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Alzheimer's mobile office coming, swimming lessons at St. Pete pools

Alzheimer's mobile office coming: Many caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's disease are unable to leave their loved ones alone or travel to receive needed services and information.

So the Alzheimer's Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is bringing its mobile office, the "Memory Mobile," to Pinellas County to provide free services to residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the chapter's office, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709, in Largo.

The Memory Mobile offers memory screenings, confidential care consultation and family care planning assistance, up-to-date literature on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, and Safe Return assistance for wanderers. Caregivers can also speak with an Alzheimer's Association program specialist about specific concerns.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Alzheimer's Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter at (727) 578-2558 or email [email protected]

Zumba classes: Zumba is an easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance fitness class. Classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays. Cost is $6 per class. Join anytime. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Core fitness: Build strength through your core with this class held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $10 per class or $48 for eight weeks. Join any time. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information call (727) 692-9093 or findmyfit.me.

Tae kwon do: Children 6 and older can learn this martial art that focuses on self-defense and values. Classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $69 per month. Call (727) 798-0220.

Learn to be a leader: The City Power Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program is designed to help people become better communicators. Meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at 1 Fourth St. N, Room 600, Municipal Services Building, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 893-7918.

Learn at Lunch: Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a talk about how to address issues that affect your online business reputation. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon June 27. $15 for members, $25 for future members. Registration is required. Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Call (727) 360-6957 or email [email protected]

Bella Babies fundraiser: Bella Babies, 7183 66th St. N, Pinellas Park, is holding a fundraiser for Isabella "Bella" Morgan Carr, a 3-year-old who has been diagnosed with stage 3 neuroblastoma. Sean Rodriguez of the Tampa Bay Rays will be signing autographs for the cause. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29. Proceeds will be used to help care for Bella. An account has been set up at Bank of America for those wanting to donate to Bella's cause. For information, call (727) 547-2229.

Swimming lessons: Register for lessons at all St. Petersburg pools at 7:30 a.m. for morning classes and 5:30 p.m. for evening lessons Thursday, July 3, July 18 and Aug. 1. Lessons are available for infants age 6 months to senior citizens and are taught by certified American Red Cross water safety instructors. Sessions last two weeks with advancing levels upon passing each session. Classes are Monday through Thursday. An Advantage member card is required for registration. Cost per session: $39. Reduced rates are available based on income. For information, call (727) 893-7732 or (727) 893-7441 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Aquatic membership special: Through July 31, when you buy a six-month membership to the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, you will get six months free. Valid for a child, adult, senior or family pass with access to the heated pool with lap swimming, sunbathing, picnic areas, water slides and a children's splash zone. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Go fishing: St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation has opened 19 freshwater and two saltwater lakes through Labor Day. Fishing is allowed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A license is required, except for children 15 and under, anyone using a pole without a reel in his or her home county, or Florida residents older than 65. Licenses are available at tax collector offices at 1067 62nd Ave. S and 1800 66th St. N in St. Petersburg, 13025 Starkey Road in Largo, and 1663 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater. Licenses are also available from select bait and sporting goods stores. For information, call (727) 464-7777.

Daystar Life Center will be hosting an information session on the volunteer opportunities it has available. The next hourlong session will be at 1:30 p.m. on July 17 at Daystar, 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call Kitty Rawson at (727) 498-8794 or visit daystarlife.com.

First-time home buyer assistance: This Pinellas program is available to those who have not owned a home in the past three years. It's also for veterans trying to buy a home. To qualify, you must meet income requirements, have a minimum credit score of 640 and take a required class. Call toll-free 1-800-806-5154 or (727) 464-8210.

The Gulfport Senior Center Pantry needs nonperishable food, toiletries and personal needs. Bring your donations to the Gulfport Merchants Association tent between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, on Beach Boulevard below 29th Avenue S. For information, call (727) 366-4086.

Summer clothes needed: Clothes to Kids is almost out of young boys and girls shorts and shirts. Call (727) 441-5050, ext. 22, or visit clothestokids.org.

Foster homes needed: There are more than 3,500 dependent children in Pinellas and Pasco counties because of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. Many of them need loving foster parents. For information call toll-free at 1-866-233-0790.

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is offering a free summer food program. Nutritious meals and snacks are combined with fun activities through Aug. 16. Open to kids 18 and under. For information, call (727) 895-9622 or visit ymca.net/summerfood.

St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers in the gift shop weekends from 4 to 8 p.m.; in patient care, flexible hours; in the OBGYN department, flexible hours; and at the information desk, weekends with both morning and evening hours available. The hospital is at 6500 38th Ave. N. For information, call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848.

Alzheimer's mobile office coming, swimming lessons at St. Pete pools 06/21/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 4:26pm]
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