Acoustic Alchemy to jazz up Cultural Center
Tickets are on sale for Acoustic Alchemy with Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale. The contemporary jazz band will perform at 8 p.m. June 18 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The concert is $32 in advance, $37 for preferred seating. Add dinner and dessert from the Lobster Pot Bistro for $25. Visit largoarts.com or call (727) 587-6793.
Reading, fitness blend in summer camp
Research has shown that children lose reading skills and gain weight during the summer. The city is offering "Fit to Read'' summer camp that will focus on both literacy and fitness. Each three-week session, for kids in grades 2-4, will be held at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Here are the sessions: Mystery Madness, June 13 to July 1; Awesome Adventures, July 5-22, and Imagine That, July 25 to Aug. 12. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After-care is available until 5:30 p.m. Cost is $295 for residents, $335 for nonresidents. Call (727) 518-3016 or visit largocamps.com.
Golf course could use some maintenance help
The Largo Golf Course seeks volunteers as rangers, cart attendants, and helpers with traps and greens. Volunteer hours may be redeemed for golf time. Call (727) 518-3024 or stop by the Largo Golf Course Pro Shop at 12500 Vonn Road.
City pool reopens with cool new features
The city pool at 9040 54th Way N has reopened with new features like a spiral slide, two squirting water bikes, a squirting whale in the Pollywog Pond, and new tile on the main pool. Most aquatic programs require a Recreation Department ID for participants 3 and older. Visit pinellas-park.com or call (727) 541-0777.
Family Aquatic Center posts seasonal hours
The city's Family Aquatic Center at 9100 113th St. N is open. Monday, Wednesday and Friday there is a scheduled lap and exercise swim from 7 to 10 a.m., open swim from noon to 4 p.m., and family swim from 5 to 8 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday the pool hosts open swim from noon to 4 p.m. and family swim from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday the pool hosts open swim from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily admission for members is $1.50 for youth, $2 for adults; nonmembers pay $3 for youth, $4 for adults. Passes to the pool May through October are $120 for a family, $60 for an adult, $40 for a youth. Call (727) 397-6005.
Art show spotlights female superheroes
An art show, "The Faces of the Feminine: Superheroines and Popular Culture," is part of a thesis project that researches female comic book heroes, femininity and popular culture. It will stay on display through July 6 at the Seminole Library at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N. Public participation is encouraged; visitors to the library may vote for their favorite work. Winning artists will receive the People's Choice Award with cash prizes. Call (727) 821-5759.
Special-needs ballroom dance lessons given
The Highland Recreation Complex at 400 Highland Ave. offers ballroom lessons for special-needs dancers from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. every Monday. Participants 12 to 24 will learn poise, balance, strength and confidence while making friends. Monthly classes cost $21 for residents and $26.25 for nonresidents. For info or a list of other therapeutic programs, call (727) 518-3016.
Property appraiser to address Republicans
Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov will address the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Piccadilly Cafeteria at 1900 34th St. N. She will discuss tax code changes and proposed amendments to the state Constitution that will affect property owners. After the talk, Dubov will answer questions. The public is invited to the free meeting. Call Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.
Help troops and get a Melting Pot bonus
Show your appreciation for those serving in the military overseas and bring a gallon-sized plastic bag filled with items like soap, toothbrushes, cookies, beef jerky and granola bars for troops, plus $1 and receive a free chocolate fondue through July 3 at the St. Petersburg Melting Pot restaurant at 2221 Fourth St. N. For a list of needed items, go to treatsfortroops.info.
'Chocolate Nutcracker' auditions are Saturday
Life Force Cultural Arts Academy is hosting auditions for the 14th annual Chocolate Nutcracker all day Saturday at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. Audition times are 9 to 10 a.m. for 5- to 8-year-olds; 10 to 11 a.m. for 9- to 12-year-olds; 11 a.m. to noon for 13 and up; 1 to 2 p.m., intermediate; 2 to 4 p.m., advanced; and 4 to 5 p.m. for adults 25 and older. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Registration is $40. Choreography camp Aug. 12-16 requires a $25 fee. Call (727) 893-7134.
Chabad synagogue to celebrate Shavuot
Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, at 4010 Park St. N, will hold services to mark Shavuot, the Jewish holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai 3,323 years ago. Shavuot begins at sundown Tuesday and continues through Thursday. Per Jewish tradition, an all-night Torah-study session will be held at 10:30 on the first night. The central service will consist of a reading of the Ten Commandments from an authentic handwritten parchment Torah scroll at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Any kids or teens attending will be entered in a raffle for a tour of St. Petersburg in a stretch limo. Call Rabbi Alter Korf at (727) 344-4900.
Drag kings to compete for Mister St. Pete Pride
Some of the area's favorite area male impersonators will compete for the title of Mister St. Pete Pride 2011 at 8 tonight at Vintage Ultra Lounge, at 16 Second St. N. The pageant's categories include Creative Pride Presentation, Talent and Evening Wear. Tickets are $5 at the door. For information, e-mail [email protected]
Reclaimed-water users are asked to cut back
Pinellas County Utilities is appealing to reclaimed-water customers in south Pinellas County to limit irrigation. Minimal rainfall and overuse of reclaimed water are stressing the supply.
These suggestions can help you conserve water yet maintain a healthy lawn:
• Remember that odd-numbered addresses irrigate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Even-numbered addresses irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
• Generally, irrigate 1 to 1 ½ inches per week.
• Do not water during the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) because of evaporation and the potential for lawn scalding.
• Brown spots on your lawn could be from insect damage. Overwatering can make the situation worse.
• Make sure your sprinklers water your lawn, not your driveway, road or sidewalk.
Visit pinellascounty.org/utilities or call (727) 464-4000.