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Like to sing? Then community chorus wants you

The Largo-Seminole Community Chorus performs at nursing homes and other venues.

By LORRIE LYKINS
Published July 5, 2006


The Largo-Seminole Community Chorus is in its 20th year of performing and as it kicks off its season this October, the group welcomes any newcomers who may be interested in joining.

"We don't do anything too difficult - most people are with us because they like to sing and have a good time," said Melanie McWilliams, the group's founder and accompanist.

McWilliams said the group, which performs seven or eight concerts a year at nursing homes, senior living communities and other venues, mostly covers Broadway show tunes and upbeat music.

The group has persevered through challenges, such as the time they arrived for a scheduled performance during the holiday shopping season at a now-closed department store only to be stuck in the back of the sportswear department.

"It was just awful. Nobody could see us and they didn't have any place for my keyboard. But I always tell the chorus, 'We outlived Gayfers, so we're doing all right!' " she said.

Another unexpected monkey wrench occurred when the group arrived at a social service agency to perform a holiday concert only to find that the agency had wrapped the piano to look like a Christmas present as part of its holiday décor.

"We told them they needed to unwrap the piano if they wanted us to sing," McWilliams said.

The Largo-Seminole Community Chorus meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, beginning in October, at Imperial Palms East Clubhouse, Largo. No audition is necessary. For information, call Melanie McWilliams at 393-4843.

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Freddie Hoover's Seminole Jamboree Country Band meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 11100 Johnson Blvd., across from Seminole Mall. Parking is in the Seminole Baptist Church lot. Parking and admittance are free. Musicians and singers are welcome. Call 321-0252 for information.

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GFWC Seminole Junior Woman's Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:45 p.m. at Seminole Recreation Center, Room 210, 9100 113th St. N. Call 398-0558. GFWC Seminole Woman's Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Call 393-0602.

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The Seminole Kiwanis meets at 6:15 p.m. Thursdays at Freedom Square Town Hall, 7800 Liberty Lane, call 392-2422. The Seminole Breakfast Kiwanis group meets at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Sher's Kitchen, 10251 Seminole Blvd. Call 392-7657.

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Pet loss support group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Pinellas Animal Foundation, 10825 Seminole Blvd., Building A, Unit 3, Seminole. Call 347-7387.

News for the Seminole Neighborhood Notebook may be e-mailed to SPTimeslistings@yahoo com, or mailed to Lorrie Lykins, Seminole Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775.