are recommended. Those interested can contact the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office at (727) 464-3341 or via email at

How creative can you be with trash?: The city of Largo Recycled Innovations Contest is challenging those who know how to get creative with trash.

Participants of all ages are invited to this online contest, which challenges them to construct useful items consisting of at least 75 percent discarded material. One winner from each age category will be selected.

One Facebook Choice Award will be selected by Largo Recycles Facebook followers. Prizes will be awarded to the participants receiving the most online votes in those age categories. Deadline for entry, including photo submission and entry description, is Oct. 24.

Facebook voting runs from Nov. 1 through Nov. 12, at For information visit or call (727)586-7424.

Your fellow veterans need you: Pinellas County Veterans Council Honor Guard is seeking male and female veterans to fill positions on their Honor Guard. You must be sufficiently physically fit to handle an M1 or M14 rifle, and march for short distances. If you do not have weapons experience, or are just rusty, training is available. The Council Honor Guard's primary purpose is to provide final honors for our departed comrades. In addition to funerals, the guard also performs flag raisings and will provide a Color Guard for other events as well. Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Pearl Harbor remembrance are events that the guard takes part in. Volunteers are required to have or purchase a uniform. Meetings are held the first Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m., at Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 131st Street (Vonn Road), just north of Park Boulevard in Seminole. For information, call Ed Lillich, commander, at (727) 546-2246, or email, or Herb Karkheck, deputy commander, (727) 392-0392,

Truckin': CSA Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation is seeking vehicles and food vendors for its first Touch a Truck event. Touch a Truck is a collection of nearly 100 specialty vehicles ranging from construction trucks to buses, fire trucks and more. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 15 at Sunderman Recreation Complex, 1631 Ninth St. Parking and admission are free. For information on displaying or applying to be a vendor, visit or email

Car show benefits canine companions for wounded veterans: The Harbor Sounds Festival in Safety Harbor will host RuffRide and Roll for Heroes. This car show will be held at City Hall parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 4. RuffRide and Roll is a project of General Federation of Women's Clubs for the Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative. Goody bags will be provided to all show participants and trophies will be awarded at 1 p.m. For information, call (813) 855-0202.

Blessing of the animals offers cat adoptions: On Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church at 1676 S Belcher Road, Clearwater, church members are celebrating the Feast of St. Francis by bringing pets to church to be blessed. All pets should be leashed, caged or restrained. A towel or blanket to cover a pew cushion should be brought if pet sheds. Children who do not have pets may bring a stuffed animal to be blessed.

This event will be held during the Church's 10 a.m. service. The "no-kill" cat rescue, Save Our Strays will be on hand with cats available for adoption. Adoption cost is $35 for its tuxedo cats and kittens six months or older and have been completely vetted and micro-chipped.

For information, call (727) 545-1116.