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12/3, 9th Annual Rudolph’s Miracle on Cleveland Street, 5-10:30pm. Enjoy this free Holiday street festival with a skating rink, horse and carriage rides, carolers, giant gingerbread house, scavenger hunt, falling snow, face painting, balloon artist, inflatables, pictures with Santa, holiday-themed food and refreshments. There will also be a free concert by The FIXX. Cleveland Street, Downtown. For more information visit 12/10, 42nd Annual Memorial Holiday Boat Parade, 6:30pm. Decorated boats will assemble in Mandalay Channel and travel through the Island Estates canals before heading to Coachman Park around 8pm. From there the boats will go under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Clearwater Marina Channel before navigating to the Clearwater Yacht Club for judging. Cash prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to the best decorated boats. Coachman Park and vicinity near the Memorial Causeway Bridge. (727) 744-1728.


12/3, Breakfast With Santa, 9-11am. Join Santa for a delicious pancake breakfast and be sure to bring your wish list to share. There will also be crafts and entertainment. Tickets $10 per person at the door. Additional $10 fee for pictures with Santa. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. (727) 812-4530.

12/3, Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6-9pm. Watch Santa cruise in on a boat in the Holiday Boat Parade as he finds his way to Edgewater Park. Enjoy live entertainment and s’mores while waiting for Santa to lead the count down for the lighting of the Christmas tree. Dunedin Marina and Edgewater Park, Downtown. (727) 812-4530. 12/10, Holiday Street Parade & Old Fashioned Christmas, 4pm. The Holiday Street Parade will travel north on Douglas Ave. from the Dunedin Public Library and end in the Downtown area. The end of the parade will kick off Dunedin’s Old Fashioned Christmas featuring a snow slide, train rides, carriage rides, s’mores, old-fashioned games, snow flurries, live entertainment and children’s crafts. Douglas Ave. and Downtown. (727) 812-4530. 12/11, Holiday Chorus Concert, 3pm. The 68-voice Dunedin Community Chorus will present Holidays-Past and Present. This year’s concert will include old favorites and new works including carols from Scotland, Kenya, England, the Ukraine and a Hebrew greeting. Audience participation encouraged. Harp and violin will round out the musicians accompanying the ensemble. A $5 donation is suggested. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. (727) 812-4530.

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The City of Tarpon Springs has received two $5,000 grants from the Florida Humanities Council (FHC). Both projects are set for completion in 2017. Under the guidance of the Florida Humanities Council, the Florida Stories Community Audio Walking Tours initiative supports the creation of cultural, historical and architectural walking tours for communities across the state of Florida. The goals of this initiative include exploring the history and heritage of Florida communities while creating a sustainable cultural tourist product. The audio tours will be available to anyone through an app that

can be downloaded to phones or other devices. The Tarpon Springs audio tour will focus on the Greektown Historic district which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014 as the state’s first official Traditional Cultural Property. The District, which includes hundreds of buildings and a dozen sponge boats, preserves a strong ethnic and maritime character. Since 1905, when Greeks first arrived in large numbers, it has been significant for its tenacious continuity of traditional culture, extensive Greek infrastructure and as the only Greek American community based on the sponge industry. This unusual community has many fascinating stories that will now be made more accessible through the auspices of the FHC grant. The Way We Worked is a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution Travel-

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Provide A Helping Hand This Holiday Season by Dave Eggers Pinellas County Commissioner I am writing this on Election Day and in a few minutes will go out and vote, a right and responsibility given to us by our forefathers and defended by our military and police every day. Whatever happens today, we all need to re-embrace the principals of our country: freedom, opportunity, hard work, education, transparency and fairness to and for all. In the months ahead, I hope that our leaders have heard the message from our 300 million plus residents: work together to preserve the greatest and goodness of our past, improve on the inequities that have been created and ensure that all citizens have the ability to live their dreams. The Holiday Season ahead gives us the immediate opportunity to be reintroduced to the concepts of goodness, greatness, badness and ugliness and in turn begin healing, building and dreaming again. We have talked often about how good the Holiday Season is filled with family, friends and co-workers enjoying the festivities and even some time off to reflect on the year behind and the year to come. The opportunities during the Holidays are boundless as 24 cities and the Pinellas community (unincorporated areas) roll out event after event celebrating Christmas and the Holiday Season. The

From Your Local Officials greatness of the Holiday Season comes from a most giving people reaching out to help someone else in need. You can give of your talent, your monies and/ or your time and without question you can make a difference to someone else and their family. But, the Holidays can also bring a deepseeded loneliness and depression very real to so many people. Every single one of us not experiencing those doldrums this year have a responsibility to be on alert for others who may be struggling. Sometimes casual conversation is enough, other times invitation to lunch or an event may do it, and still other times an intervention and help might be needed. If you need assistance, dial 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. provides critical health and human service information to those who need help. The ugly with the Holidays is the risk that we get too self-absorbed and too busy to recognize others in need and too busy to pay attention even to our very own families and friends. With the new year around the corner, I ask you to check in with the status of your own dreams, see if you can lend a hand to someone having a more difficult time dreaming and to be aware of what is going on in your community, the greater Pinellas County community and yes, in fact, the regional Tampa Bay area. There has been a great deal of discussion by community leaders on the importance of regional planning and discussion with respect to a variety of issues. I would challenge each of you with three thoughts: 1.) Stay tuned into the regional transportation conversation, regional economic development dialogue including recruitment/ retention of companies and professional sports franchises, and regional discussions about local infrastructure commitments; 2.) To involve yourself in your representative’s world, think about the three most important issues facing yourself and/or our community and 3.) Attend or listen to at least one City or County Commission meeting, preferably one that has a topic of interest to you. I

frequently argue that we need to engage all of you more even as we continue the regional dialogues. On a personal note, I wanted to thank each of you for the opportunity to serve and welcome your email or phone call with any issues of concern to your family or community. I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank my assistant for her tireless dedication to this office and to each of you. She is a true professional and a great asset for all residents. Finally, I wanted to wish each of you a wonderful Holiday Season and to my fellow Chris-

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he First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Tarpon Springs will graciously be opening its doors to families without heat, and to the homeless, during the cold winter months when the temperatures fall below 40 degrees. They will provide a warm overnight facility for those in need, along with some food and hot beverages. The Pinellas County Office for Social and Homeless Services provides mats, blankets and other bedding supplies and notifies the church office to open its doors when the temperatures require the overnight shelter. This occurs approximately four to five nights each winter. Teams of volunteers from various churches and local organizations set up the facility for the night, serve food and otherwise ensure a safe and warm overnight experience. All participants are asked to leave the facility no later than 7am the following morning. The volunteers then clean-up the facility and prepare it for the day’s regular activities. The church is recruiting teams of volunteers to help with this effort and will be seeking donations of food and beverages on the nights when the shelter is open. To find out how you can help, contact Fran Antonellis at (727) 937-3271 or ◆

tians, a most joyous and blessed Christmas. Again, I want you to always feel that your thoughts and suggestions are important to me and my office. Please do not hesitate to reach out by calling (727) 464-3279 or sending an email to me at or my Administrative Assistant, Kim Greenleaf at ◆ Dave Eggers is available at (727) 464-3276 or by email at

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Remain An Active Voter by Deborah Clark Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2017, we ask voters to take a moment and remember the importance of their vote in the recently completed November 8th Presidential General Election. Fair, accurate and secure elections are a key component to our representative democracy. The ability for United States citizens to exercise their

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The Sheriff’s Beat by Bob Gualtieri Pinellas County Sheriff As we broach the pinnacle of the Holiday Season and count down the final days of 2016, we look forward to social celebrations and New Years’ Resolutions with high expectations. But during a busy season of festivities and driving, plans for the future can plummet as quickly as the ball in Times Square if you don’t take the proper precautions. In 2014, almost 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, which accounts for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States, according to the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One death due to impaired driving is too many, let alone one every 53 minutes, and it is not always the irresponsibly impaired driver whose life is lost. In 2014, 209 children – occupants of vehicles with impaired drivers, occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians/bicyclists, etc. – died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, according to the NHTSA. If potential lives lost aren’t enough motivation

From Your Local Officials right and responsibility to vote is the essence of making freedom count. We encourage Pinellas County voters to continue to turn out in all elections – not just the Presidential General Elections. Each election is important and is another opportunity for you to elect your representatives at all levels of government. Being a responsible voter is also being an active voter. Know when your next Municipal, Primary or General Election is conducted. To find out when the next election is that you are eligible to vote in, visit Another great option is to sign up to vote by mail. Your ballot will arrive at your mailbox and you will know that you are eligible to vote in an upcoming election. Visit to sign up for the convenience of voting by mail. Exercise your right to vote and continue to let your voice be heard in all elections! ◆ Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is available at (727) 464-VOTE or

to stay away from the driver’s seat after drinking alcohol or taking other impairing drugs and medications, consider the tremendous financial burden that comes with a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge. According to the NHTSA, DUI costs range from $5,000 to $20,000, with the national average at $10,000. If you cause a crash, injury or death, the costs are even higher – not to mention the incalculable loss of life. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office conducts several DUI Wolf Pack operations throughout the county year-round to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage associated with traffic crashes related to impaired driving, and the Holiday Season is no exception. Fortunately, drug- and alcohol-impaired driving is easily preventable. The obvious – and only – option for people who, for whatever reason, must drive, is to abstain from consuming mind-altering substances. However, if you are of legal drinking age, there are several alternate transportation options available. Designating a responsible driver whom you can trust to abstain from drugs and alcohol to drive you is likely the cheapest option. Taxi services and ride-share programs are also excellent options to get you home safely at relatively low costs – especially when compared to a $10,000 DUI. In this busy season of parties, travel and often drinking, Holiday plans could end in tragedy if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. I urge you to be responsible, plan ahead and don’t drive while impaired – now, or at any time of year. ◆

property tax exemptions according to Florida law, but it has always been our goal to treat every single taxpayer with the respect – even when we have to say no to your requests. I leave office with very mixed emotions. I have worked in the office for twenty-eight years, the last eight as your elected official. It will be very hard to by Pam Dubov, CFA, CAE say goodbye to the incredible people who make up Pinellas County Property Appraiser the office staff. They are hardworking people who care about serving you well and I will miss them. By the time you read As I mentioned earlier, elections are over for this article, the Novem- now. If I could make a wish for our community, ber elections will be over state and nation, I would wish that the election and I will be in my last process could be more civil and less expensive. month of service as your I truly believe that the cost of running for office Pinellas County Property and the negativity that is so commonplace in camAppraiser. Mike Twitty will paigns deters many good and qualified people from take office on January 3rd seeking public office. I hope that someday soon, and I know he will bring we as the electorate will demand better from those a fresh perspective, great who ask for our votes. We deserve better and I hope credentials and the experience necessary to lead that change will happen in my lifetime. the office to a new level of excellence. I am leaving office in response to a call to I did not want to leave ordained ministry that I without thanking you and never really expected or I did not want to leave all the people of Pinellas saw coming. I will continue County for allowing me the without thanking you and all to serve our community as privilege of serving you. All of a clergy woman and hope us who work at the Property the people of Pinellas County... to see many of you in the Appraiser’s Office realize that future as I join the staff of the work we do impacts your financial lives as well St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo. With as the operation of every public school, city and that in mind, it seems fitting to end my time in county agency. The best we can do is to adminis- office simply by saying thanks and God bless you ter property tax laws fairly and impartially, which and yours in the years ahead. ◆ means we can’t always do what you would like us to do to “lower your taxes.” We have to set values Pam Dubov, Pinellas County Property Appraiser, based on the real estate market and administer P.O. Box 1957, Clearwater, (727) 464-3207.

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Holiday Wishes And Opportunities by Mayor George Cretekos City of Clearwater The elections having ended, some of us are happy, and others are extremely disappointed. In either case, all Americans should be proud of the system of government that is enjoyed in this country and in the peaceful transition of power. This is a principle each should unswervingly cherish as congratulations are offered to President-elect Donald Trump and U.S. Representative-elect Charlie Crist, as well as others who were elected last month. While these campaigns may have distracted residents from pre-holiday advertisements and shopping, the Holiday Season is now upon us, and various traditions begin to celebrate different feasts. These events also focus thoughts on the

Countryside importance of sharing and giving because charities, social service agencies and many non-profits depend on this time of year for donations. These donations of money and gifts help fill food baskets, host holiday parties, buy and wrap toys and fund operations. The Homeless Empowerment Program, the ARC, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, Boy and Girl Scout organizations, RCS, among others, provide food, clothing and services throughout the year. Think about helping them or those groups or churches of your choice not only now, but also throughout next year. Another important contribution is the gift of time. Consider the impact an hour a week might have on a school child in need of mentoring or on an individual ill or homebound. In 2017, the City of Clearwater will continue to seek individuals to serve on advisory boards or to participate in a park or street clean-up. Other ways of volunteering at the library, police department or special events also are available. Talent, time and resources all are important. Let us keep Clearwater “Bright and Beautiful from the Bay to the Beach” by helping make a difference this coming year in a home, in a neighborhood and in the community. Feliz Navidad, Selamat Natal, Kurisumasu Omedeto...or, as we say in Clearwater, “Merry Christmas!” ◆ Mayor George Cretekos can be reached at (727) 562-4050 or by email at

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t the Daisy Grants Fashion Show and Luncheon to be held on March 30th, 2017 at the Belleair Country Club, there will be several grants awarded by the Clearwater Community Woman’s Club to local charities who apply and have a specific need for the funds. The grants will be up to $2,000 each. Applications and rules can be found at The applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than January 5th, 2017. Any charity that has received a grant in the past is welcome to apply, as long as the request is for a different purpose within that organization. At last year’s luncheon, seven grants were awarded totaling $11,500. The recipients included The Beth Dillinger Foundation/Beth’s Corner; The Foundation for Sustainable Families, Inc.; Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay; Homeless Empowerment Program; Lighthouse of Pinellas; Ready for Life and Clearwater Community Sailing Association’s Camp Awe-some. The GFWC Clearwater Community Woman’s Club (CCWC) is a member club of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), one of the world’s largest and oldest volunteer service organizations. Regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May. Most meetings take place at 11:15am, with a “Meet and Greet” at 10:30am, at the Clearwater Downtown Library located at 100 Osceola Ave. in Clearwater. For more information go online to or GFWC Clearwater Community Woman’s Club on Facebook. ◆

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12/28, 9th Annual Countryside Drum Circle, 3pm. Join us for our 9th Annual Countryside Community Drum Circle with the wonderful Steve Turner of Giving Tree Music. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, Color My World, 10:30am. Relax into a variety of coloring options for adults. COMPUTER CLASSES 12/6, Basic Computer Skills: Introduction to Word 2013, 10:30am. Learn the basics of Microsoft Word. Register online or by phone. 12/13, Basic Computer Skills: Introduction to iPad, 10:30am. Learn the basics of using an iPad. Register online or by phone. (Note: Bringing an iPad is encouraged.) Sundays, Technology Test Drive, 1:30pm. Learn at your own pace how to use a Mac or Windows 10 computer and many different computer programs. YOUTH PROGRAMS 12/21, Grow With Baby, 10:30am. Sensory activities for the two and under crowd. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays, Toddler 123, 10:30am. Bring your toddler for a variety of different programs. Check online or by phone for specifics. Thursdays, Little Learners, 10:30am. Ready your child for the preschool experience with storytime followed by an After Hours Book Club for older participants. Stories and crafts. ◆

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The Holidays Are A Time For Giving by Phyllis Gorshe Library Director The Holidays are a great time to check out your Dunedin Public Library. Not only do we have books, but we have DVD’s, music CD’s, books on CD, downloadable books, audiobooks and magazines and games for Wii, Xbox and Play Station 3. If you would like to pick up gifts for the Holidays, you can stop by the Friends of the Library Bookstore and purchase new and gently used books, CD’s, paperbacks and DVD’s for a great price. They are having a sale throughout the month so make sure to stop in and pick up some treasures. The Holidays are a time for giving too! You can donate your gently used books, DVD’s, magazines and puzzles to the Friends. The best thing about the Friends’ Bookstore is that the money raised comes directly back to the library and allows us to put on programming for all ages. In fact, we have many events happening in the month of December. We have a Story Time Holiday Tea on Friday, December 2nd from 9:3011am. Bring your family to hear The Two Peace Band lead us in Holiday songs. Join us at the City of Dunedin’s annual Holi-

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Jocelyn Brodhead Recreation Coordinator


his idyllic exclamation, made famous by Andy Williams’ classic Holiday song, has always rung true for me. The cooling weather evokes a reminiscent mood and my heart inevitably warms in anticipation of the Holiday Season. I recall baking with my mother a myriad of cookies and treats; getting flour on every inch of the countertops and dirtying every dish in the cupboards. We would also pack into the car, my father driving through neighborhoods, so we could vote on the brightest and best-decorated house. My favorite family tradition was decorating the tree; each of us children taking turns carefully placing ornaments, then not so carefully adorning the tree with tinsel. Even as a child I understood these preparations were a symbol, an outward manifestation, of a much deeper, intangible thing. We would gather ‘round that beautifully-decorated tree on Christmas morning, and I knew it wasn’t so much about the presents, but about all of us spending time together. As a staff member of the Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department, I have witnessed other families share this same appreciation for one another while experiencing the beauty of the season. Whether it is the glee on a child’s face as they sit on Santa’s lap, caroling traditional music or watching floats in the Holiday parade, we hope to host for you and your family Holiday events that make memories and build traditions. We usher in the season with Brunch with Santa on Saturday, December 3rd where children can delight in crafts, food and a visit from Santa. Later that evening, enjoy the Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony; watch beautifully-decorated boats, listen to Holiday music and snack on great food. The following weekend, join us on Saturday, December 10th for the Holiday Parade & Old Fashioned Christmas; watch festively-trimmed floats,

Dunedin day Parade on Saturday, December 10th. After the parade, librarians will be in the Chamber of Commerce Board Room for stories and crafts at Dunedin’s Old Fashioned Christmas. Story Times will take a break during the Holidays starting on December 19th and will resume in the New Year!

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12/4, Fanfare Brass Holiday Concert, 3pm. The Fanfare Brass Quintet will perform festive music to get you in the Holiday spirit. Refreshments too! 12/10, Local Authors Showcase, 10am-1pm. Meet local author Ken Carson, President of the Florida State League, and preview his book, From

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Dunedin Food Drive


or the fifth year in a row the Dunedin City staff will be conducting a food drive to support those families in need this Holiday Season. From now through December 16th, you can drop off non-perishable food items or grocery gift cards at any of the following locations. Your donations will be delivered to the food pantry at Dunedin Cares. Donations will be accepted at: • City Hall, 542 Main Street Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. • Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Sunday 1-5pm, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30am-8pm, Thursday and Friday 9:30am-6pm and Saturday 9:30am-5pm. • Dunedin Solid Waste, 1070 Virginia Ave. Monday-Friday 7am-4pm. Thank you for your support of the community and helping local families during the Holidays. ◆ enjoy Holiday entertainment, as well as carriage rides, crafts and food. For music lovers, the Community Chorus will present a Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 11th while the Concert Band will present their Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 18th with an Vince Gizzi, Parks and encore presentation on Recreation Director Tuesday, December 20th. For detailed information, as well as a complete listing of the Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department’s Holiday events, visit or call (727) 812-4530. We wish you and your family a safe and happy Holiday Season!

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12/3, Breakfast with Santa, 9-11am. Dunedin Community Center. 12/3, Dunedin Youth Guild Tour of Homes, 10am-4pm. Various local homes. 12/3, Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6-9pm. Dunedin Marina/Edgewater Park. 12/9, Sunset Stroll on Victoria Drive, 5:15pm. Stroll begins at 821 Victoria Drive. 12/10, Holiday Parade & Old Fashioned Christmas, 4-9pm. Parade begins near Douglas Ave. and Beltrees Street and travels north into Downtown. 12/11, Creative Artists Guild, 10am-4pm. Pioneer Park. 12/11, Dunedin Chorus Holiday Concert, 3pm. Dunedin Community Center. 12/16, Drive-In Movie Night, 5pm. Home Alone begins at dark. Highlander Park. 12/18, Motorcycle Toy Run, 12pm. Procession through Dunedin which begins at K-Mart on U.S. Hwy. 19 N. and S.R. 580. 12/18 & 12/20, Dunedin Concert Band Holiday Concert, Sunday 3pm and Tuesday 7:30pm. Share the Christmas Spirit. Dunedin Community Center. Fridays & Saturdays, Dunedin Downtown Market, 9am-2pm. Pioneer Park. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Rec Center at (727) 812-4530 or visit the website at The Rec Center is located at 1920 Pinehurst Road. or (727) 787-6070

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To Our Dunedin Family by Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski City of Dunedin Words cannot express the gratitude my family and I feel at the overwhelming support you have shown over the past few months. Thank you so very much! I am honored to continue to serve you, to be your voice and to represent Dunedin to the county, state and nation. I also want to take a moment to thank all of the candidates that put their hat in the ring to serve us. Running a first-time campaign, or any campaign for that matter, is daunting at best. You put yourself out there for the interview of a lifetime and sleep becomes a privilege, rather than a necessity. Each and every one of you – Reuben Hepburn, Mike Jones and Bruce Livingston – are honorable people and deserve our thanks for wanting to be involved in making Dunedin a better place to live. To our new or re-elected Commissioners – Heather Gracy and Moe Freaney – we thank you for your commitment to our hometown! Our residents have chosen you to be the face and voice of Dunedin. I am confident that you both will shine and bring your talents forward assisting Dunedin to continue being a City of firsts. I look forward to working with each of you. Dunedin now has a new Commission who, by the time of this printing, will have been sworn in and sitting down for their first meeting together.

We have some great folks who are ready to team up and get to work for you. Through this campaign, each of us have heard your concerns – Compatible Development, Paid Parking, an Affordable Plan to Keep the Jays, the Causeway Bridge and hiring a City Manager, to name a few. We are already on our way on many of these items and we will be having a Strategic Planning Session in January to iron out next steps. Here is where we are as of today: • City Manager – December 15th, we will be discussing the process and making a timeline. • Blue Jays – At the end of November, we submitted our application to the County Tourist Development Council requesting Bed Tax funding. • Paid Parking – In January, we will receive the first quarterly analysis on the program. • Causeway Bridge – In December, we anticipate the County making a decision on the size bridge they want to submit to the Federal Government for funding. • Development – In February, we will be hosting a Community Wide Visioning Session. All of these issues are important and we would encourage you to stay involved, come to meetings and keep your voice in the mix while we work through finding solutions. You are our priority and collectively, we need to work toward the common good for all of Dunedin. I know folks feel Dunedin has been changing and I believe this Commission has heard you loud and clear! It is time for us to come together, make the necessary changes to protect who we are and keep Dunedin the quaint village it has always been. Dunedin’s future is brighter than it has ever been. Enjoy the Holidays and when the dust settles, join us while we get to work ensuring Dunedin remains Delightful! ◆ Julie Ward Bujalski can be reached at (727) 298-3001 or

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Holiday Concert And More by Lois Eannel Library Director Here come the Holidays and the East Lake Community Library is bustling with activity and programs! The library is well on its way with the building expansion and creation of a shared use parking lot with Cypress Woods Elementary School. The Friends of the Library are hosting a Sneak Peek Party on Friday, January 6th from 7-9pm. This free event for adults will feature design plans for the 2017 expansion/ renovation. You can meet the architects, chat with the Library Director and enjoy wine and appetizers at this reception. Space is limited so register online at our event calendar or by phone. We again have the Giving Tree in our library this year to help victims of domestic violence. The Haven of RCS will be collecting unwrapped toys and gifts until Saturday, December 10th. Please take one or more “ornaments” from our tree to make a child’s Holiday a little more special. We also have a special Holiday gift for all of our patrons – our READ Box Collection has been expanded to include popular DVD’s, including some award-winning TV series. Check the special red bookcase across from our Member Services Desk – no waiting for bestsellers and new movies! This collection has been funded by the Friends of East Lake Community Library.

East Lake As we approach the end of 2016, it is time to consider tax-deductible gifts. You rely on our extensive collection of books, DVD’s, CD’s and magazines, our online resources and our free programs. Can we rely on you to lend your support by December 31st? East Lake Community Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by tax dollars, donations and grants. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685. All donations will be used for our library’s upcoming expansion/renovation. The Community Room will still be available for programs in December (prior to the construction phase) and we have filled the calendar with fun activities and events for all ages.

December Highlights

12/2, Holiday Crafts for Kids, 3pm. Make cards, gift tags and gifts using a variety of materials. School-age children only. 12/9, Madrigal Singers Holiday Concert, 7pm. A free concert presented by the Madrigal Singers of East Lake High School. Light refreshments will be served. 12/10, Smash Brothers Tournament for Teens, 12-4pm. Call for details. 12/16, “Elf” Party, 6pm. All middle school and high school students are welcome to attend our 2nd Annual “Elf” Party. Come to the library to enjoy Holiday snacks, the movie Elf, crafts and games. 12/19, Parents Morning Out, 9am-12pm. Children can kick off their Winter Break by spending the morning with our Teens. Attendees will be able to visit our very own Elf Workshop and leave with a homemade gift for a special someone! Snacks will be provided. Register online. $10 per child. Ages K-5. 12/30, Dance Party, 10am. Come ready to boogie on down! Dancing and singing fun for those four and under. This is a caregiver participation program. No registration required.

In closing, our best wishes for a happy healthy Holiday Season from the staff, board members and volunteers at East Lake Community Library! During the Holidays, the library will be closed on Saturday, December 24th through Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. ◆

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November Student Of The Month Award by Toniann Prillhart School Counselor 5th Grade: Addison Kays Homeroom Teacher: Mrs. Camille Miller It is with great pleasure that I nominate Addison Kays for Student of the Month. Addison exemplifies all of the characteristics of a star student at Brooker Creek Elementary. She is extremely motivated, attentive and completes all of her

dunedin library from page 5 Hockey to Baseball: I Kept Them in Stitches. 12/11, Holiday Concert, 3pm. Sing in the Holidays with the Florida Suncoast Chorus. This all male chorus will delight you with songs of the Holiday season. Refreshments too! 12/12, Coloring for Adults, 7-7:45pm. Join us for an evening of coloring. All supplies provided or bring your own. No instruction. Just have fun! 12/31, “Noon” Year’s Eve Luncheon & Dance for Seniors, 11am-1:30pm. Happy “Noon” Year! Here is your chance to celebrate without having to worry about late night traffic. Join us as we ring


For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 773-2665 or visit the website at The Library is located at 4125 East Lake Road.

assignments with a high degree of quality. Addison is also an exceptionally responsible student who is involved in Student Council and is participating in STEM Club for a second year. She participates in Battle of the Books and hopes to represent BCE for this event. Add caring Addison Kays and kind, as Addison babysits and helps her two younger brothers with their activities at home. She also participates in swim team and is learning to sew. No one is more deserving of this honor and it is my privilege to be able to nominate this wonderful young lady for this award. ◆ Brooker Creek Elementary School, Jennifer Mekler, Principal, 3130 Forelock Road, Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-4600. in the “Noon” Year (a few hours early). Lunch will be served at 11:30am followed by dancing to the tunes of Dan the DJ. This event is free but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the Adult Information Desk. Cut-off for picking up tickets is December 8th. Have a wonderful Holiday Season and make sure to note our schedule during the Holidays. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 298-3080 or visit the website at The Library is located at 223 Douglas Ave.

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n my first year of dental school, I read a book, The Mouth: A Microscope of the Body. Now, many years later, scientific study after scientific study affirms that one cannot ignore the systemic relationship between oral health and whole body health. The inverse is also true. One cannot optimize whole body health while ignoring the oral cavity or the dental materials used to treat the mouth. I increasingly work with physicians, who like me, appreciate the benefit the patient gets when dentistry and medicine work together. Some physicians will not treat certain conditions until certain dental materials are removed from the patient’s oral cavity. I have had local patients, and patients from other countries, come to our practice due to their concern over how the removal is accomplished. Public awareness of the oral-systemic connection and specific protocols is increasing. We have had a significant new patient demand over the last two years. The healthy arts evolve. The relationship between medicine and dentistry is definitely evolving. There are conditions, which may be related to the offgassing of mercury fillings. In this article, I will only write of a few. Chronic fatigue can be exacerbated when the hemoglobin’s four binding sites, which normally carry the oxygen molecule to the cell, are fully or partially blocked by mercury molecules for the life of the red blood cell (normally 120 days), thus depriving the cell of the needed oxygen. Indigestion can be exacerbated when mercury molecules decrease the function and numbers of good bacteria, thus decreasing the digestion process. Poorly digested foods become attacked by the immune system, thus producing a sensitivity or allergic response. Poorly digested pro-

Oldsmar teins rot (putrefaction), producing more toxins. Also, poorly digested foods pass through the intestinal wall and are then picked up by the lymphatic system. This is called Leaky Gut Syndrome HypothyDr. Anthony J. Adams roidism, a condition that causes gum disease and an increase in tooth decay. Bruxism (tooth grinding) is often associated with hypothyroid disease. Hypothyroid disease is very difficult to treat with mercury toxicity present. ‘Tis the season for reflection, gratitude and thanksgiving. We should all be thankful. That includes all that has been accomplished and what remains to be accomplished. I separate this into two categories. The first is family and holiday. The second is finance and business. This year, like it or not, we have all been part of an historic election process. It has been challenging to all. ‘Tis the Season... To be grateful and give thanks for your blessings. To finish important things that matter. To let go of that which you cannot change. To embrace all of the blessings coming. To use your dental insurance now or lose it. To use your dental insurance because in the current political climate we do not know what will be. To fix your mouth before it gets worse or more expensive. To schedule your needs before others fill the available schedule. ‘Tis the season to take advantage of a great non-threatening, no cost to you, comprehensive exam and necessary X-rays. If you are looking for an exceptional dental office willing to take the time and give you the attention you deserve, then you should call us. ◆ Healthy Body Dental, Anthony J. Adams, DDS, PA, is located in the Cypress Point Shopping Center, 25877 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater, (727) 799-3123, Hours of Service: Monday-Thursday 8-5pm.

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Holidays At Hogwarts by Susan Hurley Library Director It has been an eventful 2016 for us at the Oldsmar Library! We were busy with lots of events celebrating Oldsmar’s Centennial, we have several new staff members and we added some new services and programs to help serve the community better. We have some fun things in store for December as well, and we hope you continue to support our programs and services throughout 2017. A new film set in the Harry Potter universe will be out in theaters soon and next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book. J.K. Rowling’s creation is still as popular as ever, so to celebrate, we will be hosting a Holidays at Hogwarts program here at the library on Saturday, December 10th. From 1-3pm, families and fans of all ages are encouraged to join us to celebrate one of the most

popular literary franchises of all time. There will be games, a sorting hat, crafts, food and refreshments like Butterbeer and Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans. If you have a costume or related themed clothing, feel free to wear it to the program. No registration is necessary. All of our regular programs will be continuing throughout the month, including story times and LEGO Club for kids that are home from school and are looking for something to do. We do have several days of early closings and days we are not open, so check our operating hours on our website or give us a call if you have any questions. There is still time to take care of any overdue fines you may have with canned goods. Our Food for Fines program ends on December 22nd, so bring in your unexpired canned goods and nonperishable items to us by then to pay for any late fees you have on your account. All donations will go to the food pantry at Oldsmar Cares. Again, thanks to everyone in the community for supporting your local libraries. All of us like helping and serving the members in our community, and we do hear your gratitude and thanks for the work that we do. Let’s hope that 2017 is another successful and prosperous year for all of us! ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (813) 749-1178 or visit the website at The Library is located at 400 St. Petersburg Drive E.

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Annual Holiday Parade by Cary P. McCord Board Chairman

Palm Harbor Community Holiday Parade

The 34th Annual Palm Harbor Community Holiday Parade is planned for Saturday, December 17th and will weave its way through the streets of Palm Harbor. The parade will begin at 3pm at Westlake Blvd. and Nebraska Ave., travel west to Omaha Street and end on historic Florida Ave. The parade will showcase our local business leaders that keep our community moving and winners of our annual community awards. Please join us to celebrate this festive event. Now you can watch us live on the web. Catch up on what’s new with the Chamber membership

Palm Harbor and upcoming community events. The My Chamber TV show airs on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 3:30pm at The Palm Harbor Chamber has finalized the 2017 Community and Member Event Calendar and has many sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in promoting your business and services now is the time to plan. We will be hosting over 20 community and 100 member events. We are an association of passionate and energetic people that work as a group to promote business and events in our community. We serve the unincorporated communities of Crystal Beach, Ozona, East Lake and Palm Harbor. Whether you own a small, medium or large business, we have something for you. Join us for our Community Coffee Hour, Coffee for Closers, Speed Networking Event and Network Connect Lunch for Members. We offer plenty of opportunities to find your passion for Palm Harbor. Now is the time to get involved. For more information about the benefits of joining the Chamber, call our Membership Liaison Jim Haley at (727) 784-4287. ◆ Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, 1151 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, (727) 784-4287, Hours of Service: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.

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Message From The Recreation Director by Erica Lynford Director of Parks and Recreation What a year 2016 has been for our agency. We are so very blessed to have such a great community supporting our efforts here at our facilities. We are awaiting a final vote on our BP money allocation. All indications are that Palm Harbor Recreation will be getting an allotment of the settlement money to clear and plant an all-purpose field behind the Centre. We had a great crowd attend our Halloween Carnival in October and an even bigger crowd joined us for our 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck event in November. We will be working on a capital campaign in the coming months to rally support to build a Recreation Center in Palm Harbor. Please visit our

website and complete a short survey supporting this cause. We are going to petition Pinellas County for some very needed Penny for Pinellas funds to construct a facility on our existing property. The Palm Harbor Community Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, December 17th at 3pm. The parade route will begin at Westlake Blvd. and Nebraska Ave. and travel west into Downtown Palm Harbor. Join us along the route and celebrate our great community! Come and visit us for our Home for the Holidays Dinner Dance on Friday, December 16th. The entertainment will be provided by Dino. Dinner will be served at 5pm and dancing will begin at 6pm. We are always in need of volunteers to help out at CSA Palm Harbor. Call (727) 771-6000 for more information.

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12/16, Dinner/Dance, 5-8pm. Come join us for a great meal and live entertainment. Dinner will be served from 5-6pm followed by live entertainment from 6-8pm. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Centre at (727) 771-6000 or visit the website at The Centre is located at 1500 16th Street.

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Library Fundraising by Gene Coppola Library Director When I went to library school, oh it seems like a thousand years ago, I learned stuff like cataloging, collection development, outreach services and programming but for some reason my professors failed to mention I would also need to know about plumbing, fixing chairs, looking for lost children and how to ask for money. Lately, that’s been my favorite topic. You may not know this, but although your taxes allow us to operate your library from day to day (to buy books and computers, pay for electricity and salaries, etc.), we currently do not receive financial assistance from the County for any capital projects such as re-carpeting or re-painting the 26,000 square foot building and upgrading and maintaining the parking lot and grounds. There is also the road sign that is getting old and a few years down the road we will have to replace the AC units and roof. That takes a lot of money and in turn a lot of bake sales. Fortunately our bake sales may be the kind you will like! The library created a “Fundraising Commit-

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Happenings At The Harbor by Jackie Bersch Family and Community Relations Attention 8th grade parents! A booklet was sent home in November regarding the application period for the countywide Magnet, Fundamental and Career Academy Programs for Pinellas County Schools, which takes place from January 4th to January 13th. All applications need to be completed online through the Student Reservation System and parents must have a Portal/FOCUS User ID and Password to use the application system. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the PHMS 8th grade office for assistance. Thank you to all those who helped support our Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Fundraiser on November 7th-17th. November was National Diabetes Awareness Month so PHMS elected to wear blue on Fridays. In addition, students, teachers, parents, volunteers and staff were able to purchase a blue sneaker for $1. The blue sneakers were hung on our cafeteria wall and on classroom and office doors. Did you know that each day, 40 children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in the United States alone. For more information about T1D or JDRF, visit Thank you USCG Commander Adam Merrill for speaking at our 2016 Veterans Day Celebration. Thank you for reminding us to thank the veterans in our life for their service. To all veterans, we salute you! Many thanks to the Clearwater Police Celtic Guard and Honor Guard, as well as the Lisman’s

tee” and through its efforts already raised some monies to get us closer to some of the library’s goals. As you may recall we had two Raise the Roof events, a couple of Bingo Nights at Hamburger Mary’s, a Poker Program and most recently an evening at Snappers Comedy Club where we were able to raise $600! But we can‘t stop there, we still have a ways to go. If you are so inclined to support your local public library or as I like to refer to it, the “intellectual infrastructure” of our community, please attend any of the following 2017 fundraising programs where you will have a little fun and the satisfaction of supporting an institution that supports all of you. Take it from me; it’s better than fixing a leak.

2017 Fundraising Programs

1/29, An artPHL Afternoon, 2-5pm. An elegant occasion of local artist presentations and demonstrations, cello and pianist, silent art auction, fine food and beverages. No one under 18 permitted. $30 in advance. 2/8, Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, 6pm. Play Bingo and share a meal with your friends and other patrons of the library. 3/12, Palm Harbor Friends of the Library Puzzle Party, 1-4:30pm. $12/Friends members and $15/non-members. Select Saturdays, Poker Programs, 12-4pm. These events will take place on January 7th, April 8th, July 15th and September 9th. $25 at the door. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 784-3332 or visit the website at The Library is located at 2330 Nebraska Ave.

and the Wahl’s for making our celebration a memorable and beautiful one. PHMS would like to thank Mrs. Jenkins, our Tech Ed teacher and constructor of our Wall of Remembrance, our Band led by Mr. Krawczynski and our Chorus and Orchestra. If you have extra bead necklaces laying around, you may donate them for our 6th grade Pirate Celebration. Mrs. Porter, our 6th grade Health teacher, thanks you in advance for dropping them off in our front office. Palm Harbor Middle School is also collecting Boxtops for Education and Campbell Soup Labels. They can be placed in the designated containers in the front office. PHMS is seeking businesses or parents who are willing to form a partnership with the school through a tax-deductible donation to a class or specific area of the school. The money you donate goes to classroom supplies which the school or teacher could not normally provide. All of the students in the class you sponsor will benefit from your generosity. $5, $10, $15 or $25 donations can help provide for classroom supplies. Our Art Department would love a business or family to adopt them or donate any materials. Some of the items they can use are baby wipes, paper towels, pack of cotton rags, empty yogurt containers, paper of any kind, tiny paper plates, etc. If interested, contact Jackie Bersch, Family and Community Liaison at (727) 669-1146, ext. 2008 or In November, the Spanish Honor Society had an induction night. Everyone brought a cultural dish to share. This month, they will be going to a show to explore the culture and history of Hispanic countries from the Caribbean, Central and South America as well as eating at a Spanish restaurant. Mentors and math tutors are needed at Palm Harbor Middle School. Volunteer and make a difference in the life of a student. Contact Jackie Bersch for more information. The SIP is available in the front office for review. ◆ Palm Harbor Middle School, Victoria Hawkins, Principal, 1800 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 669-1146.

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ince there are so many deserving students, the Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club recently increased the amount of elementary schools in their Awards Program. Recently, Student of the Month trophies were presented to Zaylee Martin from Leila Davis Elementary; Ivan Granjeno-Ceron, Yocelin Padilla and Angelina Herzig from Eisenhower Elementary and Ava Kerns from Safety Harbor Elementary. All of these students are in the 5th grade. The teachers selected these students for their character and their desire to learn. These students are eager and respectful and have the talent and ability to be role models for their peers. Parents,

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borhood Family Center. Our tree is adorned with tags noting a child’s name, age and their gift wish. Patrons can select a gift-wish tag, purchase the gift and return it to the library, unwrapped with the child’s gift tag attached, by December 22nd. Escape the stress of the Holiday Season by visiting the library for one of our programs, read a good eBook or stop by for a movie.


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by Lisa Kothe Library Director L to R, Angelina Herzig; Yocelin Padilla; Zaylee Martin; Ava Kerns and Ivan Granjeno-Ceron. Back, Kiwanis member, Julie Kelsey. families and teachers were present at the awards breakfast. Kiwanis member, Julie Kelsey made the presentations.

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Safety Harbor Middle School presents its Sea Hawk Awards three times a year. They recognize and honor as many as 80 outstanding students that are selected by their teachers. The families of all the students join the ceremonies. Safety Harbor Kiwanis gives Student of the Month trophies to three of those students. In this year’s first ceremony, 8th grader, Brandon Strelcheck was chosen by his teacher Mrs. Patel for his leadership abilities, sports activities and being in the Honor Society. 7th grader, Sean Volpe was picked by his teacher Ms. Albee for being helpful over and above expectations and his teamwork. Kiyanna Smith, not shown, was selected for her fine work and being a role model to fellow students. Kiwanis President Elect, Gordon Couturier made the presentation of trophies at the breakfast meeting. ◆

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Are you looking for the perfect gift for the person that has everything this Holiday Season? Consider purchasing a bookplate or creating a family DVD. The Friends of the Safety Harbor Library provide bookplates to honor someone special for $30 each. Recognition of your gift appears on a distinctive bookplate inside a book. The Friends can also convert your memorable family VHS tapes to a DVD for only $10 per tape. What could be more meaningful than a gift of your personal history? These are two perfect ways to celebrate the Holidays and recognize a special friend or family member. For more information go to Are you looking for great stocking stuffers and inexpensive gifts? The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place on Saturday, December 10th from 9am-3pm. All genres of books in good condition will be available, with most items priced at only $1. Make a difference this Christmas for a child. At the end of November, we kicked off the Holiday Season by setting up the Giving Tree in our lobby to support the children of the Mattie Williams Neigh-


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12/1, You Can Brew It, 6:30pm. The Pinellas Urban Brewers Guild will teach you how to become a homebrewer. 12/8, Gingerbread House Decorating Social, 5:30pm. Bring your favorite candy to share. Registration required. Adults only. 12/15, Holiday Snowman Craft, 6pm. Paint a happy snowman with art teacher Linda Crawley. Registration required. $5 for materials. Adults only. 12/17, Yoga at the Library, 11am. Free gentle, stress relieving, restorative yoga class for all levels of adults and teens. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Registration required. 12/28, Puppet Program, 11am. Nkosnati and the Dragon. Presented by Starlite Puppets. Ages 3-8. COMPUTER CLASSES 12/3, Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 2:304:30pm. Learn the basics of Excel, including how to insert text, basic functions, AutoSum, AutoFill and more. Registration required. 12/10, Introduction to the Cloud, 2:30-4:30pm. Learn common Cloud applications and discover easy ways to access your files, music, movies and more from anywhere. Registration required. ◆

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My Community mayor’s corner

A Time For Reflection by Mayor Chris Alahouzos City of Tarpon Springs I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family the very best this Holiday Season. As we gather together with our friends and families to celebrate the Holidays, let us give thanks for our many blessings as we look toward the com-

ing New Year. To the City Commission, I am grateful for the

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Parents Night Out by Craig Dolan, M.Ed. Recreation Superintendent Are you a last minute shopper or just need someone to look after your child for an evening out? Tarpon Springs Recreation is holding a Parent’s Night Out this Holiday Season. Your child will enjoy a fun-filled evening of games, crafts and movies. Advanced sign-up is required as space is limited. Parent’s Night Out will take place on Friday, December 16th. The cost is $5 per child. Call today to reserve your spot. Also coming up in December is our annual There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs event in Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs. Come out on Friday, December 2nd from 5-10pm. The event is free and fun for the entire family. Enjoy carriage rides, snow play area, visit with Santa and even a boat parade. Don’t miss this yearly favorite. If you are interested in participating in our boat parade, visit our website to download a registration form or visit your local marina to pick one up.

Tarpon Springs opportunity to serve alongside you as leaders who share a passion for our community and continue the progress in our beautiful City. To the entire City Staff, I am grateful for your commitment to the citizens of the City. You all do your very best to provide exceptional services. To the citizens of the City of Tarpon Springs, it has been a privilege serving and working for you as your Mayor for most of the past year. It is an honor that I do not take for granted. I have witnessed progress in our City and many neighborhoods and look forward to another year of progress. I look forward to the many opportunities that are ahead of us in 2017. On behalf of the City Commission and City Staff, I wish you and your family a blessed Holiday Season and a New Year of happiness, prosperity and good health. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! ◆ Mayor Chris Alahouzos is available at 324 E. Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, (727) 938-3711. At Tarpon Springs Recreation we are continually adding new programs. This year, we have added Brush Strokes, which will provide a casual, fun environment for all ages and experience levels that will unleash the artist within! Painters can create their own masterpieces with easily understood, step-by-step guidance from an experienced instructor. Call today to be put on our interest list. New this January, we will be joining the North Pinellas Track League for ages 3-15. Come out and compete against other local municipalities from Pinellas Park to Palm Harbor. Practices begin on Wednesday, January 18th. Contact Rachel Crouch at for more information. “Life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself.” Try something new that makes you smile. For more information on our recreation programs visit our website at or contact us at (727) 942-5628.

December Highlights

12/2, There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs, 5-10pm. Downtown. 12/10, Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade, 10am. Downtown. 12/10, Candy Cane Hunt, 11:30am. Craig Park. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Rec Department at (727) 942-5628 or visit the website at The Rec Department is located at 400 S. Walton Street.


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The Lights Shine Bright In Our City By The Sea by Lacey Ekberg Tarpon Springs Chamber President December is full of events in our City by the Sea, starting off with There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs on Friday, December 2nd in Downtown Tarpon Springs. This family-friendly event features a snow mountain, arts and crafts, games, City Tree Lighting and great fun for the kids. The festivities start at 5pm, ending at Craig Park with a boat parade at 8pm. On Saturday, December 10th the Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade will start at 10am at Meres Blvd. and travel north on Alt. 19. The annual Candy Cane Hunt will take place after the parade in Craig Park. If you would like to participate in the parade, request an application from Reggie Gibson at Chambers can be beneficial to your business if you take advantage of it. Most Chamber partners don’t know what benefits come with the membership, so call us to find out! We are here to help you


Library Holiday Activities by Cari Rupkalvis Library Director We look forward to seeing you this Holiday Season! The Tarpon Springs Public Library will have a table with crafts and giveaways at the There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs event on December 2nd. At the library on December 9th at 5:30pm, the Tarpon Springs High School Choir will perform a Holiday Concert under the direction of Charles Cheeseman. You are welcome to bring your lawn chairs for the performance which will be held outside in front of the library. On December 10th, the library will participate in the annual Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade and hand out books to children along the parade route. The books have been donated by the Friends of the Library. We will also have Holiday movies and special crafts at the library in December. In addition, we are continuing our 100th Anniversary Activity Hour on Saturdays from 1-2pm. The Centennial Scavenger Hunts with weekly prizes are also going on at the library through the end of the year. Our complete schedule of events is available on our website at

make your business successful and profitable, and have many ways of doing that. Make sure your listing on our website is up-to-date, user friendly and linked to your own website. Share your news – not just sales or discounts, but employee advancements, fun events you are planning and professional successes. Now is not the time to be humble. You might try hosting an After-Hours Mixer or Ribbon Cutting to introduce your services and products to the community. There are so many ways that a Chamber can help your business, you just need to participate. The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is holding a Chamber 101 class at the January luncheon. This introductory seminar will explain what the Chamber does and what we can do for you. It will give you the scope of our services and how you can take an active role in this growing community. Call the Chamber office for details. The Tarpon Springs Chamber is a sponsor of the Shop Local campaign which began in November and will continue through the month of December. We are also sponsoring a Resident Shopping License, available to locals and offering a 10% discount at participating Chamber partners. These cards are available at the Chamber office and good for a lifetime! The Tarpon Springs Chamber would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a bright start to the New Year! ◆ Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, 1 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 937-6109, Hours of Service: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. If you are looking for unique gift ideas, we have Custom Library Ornaments available for sale for $22 which includes a decorative stand so the ornament can be enjoyed throughout the year. This new fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Commemorative bricks and book memorials can also be purchased to honor loved ones. The proceeds benefit the library. Contact us for more information. Happy Holidays!

December Highlights

12/6, Happy Birthday Curious George, 2-6pm. Stop by and celebrate Curious George’s 75th birthday and make a Curious George craft to take home. All ages. 12/9, Holiday Concert, 5:30pm. Enjoy a free concert performance by the Tarpon Springs High School Choir to be held outside in front of the library. Lawn chairs welcome. 12/13, Make & Take Holiday Craft, 3-6pm. Create a Holiday door decoration. All ages. 12/14, Makerspace STEAM Class, 3:30pm. This month’s topic is Little Bits Electronic Circuits. Explore and create with Little Bits electronic building blocks. No registration required. Ages 6-12. 12/14, DIY Craft, 6:30pm. Limited space available. Registration required by 12/10. 12/22, Holiday Double Feature, 1-4:30pm. Come watch two Holiday movies. Call the library for movie titles. Saturdays, 100th Anniversary Activity, 1-2pm. Join us for crafts, games and give-aways. ◆

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ue to the overwhelming response for community events and club happenings, club and event information must be submitted each month. The deadline is always the 12th of the month for the following month’s publication. Email your information to Ongoing thru December, Nature’s Food Patch hosts free cooking classes, health seminars and special events. Get ready for the Holidays with great recipes and cooking help. For a complete list of seminars and more visit 12/3, Tampabay Cat Alliance 6th Annual Charity Auction Fundraiser, 3-7pm. Event includes buffet dinner, desserts, cash bar, raffles, prizes and DJ. All proceeds will help care for the cats at this never-kill shelter/rescue organization. Moose Lodge, 1936 Abacus Rd., Holiday. Tickets $20. Call (727) 378-3090. 12/7, Pinellas Opera League Monthly Luncheon Concert, 11am. Come socialize and be entertained by professional singers performing well-known arias and show tunes. Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. Tickets $22/members, $25/non-members. R.S.V.P. to Nancy at (727) 738-4007 by 12/2. 12/8, SNAP Food Stamp Assistance Program, 9am12pm. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will have a representative available at the Area Agency on Aging office to assist consumers with food stamp applications and re-certifications. Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., 9549 Koger Blvd., Gadsden Bldg., St. Petersburg. Call (800) 963-5337 for appt. 12/8 & 12/20, Italian Language Classes, 5pm. Presented by the Sons of Italy Central Gulf Coast Lodge #2708. Beginners 5pm, intermed. 6:30pm. Palm Room, Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 787-3344. 12/9, Christmas Magic Fashion Show, 5-7pm. Make a difference in the life of a child! Proceeds will help the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay provide gifts for children coming into the court appointed foster care system too late to be referred anywhere for Christmas. Fashions will be modeled by elected officials, community leaders and a former Ms. Senior Florida. The price of admission is a gift card or check made out to the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay in an amount decided by you. Wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Bayside Bridge Plaza, Suite D-12, 1530 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. Call (727) 772-0079. 12/11, Safety Harbor Garden Club Plant Sale, 9am4pm. The Safety Harbor Garden Club will have a wide variety of plants for sale at the Kiwanis Arts & Crafts Show. Look for their booth in front of the Gazebo. Proceeds will be donated to local charities. Main Street, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 542-6401. 12/15, Palm Harbor Newcomers Luncheon Meeting, 10am. East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. R.S.V.P. online at or to Susanne at (727) 942-4187. 12/17, Palm Harbor Community Chorus Holiday Concert, 2pm. Enjoy a concert of traditional Holiday favorites presented by the Palm Harbor Community Chorus under the direction of Ms. Anita Bona. Plan

Community Calendar now to include some joyous and lively music as a part of your Holiday celebration. The concert is free and all are welcome. Donations will be accepted. Palm Harbor Public Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 518-9837. 12/18, Blue Christmas Service, 4pm. The Stephen Ministry program welcomes those that are grieving or in crisis during the Holiday Season to attend this service. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 705 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Call (727) 734-5493. 12/21, Pinellas Opera League Opera DVD, 1:30pm. L’Elisir D’ Amore by Donizetti, starring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon, will be shown on DVD. Running time 136 minutes. Safety Harbor Library, Room A & B, 101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor. Free. Call Richard Davidson at (727) 242-6486. 1/6, Epiphany Madrigal Dinner, 6:30pm. This Epiphany Madrigal Dinner, a 21st Century recreation of a Renaissance musical feast held in the great baronial halls throughout England to celebrate the twelfth day of Christmas, will be hosted by St. Alfred’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds will benefit the music ministry. Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. Tickets $50. Call (727) 785-1601 or email 1/7, Landscape Design and Invasive Plant Control, 9:30am-12:30pm. Learn how to design a Florida-Friendly Landscape and how and why it is important to keep invasive plants under control. Presented by the Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. Call (727) 582-2100. 1/26, 2nd Annual Kimberly Knorr Memorial Celebrity Golf Tournament, 1pm. Event will feature celebrity foursomes, lunch, dinner and prizes. Proceeds will benefit Wheelchairs 4 Kids. Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Sign up at or call (727) 946-0963. 2/11, Vegetable Gardening and Micro-irrigation Seminar, 9:30am-12:30pm. Learn how to get your spring garden started and how to water it efficiently by using micro-irrigation. Presented by the Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. Call (727) 582-2100. 2/17, 3rd Annual Bunco Party, 7-10pm. Bunco is a fun social dice game where no skill is required. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served. Proceeds will benefit The Haven, a domestic violence shelter. Presented by the Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin. First United Methodist Church Friendship Hall, 411 Wood St., Dunedin. Tickets $10. Cash prizes will be awarded. Email Elizabeth Moulin at Every Sunday, Scottish Country Dancing, 6-9:30pm. No partner necessary. Beginner/Experienced classes. Scottish American Hall, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin. $3, first time free. Call (813) 962-4624 or (727) 787-3805. Every 3rd Monday, Sparkling Clearwater Depression Glass Club, 6:45pm. Clearwater Garden Club Building, 405 Seminole St. (Southwest corner of N. Ft. Harrison and Seminole St.), Clearwater. Call Tom at (727) 725-2069 or Carol at (727) 433-3434. Every 4th Monday, Central Gulf Coast Lodge #2708, Order Sons of Italy Meeting, 6pm. Meetings are open to those of Italian descent and to anyone interested in Italian culture, history and heritage. Italian language classes are held bi-monthly for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The Centre at Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 787-3344. Every 1st Tuesday, Suncoast Camera Club Meeting. 6:30pm. If photography is your hobby, this club

Hale Senior Activity Center Activities For December 12/1, Alzheimer’s Association Memory Screenings, 9:30am. 12/4, Holiday Concert, 3pm. The Bells of Christmas. Presented by the International Chorale. 12/5, Starlight Dance, 7pm. 12/7, Holiday Feast Luncheon, 12pm. 12/12, Watercolor Wonders, 6pm. 12/12, Beaded Jewelry Workshop, 6:30pm. 12/12, Social Ballroom Dances, 7pm. 12/13, Parkinson’s Support Group, 1pm. Mondays, Mexican Train Dominoes, 9am. Mondays, Pinochle, 6pm. Mondays, Dunedin Ukuleles, 6:30pm. Mondays & Wednesdays, Casual Bridge, 12:45pm. Mondays & Thursdays, Zumba Gold, 10:15am. Mondays & Thursdays, Mah Jongg, 12:30pm. Mondays & Fridays, Senior Exercise, 9am. Tuesdays, Breakfast Social, 8:30am. Tuesdays, Health Screening, 9am. Tuesdays, Wood Burning & Folk Art Painting, 9am.

Tuesdays, Tai Chi, 9:30am. Tuesdays, Quilter’s Social Corner, 2pm. Tuesdays, Happy Taps, 3:15pm. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Duplicate Bridge, 11:45am. Wednesdays, Free Gulf Coast Community Services Professional Counseling, 9:30am. Wednesdays, In the News, 10am. Wednesdays, Alzheimer’s Support Group, 10am. Wednesdays, Canasta, 11:30am. Wednesdays & Fridays, QiGong, 9:30am. Wednesdays & Fridays, Line Dancing, 10:30am. Thursdays, Essentrics/Aging Backwards, 9am. Thursdays, Chair Yoga, 9:30am. Thursdays, Mah Jongg for Beginners, 11am. Thursdays, Sketch Group, 6pm. Thursdays, Snell’s Square Dancing, 6:30pm. Fridays, Crafter’s Corner, 10am. The Hale Senior Activity Center is located at 330 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin. Call (727) 298-3299 for more information. ◆ or (727) 787-6070

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hirteen residents from upper Pinellas County completed the Beginning Genealogy Class hosted by the Suncoast Genealogy Society at the Palm Harbor Library. The class met once a week for six weeks, during which time students learned the genealogy research process and how to document their findings. Topics included census records, city directories, newspapers, military records, immigration and other genealogical resources. The purpose of the class was to help participants discover and document the interesting stories within their family trees. On November 18th, each participant was presented with a graduation certificate by the class is for you. Share your photos with other photographers. Guests are invited as the club is welcoming new members. Safety Harbor Library, 101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor. Visit or call (727) 784-8765. Every 2nd Tuesday, Clearwater/St. Pete Ski Club Meeting, 6:30pm. Fun social club with a focus on skiing and raising money for veterans. Mike’s Pizza & Deli Station, 13560 49th St., Clearwater. Call (727) 743-3108. Every 3rd Tuesday, Clearwater Community Woman’s Club Meeting, 10:30am. Meet and greet 10:30am, meeting 11:15am. Light lunch served. Most meetings take place at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Meets September through May. Call (727) 937-7059. Every 2nd Thursday, Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin Luncheon Meeting, 11:30am. Lunch is followed by a program or speaker and cards or

L to R, front, Gregory Lord, Anita Rosenfeld, Ralph Costantino, Louise Burnett and Kathy Brissette. Back, Marilyn Schoenfelder, Arleen Obermayer, Linda Schneider, Sherrill Roberson and Sarah Jaehn. Not pictured are Elaine Campbell, Lois Costantino and Cathy Thibaut. instructors, Jean Van Horn, Ann James, Marianne Bradley and Shari Harmon. The monthly meetings of the Suncoast Genealogy Society are held on the 4th Saturday of the month at 2pm at the Palm Harbor Library located at 2330 Nebraska Ave. in Palm Harbor. All those interested in family research are invited to attend. For additional information call (727) 781-2664. ◆ games. Prospective members are welcome to attend two regular meetings prior to joining the club. Email Every Friday, North Tampa Bay Senior Softball, mornings. Senior Slo-Pitch Softball League is looking for new players. Collier Park Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Pkwy., Land O’ Lakes. Call Jim McCausey at (813) 300-9110. Every Saturday, Hispanic Outreach of Pinellas County, 10am-2pm. Free services include Translation, Notary Public, Legal Consultation, English as a Second Language lessons, Citizenship Classes and Voter Registration. 1161 Woodlawn St., Clearwater. Call (727) 286-7396. ◆ For more information contact the club listed. Send your club activities and events to • 727.942.5605

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Now thru 12/18, Santa Claus’ Mailbox. Children can write a letter to Santa and he will write back! Be sure to include name and address on the letter. Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State Street W., Oldsmar, FL 34677. 12/2, Christmas Wonderland, 5-9pm. Enjoy the Ice Castle Christmas Dance Recital at 5pm then slide down the giant snow slope, watch a movie in the park and get your picture taken with Santa. Inflatables, concessions and lots of family fun! Free admission. R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. (813) 749-1260. 12/6, Centennial Time Capsule Sealing & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:45-7pm. Come early and be part of history as the Centennial Time Capsule is sealed then watch the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree. Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State Street W. (813) 749-1260. 12/9, Fire Rescue Holiday Open House, 6-9pm. Event will feature face painting, popcorn, sno-cones, fire truck rides and a special visit from Santa. Please bring a gift for the Toys For Tots collection box. Oldsmar Fire Rescue, 225 Pine Ave. N. (813) 749-1200. 12/17, Breakfast with Santa, 9-10am. Have breakfast with Santa Claus! Children must purchase a meal ticket which includes a kids meal, picture with Santa and a goody bag! Adults must purchase a meal ticket or admission ticket. Advance meal tickets $6; adult admission tickets $2 at any Rec Center. Oldsmar Chick-fil-A, 3740 Tampa Road. (813) 749-1260.

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FREE and fun for the whole family! Harbor photo tent. Donations will be collected to help people with visual impediments, diabetes and those in need of disaster relief. Main Street. (727) 540-1874. 12/17, 36th Annual Holiday Parade, 1pm. Watch over 100 parade entries including the Shriners, old-fashioned cars, antique fire engines, clowns, local scout troops, marching bands, Santa and more. Main Street. (727) 724-1572.


12/2, There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs, 5-10pm. This Holiday street festival will include a snow play area, carriage rides, children’s activity area, Holiday shopping, food vendors, visits with Santa, Christmas movie, music and dance performances, DJ and more. Historic Tarpon Ave. (727) 937-6109. 12/2, 27th Annual Tarpon Springs Boat Parade, 7-9pm. Parade route begins on the Anclote River at the Alt. 19 bridge and proceeds west to Whitcomb Bayou and then to Spring Bayou. Santa will give out treats to children as the boats enter Spring Bayou around 8pm. Boats of all sizes are invited to participate and trophies will be awarded to the best decorated boats. Anclote River, Whitcomb Bayou and Spring Bayou. (727) 942-5628. 12/10, Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade, 10am. The parade will start at Alt. 19 and Meres Blvd. and travel north into Craig Park. Find a good spot along the parade route to grab some goodies and watch the festively decorated floats and animated characters. Downtown. (727) 937-6109. 12/10, Candy Cane Hunt, after the parade. This free event will feature crafts, activities, a visit from Santa and more. Candy cane hunts will be held for children 12 and under. Try to find the lucky Candy Cane! Craig Park, 6 Beekman Lane. (727) 942-5628. ◆

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12/11, Kiwanis Arts & Crafts Show, 9am-4pm. Talented arts and crafts exhibitors will set up along Main Street in Downtown Safety Harbor with great handmade gift items. Main Street. (727) 637-3933. 12/16, Free Pictures With Santa, 6-9:30pm. Families, pets and children of all ages are welcome to get free pictures with Santa Claus at the Third Friday Celebration in Safety Harbor. Just look for the Lions Club of Safety

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