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TBN entertainment editor Lee Clarke Zumpe says the lm is a stunning spectacle, and, no, it won't ruin your childhood. … Page 3B.‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ doesn’t disappoint LARGO Taking a holiday trip? Better leave early AAA says number of travelers to increase … Page 11A. Volume 39, No. 12 December 21, 2017 Features Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . .15A Bridal Guide . . . . . . . . . .10A Classi eds . . . . . . . . . .4-7B County . . . . . . . . . .8-9, 11A Dunedin . . . . . . . . . . . .14A Entertainment . . . . . . . .1-3, 8B Health . . . . . . . . . . . .16A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . . .3-7A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .12A Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . .11A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . . .13ACall 727-397-5563 For News & Advertising City recognized by website for its economic prosperitySanta rolls into Largo Photo by JIM LAYFIELD Santa and Mrs. Claus give the reindeer a rest as they roll down the streets of downtown Largo on a motorcycle Dec. 16 during the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. More photos on Page 7A. By CHRIS GEORGETampa Bay NewspapersLARGO In the past two years, Largo has been named one of the top 25 best places in the U.S. to retire and one of top 50 best cities for new graduates to live and work. It can now say it's one of the most prosperous as well. In a study released Dec. 14,, a personal nance and technology website, ranked Largo No. 2 in the list of "Top 10 Boomtowns" of 2017. A "boomtown" is a community where the economy, housing and population are growing the fastest, according to the website. "This study verifies what we've known that was taking place in Largo," Mayor Woody Brown said in a press release. "We're business-friendly, we have great neighborhoods and our amenities are the best in the market. Naturally, people just want to be a part of that." In April 2016, Forbes named Largo as one of the top 25 best places in the U.S. to retire and in January,, a career and personal finance website, called Largo one of top 50 best cities for new graduates to live and work. SmartAsset added to Largo's rŽsumŽ after analyzing data from 581 cities across five metrics unemployment data, By CHRIS GEORGE  Tampa Bay NewspapersThe four small businesses that won the Best of Largo contest in November offer very different services, but all of the owners possess the same trait that sets them apart: dedication. The city of Largo partnered with the Largo Leader for the fourth year to offer the contest that celebrates small businesses and their contribution to the community. The contest was divided into four categories: Retail, Restaurant, Business/Service and Home-based Business. After a month of voting, residents voted for their favorite small businesses A Premier Lawn Care & Landscaping, Thrift Shop of Largo, Smallcakes Cupcakery and The Fitness Box LLC. Here's a look at the winners and why they were named the Best of Largo.Small business at its best Best service-related businessRead more about the winners and their advice to aspiring entrepreneurs on Page 4A 2017 BEST OF LARGO Best retail business Best restaurant Best home-based business Smallcakes Cupcakery prides itself on baking and frosting 12 signature avors each day, makes homemade ice cream on site and also takes custom orders. The gym specializes in the CrossFit tness regimen that is based on functional movements and incorporates aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. The store features a variety of merchandise, such as discount furniture, clothing, kitchenware, electronics and knick-knacks, and also has a large collection of antiques, collectibles, hand-made jewelry and an art collection from local artists. The company provides a variety of services, including cleanup, landscaping, palm tree or shrub trimming, weeding, planting, laying down sod, mulch and more. Clydesdales riding into Central ParkFor many residents, strolling through Largo Central Park to admire the light display of over 1 million LED lights has become a tradition. Now, lovers of the event can view the displays as a wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses will offer carriage rides Thursday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 28, through Saturday, Dec. 30. … Page 3A.Ventriloquist set to make some noiseLynn Trefzger, a ventriloquist/comedienne with a trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country, will take the stage Saturday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center. She appeared on TV's original talent show "Star Search," and has performed on Comedy Central, Lifetime, A&E and ABC. … Page 2B. BEACHES Madeira City Hall hit by hackersMadeira Beach's computer system was recently hacked and compromised, prompting the nance director to agree to a new contract with the city's information technology provider. Finance Director Walter Pierce said at the Dec. 12 city commission meeting that the city "experienced a cyber intrusion" the rst week in December. … Page 15A. COUNTY Blue Jays get a boost from countyPinellas County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution reaf rming the commission's commitment of Tourist Development Tax funds to the city of Dunedin for its spring training facility capital project. However, agreement may not be unanimous when the negotiated deal comes back probably sometime in January. Some commissioners would like to see the county's share reduced with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on more of the funding. … Page 11A. VIEWPOINTS Tom GermondToo much #*%! technology.… Page 13A. 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Largo 3A Leader, December 21, 2017Holiday closure, trash collection noticeLARGO Due to upcoming holidays, residential garbage and recycling will not be collected Monday, Dec. 25, or Monday, Jan 1. If your regular garbage or recycling day is Monday, your items will be collected Tuesday, and if your regular garbage or recycling day is Tuesday, your items will be collected Wednesday. Commercial garbage and recycling collections normally collected on Dec. 25 will be collected Dec. 26. For questions, call the Solid Waste Division at 727-587-6760 or visit Also, Largo facilities, including City Hall, Largo Public Library, Central Park Performing Arts Center, Community Center, Highland Recreation and Southwest Recreation, will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec 26. Additionally, city facilities also will be closed Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day.LFR launches holiday safety campaignLARGO Largo Fire Rescue has launched its annual Keep the Wreath Green safety campaign in efforts to remind citizens to practice re safe habits this holiday season. Wreaths with green bulbs are being displayed at the Largo Public Library and Firehouse Subs at Largo Mall, along with re safety brochures and handouts. For every structure fire incident in the district that is related to the holidays (cooking, holiday lights, candles, heaters, etc.), a green bulb will be replaced with a red bulb. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 47,000 res occur during the winter holidays. On each wreath, a white bulb at the top represents fallen re ghters. For more information, contact Largo Fire Rescue Public Educator Summer Mahr at 727-587-6740, ext. 2014.Traf c notices St. Paul's Drive in Largo will be closed until Friday, Dec. 22, while a contractor performs a road repair just north of St. Paul's School. The northbound lane of Central Park Drive will be closed between 8am and 5pm until Friday, Dec. 22, while Duke Energy replaces a pole. Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of columns provided by the city of Largo that runs quarterly and highlights the city’s brand, mission, vision and values.By WAYNE S. WILLIAMS City of Largo poet laureateEvery city has an identity. This is how the world comes to know the people who call it home, its businesses and the welcome that awaits them when visiting. The city of Largo has recently taken a fresh look at its identity and, from the results, has developed an image which re ects a growing, vibrant community, in an ideal location with an abundance of natural amenities. Largo leadership, along with the citizens who have made this city the place where they live, work and play, contributed to the identity of a brand new Largo. For more than two years, and through an extensive process, Largo gathered responses from the community. The results of that information are reflected in our new brand, which brings together the needs and desires of citizens and business owners, along with the expectations of city leadership. This new image was developed to carry the three goals of our new strategic plan in a strong, inspirational mark.The values 1, 2, 3One of the most important factors for the citizens of Largo is Community Pride. This encompasses everything from the appreciation of our weather, to the many green spaces and beautiful parks throughout the city. Largo Central Park, in the heart of Largo, is a very large impeccably maintained expanse. It's filled with tall live oaks, memorials, shelters, a railroad, an amazing playground, and hosts tens of thousands of people each year who come to relax, exercise or enjoy one of the many holiday or special events. An essential aspect to maintaining Community Pride is the city's equal commitment to superior services. Public Health and Safety is another main focus area. Superior services are not simply a claim, but are standards achieved through national accreditation. The demanding requirements for recognition have been met by Largo's Recreation Department, Public Works Department and perhaps most importantly, by the Largo Police Department. Largo Fire Rescue also sits at the very top with an ISO Class One rating. Most would agree that public health and safety is one of the aspects of governing responsibility that should be elevated to the highest standards it can reasonably maintain. Largo has gone a step beyond that by providing the best possible for its citizens. Largo has a commitment to sustainability. This means making wise use of city resources and helping business owners succeed. It also means working to preserve all of the wonderful amenities of the city, which brings comfort and joy, and bestows a natural wealth on all who call this city home. Sustainability continues as a priority in Largo, with a tradition of smart thinking, seen in the success of reclaimed water, a recycling program that has far exceeded expectations, and educational pushes for a healthier infrastructure. Sustainability is set to bring new innovation and efficiency, carrying Largo intelligently into the future. A well-made identityLargo is a city whose citizens know exactly what they want it to be. "Naturally" is the tag line and the answer. The emblem is built in Florida hues of "blue moon," "leaf green" and "coral rays" metaphors for the values of a strong community with a bold New Brand. It's a wellmade identity for a great Tampa Bay city. So, if you're looking for a place to raise your family or start a business, the citizens here will tell you, make Largo your community of choice, naturally. Welcome to a ‘Brand’ New LargoLARGO For many residents, strolling through Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, to admire the light display of over 1 million LED lights has become a tradition. Now, lovers of the event can view the displays of trains, toy bears, carolers, toy soldiers and more from a whole new perspective. On Thursday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 28, through Saturday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., a wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses will offer carriage rides allowing guest a different experience. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Shelter 7 in the northwest corner of the park. Also new in 2017, Holiday Specs, similar to 3-D glasses, transform holiday lights into magical snowmen, candy canes, snow akes or Santa images. The glasses can be purchased every night through Monday, Jan. 1, for $2 while supplies last. For more entertainment A carousel and seven-story Ferris wheel are also available at the park through Jan. 1. Concessions will be available for purchase most nights. For more information, call 727587-6720 or visit rides offered at Central Park Clydesdale horses will offer carriage rides at Largo Central Park on Thursday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 28, through Saturday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wayne S. Williams City BriefsHow to contribute All press releases are published on a space available basis. They are subject to editing for grammar, length and general newspaper style. We are not able to predict exactly the issue it will be printed or even guarantee that it will be used. The deadline for all copy is Friday, noon, preceding publication date. The newspapers are published Thursdays. 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About the ownersGlenn Shaffer's father did home repair and construction in Largo for many years. As a child and young man, Glenn worked in the business until he was 20. He would later work in irrigation and has owned several small businesses, including a retail NASCAR shop in Largo for about 15 years. In 2005-06, the collectibles market started to fade, Glenn said, so he closed it and returned to lawn care and landscaping.What made you decide to open your own business?Consistent demand is why the business makes sense, Glenn said. "It's something everyone needs," he said. It's also a job that few people actually want to do themselves especially in the summer. "Guys will nd a way to get the lawn care just like women will nd a way to get their nails done," Glenn's wife, Stacey, said. "No matter how bad the economy is."WhatÂ’s your favorite part of owning a business in Largo?"Just building it and making it successful and earning a living," said Glenn, who pointed out that the landscaping aspect can be especially satisfying. "I like it and enjoy it. It's good to step back and look at a job you did and say we did that."WhatÂ’s been the biggest challenge of owning a small business?Federal regulations and taxes, Glenn said. They employ 10 people as well, so Stacey added that making sure they always have enough work is a challenge. Some odd requests also make life hard, such as a woman who asked Glenn to bury her cat, or another who called him just to dispose of a dead animal.WhatÂ’s the most popular item/ service you offer?Glenn just started offering tree work when Hurricane Irma hit, so things got busy in a hurry. "It was real crazy," he said "You go from getting 10 calls a day to 60 or 70. I actually lost my voice the rst couple of days I was on the phone so much. I could hardly talk." People were actually calling during the hurricane, he said, including a trailer park owner who had eight 50-foot pine trees down, three of which were leaning on RVs. Glenn said the work required the use of a crane service for 16 hours.WhatÂ’s been your favorite moment during your time in business?"Watching people's faces when you lift a tree off their trailer and take it, drop it and not damage the trailer," he said. "They are amazed and like, Oh, thank God, I still have my home.'"About the ownersJames Haley and Justin Walsh work at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Of ce Justin as a tness specialist for the past four years and James as a deputy for the past three years. Both previously ran separate CrossFit gyms.What made you decide to open your own business?Both Justin and James have lived in Largo for a while and noticed there was an opening in the market because there wasn't another CrossFit gym in the area. So, after working long hours at other gyms, each was intrigued with the idea of doing things their own way. Another bene t of choosing Largo, they said, was nding a good spot in the Community Redevelopment District of downtown. "I love Largo," Justin said. "There's a lot of cool small businesses and I felt like it was a good place to go." "And Barley Mow is right there," he added with a smile.WhatÂ’s your favorite part of owning your own business?"I like it because we draw people and change their lives," Justin said. "We have people who normally wouldn't do CrossFit to get healthy or lose weight and now it's a part of their lifestyle because we put this here."WhatÂ’s been the biggest challenge of owning a small business?Paperwork and doing everything the right way, Justin said. "This is a large learning curve," James said, adding that having another job with 12-hour shifts makes life dif cult.WhatÂ’s been your favorite moment since opening so far? Seeing the impact on gymgoers' lifestyles has been satisfying for both. "It's never really been an aha moment, but just seeing the change in people," James said.WhatÂ’s the most popular service you offer?The gym offers six to seven classes a day Monday through Friday, and they change workouts daily because "routine is the enemy," James said.About the ownersCory Jioscio is a mechanical engineer who still works full-time at an electronics manufacturer, and Heather Jioscio was a stay-at-home mom for the past seven years and runs the day-to-day operations of the store. What made you decide to open up your own business?Neither had restaurant experience, but the pair were looking to purchase a business that was both satisfying for them and fun for their two children. "We were fans of the product," Heather said. "We were looking for a business and this one t the bill of what we were looking to get into."What made you decide to open a business in Largo?"Largo is very family oriented in the community," Heather said. The location, at Largo Mall facing Ulmerton Road, also provided plenty of traf c.WhatÂ’s your favorite part of owning your own business?Meeting new people and putting a smile on their face make it all worthwhile, the couple said. "Just seeing that general happiness when they actually do try the product or seeing someone who's having a bad day come in and a cupcake makes it better," Cory said. "That's a good feeling."WhatÂ’s been the biggest challenge of owning a small business?"Getting your name out there," Cory said. "There are a lot of avenues to present who you are. It's picking the right one that's going to hit the biggest market." The couple said they have learned plenty along the way, including budgeting time for themselves and the business. "It's very labor-intensive," Heather said. "We bake everything fresh daily, so you kind of have to guess what you are going to bake the night before for the next day."WhatÂ’s the most popular item you offer?Red velvet cupcakes and the Smallcake Smash, which is a cupcake with two scoops of homemade ice cream in the middle, are two of their best sellers, Cory said. "When it comes to quality and taste, I don't think there's really anybody close to us," Cory said. "I haven't found anybody and not just because I own the place, but I've tried other cupcakes all over the place. Literally, everybody who comes in says the same thing, too, so I can't be wrong."About the ownersJimmy and Tammy Olson and Casey Cameron have a combined 50 years of experience in sales and marketing, customer service, real estate and resale retail. Cameron was owner and head appraiser for Clothes Horse Consignment Shop in Mount Dora for 17 years, Tammy was owner of MadTix ticket company and Olson has worked in real estate, sales and marketing.What made you decide to open your own business?After using their different sets of skills for years to cultivate industry sources and contacts, the owners wanted to put them to good use by creating a home base. "We kind of built our channels prior to opening the store so we kind of did it a little bit in reverse," Jimmy said. "We had the channels already and we were like what could we use it for." Tammy's mother, Casey, who said she was tired of being retired, found the store and they carved out their roles. Tammy, who has a 7-year-old daughter, also said the store gives her life a bit more stability.WhatÂ’s been the biggest challenge of owning a small business?"A lot of the hard work was in the very beginning in those rst six or seven months, and now we are starting to get some good locals and getting some really nice stuff," Tammy said. Some of that hard work included Jimmy and Tammy making 107 home deliveries. They say the service is one way they have tried to distinguish themselves from the scores of thrift stores in Pinellas County. "We wanted to do upscale at thrift store prices, so that people always saw the value when they came in," Jimmy said. "But it's like commodity trading. We acquire things and there's margins and it's pretty mathematical. A lot more than we thought."WhatÂ’s your favorite part of owning your own business?"It allows us to be involved in the community," Jimmy said. "During the season, we get 48,000 cars and a lot of them stop by. We meet people from all over. We get interesting stuff on a daily basis." Some of those people are collectors and matching the right person with the right item can be satisfying. "Sometimes the most arbitrary item is the missing piece of someone's full set somewhere," Jimmy said.WhatÂ’s the most popular item/service you offer?Home medical equipment is something they provide that few others do, Tammy said. But, thanks to the services they offer, they are far more than just a thrift store, said Jimmy, who is a sales associate with Charles Rutenberg Realty Associates, LLC. They also offer full-service estate sales, which begin with appraisal and end with disposal, and online consignment, which is good for people wary of making online sales themselves, Jimmy said. They will get an appraisal on an item, nd a buyer online and ship it, so the buyer and seller never have to meet. 4A Largo Leader, December 21, 2017 Best home-based businessBest service-related business Best restaurant Best retail business Three out of the four Best of Largo winners this year have been open for less than 18 months, so they still have the trials and tribulations of opening a small business fresh in their mind. The Leader asked the owners of each business what advice they would give aspiring entrepreneurs. Here's what they had to say.Best of Largo winners share tips for startups Cory and Heather Jioscio of Smallcakes Cupcakery"Do your research," Heather said. "You can take a very expensive route otherwise." She said they quoted everything out, including the sign, buildout, equipment and insurance, and it took them 11 months from start to nish. Above all else, though, persistence is the key, Cory said "When things get tough, don't give up," he said.Jimmy and Tammy Olson and Casey Cameron of the Thrift Shop of Largo"Make sure you get up every day," said Jimmy, who noted that it hasn't been easy considering he helped make 107 home deliveries this past year. Tammy said research and location have been important as well. She added that building a network and an online presence right away are also a must. "Being a family business, I'd say another important thing is learn how to say you're sorry," Jimmy said. "We've stepped on each other's toes at least once." Glenn and Stacey Shaffer of A Premier Lawn Care & Landscaping"Make sure you have some capital in the bank," Glenn said. "So many people go out and think I can go out and do this, but they have no money. The rst time somebody stiffs them on a job or a check bounces, they're in trouble."Justin Walsh, James and Whitney Haley of The Fitness Box"Just do one step at a time," Justin said. "Whatever you have to do, accomplish that. Then move on to the next thing, starting from all the city permits, the building. There's definitely going to be mistakes made. We're still making them. It's just about learning from that mistake and getting better." James echoed those comments. "If you think of the big picture, then it's never going to happen," he said. "You have to focus on the details small goals, small details in the order they need to be done."


Largo 5A Leader, December 21, 2017unemployment rate changes, housing unit changes, population growth and Gross Domestic Product growth. According to the study, Largo joined seven other Florida cities in the top 10 because it has been attracting new residents and employing its current ones. "Largo scores well in this study because of how productive its residents have been," the report states. An unemployment rate of 3.1 percent in 2017 down 1.4 percent from 2016 and a yearly GDP growth rate of 4.2 percent has helped. "This availability of jobs has attracted a ood of new residents," the study states. According to data from the 2016 1-Year American Community Survey, Largo also had net migration gains of 1.9 percent of the city's overall population. The net migration rate is the number of people who have immigrated to a particular city minus the number of people who have emigrated from that city between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, as a percentage of the city's total population.In other news During a City Commission meeting Dec. 19, commissioners voted 6-0, with Michael Smith absent, to commit $75,000 in State Housing Initiative Partnership funds to a proposed affordable housing development for seniors on vacant property south of East Bay Drive on the U.S. 19 North frontage road. The developer, Birdsong Housing Partners, hopes to participate in a program administered by the Florida Housing Finance Corp. that would provide project funding through low-income housing tax credits. One of the primary requirements of the application process, however, is that developments have local nancial support from the community. The developer said the complex, Sandpiper Court, will serve the elderly demographic and will consist of a total of 64 units, amenities and resident programs to support to health and well-being of residents. Commissioners approved an ordinance on first reading authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation to obtain $65,000 in funding to rehabilitate medians on portions of State Road 686 (East Bay Drive), State Road 595 (Seminole Boulevard) and State Road 688 (Walsingham Road). According to the agreement, the city will receive funding for the initial installation and then be responsible for maintenance for the next 10 years. Commissioners voted to authorize the Public Works Department to purchase 30 replacement vehicles for the Largo Police Department for just over $1 million. This year's purchases include replacement Chevrolet Tahoes for patrol, sergeants, lieutenants, majors, and chiefs, two administrative pool vehicles and a variety of vehicles for the Investigative Services Division. City Commissioners approved the Largo Cross Development Plat, where a 20,339-square-foot roller skating rink has been converted to an automobile collision center on a 1.98 acre parcel at 9185 Ulmerton Road. Chris George is editor of the Largo Leader. He can be reached at 727397-5563, ext. 316, or by email at BOOMTOWN, from page 1A The Top 10 BoomtownsLargo has been ranked as number two in the list of "Top 10 Boomtowns" of 2017 by, a personal nance and technology website that uses nancial modeling to help consumers obtain advice on major nancial decisions. Here's a look at who else is on the list. 1. Cape Coral 2. LARGO 3. Palm Coast 4. Franklin, Tennessee 5. St. Petersburg 6. Spring Hill 7. Riverview 8. Town n' Country 9. Round Rock, Texas 10. TampaBELLEAIR Robert E. 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6A Largo Leader, December 21, 2017 Around LargoLargo Winterfest to bene t Largo High PTSALARGO The Largo High PTSA and Simply Events, Inc., are teaming up to bring Winterfest to Largo High School, 410 Missouri Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 20. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Largo Winterfest is the largest Largo High PTSA fundraiser held on campus and it will be open to the public as well as students. Community residents are encouraged to attend, and all proceeds will support the Largo High PTSA directly. Main Winterfest features include K-12 Battle of the Bands and Chili Cook-Off sponsored by Pinellas Technical College; silent student art auction; carnival games; food trucks; photo booths; free kids games and activities; arts and crafts; Largo Business Expo and local Artisan Craft Fair; kids area including face painting and much more. Other school programs will also be raising funds for the 2018 School Year offering fun activities. Event entry is free. Cost is $5 to park on the school grounds. All event activities and parking fees will directly bene t the Largo High PTSA.LPD to host Senior Empowerment Day LARGO The Largo Police Department Senior Services division is teaming up again with Aging in America Advocacy conferences to offer the third annual Senior Empowerment Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 S. Highland Ave. The free event includes speakers on senior issues, including fraud prevention, abuse and successful aging, vendor tables, door prizes and a complimentary lunch. CarFit also will be on site offering free car safety evaluations. Learn more about the CarFit program at Free registration is required and can be made at, www.aginginamerica. net or by phone at 1-800-530-7047. Largo Police Senior Services Officer Joel Quattlebaum also will be discussing the current scams targeting vulnerable older adults, and the Pinellas County Consumer Protection department will be on site to address potential fraud as well as the protections available. A panel discussion will outline best practices for aging. St. Paul United Methodist Church will feature its Joy and Handicapable Ministries, highlighting the spiritual opportunities available. For more information, please contact Quattlebaum at 727-586-7351.Largo Central ParkLargo Central Park is at 101 Central Park Drive. Within the park are the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive; the Largo Feed Store, 295 Central Park Drive; and the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. To contact the library, call 727-587-6715.Geology society to host gem, jewelry showLARGO The 42nd annual Gem and Jewelry Show of the Pinellas Geological Society will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 12-14, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, Parkside Room. The show will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 and noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 14. Admission is free. A donation of $1.50 will enter attendees into an hourly drawing. A silent auction will be conducted every hour. The Pinellas Geological Society is a nonpro t organization.Largo Community CenterThe Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Visit or call 727-518-3131.Center set to celebrate New YearLARGO The Largo Community Center will hold its Happy Noon Years Eve Party on Friday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature dancing, entertainment, door prizes, light refreshments and a champagne toast at noon. The party is open to all, but is primarily a senior adult function. The cost is $7 per person.Amateur Spotlight Show to feature young talentLARGO The Largo Community Center presents an evening of vocal entertainment by three of Largo's up-and-coming young stars Friday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. The evening includes performances by Jordan Krolak, the 2016 Largo's Got Talent show winner, and Sam Lopez, an aspiring songwriter and performer. Tickets are $7 per person and are on sale at the center.Photography workshops to kick off Jan. 17LARGO The Studio @ The Center, part of The Largo Community Center, is offering monthly photography workshops to help you get the most out of your digital camera, smartphone/tablet camera or traditional camera. On Jan. 17, beginners are invited to learn basic camera functions; Feb. 7 will focus on portrait photography; nding the light will be the theme for the March 7 class; and April 4 will introduce beach photography. All workshops meet from 6 to 9 p.m. and preregistration deadlines are one week before the workshop date. The cost per workshop is $30 for Largo Recreation members and $60 for nonmembers.Classes and lessons Adult tap and ballet classes: Tap classes are Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ballet classes are Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For an additional cost, participants may stay for a choreography class that builds off the technique taught each week. Tap Technique is $4.50 for members and the combination class is $7 for members. Ballet classes cost $7.50 per class for members. Ukulele lessons: Hour-long private lessons are $25. Students must provide their own ukulele. Instructor Michael Desselle will focus on basic chords, timing, strumming and learning melodies.Weekly events Bridge games: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 to 4 p.m. All players are welcome to join the American Contract Bridge League-sanctioned games. The cost is $4 with membership or $5, with snacks included. Call Joan Waff at 727-895-9073. Sunday Social Dance: Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m. Dress to impress, and join about 150 singles and friends of all ages to dance to an extensive music library to t every taste. Cost is $10.Monthly events Senior adult luncheon: Third Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include lunch and a show. Tickets go on sale for Recreation Card holders on the rst of the month prior to each show. Those without Recreation Cards can purchase tickets on the second of the month. On the day of the show, doors open at 11:45 a.m., lunch is served between noon and 1 p.m. and the show is from 1 to 2 p.m. Line dance parties: Fourth Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m. Line dancing is a low-impact exercise for all ages. Beginner dancers can easily follow the more seasoned dancers on the split oor setup in the Goodman Ballroom. Admission is $8 per person.Group meetingsLargo Woman’s ClubLARGO The Largo Woman's Club meets the rst Tuesdays of each month at the Royal Palms, 200 Lake Ave. NE, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with sign-in at 11:15 a.m. The cost is $8, which includes lunch and a special guest speaker. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 2, and the speaker will be a representative from the area blood bank. Meetings and fundraisers are open to all women, and Largo residency is not required to attend. For more information, call Rita at 727-447-1808 or Ginny at 321-2881239.American Legion Post 119LARGO American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW, hosts several events that are open to the public. Lunches are served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring burgers and specials each day. Friday Night Dinners are served from 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $7.25 for shrimp or a four-piece chicken dinner or all-you-can-eat fried sh. It is served with rolls, French fries and coleslaw. Saturday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by various artists weekly, 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $8.25 and includes bacon-wrapped let mignon served with a salad, baked potato and rolls. Coffee is $1. Sons of the American Legion Post 119 sponsor "Wing Madness" every Monday night, 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy chicken wings served hot, mild, barbecue, butter and garlic and spicy barbecue for $5 for six or $8 for 12. French fries and onion rings are available. Bob Swenson provides music from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics, Fisher House at Bay Pines, and American Legion National Child Welfare Foundation and National Emergency Fund.Largo Lions ClubLARGO The Largo Lions Club meets on the rst and third Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Tailgaters, 13847 Walsingham Road. The club is a network of volunteers who serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. 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8A County Leader, December 21, 2017 Holiday HappeningsLargo church to host Christmas musicalLARGO Suncoast Community Church, 12855 110th Ave., will host The Gift,' a Christmas musical, on Friday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m. A reception with light refreshments will follow the performance. For more information, call 727-595-1739 or visit welcometosuncoast. com.Church to co-sponsor caroling event CLEARWATER Chapel-by-the-Sea and the Clearwater Beach Association will co-sponsor the Clearwater Beach Community Christmas Caroling in the Park event on Thursday, Dec. 21, 532 N. Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Caroling will take place in the park beside the re station on Mandalay Avenue. Attendees should bring ashlights and chairs. Church to host Blue Christmas serviceSEMINOLE A Blue Christmas worship service will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m., at Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, 8505 113th St., Seminole. This is a meditation, music, and prayerful time for renewal and hope. This season that is festive for so many is bittersweet for some. Winter solstice, the longest evening of the year, symbolizes the dark night of the soul that often accompanies disappointment, doubt, and loss of various kinds. The good thing about the longest night is that with its passing, light shines forth more and more. The Blue Christmas celebration, on or near The Longest Night, acknowledges pain and loss and points to a renewal of hope. CMA presents Winter’s WonderlandCLEARWATER This Christmas season, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is hosting Winter's Wonderland running through Saturday, Dec. 23, at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. The aquarium will transform into a Winter Wonderland, featuring photo opportunities with "Winter Claus," special Santa dive presentations, and lights and decorations galore. On exclusive nights Dec. 22-23 CMA will be open until 9 p.m. for a special Sea of Lights experience. After 4 p.m., admission will be only $9.99 on these select nights. For an additional $9.99, guests can board the Sea of Lights Boat Cruise to view the holiday lights around Clearwater Bay. Complimentary holiday cookies and a holiday gift for children age 10 and younger will be available while supplies last. For information, visit Wonderland open through Dec. 22CLEARWATER Hundreds celebrated the Silver Jubilee of Downtown Clearwater's Winter Wonderland when it opened Dec. 2. The Clearwater Community Volunteers and the Church of Scientology lit up Osceola Park on the corner of Drew Street and North Fort Harrison Avenue, the site of Winter Wonderland. The festival will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m., until Dec. 22. For more information, visit ccv .org. Entrance to Winter Wonderland is free; however, there is a small charge for some activities and the food items in the Hot Chocolate Shop (cash-only transactions). "For the past 25 years, our Winter Wonderland has had an unbroken record as a safe, family holiday festival," said Pam Ryan Anderson, chairman of CCV. "This holiday village' is every child's magical playground where they can decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus; visit with Santa and his elves; pet baby animals; ride ponies and the Winter Wonderland train; slide down the 20-foot slide; jump enthusiastically in Winter Wonderland's bouncy house; and take a spin on the human gyroscope. This year there will be snow, nightly entertainment on the stage and there may even be surprise visits from the Grinch." Clearwater's Winter Wonderland is also a food and toy drive for needy children and families. Visitors are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food for Santa's sleigh to be donated to the charities Nourish to Flourish and the Pinellas Police Athletic League.Capitol Theatre to host Rockapella ChristmasCLEARWATER The Rockapella Christmas show will roll into town a few days before Santa Claus, performing Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $30. Call 727-791-7400 or visit They've become one of the world's most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. Rockapella is possibly the most in uential group out there in this new era of network television a cappella shows such as NBC's "The Sing-Off," movies like "Pitch Perfect," and innumerable college vocal groups that own the corner of cool on campuses everywhere. 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REH to host ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’CLEARWATER "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" will be presented Friday, Dec. 22, 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall. com. The beloved TV classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Audience members will see all of their favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in this musical. The show is an adventure that teaches audiences that what makes someone different can be what makes them special. It's a charming tale and a wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the mis t in all of us. The show is based on the animated television special "Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer" and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation was provided by Robert Penola. The show features arrangements by Timothy Splain and orchestrations by William C. White.Capitol to present Sister’s Christmas Catechism CLEARWATER Sister's Christmas Catechism will present "The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of "Late Nite Catechism," as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages whatever happened to the Magi's gold? Retelling the story of the Nativity as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scienti c tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister's Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.Oakdale Christmas Light Display ST. PETERSBURG The Oakdale Christmas Light Display will be presented nightly, 6 to 10 p.m., through Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Oakdale Christmas house, 2719 Oakdale St. S., St. Petersburg. There is a walking yard tour featuring a small pond, several waterfalls and fountains and an 18-train HO scale railroad. The display includes animated and lit-up gures and in atables. The house is covered with lights and window cabinet displays. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For information, visit Ten Tenors to perform at MahaffeyST. PETERSBURG The Ten Tenors, Australia's rock stars of the opera, will present a unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites on Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $47.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit With soaring versions of "Joy to the World," "White Christmas," "Amazing Grace," "Winter Wonderland," "Feliz Navidad" and more, the Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. The Ten Tenors are one of Australia's greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Following 16 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2,000 of their own headline concerts, The Ten Tenors have cemented their place as Australia's premier classical-crossover group. For information about The Ten Tenors, visit For venue information, visit Please Join Christmas CantataSunday, Dec. 24th  10am ServiceChristmas Eve Candlelight Service“Lessons and Carols”Sunday, Dec. 24th, 7PM Service 1 2 1 4 1 7 12141712601 Park Blvd. Seminole 727-391-2919  9398 Oakhurst Road, Seminole 727-230-9723  c2cchurch.comConnect2Christ Church Connects to Christmas 122117 Sunday, December 24 at 4:00pm Come Join Us at 121417 Ulmerton Rd102nd Ave N Johnson BlvdPark BlvdSeminole Blvd 113th St N Seminole City Center Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 11045 Park Boulevard Seminole, Florida 33772 (727) 392-7729Seminole First Baptist Church Sunday, December 24 in the Worship Center5pm & 6:30pm Christmas Eve Service 7:00 p.m.Reader's Theatre "Million Dollar Christmas" Candlelight Service "Allowing the Spirit of Love" Rev. LeRoy Zemke 1950 Second Avenue North, St. 727-822-8628  727-822-3157 122117 121417 122117 For Those Seeking A Return and Renewal of their Catholic FaithThis Christmas Come to a Seeker Friendly Roman Catholic Parish 10851 Ridge Road, Seminole  www.stjustinmartyr.netMass Times: Sat. Vigil 4pm, 6pm-Misa en Espanol Sun. 8:30am & 10:45am 7pm Missa em Portugues Learn more about our Women’s Retreat and January Bible Study classes call 727-397-3312, ext. 311Pastoral Administrator Father Gerald Hendry All Are Welcome! P 121417 Join us for Christmas Services December 24th ~ Christmas Eve 4:00pm, 6:00pm (Misa en Espanol)7:00pm (Missa em Portugues) and 10:00pm Candlelight Mass December 25th ~ Christmas Day 8:30am & 10:00am Sunday, Dec. 24th Christmas Eve 4:30 pm Vigil Mass ~ 7:00 pm Mass Midnight Mass S t P a t r i c k C a t h o l i c C h u r c h St Patrick Catholic Church 1 5 0 7 T r o t t e r R o a d L a r g o  7 2 7 5 8 4 2 3 1 8 1507 Trotter Road, Largo  727-584-2318 CHRISTMAS 2017 MASS SCHEDULE 8th AVE. S.W.DRYER RD.(Corner of Trotter & Dryer Rd.)1507 Trotter Rd., LargoINDIAN ROCKS RD. CLEARWATER/LARGO RD. TROTTER RD. Monday, Dec. 25th Christmas Day 9:00 am Mass ~ 11:00 am Mass www.stpatricklargo.org122117 C o m e W o r s h i p W i t h U s Come Worship With Us


County 9A Leader, December 21, 2017 County Holiday BriefsPinellas County employees share holiday cheerCLEARWATER Pinellas County employees rolled 126 new bicycles down the hall and steps of the County Courthouse, 315 Court St. in Clearwater, Dec. 14. The bikes were moved from their in-lobby display, loaded onto county trucks and transported to Pinellas County Human Services of ces in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The bikes will go to deserving families that have been identified through the county's Human Services department, including customers of the Family Housing Assistance Program, the Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services Holiday Lane Market Place Program, and Duval Park, a community for veterans with disabilities and their families. Now in its 31st year, the bicycle drive is a team project led by the Pinellas County Real Estate Management department and supported through donations made by Pinellas County government employees. This year, more than $11,000 was donated. County employees have also joined together to spread holiday cheer this season by ful lling wish lists for seniors, holding food drives for those in most need and collecting toys for children and teens.Sheriff’s Of ce helps provide gifts for needy kidsST. PETERSBURG Nearly 100 Pinellas County uniformed sheriff's deputies and members from across the agency gathered at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 13 to shop For Santa to assist families registered with the Sheriff's Christmas Sharing Project, a program which helps families in need over the holidays. Shoppers spent the more than $80,000 raised at the 24th annual Ride & Run With the Stars, held at Fort De Soto Park Dec. 2. The shopping was done at the Target at 4450 Park St. N. in St. Petersburg. While toys were mentioned on the children's wish lists, basic needs items like underwear, socks, a jacket or school clothes usually top the lists provided by the families. The families in need are identi ed throughout the year and screened to determine the level of support needed. Deputies will be delivering many of the packages in person to the deserving families in the coming days. Bicycle requests were filled separately and delivered to families throughout the holidays. Approximately 185 bikes will be delivered this year.Community policing deputies, Home Depot provide Christmas trees to families in needSEMINOLE For the third consecutive year, deputies assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Of ce Community Policing Unit have partnered with a local Home Depot store to donate and help deliver Christmas trees to families in need. The Home Depot store at 10550 Park Blvd. in Seminole donated 13 Christmas trees along with ornaments and lights to reach out and help families who could not afford a Christmas tree this holiday. Deputies met at the Home Depot store Dec. 15 where deputies and Home Depot staff loaded up trucks and then traveled to homes in the Lealman, Highpoint and Ridgecrest neighborhoods to deliver the trees. Deputies with the Community Policing Unit identi ed the families in need through their daily work in the community. Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONSBikes donated by Pinellas County employees displayed in the courthouse in downtown Clearwater before employees roll them out and onto County trucks for distribution Dec. 14. By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersThe Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Florida Highway Patrol are sponsoring a Safe Holiday Travel campaign this season as part of Drive Sober for Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The DHSMV is collaborating with the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and AAA The Auto Club Group to educate motorists on the dangers of driving under the in uence of alcohol and drugs. In addition, throughout December, FHP also will be focusing on education on the dangers of impaired driving as it steps up patrols of the state's roadways. "Troopers will continue to aggressively enforce impaired driving laws to ensure all motorists and their families are safe during this holiday season," said Col. Gene S. Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. "The Florida Highway Patrol reminds everyone that driving under the influence of any substance is never acceptable." According to a press release, from Dec. 23, 2016, to Jan. 2, 2017, there were 193 drug and/or alcohol-related crashes on Florida roadways, resulting in 36 fatalities. Alcohol con rmed crashes have decreased 15 percent from 2014, but drug con rmed crashes have risen 50 percent from 2014. Officials say that December is traditionally one of the most dangerous times of the year for impaired driving. Motorists are reminded that drugs and alcohol reduce all crucial skills necessary to drive safely, including judgment, reaction time, vision and concentration.Tow to GoFrom Dec. 22-Jan. 2 Auto Club Group Traf c Safety Foundation and Budweiser are providing their Tow to Go service designed to prevent impaired drivers from risking the lives of others. A free confidential ride is available to AAA Members and non-members to their home or somewhere safe within 10 miles. Call Tow to Go at 855-2-TOW2-GO or 855-286-9246.Agencies team up to promote safety C H R I S T M A S E V E CHRISTMAS EVE at Aldersgate United Methodist Church Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve10:00am Traditional Worship Service in our Sanctuary 3:30pm Family Worship Service with candle lighting in our Family Life Center 5:30pm Contemporary Worship Service with candle lighting in our Family Life Center 7:30pm Traditional Worship Service with candle lighting in our Sanctuary**Nursery care available at all four worship servicesPlease Join Us... 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10A Bridal Guide Leader, December 21, 2017 The perfect gift for the couple TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Tampa Bay Newspapers Bridal GuideEspecially for you Rebecca Gresh-Cooper and James Hamilton  April 29, 2017  Brookdale Becket Lake  Largo Lauren and Ryan Razook  May 21, 2016  Boca Grande  Hunter Ryan Photography Many people rely on bridal registries when buying wedding gifts for their loved ones. But for those who put off buying wedding gifts until registries have been picked clean, nding the right gift can sometimes be dif cult. Even if men and women do not intend to buy wedding gifts directly off a couple's registry, it's best to rst visit that registry to ensure that the gift that is ultimately purchased is not a duplicate gift. Shoppers who do know what to get the happy couple can consider the following gift ideas. Luggage: Many couples put luggage on their wedding registries, so shoppers should double check before purchasing any luggage for the happy couple. Couples about to go on their honeymoons may love a new set of sturdy luggage for their travels, while others with a love of travel may appreciate being able to replace luggage that's borne the brunt of their globetrotting in recent years. Airline miles: Though it might be unconventional, gifting airline miles to the happy couple may save them hundreds of dollars. Men and women with ample airline miles should determine if their agreement allows them to transfer those miles to a loved one. If so, transferring the miles won't cost the person doing the gifting any money out of pocket, but it can save couples substantial amounts of money on their next trip, including their honeymoon if they have yet to book one. Experience: Many people have embraced gifting an experience instead of an item to their loved ones. Some companies even facilitate such gifts to newlyweds. Websites like Traveler's Joy allow couples to establish honeymoon registries, building them with activities and experiences they hope to enjoy on their trips. Loved ones can then gift money toward those activities, providing a win-win situation for people who would prefer to gift an experience and ensuring couples' honeymoons will be that much more memorable. Cash: Cash may seem impersonal, but couples tying the knot will no doubt appreciate an infusion of cash after saying "I do." According to The Knot, the average wedding cost more than $35,000 in 2016. Even couples whose parents foot the bill for their weddings will appreciate having some extra money on hand that they can use on their honeymoons or put toward a home.  All wedding photos submitted for consideration must have taken place from Jan. 1, 2016 to present day.  Couples must reside in Pinellas or Pasco counties.  All photos submitted must be high resolution, at least 300dpi.  Submissions can include up to 10 photos for consideration.  Submissions must include the couple’s rst and last names, wedding date, location and name of the photographer.  All submissions must be emailed to lmosby@tbnweekly. com. For submissions with more than one photo, compressed les are recommended.  There is no cost to submitted photos but all photos may not be published. Please note that the photos selected are at the discretion of Tampa Bay Newspapers editors.Tampa Bay Newspaper Bridal GuideFor more information, contact Logan Mosby at 727-397-5563 or CALL To Place Your Bridal Ad Here!727-397-5563 L o o k F o r O u r N e x t B r i d a l G u i d e J a n u a r y 1 8 2 0 1 8 Look For Our Next Bridal Guide January 18, 2018 BAYSIDE EVENT RENTALS Garden To Chiavari Chairs. Tents, Tables, Chairs, Linens, and more. 727-522-8368 MINUTEMAN PRESS PRINTING & DESIGN Wedding Invitations, Napkins, Save the Date Cards, 727-535-3800  BON APPETIT RESTAURANT Plan your dream waterfront wedding complete with extraordinary views and stunning sunsets! 727-733-2151 BESO DEL SOL RESORT Waterfront Wedding & Event Venue Sale-50% OFF! $500 for August and September 2017. 727-734-8851 WEDDINGS ON SAND KEY BEACH Picture This: White Sand, Crashing Waves, A Perfect Day. Start planning your dream beach wedding today! 727-260-5503 ROMANTIC HONEYMOON ISLAND Get married with your toes in the sand! Award-winning beachfront, perfect for weddings & 727-260-5503 BLOOMTOWN FLORIST Flowers, Plants and Gifts for all Occasions. We Deliver!www.bloomtown orist .com 727-559-7177 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 oco p p p p p p p p p p p p WEDDINGS ON A WHIM $250 Beach, Park or Indoor Weddings Ready on a Whim or Ready when you are.2017 Couple’s Choice Award WeddingsOnaWhim.com727-581-3446 Bridal Guide BL OO 122117 Call: Wendy, Terry, Ann or Kelly at 727-397-5563 To Place Your Bridal AD Here!


County 11A Leader, December 21, 2017 By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersThe best advice for those planning to take a trip over the holidays is to leave early and avoid peak travel times. AAA is forecasting that a recordbreaking 107.3 million travelers plan to spend the holiday away from home, traveling at least 50 miles from Saturday, Dec. 23-Monday, Jan. 1, which is the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase over last year. AAA says 2017 is the ninth year in a row that more people have planned to travel for the holidays with an increase of 21.6 million, or 25 percent, since 2005. Travel has increased for other major holidays this year Memorial Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. "Overall, our research shows that Americans are doing better than last year and want to go somewhere for the holidays," said Vicky Evans, assistant vice president for AAA Travel, in a press release. "Whether they are going home or visiting a new destination, Americans have more money to nance their travel plans, thanks to a stronger economy and growing consumer con dence." Floridians are no exception with 5.6 million planning to travel, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016. The majority will travel by automobile 97.4 Americans including 5 million Floridians. Another 6.4 million Americans are expected to y, including 306,000 from the Sunshine State. And 3.6 million Americans, including 211,000 Floridians, will travel by train, bus, rail or cruise ship. AAA says airfares are about 20 percent cheaper than last year and average $165 for a round-trip ight for the top 40 domestic routes, which is a ve-year low. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is expecting that parking may be a problem for holiday travelers with ights booked Dec. 18-29. Of cials say that over the Thanksgiving holiday, the airport had its highest demand for parking and almost ran out of space. A parking advisory has been issued due to the potential to run out of space in December. Passengers are advised to arrange to be dropped off and picked-up at the airport rather than planning on parking. Passengers also are advised to arrive two hours prior to departure time, which is a recommendation for those flying from any airport during the holidays. Motorists also are advised to allow plenty of time to arrive at their destination. INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, and AAA are predicting that travel times during the holiday week could be up to three times more than normal. Drivers will likely encounter most road congestion in the late afternoons on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 20-21. "With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros," said Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research at INRIX. "Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes." Gas prices shouldn't be an issue, with costs about the same as last year. In Florida and the Tampa Bay area, the average cost of a gallon of unleaded on Christmas Day 2016 was $2.32. On Dec. 15, the average cost was $2.39. The national average was $2.45. But AAA says pump prices could go down before the end of the year by as much as 10 cents due to strong gasoline production and supply levels. For those seeking lodging on the way to their destination or at their destination, expect to save about 2 percent on rates compared to last year. A AAA Three Diamond hotel nightly rate is $156 and a stay at a Two Diamond hotel is $121, 5 percent cheaper than 2016. Rental cars are still more expensive, going for an average of $74 a day, up about 11 percent, which won't be a concern for those who take their own vehicles. AAA recommends making sure your vehicle is in good shape before hitting the road. Check the tires and batteries, which are among the most common reasons motorists call AAA for roadside assistance. AAA advises motorist to get plenty of rest before setting out and to schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to stay alert. Also, don't drive distracted. Designate a passenger to serve as navigator and to send or answer text messages.AAA expects record number of travelers Photo courtesy of ST. PETE-CLEARWATER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTPlanes will be arriving and taking off at a record pace as holiday travelers ock to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport the last two weeks in December. There is a parking advisory in place and passengers are advised to have someone drop them off and pick them up to avoid overcrowded parking lots. By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersCLEARWATER Pinellas County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Dec. 12 reaffirming the commission's commitment of Tourist Development Tax funds to the city of Dunedin for its spring training facility capital project. However, agreement may not be unanimous when the negotiated deal comes back probably sometime in January. Some commissioners would like to see the county's share reduced with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on more of the funding. In April, commissioners voted unanimously to support up to $46.5 million to construct a new spring training facility for the Jays. At that time, some expressed the desire to reduce that amount of the county's share. After staff negotiations, the amount now being requested is $41.7 million. The estimated cost for the entire project is just over $81 million with the Jays funding about 25 percent. The remainder would come from the city, which is applying to the state for additional funds. Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski talked about the many bene ts to the city and the county from the relationship with the Jays since 1977. She said she was excited about the agreement with the Jays for 25 more years. The city approved and executed a new license with the team Nov. 2 agreeing to maintain the Dunedin spring training facilities following the renovation, remodeling and/or re-construction of improvements. Representatives from the Americans for Prosperity spoke in opposition to using public funding for the spring training facility. "AFP-FL opposes corporate welfare and taxpayer handouts to professional sports teams because it is not the role of the government to take money from taxpayers and redistribute those funds to private business ventures, and it has been proven that when these incentives are deployed taxpayers see a poor to negative return on investment," the group said in a letter. Another 20 people sent in comment cards opposing funding of the Blue Jays' facility. Commissioner Ken Welch explained that the money to fund the facility is coming from the TDC tax, aka bed tax money, and cannot be spent on public safety, housing, sewers, education or anything other than what state law allows. State law allows the money to be spent on sporting venues and other expenditures that promote or bene t the tourism industry. Welch said he would like to see the county pay a smaller share, but pointed out that Dunedin is a small city compared to St. Petersburg or Clearwater, so the county has to pay more. "Toronto has never been anywhere other than Dunedin," he said. He said the team provides bene t to the county, adding that if Pinellas lost a baseball team, it would reduce the chances of getting others. Commissioner Dave Eggers added that the state had made a commitment to spring training decades ago. He said it was part of the fabric of the county and the state. "Since 1977, Toronto has been a good partner," he said. "They want to be here. They love the county and the city." Commissioner John Morroni said if funding the training facility increased sales tax or any local tax, he would oppose it. But since the money comes from the bed tax paid by those who stay at the county's hotels and motels, he supports providing the funding. He suggested to those that don't want to pay not to stay at local hotels or motels. Commission Chair Janet Long thanked staff for the hard work done to negotiate the county's share, reducing it by $5 million. She said she would support the resolution to move it forward. "But I won't support it when it comes back," she said. "There's a nite number that we can and can't afford."County commits funding to Dunedin for Jays TyeThe lovable 8-year-old Chihuahua mix has been vigorously dieting to lose weight. He now boasts a trim 15 pounds. Tye is friendly, happy, well socialized, and seems to get along with every human and canine around. 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12A Outdoors Leader, December 21, 2017 What a difference in the weather from this week compared to last. It appeared to be all doom and gloom at the beginning of the month but that is no longer the case, at least for now. Water temperatures are slowly rising and the sh are much more willing to cooperate than a week ago. West Central Florida offers some of the best bottom fishing found anywhere in the world. Its gradual depth change combined with an abundance of exposed limestone make for a perfect environment for a smorgasbord of resident bottom fish. Using medium sized tackle, anglers can speci cally target such species as hogfish, triggerfish, scamp grouper, mangrove snapper, blue porgies, and of course the offshore constant, the tasty white grunt. Heading offshore with nothing but shrimp for bait; live or fresh frozen is becoming the norm this time of year. The upsides of this trip are easy to see. The sh pull hard, they all taste great and are a snap to clean if you're using an electric knife, and everybody can do it; it's perfect for kids and may be a trip to plan on over Christmas break. Targeting all of those same spots that would normally be your go-to gag grouper spots will put you into the non-stop action and what a rush when you actually land one of those big sh on the light tackle. Use a 1 1/2-ounce egg sinker right to the hook when shing spots 60 feet and shallower. Use the same techniques out deeper in 80 to 100 feet, however, you may want to up your sinker size to a 2 or 3 ounce. Inshore, spotted sea trout remain top targets this week. Plenty of quality sized trout can be found cruising the shallow ats of Tampa Bay as well as the many spoil islands that dot the Intracoastal Waterway. For now, live bait can still be found holding around the bay bridges as well as the swash channel along area beaches. Live select shrimp will get the job done on windier days when bait is more dif cult to come by. Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Beautiful weather a gift for anglers heading into the Christmas break Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Photo by KERRY HERNANDEZPhotographer Kerry Hernandez of Seminole captured this photo of a cruise ship heading west at sunset Dec. 17, just west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Hernandez was standing on top of the Skyway Bridge when the picturesque image was caught.Cruising at sunset The Great OutdoorsMcGough hosting raptor showsLARGO George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., will begin hosting raptor shows at 1 p.m. each Sunday. The show details the adaptations raptors use to exploit the natural world for their gain. It will include owls, hawks, kestrels and the Narrows' own bald eagle, Sarge. Cost is $3 per person.McGough to host nature hikeLARGO A guided nature hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m., at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., Largo. Participants will walk through the woods seeking out animals. The hike is free but donations are kindly accepted. To preregister, call 727-518-3047.Safety Harbor to host Nerf WarsSAFETY HARBOR Nerf Wars will be presented Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor. The event is designed for children age 5 and older. Cost is $5 a person. Attendees should bring their Nerf blaster along with labeled darts. The event will feature a wide range of competitive activities to test the skill and aim of each participant. For information, call the community center at 727724-1530. For a list of additional events and classes, visit workshop setCLEARWATER A free workshop on permaculture will be presented on Saturdays, Jan. 6 and 27, 9 a.m. to noon, at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. This three-hour workshop will cover what permaculture can do for you and for society. The workshop will introduce principles for home gardening or community gardening, to grow healthy food, and create more resilience and abundance. Attendees will learn speci c permaculture design techniques that they can apply immediately to increase abundance while helping the environment. To register for the free workshop or for more information, email or call 727-495-6145. CLEARWATER The Pinellas County Tax Collector's Office is offering sportsman's licenses for youth at a reduced cost. Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation discounting Florida Resident Sportsman's License fees by 25 percent for residents ages 17 and younger. The discount is in effect through Dec. 31. The lifetime license covers freshwater and saltwater recreational shing, hunting, and most of the associated permits. The license usually costs up to $1,000. With the discount, a lifetime sportsman license for ages 0-4 is $300, for ages 4-12, $525, and for ages 13-17, $750. Sportsman's licenses may be purchased in person at Pinellas County Tax Collector branch offices and online at Residency must be veri ed. In addition, drivers may elect to have their lifetime sportsman's designation added to an original or renewed driver license for a $1 fee. According to the governor's proclamation, "hunting and fishing have a celebrated history in Florida, including Florida's recognition as the Fishing Capital of the World ... It is important to introduce Florida's youth to outdoor activities that instill conservation values."Youth discount available for sportsman’s licenses How to contribute All press releases are published on a space available basis. 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Viewpoints 13A Leader, December 21, 2017Throughout my professional career, I have been dedicated to the continued growth and enhancement of quality long-term care in Florida. A key element of quality care is maintaining a sense of independence among the elders we serve, a priority that is fostered by Florida's long-standing commitment to helping them remain in the least restrictive setting possible. However, I believe a proposal now before the Constitution Revision Commission would undermine that goal and threaten the continued independence of countless older Floridians. The proposed amendment to our state constitution would eliminate the certi cate of need process for nursing homes, among others, and change that would disrupt the mission of continuing quality care in skilled nursing care centers. The CON process requires Florida's Health Planning Councils to identify areas which have a need for additional beds. Facilities must document how they will meet those needs, either through new development or adding on to an existing center. Beds are awarded based on several factors, including a center's quality outcomes and nancial stability. The intent is to prevent an oversaturation of care facilities, so the taxpayers don't end up subsidizing unused beds. Florida has the nation's highest share of seniors, and elimination of the nursing home CON requirement would y in the face of the state's ongoing support of home and community-based care a policy that allows elders to remain in their own homes as long as possible. If additional nursing center beds are allowed without the careful scrutiny of the CON process, the new facilities will need residents to ll their beds and the rst place they will look is the ranks of those currently enjoying the bene ts of home and community-based care. It's no secret that Florida is experiencing a nursing shortage, with more than 12,000 vacant nursing positions around our state. The problem is particularly challenging for skilled nursing centers. Elimination of CON would lead to additional facilities competing for the same limited pool of registered nurses and certi ed nursing assistants, thus spreading already limited resources even thinner. If the CON repeal is enacted, it seems unavoidable that more seniors will be moved from home settings and into skilled nursing centers a setting that is necessary for our most frail elders, but certainly not for everyone currently living in the less restrictive environment offered by home and community-based care. If it was your mother or grandmother, would you want her living in even the best nursing home before it was really necessary? The Legislature has seen the value in allowing the nursing home CON process to remain in place, so why does the Constitution Revision Commission want to circumvent their authority by using our State Constitution to repeal CON? Because of today's CON laws, nursing care centers are able to continue to provide quality care at a level that is among the best in the nation. Existing centers are able to focus on recruiting dedicated more health care professionals to the eld, to serve residents who truly need the care they offer. Every Florida resident should take a signi cant interest in this issue, for the sake of their elderly relatives and, someday, for themselves. I hope every member of the Constitution Revision Commission recognizes the need to protect our senior citizens by leaving the nursing home CON process in place. Deborah Franklin is senior director of quality affairs for Florida Health Care Association. She can be reached at LETTERS I'm glad that Jesus Christ was born thousands of years ago, instead of today. Today's news media and other modern inventions would have screwed up the story so badly. As is, the beautiful tale of the Nativity has survived mostly unchanged for, lo, these many years. And what a story it is. A modern writer would be hard-pressed to come up with a better script than this: A long-rumored prophecy, three wise men following an unknown star, a messengerangel descending on bewildered shepherds, a young, pregnant couple searching for a decent place in which to become parents, and nally in a non-descript outbuilding for domestic animals the birth of a child destined to rule the minds and hearts of billions. Could such a magni cent story be mangled if it happened in today's world? Of course it could. And I'll tell you how. First of all, Mary and Joseph didn't have a hotel reservation waiting for them as they trekked down the trail from Nazareth to check in with the census bean-counters waiting for them in Bethlehem. In fact, those two youngsters didn't even own a single credit card. Today, CNN and Fox News would have crucified Joseph (pardon the expression) for allowing his expectant wife to travel even half a mile aboard a donkey. To make things worse, Mary (as far as we know) didn't have a qualified obstetrician standing by. And no Medicaid available. As for available midwives on hand to assist Mary? Forget about it. Can you imagine what the tearjerking hand-wringers in today's media would do with that scenario? Then there was that strange star in the east, moving slowly toward the sky over Bethlehem. Just picture that happening today. NASA, the Pentagon, astronomers, astrologers and worldwide weather reporters would be foaming at the mouth with analyses and predictions of what the heavenly interloper might mean. Advertising agencies would offer enormous cash prizes to winners of "NAME THAT STAR!" contests. Then when the star finally came to rest, Hollywood producers would go mad with frustration. "Don't tell me the !!%#-ing star has stopped right over a two-bit manger!! We can't win Oscars with a story that has the three lead actors sharing credit lines with sheep, cows and jackasses. And where is the sex angle? And some violence?!!" In today's world, the fabled three wise men from the East would present other problems. To start with, who are these guys? Are they Muslims? If so, are they Sunnis or Shiites? Are their passports valid? And where do they get off, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to a newborn child? Sounds like some sort of bribery to me. I'll bet the Russians are behind it. And in a modern version of Christ's birth, who would ll the role of Herod? As you know, he was the Judean king who ordered the slaughter of all the newborns, because of the rumor that in Bethlehem was born a new king, destined to light up the world with love. Can you think of anyone on today's stage who would be evil enough to portray Herod? I can. The line forms at the right, folks. One reason the Nativity story has remained beloved and largely intact during these many years is that it captures what was probably the happiest few days in the lives of Joseph, Mary and the Christ Child. Herod's edict had not yet reached them. They would return to Nazareth and spend peaceful years. Mary would have other children. Jesus would become a carpenter like his old man. But as he reached age 30 or thereabouts, Jesus began to speak out. And then came the final few years of tumult under the growing shadow of the cross, followed by the wondrous revelation of the empty tomb. That's the main story a mixture of suffering and salvation. Nobody can blame Christians, if at this time of year, they focus on the beauty and peace of that night divine, the manger and the slumbering, long-promised child. However, if I were doing a rewrite, I'd add a dog and cat to the manger crew. The dog would assume 24-hour guard duty and growl low at anyone who looked suspicious. The cat would sniff the baby's cheek and then set up purring headquarters close by. In a family-oriented story you can't go wrong with a dog and/or cat. Bob Driver’s email address is tralee71@, shift, end – $#%! Help!I guess it's unprofessional to say the hell with it when I can't gure out how to perform a function using a newspaper design program. Even more unprofessional is pretending to strangle the nerds who invented the program. I've done both. Several times throughout my career. Could be worse, such as actually running a sentence upside down in the newspaper. Don't know what button I pushed the other day, but I was enroute to making a photo caption resemble something on our game page. Luckily, I caught the error before the paper went to press. Pardon our dust. We've introduced a new software program that in the long run will make our design and production work more ef cient. So far, at least, I don't think we've offended the gods of journalism, but maybe made some minor boo-boos. Slowly but sloppily, I'm learning how to use the design program with a little help from my friends. "The good news is this is the last $#*%! design program I'll ever have to learn," I said, con ding to an editor in my age bracket. Now that I'm days away from my 64th birthday, I consider myself fortunate to remember where I put a document on my computer. Just hope I continue to have the patience to deal with the new tricks needed to make it resemble a newspaper page. The other day, a co-worker told me a short cut to remove excess copy from a story. "Command, shift, end, delete," he said. "Command shift N delete," I mumbled to myself. "Help!" "The $#*%! Thing didn't work," I yelled to my co-worker. "Command, shift, end, delete," he said again. "Oh. You said end' not "N," I replied. Time to get my hearing checked, too. Mission accomplished. I wrote the command function on my cheat sheet. Since it's a function we editors will use frequently, I tried to memorize it on the way home from work. "Command, shift, end, delete. Command, shift, end, delete. Command, shift, end, delete," I told myself. "What's next?" An old familiar earworm took charge again. It's been bugging me for months. When I get older, losing my hair many years from now – will I still be railing against technology …. It started when I took a typing test on an electric typewriter on day one of my first journalism class at the University of Florida. I made too many typos, and I was almost booted out of class. I told my dubious professor that I had used my dad's 1949 Underwood typewriter since I was in high school and it served me well. Guess my begging paid off; he let me stay in the class, as long as I agreed to only curse at the electronic typewriter under my breath. He also said there was no need to bring White Out to class. A few years later, at my rst reporting job, I had to use an electric typewriter again. Stories were then transmitted through an optical character reading system, which involved some type of scanner. A Ford Pinto was a better device. The $#*%! system wouldn't read your story if it had too many errors. Can't count how many stories I had to retype. Certainly, computers were a game changer. But in the 1980s, some of the machines were so big and bulky it took four out-of-shape newsroom employees to remove them from our building when they broke down. And one smarty-pants to take the picture, for laughs. I should consider myself fortunate. At least I didn't have to unravel and make sense out of all that tape that was spit out from the wire services machines in the early '80s. The only thing slower was my Chevette. Also won't miss the dark room. Thought I had taken some great photos during a severe storm in Vero Beach in '78. When I inquired about their status, an editor looked at me as if there had been a miscarriage. "I hate to break the news to you, Tom, but " Could have been worse. Famed wartime photographer Robert Capra had only 10 gripping photos to show from the numerous shots he took during D-Day landings on Omaha Beach. Most of his images were ruined because of a darkroom technician's error. Yay for digital photography. However, my biggest fear is that at my age I'm perfectly capable of losing my camera in my own house or tripping over it. If any reader out there is technology challenged and sympathizes with my disorder, please let me know. Better yet, send me a letter to the editor. I promise I won't run it upside down. Tom Germond is editor of the Dunedin Beacon. He can be reached at 727-397-5563, ext. 330, or by an email at We are proud to offer a forum to our readers. Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to We will not print the letter writer's phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 700 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations. Letters should address issues or current events. Please refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations. The newspaper will not print letters that contain slanderous or racial statements. Please do not use profanity. We do not publish poetry or songs in letters to the editor. Each writer may submit one letter per month. We can't return letters to the editor.What do you think? Driver’s SeatBob Driver Conjectures on the birth of Christ Protect elders by keeping rules on nursing homes 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563  Fax: 727-397-5900  www.TBNweekly.comPublisher/President: Dan Autrey Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli Advertising Director: Jay Rey Classi ed Advertising Manager: Wendy Edwards Executive Editor: Tom Germond tgermond@TBNweekly.comProduction Manager: David Brown Online editor: Suzette Porter Beach Beacon: Bob McClure Belleair/Beach Bee: Tom Germond Clearwater Beacon: Logan Mosby Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond Largo Leader: Chris George Palm Harbor Beacon: Kathryn Williams Seminole Beacon: Tiffany Razzano Tarpon Springs Beacon: Kathryn Williams Entertainment Editor: Lee Zumpe General Editorial editorial@TBNweekly.comCirculation: L. Shi ett Phone: 727-397-5563 As I See ItDeborah Franklin Tom Germond The lights have shined on parkingEditor: As a Dunedin resident, I think the paid parking has been a lightning rod for the community. The last meeting shined light on parking revenue funding for 20 or so street projects and funding juice for up to two additional garages. The original use of Deepwater Horizon oil spill funds paid down the debt to not have to charge for parking. There was no agreement as to the need for expanded spaces among commissioners or paid consultants. I think the City commissioners and city planners heard the request of residents to remove paid parking for the good of the city. The lights have shined on parking. Will the city break the linkage of parking and their projects or listen to the citizens of Dunedin and honor the residents and guests with a welcoming free parking. Let's hope the City Commission and city planning staff trust the citizens and get their hands out of parking and the handy cookie jar for their interests outside the scope of parking. Jerry Cobb DunedinCommissioner defends controversial voteEditor: As your duly elected commissioner, I want all residents to know the facts. The recall petition falsely states actions taken by the Commission on May 9, 2017, violated the Charter. We voted to appoint, at the express direction of City Attorney [Tom] Trask. His legal opinion is we were obligated to hire a budget person to meet critical state deadlines. This was an extraordinary circumstance. The attorney advised that we must name a nance person to assist with formulating the budget. Without a city manager, we had to take extraordinary action to meet the deadline. The city attorney's opinion states it is not malfeasance to follow his advice. " the grounds for recall do not rise to the level of malfeasance and are not legally suf cient because in this case there has been no express or explicit violation of the Charter." The city retains an attorney to advise in interpreting the Florida statutes, our Charter and the law. When elected, I took an oath and I promised to uphold those Florida statutes, Madeira Beach Charter and laws. I ask you, which choice? Follow the attorney's direction as we did or refuse as two other commissioners did, jeopardizing obligations of the city. John Douthirt Madeira Beach


14A Dunedin Leader, December 21, 2017 By MARK SCHANTZ and TOM GERMONDTampa Bay NewspapersDUNEDIN Residents and business owners who dislike having paid parking downtown won't get quite the Christmas gift for which they hoped, but at least they will get something. After a seven-hour meeting that lasted until 1 a.m. Dec. 12, city commissioners sent staff back to the drawing board to design yet another downtown parking plan. However, it was not before agreeing to a 12-days-of-Christmas moratorium on charging to park in the city's tourist mecca. During discussion, five city commissioners had three different views about how to address downtown parking fees and issues, but none agreed with staff's latest version designed to tweak aspects of the fee-based plan. In its latest variation described by city Planning Director Greg Rice, paid parking would be eliminated in the downtown core Monday to Friday from morning until 5 p.m. Then, paid parking for $1.50 an hour would be in effect on Main Street and the downtown core from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Residents would be eligible to receive one licensed-based annual pass per address that they could use for off-street parking, with seniors 65 and older getting a single pass for both off and onstreet parking. Rice said the plan would ensure nancial sustainability and prepare for when CRA funding comes to an end. It would also defray the cost of another parking garage on the former Baptist church property lot on Wood Street. Financial resources from parking fees could also pay for a 23-seat electric trolley to ferry downtown visitors from parking to shops and restaurants, as well as for downtown enhancements, Rice added. The revised plan could net about $375,800 in revenue, staff reported. Both Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski and Commissioner Maureen Freaney voiced objection to the city charging residents or visitors to park along Main Street and the downtown core. Bujalski said she has heard from the vast majority of residents that they want paid parking eliminated. Freaney, who noted she worked for the city 22 years as assistant city manager, said she "has never been a fan of paid parking. It's important to create an experience and I'm not sure the meters create that experience." She suggested the city consider a simpli ed plan, with all on-street downtown city parking free, but with a 3-hour limit. A-dollar-an-hour parking would be available at the city-owned former Baptist church parking lot on Wood Street, the City Marina, and soon-to-be-open parking garage on Douglas Avenue. "I don't want paid parking on Main Street, I just don't ," Freaney added. The mayor echoed Freaney's comments and said she is also not in favor of paid parking downtown. Bujalski also noted the latest consultant reports find that the city may have an excess of parking spots in the future, leaving her "not clear on what is the number of spots we need, if experts say we don't need any more parking." "It's hard to make decisions when the goal keeps changing," she added. City Economic and Housing Development Director Robert Ironsmith said a number of surveys done had many variables in play, leaving staff not confident on a number for parking needs. Commissioner Maureen Freaney said the latest consultant report makes her feel "we are pretty good right now. The report makes me feel like we don't need more parking spots." However, Commissioner John Tornga said paid parking is necessary to fund a plan for future parking needs such as an additional garage on Wood Street, and provide a revenue stream when CRA funds are not available. He said the city has to consider the need to go vertical. Commissioner Deborah Kynes said she is in favor of a reasonable fee or even use of a resident sticker. Commissioner Heather Gracy supported staff's most recent plan with the addition of a resident discount. She said she is worried about the future financial viability of the Community Redevelopment District if the county or state does away or reduces funding. She added she would not create additional downtown parking funded by property taxes. Bujalski said statistics show shoppers are making fewer return visits to downtown, and she does not want local retailers to endure another season with reduced revenue caused by the city's downtown parking meters. "I'm sorry we need to do better. Rip the stuff out and go gure out how else to pay for it," she said of the current paid parking kiosks. Kynes added she is still not convinced the city needs a second parking garage on Wood Street, but she wants a funding source in case CRA funding disappears. She asked for a "12 days of Christmas moratorium," with staff coming back with a reasonable compromise. City Manager Jennifer Bramley said staff would hire another consultant to design a compromise plan, which would require about three months to develop. Numerous residents and business owners also addressed the commission. Jim Riley, a Dunedin resident, said he is totally against paid parking. "I think it's kind of a travesty. I'm totally for enforced paid parking," he said. "I think staff's recommendation is a slap in the face to all of us." Grant Painter, a city resident and owner of the Woodright on Douglas Avenue, said in his opinion the City Commission is being asked to make an important decision prematurely. He said the city should wait for at least six months after the parking garage on Douglas Avenue is operational to make any signi cant changes to the parking program. The garage, part of the plans for the Artisan Apartments development, will have 195 spaces. At this point, he said, the mayor's line of concern as to whether or not parking stock is suf cient is part of why he thinks the delay should happen. He was in favor of the compromise the staff has recommended. "Thank you for listening to the community and responding with the creative and thoughtful solution that does not derail our CRA funds," he said. Harry Steinman, president of the civic organization Preserve the Vibe, said the city could end the trial parking program ended immediately with little or no consequences to the economic health of the city. 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Beaches 15A Leader, December 21, 2017 By LOGAN MOSBYTampa Bay NewspapersCLEARWATER Before the Michigan Wolverines take on the South Carolina Gamecocks on New Year's Day, players, cheerleaders, band members and students will have the chance to take part in a pregame showdown on Dec. 30 on Clearwater Beach. The annual Outback Beach Bowl Day will showcase the best Clearwater has to offer sugar sand beaches, blue skies, a cool breeze and a hospitality like no other. In keeping with tradition, the free event will feature a battle of the bands competition between the rival teams marching bands, a friendly tugo-war between battling cheerleaders, and introductions of team players and coaches. The event is set to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking will be available beachside, but may be limited, so visitors and residents alike are encouraged to park downtown and either hop on the Jolley Trolley or hitch a ride on the Clearwater Ferry. The newly opened North Beach Parking Plaza will also be available for parking use. While Beach Day is a perk for local residents, it offers just one more chance for thousands of nonresidents to experience all that Clearwater and its people have to offer. "The Outback Bowl is a signature event for the Tampa Bay area and brings thousands of people and millions of dollars of economic impact to the area each year," said Clearwater Special Events Planning and Project Manager Kris Koch. "The Beach Day' event showcases our beautiful area to all of those out-of-town visitors traveling in to watch their favorite teams play their postseason bowl game." Although official activities end around 4 p.m., don't rush off just yet. Pier 60 will feature a variety of vendors, artisans and music, all while you watch the sunset along the beach. The Wolverines and the Gamecocks will square off in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day in Tampa. Both teams are 8-4. For more information, visit or myclearwater. com.Scores of Wolverines, Gamecocks to invade Clearwater Beach By WAYNE AYERSTBN CorrespondentMADEIRA BEACH The city's computer system was recently hacked and compromised, prompting the finance director to agree to a new contract with the city's information technology provider. Finance Director Walter Pierce said at the Dec. 12 city commission meeting that the city "experienced a cyber intrusion" the rst week in December. The IT provider, Network People, Inc., took corrective actions and made recommendations to avoid future incidents, Pierce said in a report to the commission. One of the recommendations from the vendor was to expand the security services, as part of a separate agreement with the company, costing $3,400 a month. Pierce said at the meeting that he agreed to a six-month contract for the added security measures. The new services include advanced security sweeps, training, and increased security of the system, according to Pierce. Pierce said the situation was an emergency and had to be done quickly because of the threat to the city's nances. "I directed them to put these in now, because we had to stop this," Pierce said. But Commissioner Terry Lister objected, saying Pierce should not have agreed to spend the extra money without getting the commission's approval. "You can't tell them to do this without the commission's OK. It just isn't right," said Lister. Lister asked why this wasn't covered under the existing contract with the company. The current contract went into effect three years ago, Pierce said, "and it isn't adequate for today. We needed these added advanced security features." Pierce added he had already agreed to the deal. "This is blackmail," said Lister. He said, "We are paying a company (to provide security) and it didn't work. Now they're saying, It didn't work, and you need more because it didn't work.' That's just a simple case of blackmail." Commissioner Nancy Oakley said, "We need to do this as a sixmonth trial because we have been hacked." But she said the city also needs to have an IT audit, which Pierce had said was planned, "to see if this is the right company or if there is a better product or service." The commission unanimously agreed to go ahead with the sixmonth contract, with an added clause that the city can cancel on 30days' notice, and to proceed with an independent technology audit. "I'm good with that," Lister said. "I love the audit." But he warned Pierce, "I don't want you to go into a contract with anybody if you don't bring it to these ve people (the commission) rst." Sunshine Law violation, or notLast month, at a special budget meeting, Mayor Maggi Black called on commissioners Nancy Hodges and Terry Lister to resign, saying the two had violated the Sunshine Law in the appointment of Commissioner Housh Ghovaee, according to a judge's ruling earlier this year. Black then read a portion of the city charter that says any commissioner will forfeit their of ce if they violate the city charter. At the Dec. 12 meeting, Hodges challenged Black, saying the judge's action was "a declaration judgment" and that "a violation did exist, but I, as an individual, was not charged. I never received any noti cation of a charge." Hodges said she sent an email to then-City Attorney Erica Augello and asked for her opinion on the subject. Hodges said, "She (Augello) did say I was correct. There were no charges found against me as an individual, and no charges against me personally. I did not violate any law." But the judge's ruling in the case appears to say otherwise. An order issued by 6th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jack Day on March 6 concluded, "Based on the undisputed facts before the court, the court concludes that the city, (Mayor Travis) Palladeno, Lister, and Hodges violated the Sunshine Law in selecting Mr. Ghovaee to fill the vacancy in the District 4 Commissioner seat."Hackers hit Madeira City HallFinance director’s response sparks controversy Photo by BRIAN GOFFKathy MacKinnon, the organizer of the IRB Homeowners Association annual Toy Drive, stands in front of some of the 150 bikes collected during the drive. The bikes and toys go to Grace House, Shepherd's Village and MacDill Air Force Base to help disadvantaged children.Santa’s helpers By BOB McCLURETampa Bay NewspapersST. PETE BEACH City leaders are closing in on the nal language of a proposed ordinance that would regulate wireless tower permits on city right-of-way. Commissioners voted unanimously Dec. 12 to extend a moratorium on issuing wireless permits that will give city leaders additional time to hammer out the details of the ordinance. A final version is expected sometime after the rst of the year. The ordinance is necessary to protect the city's interests following passage of the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act earlier this year by the Florida Legislature. The legislation prevents cities and counties from prohibiting or charging wireless companies for the co-location of small wireless cell towers or micro wireless facilities within the public right-of-way. The wireless companies need the co-locations for the installation of faster 4G LTE service. "The legislation that was passed means we cannot prohibit it but we can regulate it," said City Manager Wayne Saunders in reference to the new, smaller cell towers "So this will give us the additional time we need to come up with an ordinance to bring to you for consideration of regulation of those small towers." In most cases, wireless companies want to install the small wireless devices on existing power poles, which led Mayor Al Johnson to question what impact it would have on underground utilities. "One thing that occurred to me, now that we're undergrounding utilities, on this co-located stuff in our right-of-way, does that mean they can put stuff on top of the poles we have there, or do they have to put in additional poles?" Johnson asked. Saunders said most of the municipal ordinances around the state he and City Attorney Andrew Dickman have reviewed require co-location "unless it (poles) is not there. "That means on top of light poles and that's the direction we will be going in," Saunders said. "We want everyone to understand we're trying to underground a lot of stuff (along Gulf Boulevard). So, some of those poles won't be there. So, we'll have some language to address that." Saunders said the cell antennas are only about 18 inches in height and transmit to nearby control panels, which "are the big problem everyone is dealing with." 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16A Health Leader, December 21, 2017 Health & Fitness BriefsBay Pines VA to host art festivalST. PETERSBURG The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center will host the annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition on Thursday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the JC Cobb room located on the rst oor of the main medical center building. Held in conjunction with VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients Week a week designated to pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans the competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. Veterans, family members, VA staff, volunteers and the general public are encouraged to attend the event to enjoy art displays, performances and more. "The Creative Arts Competition gives Veterans an outlet to express themselves through various forms of art," said Suzanne M. Klinker in a press release. Klinker is director of Bay Pines VAHCS. "Often, this form of therapy is the life-saving tool Veterans need for rehabilitation." Nationwide, medical facilities like the Bay Pines VAHCS use creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. Through a national judging process, rst, second and third place entries in each category are determined. Select winners will be invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in October 2018. To learn more about the Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition or to obtain an application for entry, call Erin Todd at 727-398-6661, ext. 15884, or Jenny Campbell at 727-398-6661, ext. 12793. To learn more about the national program, visit event to help seniors to live healthierST. PETERSBURG Senior citizens and Baby Boomers are invited to attend a health and wellness event that is designed to show that smart living equals better living. The health fair will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25, 1 to 6 p.m., in the Magnolia Auditorium at Five Towns, a 55-plus retirement condo community, at 7950 58th Ave. N., St Petersburg. Smart Healthy Living, a local health and wellness company that specializes in being healthy in mind, body and faith, is spearheading the event. Compassionate Care Clinic of Pinellas will be on hand to answer questions of the public. Smart Healthy Living is looking for companies who would like to sponsor the event and those who would like to be vendors during the event. Participants will be able to have health screenings, see demonstrations of products and have fun. Vendors will be available to answer questions for people who are older than 50. The event will feature natural products for the home and people's health and products that are geared for the elderly. "I believe living a whole, healthy life is important for older people who want to live longer and stronger, but young people who start living healthy early would bene t too," said Sara Im, president of Smart Healthy Living, in a press release. The health fair is open to Five Towns residents and nonresidents. Participants will not have to pay an entrance fee. Smart Healthy Living is accepting additional vendors for the event. 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Events  Movies  Classi eds Diversions Largo Leader, Section B, December 21, 2017  Visit “Nutcracker,” presented by The Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Next Generation Ballet; running Dec. 21-23, in Morsani Hall at the Straz Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m. One matinee will be presented on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show start at $30. Call 813-2297827 or visit The performance is sponsored by Chickl-A. New York City Ballet principals Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar will perform the roles of Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier on Friday and Saturday. Miami City Ballet former principal Patricia Delgado and New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia will perform Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier on Thursday. The production also features the award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet and a cast of nearly 175 dancers, gymnasts and other guest artists in this spectacular holiday extravaganza. Pre-show activities will include family photos with Santa Claus and live caroling.  “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” Friday, Dec. 22, 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit The beloved TV classic “Rudolph The RedNosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer: The Musical.”  The Florida Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah; Friday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $15. Call 727-893-7832 or visit George Frideric Handel’s Messiah has mesmerized audiences since its debut in 1742 in Dublin. The oratorio based on scripture is in English and was originally an Easter offering. Now it’s a xture at Christmastime in churches and concert halls around the world. Messiah is also Handel’s most famous work, though it didn’t take long to compose, only about three or four weeks in the summer of 1741. Michael Francis will conduct.  Gabriel Iglesias: FluffyMania Tour; Friday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Tickets start at $37.75. Call 813-974-3004. Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians and he performs in sold-out venues across the United States and internationally. His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters, and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated style of comedy has made him popular among fans of all ages.  Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? Retelling the story of the nativity as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scienti c tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen. Top ve diversions Photo by NIKO TAVERNISE/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOXHugh Jackman, right, stars as P.T. Barnum and Zac Efron as Philip Carlisle in Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman.” Opening this weekend ‘The Greatest Showman,’ starring Hugh Jackman, explores the imagination of P.T. Barnum Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPE Tampa Bay NewspapersA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following lms opening in wide release:‘The Greatest Showman’Genre: Musical and biography Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya Coleman and Rebecca Ferguson Director: Michael Gracey Rated: PG “The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. 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2B Just for Fun Leader, December 21, 2017A&E newsVentriloquist/comedienne to perform at CPPACLARGO – Lynn Trefzger will take the stage Saturday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $19.50 in advance. The performance will feature cabaret seating. Call 727-587-6793 or visit Trefzger is a ventriloquist/comedienne with a trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country. Her offthe-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, and her performances are tailored for family audiences. She appeared on TV’s original talent show “Star Search.” Since then she has performed on Comedy Central, TNN, Lifetime, A&E and ABC. Trefzger was recently featured in “I’m No Dummy,” a comedy/documentary about the art of ventriloquism with Jay Johnson and Jeff Dunham.Show to bring ‘Candid Camera’ clips to Central Park Performing Arts CenterLARGO – “Candid Camera’s 8 Decade of Smiles Starring Peter Funt” will be presented Sunday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $29.50 in advance. The performance will feature cabaret seating. Call 727-587-6793 or visit’s hilarious stage comedy is blended with clips, quips and behindthe-scenes tales from the show’s funniest moments. “Candid Camera” holds a unique place in entertainment history as the only show to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades. The stage show incorporates the best “Candid Camera” clips in a fast-paced, laughlled romp through the decades. Funt’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show a great night of fun. Aquila Theatre to stage ‘Sense & Sensibility’TARPON SPRINGS – Aquila Theatre will present Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility” on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for Tarpon Arts members. Call 727942-5605 or visit Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy based on one of Jane Austen’s most popular novels. New York City-based Aquila Theatre adapts this story in a bold and exciting new production featuring an innovative use of space, movement, design, and sound. Paid ticket holders are invited to come to the Performing Arts Center at 1 p.m. before the show for a fascinating live Talk Back with the cast, to gain a deeper appreciation for the story and its cast of characters. Well-Strung to perform at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts CenterTARPON SPRINGS – Well-Strung, the singing string quartet, will perform Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for Tarpon Arts members. Call 727942-5605 or visit Well-Strung, a New York City-based string quartet, derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. Members Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) spend their time making new music and touring internationally. They have garnered many national mentions and appearances, including Huf ngton Post, CBS News, and The Today Show. Central Park Performing Arts Center to present Rat Pack Together Again LARGO – The Rat Pack Together Again will perform Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit This Tony Sands production serves as a tribute to the legendary performers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. These famous superstars came together in the 1960s at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas. This show will recreate their magic once again. The performance captures the onstage banter that made the Rat Pack act a huge hit in Vegas. Even though all have since died, their legacy lives on through three sensational tribute artists who assume the roles of the talented singers during their glory days. Tony Sands stars as Sinatra, Johnny Petillo will be playing Dean Martin, and Geno Monroe portrays Sammy. Together, they bring audiences the best of the Rat Pack songs, comedy, skits, and of course, all their individual hits. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center to get new lobbyTARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, located inside historic City Hall that was originally constructed as a high school in 1925, has lots of charm and character. After serving thousands of patrons year after year, however, it is time for a facelift. Thanks to a generous donation from the Kathleen Monahan Foundation, it is getting just that. “The foundation is excited and honored to fund this project for the City and Tarpon Arts,” said Sandra Holubar in a press release. Holubar is president of the Monahan Foundation. “Timing for the renovation is perfect considering other recent improvements to City Hall as well as the interior of the Performing Arts Center. This project joins those endeavors together creating an overall improved experience for guests and patrons of the facility.” In 2015, the theater space of the center received a sizable grant from the Florida Department of State that allowed for the complete renovation of the theatre walls and ceilings, lighting and sound equipment, stage curtain and more. The now state-of-the-art theatre is completely equipped for large and high-quality performances, and the newly updated lobby will be the perfect upscale area for patrons to congregate before and after productions and during intermission. The lobby will receive fresh paint and updated furnishings, a brand new refreshments counter with added concession offerings, a custom Wall of Fame to highlight Tarpon Arts members, sponsors and donors, a new will-call ticket service counter, dedicated gallery space for local artwork, and more. The new lobby is scheduled for completion in early 2018. “Part of the mission of our foundation is to improve and encourage cultural experiences within the Tarpon Springs community, and it’s our desire for people to have a comfortable, organized, versatile yet aesthetically pleasing venue to enjoy the variety of quality entertainment opportunities held at the center,” explained Holubar. “We’re certain funding this project accomplishes that goal, and are grateful to our donors for making it possible.”LRMA launches new art classes in 2018TARPON SPRINGS – The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is pleased to announce that the new year will ring in a new offering of art classes and workshops for adults in January through March. Class topics will include Paper Mache Mixed Media Techniques, The Wonder of Watercolor (two series), and Connections: Poetry, Prose & Painting, Surface Design Techniques for Polymer, and Sumi-e Painting Workshop for adult learners. Class duration and fees vary per program. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is at 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. For information, call 727-712-5762 or visit Fine Art Center to kick off new session of art classes Jan. 8DUNEDIN – A new session of art classes will get underway the week of Jan. 8 at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Mahaffey to welcome Ten Tenors Dec. 21ST. PETERSBURG – The Ten Tenors, Australia’s rock stars of the opera, will present a unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites on Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $47.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad” and more, the Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. The Ten Tenors are one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Following 16 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2,000 of their own headline concerts, The Ten Tenors have cemented their place as Australia’s premier classical-crossover group. According to their website, The Ten Tenors are celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances. They tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music’s most popular artists. From Buckley to Bocelli, an evening with The Ten Tenors is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure. Amidst their own explosive live concert experiences and remarkable achievements including six platinum and gold records and over 3.5 million concert tickets sold, The Ten Tenors have also performed alongside countless music legends including Andrea Bocelli, Andr Rieu, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Keith Urban, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, Sarah Brightman, Willie Nelson, Katherine Jenkins and Christina Aguilera. “So many people, particularly men, turn up to a show, having been dragged by their wives, arms folded, thinking they’re going to watch us croon to the ladies and serve up yet another watery classical crossover show,” said Scott Muller, long serving member of The Ten Tenors. “Not too far into the show they realize we are a group of down-to-earth Aussie blokes, that have power and guts in our performance and they leave not only pleasantly surprised, but fans themselves.” For information about The Ten Tenors, visit For venue information, visit Photo courtesy of THE MAHAFFEYThe Ten Tenors perform Dec. 21 at The Mahaffey. 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Entertainment 3B Leader, December 21, 2017world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community – a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.‘Father Figures’Genre: Comedy Cast: Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Ving Rhames, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Katt Williams and Glenn Close Director: Lawrence Sher Rated: R In the Alcon Entertainment comedy “Father Figures,” Owen Wilson and Ed Helms star as fraternal twins Kyle and Peter who accidentally discover they’ve been living with a lie all their lives. The kindly man in the photo on their mantle isn’t their father after all, but an invention their mother (Glenn Close) concocted to conceal the truth: that she actually doesn’t know who their real father is. See, it was the 1970s, and things were crazy, and … well, you know. Armed with only a handful of clues, the brothers resolve to nd the mystery man in what results in a wild road trip of discovery and revelations – about their mother, themselves and each other. ‘Pitch Perfect 3’Genre: Musical Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ruby Rose, John Lithgow, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Hana Mae Lee, Chrissie Fit, Anna Camp, Shelley Regner and DJ Khaled Director: Trish Sie Rated: PG-13 Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box of ce. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas nd themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. ‘All the Money in the World’Genre: Drama and thriller Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer and Timothy Hutton Director: Ridley Scott Rated: R “All the Money in the World” follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money. The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.‘Hostiles’Genre: Drama and western Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Jesse Plemons, Ben Foster and Adam Beach Director: Scott Cooper Rated: R Set in 1892, “Hostiles” tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way. For more movie news, visit www. Lee Clark Zumpe is TBN entertainment editor. Call 727397-5563, ext. 341, or by email at OPENING, from page 1B Photo by FABIO LOVINO/TRISTAR PICTURESFrom left, Maurizio Lombardi, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg star in TriStar Pictures’ “All the Money in the World.” Photo courtesy of PARAMOUNT PICTURESMatt Damon plays Paul Safranek and Jason Sudeikis plays Dave Johnson in “Downsizing” from Paramount Pictures.Oh boy. Even before “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hit theaters, the contempt and condemnation had already begun. Though many were eagerly awaiting the release of the next chapter in this beloved space fantasy saga, a faction of moviegoers started tearing it apart – without having actually viewed the lm – because they believe that nothing produced by Walt Disney Studios can possibly compare to their favorite franchise installment (which, among these old-school fans, is usually either “A New Hope” or “The Empire Strikes Back”). Were the naysayers correct? Is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” a defective and deficient film worthy of their sneering derision? Well, “The Last Jedi” de nitely isn’t Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s Star Wars. It is, however, a spectacular tour de force, brimming with action and humor as well as complex subplots and not-so-obvious series allusions. Working from a solid script, director Rian Johnson delivers both stunning spectacle as well as well-developed, compelling characters. “The Last Jedi” picks up shortly after the events depicted in “The Force Awakens” in which the protagonists destroyed the Starkiller Base. Even with that recent victory, Resistance forces – led by General Leia Organa (the late Carrie Fisher) are on the run from the First Order eet. The outlook seems bleak: The good guys are facing overwhelming odds. There are exceptional performances from the primary cast, including Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver and John Boyega. Standouts in supporting roles are Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux and Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. Anthony Daniels, reprising his role as C-3PO, seems sadly under-utilized. The cast also includes Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro in small but crucial roles. It’s almost impossible to review the film without revealing spoilers. Instead of discussing speci c plot points, let’s take a look at 10 reasons why “The Last Jedi” is such a remarkable lm. 1. It is not a remake of “The Empire Strikes Back.” “The Force Awakens,” the previous chapter in the saga, was entertaining but suffered from a lack of originality. The plot too closely re ected “A New Hope.” With “The Last Jedi,” Johnson doesn’t make that mistake. While the tone is similar, the story is original. 2. “The Last Jedi” reinforces core components of the saga. Johnson clearly respects the mythological framework George Lucas established with “A New Hope.” It’s evident in frequent visual callbacks as well as the overriding theme of light against dark, free will against imposed order. Upon close inspection, the story embraces a few key elements of the saga – particularly hope. 3. “The Last Jedi” introduces new mythic elements to the story arc. This is a point of contention with some fans who see this as a betrayal of canon. Johnson seeks to expand the boundaries of franchise, which will give rise to new storylines and keep future installments from becoming lackluster, repetitive facsimiles. 4. Character revelations offer a new perspective on earlier chapters, providing deeper meaning. Through one such revelation, Johnson cleverly makes an argument against fundamentalism and organized religion without disparaging the underlying spirituality. 5. Mark Hamill gives the best performance of his career to date. As the older-and-wiser Luke, Hamill gives us a repentant master living in exile, haunted by his own de ciencies as well as the repercussions of Shakespearian hubris. 6. The lm boasts awesome, drawn-out space battles that involve heartrending sacri ces. 7. Johnson understands that sometimes a puppet works better than CGI. 8. Where previous franchise installments generally focus on the inevitability of a victory for the forces of good, “The Last Jedi” posits that the struggle between the light and the dark is an unending progression. This long-term cyclicality may be the only form of balance possible. It is a tragic, realistic admission. 9. Porgs are not as annoying as Ewoks. Sure, they are cute and provide a marketable product for the merchandising gurus – but they aren’t important to the plot. Thankfully, Johnson doesn’t overdo it. Many were expecting the Millennium Falcon to be overrun with them by the end of the movie, as if they were the Star Wars equivalent of Tribbles. 10. “The Last Jedi” leaves unanswered questions. Wait – some fans seem to have issues with this. Apparently, they aren’t familiar with cliffhangers having spent the last few years binge-watching everything in weeklong marathons. The Star Wars franchise was originally conceived as a throwback to matinee serials. Get used to having to wait a few years for the next chapter! To be fair, “The Last Jedi” is not without aws. In developing some subplots, Johnson takes the audience on unnecessary tangents. One such digression sends two characters to a posh planet populated by the extremely af uent. This thinly-veiled commentary on wealth inequality adds 20 minutes to the lm’s running time. Those 20 minutes might have been used to ll in a few plot holes in the nal act that were instead clumsily explained in throwaway dialog. The imperfections are minor and cannot diminish the impact of Johnson’s achievement with “The Last Jedi.” Most critics agree, apparently. As of Dec. 17, the lm boasts a 93 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregation website for lm and television. Box Of ce Mojo, the online box-of ce reporting service, is projecting the lm had already made $220 million, making it the second largest opening weekend ever behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015. Meanwhile, the naysayers continue to squawk on social media. The scuttlebutt, as reported at various outlets including Vanity Fair and Deadline, is that there may be an active trolling campaign intent upon dragging down audience review scores at sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Scanning their reviews, they mostly seem angry with producer J.J. Abrams and the Walt Disney Company (which acquired Lucas lm in 2012) for ruining their childhood by continuing the saga and taking the story into uncharted territory. They cling to the original trilogy and its heroes and want nothing to do with a passing of the baton. They are entitled to their opinion. I am also an old-school fan of the franchise, having watched its debut with my parents in theaters in 1977 as a wide-eyed kid. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share each new franchise lm with my family. I am impressed with “The Last Jedi,” and I look forward to seeing it a few more times in the coming weeks. Let the naysayers keep shaking their sts at clouds shaped like Death Stars with Mickey Mouse ears. Reel TimeLee Clark Zumpe Movie reviewNo, director Rian Johnson did not ruin my childhood with game-changing ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Photo courtesy of LUCASFILM/WALT DISNEY STUDIOSMark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, a former Jedi Master, in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” A&E NEWS, from page 2B Imagine a blank sheet of paper, a ball of clay and a world of possibilities. Those possibilities dwell within each person. The Dunedin Fine Art Center just wants to help students realize them this winter. There are no grades in these classes, and no failure either. Students earn the reward of freeing their creativity. While DFAC offers top-notch instruction in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, and pottery, students also find exciting offerings in digital imaging, fashion design, jewelry, metal-working, stone-carving and wood-turning to name a few. The Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Gladys Douglas School of the Arts is currently registering for the upcoming session of classes for children, teens and adults, with discounted tuition rates for DFAC members. Scholarships are also available. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available as well as one-day to week-long workshops in a variety of media. The Winter I session will run Jan. 8 through Feb. 18. The Workshop Week will be Feb. 19-25. Winter II session will run Feb. 26 through April 8. For information or to register, call 727-298-3322 or visit www. Suncoast Jazz Society announces upcoming concerts The Suncoast Jazz Society will sponsor two concerts in January. Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps will perform Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 to 9:30 p.m., in the Crystal Sands Ballroom at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 727-522-6877. Bill Allred and Rosie O’Grady’s Goodtime Jazz Band will perform Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 to 5 p.m., at Kapok Events Pavilion, 923 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Admission is $15 for society members and $20 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 727-215-2938.Swing dance party to bene t Miracle OutreachCLEARWATER – A swing dance party will take place Thursday, Dec. 21, at Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Doors will open at 7 p.m. A swing dance lesson will be offered from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. The dance will run from 7:45 to 10 p.m. The Flag Band will perform swing favorites. The event will include a buffet of appetizers and refreshments. There also will be a cake walk. Tickets are $15 and are available at Savoy South Swing Saturday Dances. For information, call 727-564-6847 or email RSVP is required by Dec. 18. 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8B Entertainment Leader, December 21, 2017New year, new voicesAmerican Stage Theatre announces 2018 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, running Jan. 11-14 ST. PETERSBURG – American Stage Theatre will present 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, running Jan. 11-14, at 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Individual tickets are $10 per reading. An all-access pass is available for $40 to the general public and $30 to American Stage subscribers and Act 1 Club members. Call 727-823-7529, email BoxOf or visit In the support of the next generation of American playwrights, this American Stage program features new plays in development. A committee of 26 play readers comprised of a diverse cross-section of community members work with Stephanie Gularte, American Stage’s producing artistic director, to read, evaluate and discuss hundreds of new play submissions from all over the United States. The ve selected works will be featured in staged readings and workshops and will provide audiences the opportunity to contribute to the plays’ development through audience talkbacks following each play reading. Last season’s New Play Festival hit “Strait of Gibraltar” was selected for a fully produced mainstage production in American Stage’s 2017-18 season. Andrea Lepcio, the playwright, will be in residence during the play’s rehearsal process to be involved with the director and the actors on the play’s continued development. “It is our hope that our 21st Century Voices will develop into an impactful resource for playwrights and their new works to not only continue their development but to nd an audience through quality readings and fully produced premieres,” said Gularte in a press release. The staged readings will be directed by local talents and will feature performers from throughout greater Tampa Bay. Each playwright will be in residence during the rehearsal and reading process and will have the opportunity to discuss their work with audiences. Following is the 21st Century Voices: 2018 New Play Festival schedule:  Thursday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. – “Leni & Joseph,” by Jacob Marx Rice  Friday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. – “If Now Were Hence,” by Tess Light  Saturday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m. – “Postlingual,” by Brooke Downs  Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. – “Group,” by Alex Rubin  Sunday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m. – “Good Bad People,” by Rachel Lynett About the playwrightsJacob Marx Rice’s work has been produced and developed at The Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The New Ohio, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. His play series “The Suicidal Comedies” – consisting of “Chemistry,” “Coping” and “Cracks” – has been produced around the country and has won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Excellence in Playwriting Award and FringeFAVE at the NY Fringe Festival, Producer’s Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and Producer’s Encore Pick at the Hollywood Fringe. Rice is a 2017 Playwright Observer at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a member of The Shelter, and an MFA candidate at NYU for Dramatic Writing. Playwright Tess Light lives and works in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Distinctions include winner of the 2017 Julie Harris Playwriting Award, seminalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Winner of the 2015 Arts & Letters prize for Drama, and Winner of the 2012 New Play Contest at Theatre Conspiracy. Brooke Downs has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. She now teaches a variety of writing and literature courses there. Alex Rubin is a New York-based writer for stage, TV, and lm. Rubin’s plays and songs have been produced in readings and concerts at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Theater for the New City, Primary Stages, The Steinhardt School at NYU, Temple University, Hofstra University, 54 Below, The Davenport Theater, Peter Schneider Productions, Wide Eyed Productions, The Rep Group, Little Black Dress INK, Acadia University, Lama Theater Co.’s Fest of the Best, Samuel French OOB Festival, Renegade Theatre Festival, and more. Rachel Lynett holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas and a BA from the University of Notre Dame where she studied Theatre and Gender Studies. Her recent playwriting credits include Downstage Left Residency with Stage Left for her play “Well-Intentioned White People,” “Well-Intentioned White People” as a part of 2017 Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival, honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play “Well-Intentioned White People,” and a workshop production of “Abortion Road Trip” produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy. For more information, visit Looking ahead Clearwater Rockapella Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $30. Call 727-7917400 or visit  “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” Friday, Dec. 22, 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  Salute to Vienna, Sunday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-7917400 or visit  Henry Rollins, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  Elvis Birthday Bash featuring Scot Bruce and Mike Albert, Sunday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall. com.  Brad Garrett, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $29. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  The Doo Wop Project, Thursday, Jan. 11, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 727791-7400 or visit  The Zombies, Thursday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $49.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  Johnny Mathis, Friday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-7917400 or visit  Art Garfunkel, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12-13, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $49.50. Call 727791-7400 or visit  “Lucky Stiff,” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; Jan. 12, 2018, through Feb. 2, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 a person. Call 727-437-2363 or visit  The Moody Blues, Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $68.75. Call 727791-7400 or visit  The 3 Redneck Tenors, Sunday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 727791-7400 or visit  Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor, Sunday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  “Mike Hammer: Encore for Murder,” Jan. 18-28, in Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.  Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz, Thursday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $52.75. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  “Rumors,” by Neil Simon; Jan. 18-28, 2018, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswil  Musical Thrones: A Parody; Saturday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-7917400 or visit  Bill Engvall, Sunday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $50.50. Call 727-7917400 or visit  Blast Friday featuring Richard Elliot, Friday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m., in downtown Clearwater on Cleveland Street. The event is free. VIP tickets are available. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  Paul Anka, Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $55. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  Tom Rush, Friday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $49. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  The Modern Gentlemen, Monday, Jan. 29, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 727-791-7400 or visit  Diana Krall, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $58.75. Call 727-7917400 or visit  Adam Ant, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $39.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit The 21st annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Main Street in Dunedin. Admission is free. For information, visit “Sorry! Wrong Chimney,” by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears; through Jan. 7, at Just For Laughs Dinner Theater, inside Havana Harry’s 2, 1999 Starkey Road, Largo. For performance times, ticket information or to make reservations, call 727-466-6546 or visit  Free Fallin’ – A Tom Petty tribute; Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $19.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Lynn Trefzger, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $19.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Candid Camera’s Eight Decades of Smiles with Peter Funt, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Bria Skonberg, Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” by Michael Parker and Susan Parker; Jan. 13 through March 18, 2018, at Just For Laughs Dinner Theater, inside Havana Harry’s 2, 1999 Starkey Road, Largo. For performance times, ticket information or to make reservations, call 727-466-6546 or visit justfo  The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2 and 7 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, Friday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Mutts Gone Nuts, Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $14.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway, Saturday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Let’s Hang On: Frankie Valli Tribute; Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King; Monday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  The Rat Pack Together Again, Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Buddy, Roy and Elvis Tribute; Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $21.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit  Fleetwood Max, Monday, Jan. 29, 2 and 7 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit Park Elvis’ Birthday Bash, Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave., Pinellas Park. The performance is sold out. For information, call 727-369-5746.  Beginnings, a Tribute to Chicago; Saturday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave., Pinellas Park. Tickets are $18 in advance and $23 at the door. Tickets are available online through For information, call 727-369-5746.St. Pete Beach The 29th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. For information, visit Petersburg The Ten Tenors, Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $47.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit  Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 3 and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $34. Call 727-893-7832 or visit  The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Sleeping Beauty, Friday, Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-893-7832 or visit  Soul Party: Alex Harris and Siobhan Monique; Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., at The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $30. Call 727-822-3590 or visit  Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: Power of Song; Sunday, Jan. 7, 3 and 7 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., at The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Admission is free; however, tickets are required. Call 727-822-3590 or visit  A Night of Janis Joplin, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $37.50. Call 727-8937832 or visit  Branford Marsalis, Thursday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $42.50. 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