Out and about

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 30, 2007


Dinner dance: Indulge your continental tastes with a pasta dinner and dance from 5 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater, 200 McMullen-Booth Road. Cost is $7 for members, $9 for nonmembers. Call (727) 791-8698.

B-I-N-G-O: Try your luck as the numbers are called every Tuesday evening at the AMVETS Post 67, 1825 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Early bird game begins at 6:30 p.m., regular session starts at 7:30. Call (727) 631-0067.


Family fun: As an alternative to Halloween, the Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring Family Fun Night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Panther Field on Holt Ave., Clearwater, across from the old Martin Luther King Jr. Center. This free event includes refreshments, door prizes and live entertainment. Call Bethany CME Church at (727) 441-4689.

Summertime Marketplace: Shop, be entertained and go trick-or-treating at the final Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Choose from products including produce, pumpkins, gourmet coffees, clothing, smoothies, ice cream and more. Call (727) 461-7674.

Opening night: Join the First Nighters group for a gala premiere of the musical Bells Are Ringing at 7 p.m. at the Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole Street Clearwater. A $27 donation includes finger foods, desserts, champagne and show. For information and tickets call (727) 734-5313 or (727) 738-9121.

Spice up your life: Create excitement on the dance floor when you learn how to salsa, merengue and cha cha at a beginner's Latin dance class from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday at Largo's Southwest Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. To get information on cost or to register, call (727) 518-3125.

Peace vigil: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Edgewater Park, next to the Dunedin Marina, at Alt. U.S. 19 and Main Street, Dunedin. Call (727) 734-8945 or visit www.stpeteforpeace.org.

Line dancing: Adults and seniors are invited to learn new and traditional line dances from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Largo's Highland Complex, 400 Highland Ave. No partner needed. Join anytime. Call (727) 518-3016.


Woodcarving classes: Classes in woodcarving, woodburning and decorative wood painting begin Thursday and will be held in several area recreation and community centers. Classes are for ages 9 and older, beginner to advanced. Call Bob and Carolyn Marek for specific dates, times, venues and costs at (727) 726-7725.

Live theater: The Judy Holliday musical, Bells Are Ringing, opens with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $25 for adults, $12 for students. Reservations recommended. Call (727) 446-1360 Monday through Friday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. or visit www.FrancisWilsonPlayhouse.org.

Time to unwind: Learn holistic techniques for managing stress with Eva Chang, who will demonstrate Getting a Grip on Stress, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. Free. Call (727) 771-7228.


Art Harvest: The 44th annual Dunedin Art Harvest returns to Highlander Park Saturday and Sunday. More than 200 artists from around the country will compete for more than $25,000 in prize money in 13 categories, including watercolor, mixed media, graphics, metal, fiber, sculpture, wood, ceramics, jewelry, glass and photography. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is at 1143 Michigan Blvd. Admission is free. Parking is $4 per car, but a $2 shuttle is available from Causeway Plaza at Curlew Road and Alt. U.S. 19. Free parking is available at Dunedin High School, a half-mile walk from the park. Call (727) 738-5523.


Veterans appreciation day: The third annual Clearwater Veterans Appreciation Day will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave. The event will feature the U.S. Special Operations Parachute Team, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, a flyover from MacDill Air Force Base, music, speeches, displays of military equipment, units of local law enforcement and a parade. Those unable to walk from the parking lot can be dropped off at the Arcturas Avenue entrance. For more information, visit www.cvad.org.


Coffee class 

Learn about the history and origins of coffee and see how it's roasted at a free seminar from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 6 at the Caffeine Gourmet, 220 West Bay Drive, Largo. Call early to reserve a spot. (727) 581-3515.