Benefit luncheon is Saturday at Vinoy
"Pamper Your Spirits," a luncheon to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast Guild, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. N. Tickets: $50. Information: 821-9536.
Gala at Innisbrook will help Pregnancy Center
"In Our Hands," a gala to benefit the Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County, a division of New Life Solutions, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. Tickets: $80. Information: 216-1410, ext. 400.
ST. PETE BEACH
Glass Ball set for Sirata Beach Resort
The Glass Ball, an auction and gala to benefit educational programming at the Beth Ann Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, is scheduled Saturday at the Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The sponsors and collectors dinner begins at 6 p.m.; Glass in the Grotto, a cocktail buffet event, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $500 collectors; $175 Glass in the Grotto. Information: 822-7872.
St. Raphael's readies for four-day carnival
A Fun Fest will be held Thursday through next Sunday on the waterfront grounds of St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. Times are 4-9 p.m. Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 821-9663.
Shuffleboard, anyone? New league has formed
The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club has formed a new shuffleboard league. Games will be played Tuesday nights at 7 at 559 Mirror Lake Drive. A practice and organization session will be held Tuesday. The first league game will be played Nov. 18. The cost is $20 per player for a 19-game season. Players will be given a team T-shirt, basic instruction and officiating. Each player must also be a member of the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club at a cost of $21.40 per year. Each team must have six players. Bring your own team or sign up individually and you will be assigned to a team. Contact John Dudley at (727) 896-5566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonal residents can learn about mentoring
The Adults Mentoring Children program of Gulf Coast Community Care will hold a "Welcome Back" coffee hour for seasonal residents who would like to learn about mentoring a child. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at Panera Bread, 2420 66th St. N. Coffee and bagels will be served. RSVP Sandy Nelson at 479-1814 or Susan Ryan at 479-1800, ext. 3038.
AARP seeks tax helpers to give 4 hours a week
AARP is looking for volunteers to join the 2008 Tax-Aide program. The service helps low- to middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training, reimbursement for expenses, and the camaraderie of a great team. Requirements include a minimum commitment of four hours a week during February, March and early April. Basic computer skills are helpful but not necessary. E-mail Sylvia Scoble at taxaidepin email@example.com for details.
Naval Sea Cadets is for ages 11 to 17
If you're a student between the ages of 11 and 17 and interested in learning about naval traditions through participation in activities on and off the water, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, a nonprofit youth organization and part of the Navy's youth program, offers valuable life and work skills like teamwork, leadership and citizenship. Drills are held at the U.S. Coast Guard Clearwater Air Station one weekend a month. All cadets must have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average, be active in the community and be enrolled in school. Visit www.suncoastseacadets.org for information or call (727) 796-7322.
Small Weed and Seed grants are available
The Childs Park Weed and Seed Site has grant applications at the Business Assistance Center, 33 Sixth St. S, Suite 301, or at the Childs Park Recreation Center, 4301 13th Ave. S. Or request one electronically by calling 892-5088.
Children are waiting for role models, friends
Gulf Coast Community Care will match mentors with a child in need. Volunteers receive training and support and spend a few hours a month sharing activities and interests with a child. There are about 100 children of all ages waiting for mentors. Call Beverly at (727) 479-1841.
TAMPA BAY AREA
Elderly residents need advocates
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is seeking men and women of all professional and cultural backgrounds who have concerns for elderly residents' rights and can negotiate and advocate for them. Mileage and meal reimbursements are provided at the state rate for all official ombudsman duties. Call 588-6912 or 888-831-0404 to apply for the next training class.
Two City Commission seats are up for grabs
Qualifying for South Pasadena's March 10 election of two commission seats will begin at noon Nov. 25 and end at noon Dec. 15. An informational meeting for candidates will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S. Call the city clerk's office at 347-4171.