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The Easter Bunny rides the CCV's signature trackless choo-choo train - Photo by Simaen SkolfieldThe 18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Easter Sunday, April 4th at 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. The hunt itself starts at 12:30 p.m. sharp, so be there early!

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Santa Arrives in Style on a Harley Davidson - Photo by David ZiffThe Clearwater Community Volunteers held their Anniversary Celebration of the 17th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Festival and Charity Drive on December 11th. On the corner of Drew Street and Ft. Harrison Avenue, a Christmas playground has sprung from the barren asphalt of the parking lot behind the Osceola Hotel, driven by the organized tenacity of the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV), working with local charities, for the benefit of members of the community.

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Winter Wonderland - Photo by Angela LeMayOn Friday, December 11th, Winter Wonderland will hold their Special Anniversary Celebration of the 17th Annual Winter Wonderland in Downtown Clearwater.    In conjunction with the city’s scheduled “Holiday Light Up” and “Miracle on Cleveland Street”, this winter holiday village will enhance the community’s holiday spirit.  The evenings celebration will be kicked off by community leaders: John Doran, City Councilmember; Rod Irwin, of the City Managers Office; Deacon Maurice Mickens, of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church; Pat Harney, Public Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology and of course, the much anticipated secret-surprise entrance by Santa Claus. The special Anniversary Celebration will begin at 6:30 PM sharp.                       

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Winter Wonderland will open on December 4th weather permittingAlthough, the “Miracle on Cleveland St.” and the city’s “Holiday Light Up” in Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District (Downtown), has been postponed until December 11th due to a 70% chance of rain forecast,  Winter Wonderland still intends to open the Christmas Village as scheduled on December 4th – 20th, weather permitting.

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Wednesday, 02 December 2009 16:01

Winter Wonderland Opens Dec 4th

Winter WonderlandThe Church of Scientology’s Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV), invites you to join them for the grand opening ceremony of the 17th Annual Winter Wonderland in downtown Clearwater. As is tradition each year, this magical winter holiday village – which runs for seventeen consecutive evenings - is opened with an official holiday light up by community leaders: City Councilmember John Doran, CCV, the Church of Scientology and of course, the much anticipated secret-surprise entrance by Santa Claus. The special Grand Opening Ceremony will take place at 6:30 PM on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.

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Winter Wonderland Began Construction on November 1st - Photo by Heidi LuxThe 17th annual Winter Wonderland in downtown Clearwater will open on December 4th, but construction is already underway. Beginning on October 31st, a team of industrious “elves” began building the holiday village, located on the corner of Ft. Harrison Avenue and Drew Street. These hardworking volunteers are helping Santa and the Clearwater Community Volunteers bring holiday joy and magic to children throughout the community.

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The Clearwater Community VolunteersThe Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) is excited to announce: the 7th annual “Fashions with Flair” silent auction and fashion show fundraiser on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Belleair Country Club from 11 am to 2:30 pm.

CCV is the volunteer arm of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater,  and is a non-profit charitable organization made up entirely of volunteers.  The CCV produces the huge Easter Egg Hunt in Coachman Park in Clearwater every spring and “Winter Wonderland” – its annual holiday charity drive in downtown Clearwater featuring 5 village buildings, 90 live pine trees, a fully functioning stage with entertainment, tens of thousands of tiny white lights, pony & train rides, a playground, a giant slide and bouncy house, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

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The Spa at the Belleview Biltmore

Belleair, FL.

The Clearwater Community Volunteers are hosting their 3rd Annual “Sunday at the Spa”, Sunday, May 24, 10am – 5pm. It is their yearly fundraiser that benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Region and Winter Wonderland. The Belleview Biltmore has generously donated their spa facilities located in the grand Hotel located at 25 Belleview Boulevard Clearwater, FL 33756

Services being offered include: microdermabrasion, massages, body fat analysis, manicures, pedicures and more.  In addition to services purchased, attendees will be totally pampered with delicious food, a great atmosphere and an opportunity to have a total day of relaxation.  Free services that are available with any ticket purchase are the sauna, the famous Biltmore’s pool, Pilates, and non-meditational yoga.

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Spectators enjoy March Madness entertainment and refreshments at the inaugural 4th Friday Event in Downtown Clearwater - Photo by Simaen Skolfield
Spectators enjoy March Madness entertainment and refreshments at the inaugural 4th Friday Event in Downtown Clearwater - Photo by Simaen Skolfield

March Madness in Downtown Clearwater

The first 4th Friday in Downtown Clearwater was held, fittingly, on the fourth Friday of March. "March Madness" closed down Cleveland Street from East Avenue all the way down to Osceola. 

The Clearwater Community Volunteers had their signature train giving rides up and down the street. It was the perfect evening for friends and families to come together and wander the streets while browsing the vendor tables, or to share an after-work-week drink while enjoying the free live music. Local downtown restaurants were open and many stores had booths. Intuition Salon sold jewelry and handbags, Pangea Cafe' offered muffins and their signature Illy coffee, and Bella Pucci Grooming Salon took the opportunity to advertise their new change of location.

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Clearwater Councilmembers John Doran, Carlen Petersen and George Cretekos ride with the “Mets” Little League team alongside the Executive Director of Clearwater Community Volunteers, Pam Ryan Anderson. - Photo by Simaen SkolfieldClearwater Little League “Opens” Hearts in Community

Clearwater, FL (February 14 2009) - On Valentine’s Day the Clearwater Little League held their opening ceremonies followed by the first game of the season. In celebration of opening day, Clearwater City Council members Carlen Petersen and John Doran, as well as Vice‑Mayor George Cretekos were there at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, showing their love for the young baseball enthusiasts decked out in brightly colored shirts of purple, blue, green, black and orange.

From the civic leaders, sports celebrities, business owners, friends, families and kids, the turn-out was itself inspiring, generating a genuine feeling of family and community.

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