Florida West Ballet has auditions on Saturday
The Florida West Ballet is holding auditions on Saturday. The nonprofit scholarship program for dancers ages 8 to 18 is in its 30th season. All students in the program receive partial scholarships, and male ballet students receive full scholarships. The cost of the audition is $20. Female students should wear a black leotard, pink tights, hair in a bun and bring ballet or pointe shoes. Male students should wear black tights, solid color shirt and ballet slippers. The auditions begin at 10 a.m. at 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. For information visit floridawestballet.com or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5K AIDS Walk is at North Shore Park
The seventh annual AIDS Walk St. Petersburg will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at North Shore Park, 901 N Shore Drive NE. The 5K walk begins and ends at the park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The walk will benefit clients of AIDS Service Association of Pinellas. For information, call (727) 328-3268.
Neighborhood plans Street Soul Festival
The history of a neighborhood will blend with the sounds of jazz and gospel music during the 22nd Street Soul Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Clay Co., 420 22nd St. S. Admission and parking are free; food is $1 to $10. For information call (727) 455-5130.
Good manners expert to speak at club's tea
The General Federation Women's Club, St. Petersburg, is having its Fall Opening Tea at 1 p.m. Friday at 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Priscilla Murth of Good Manners is guest speaker. For reservations and information, call (727) 526-5801 or e-mail email@example.com.
New Orleans-style party benefits Suncoast Center
The Suncoast Center is hosting the 11th annual Cooking for Kids benefit from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. The event pays homage to the Big Easy with the ultimate New Orleans-style party. Bill Murphy is the master of ceremonies and proceeds benefit services provided by the Suncoast Center. $75. For information, call (727) 327-7656, ext. 4284, or visit suncoastcenter.org.
City celebration to honor veterans
The city of South Pasadena will honor first responders and veterans and remembering those who have fallen at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Galatea Garden, 7015 Sunset Drive S. For more information, call (727) 344-1666.
Author to speak about journey from Sudan
Bestselling author Dave Eggers will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in McArthur Gymnasium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, in St. Petersburg. Eggers will discuss the odyssey of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, as he journeyed from Southern Sudan to a temporary shelter in Ethiopia, to a refugee camp in Kenya, and finally to Atlanta as written in his book, What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. Free. Pick up tickets in Eckerd's Upham Administration building, 4200 54th Ave. S, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (727) 864-7979.
Suicide-prevention group hosts memorial
Suncoast Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program and Halos is hosting its eighth annual evening of remembrance at 7 p.m. Saturday at Archibald Beach Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd. For more information, call (727) 394-8222.
Applications available for Leadership St. Pete
The St. Petersburg area Chamber of Commerce has started the process of picking its Leadership St. Pete Class of 2011. Applications are available at stpete.com. Application deadline is Friday. For more information, call (727) 821-4069.
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Aquatic center offers lifeguard classes
The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, offers certified lifeguard classes from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The session will run Sept. 14 to Oct. 7. Students must be at least 15 years old and complete a swimming and diving test and precourse on Thursday. Class fee is $125 for residents, $150 for nonresidents. For more information, call (727) 363-9264.
Young, Foster to speak at DAR prayer breakfast
The St. Petersburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hots its annual Patriot Day 9-11 Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young and guest speaker will be St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. $30. To register or for more information, call (727) 392-5636.
Church auditioning for Sept. 25 concert
Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, is holding auditions at 9 a.m. Saturday for the Jesus is My Idol Christian concert. $20. Ten finalists will be selected to perform at the Sept. 25 concert. For more information or for an audition form, call (727) 381-2499, ext. 214.
Games, pizza for kids; round of golf for parents
Largo Golf Course and Southwest Recreation Complex have teamed up to host Friday Fairways and Fun Day at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Sept. 17 and 24. Parents may drop off children, ages 3 to sixth grade, at Southwest Recreation, 13120 Vonn Road, for games, movies and entertainment while they enjoy a round of nine holes at Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road. Cost is $9 per child, including pizza and drinks; and $9 per golfer. For more information, call (727) 518-3024 or (727) 518-3125.