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Community Association Leadership Conference: The conference, recommended for association board members and owners of condos, cooperatives, timeshares, homes and mobile homes, begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. It will include a one-hour panel discussion with a focus on covenant violation and enforcement. Register for free at or contact Charlotte Toth at (727) 712-4000 or

Heart Health Fair: The fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, will feature lectures — "Know Your Numbers: Achieving and Maintaining Cardiovascular Health," presented by Dr. Geraldo Ramos — screenings for blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol and glucose, and info on diabetes, sleep services and cardiac rehab at St. Anthony's Outpatient Center, 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. On Thursday Dr. David Kohl will present a lecture on keeping your heart strong at the hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N. Free. Registration required for screenings by calling (727) 953-6993. See for information.

Persistence of Memory Memoir Writing Workshop: Take a dive into your own subconscious during this workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday and March 15 at the Salvador Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., Bayshore Drive SE at Fifth Avenue, St. Petersburg. The classes use Dalí's paintings and writings as catalysts for memoir writing. Led by Margo Hammond, former book editor of the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the Creative Late Bloomer blog, the workshops offer a writing session, a professional critique and publishing advice. Participants receive cafe and gallery discounts on the day of classes. Members, $55; nonmembers, $65. Register online at

Try your hand at woodworking tools: Test Lie-Nielsen woodworking hand tools, participate in woodworking demonstrations, and learn tricks between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday at Salt Creek Artworks, 1600 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. Visit or call 1-800-327-2520.

Astronomy Night: Join the St. Pete Astronomy Club for a night of stargazing from 6:30 to 8 Friday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Tonight focuses on Jupiter. $3, $1.50 children. For info, call (727) 893-7326 or visit

Mardi Gras celebration for a cause: Dancers 4 Cancer throws this fourth annual Mardi Gras themed event with dancing to music by the Mad Beach Band, auctions and a cash bar from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Benefits the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. $25. For info, call (727) 424-6945 or visit

Environmental Film Festival at Eckerd College: Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in discussions of the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. The discussion, at 7 p.m. Friday, features Animal Endurance: The Turin Horse and will be at the Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. For info, call (727) 864-7979 or visit

What makes a 'real' man? Join a group of men committed to bettering themselves, their families, their communities and the planet from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jim & Heather Gills YMCA, 3200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Includes demonstrations, food and music. Men only. Free. To reserve a seat, call (727) 643-3149 or visit

Grand Central Chili Cook-Off: Sample winning entries judged by local celebrity judges, and vote for people's choice award from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Central District, 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Event includes arts and crafts, entertainment, and other food and drink. Part of the proceeds benefit the Grand Central District Association and St. Pete's Helping Our Troops. Free admission, $15 advance, $20 day of for chili tasting tickets. For info, call (727) 828-7006 or visit

Rays Fan Fest: Tampa Bay Rays players, coaches and Major League Baseball alumni will sign autographs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive. Kids 14 and younger and season ticket holders can get unlimited free autographs all day. This year's activities include clinics for kids by Rays coaches, running the bases, high-five stations with Rays players, photos with Rays mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty, clubhouse tours, a yard sale of memorabilia and "Reading With the Rays." Free. For info, call 1-888-326-7297 or visit

St. Stefanos 2012 Greek Festival: Celebration highlights Greek traditions of food, music and fresh Greek pastries from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N, St. Petersburg. Free admission. For info, call (727) 345-823.

Community Wellness Expo: The day includes cooking and fitness demos, vendors, health information, free vision and blood pressure screenings, a rock wall, inflatable games, raffles and prizes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fossil Park & Willis S. Johns Center, 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. For info, call (727) 892-5994.

Opera competition: Florida Suncoast Opera Guild and St. Petersburg College sponsor this high school vocal competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. The winner will have the opportunity to participate in the chorus of a St. Petersburg Opera performance. Free. For info, call (727) 433-0953.

Seuss fun: Join the Simon Kidgits Club to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's first published children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Children can pose for photos with the Cat In the Hat, listen to a story, view the PBS special The Cat In The Hat Knows a Lot About That, and decorate bookmarks and crowns from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 347-3889 or visit

Iorio at chamber meeting: Pam Iorio, former mayor of Tampa and author of the book Straightforward, offers leadership-building advice at a Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Tradewinds Sandpiper Resort, 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers. To make a required reservation call (727) 360-6957 or email

Belleair's Market on the Mall: The market with produce, flowers, herbs, orchids, fish, cheeses, prepared foods and art is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Indian Rocks Road and Gardenia Road. For info, call (727) 667-0019.

'Teen Idol' auditions: Talents from Largo and surrounding cities can compete to be named Largo's next teen idol from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Auditions are open to ages 13 to 18. Free. Call (727) 518-3125 or go to

Nature preserve cleanup day: Volunteers and Cub Scout Troop 404 will clean up waterways, remove debris and trim bushes from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, 150 Highland Ave. Food and refreshments will be provided. For info, call (727) 586-7415.

Think Pink: Girls in grades 4-6 play games, make crafts and build friendships while exploring important issues girls face today. This month's topic is "Friendships" and will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. $12.50, $10 residents. Call (727) 518-3016 or visit

Household budgeting: Attend a two-part household budgeting seminar designed for people who want to live better on less and/or to save to buy a home. First part is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, the second is at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Pinellas County Housing Authority, 11479 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Participants must attend both sessions for certificate. Free. Call (727) 461-0618, ext. 3, or visit

Saddle Up for Heroes: Veterans are invited to the stables to meet the horses and staff and hear what the club has to offer them from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Saddle Up Riding Club, 6080 94th Ave., Pinellas Park. Free. Call (727) 637-1067 or visit

'Jack and the Beanstalk': Tickets are on sale for the show at 11 a.m. March 3 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Audiences can sing along and laugh. Tickets are $7.50 adults; $6.50 children; $22 family four-pack. A season pass is $15 for any three shows. For tickets, visit or call (727) 587-6793.

Celebrate Women in Business: A limited number of showcase tables and sponsorship opportunities are available for the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Women in Business EXPO/After Hours from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. A sponsor space is $250. Event includes door prizes, giveaways and food sampling. Call (727) 584-2321.

Show off your cool rides: Enter your vintage car in the Fourth Annual Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Proceeds go to Meals of Hope, a program that feeds hungry children of Pinellas County. Entry fee is $10. Applications are available at under the Heart of Pinellas section, or call Craig Dolan at (727) 518-3146.

Babysitting classes: Highland Recreation is holding a two-day Safe Sitter Babysitting Class for boys and girls ages 11-13 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 and 23 at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. $40 for residents, $50 for nonresidents. All participants must have a Largo Recreation card. Registration required; call (727) 518-3016.

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