'Biggest Loser' finalist to speak at fitness night
A free Fall Into Fitness night will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greater St. Petersburg YMCA, 3200 First Ave. S. Amanda Arlauskas, Biggest Loser season eight finalist, will talk about her weight loss. Nutrition and fitness experts will be available. For information, call (727) 767-6923.
Ornament sale will benefit Florida Hospice
Start your holiday shopping with art gifts at the Annual Hospice Ornament Sale and Benefit from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Artlofts, 10 First St. N. All receipts will be donated to Florida Hospice. Sale continues through Dec. 11. For information, call (727) 391-8908.
Salvation Army band to perform free concert
The Salvation Army Retired Officers Association Band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 212 Third St. N. The free concert is open to the public. For information, call (727) 550-8080, ext. 332.
Israeli politician, author to speak at forum
Yael Bayan, Israeli politician, author of five novels and human rights activist will speak at the 2010 Social Action Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for general public and free with a student ID. For information, call (727) 347-6136.
Cakewalk presents glass, pottery exhibit
Cakewalk artists' co-op will present From Earth and Fire, an exhibition featuring glass art and pottery, Saturday through Dec. 7. There is a meet-the-artists reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Cakewalk, 1114 Central Ave., in collaboration with the Downtown Arts Association Gallery Walk. For information call (727) 825-0515.
St. Anthony's is taking award nominations
The St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation is accepting nominations for the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award and the Helen D. Roberts Award. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 17. Nomination forms can be downloaded at stanthonysfoundation.org. They can be submitted through e-mail, email@example.com, faxed to (727) 825-1184 or mailed to the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation at 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33705. For information, call Gail Cass-Culver at (727) 820-7895.
Thrift shop to celebrate grand opening Saturday
Daystar Thrift Shoppe, 513 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N, is hosting a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will include prizes, refreshments and shopping. Proceeds will provide basic necessities to those in need through Daystar Life Center. For information, call (727) 894-5323.
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Church will host annual Christmas Bazaar
Transfiguration Catholic Church, 4000 43rd St. N, will host its second annual Christmas Bazaar and flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Santa will be there. For information, call (727) 526-7915.
Nina Harris School will hold fundraiser auction
Nina Harris School's Annual Auction/Fundraiser is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the school, 6000 70th Ave. N. Previewing of items starts at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the programs and activities at this special needs school. For information, call (727) 547-7850.
Seminar to help with grief during holidays
St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo, will host a "Surviving the Holidays" seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The program is designed to help those grieving the loss of loved ones handle the holiday season. For reservations or information, call (727) 595-4610.
Crafts, other items to be sold at church
St. Dunstan's Anglican Church, 401 West Bay Drive, Largo, will hold a craft sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Offerings will include quilts, books, candles and holiday times, jellies and jams. Refreshments will also be sold. For information, call (727) 581-1435.
Veterans Day ceremony will be hosted by city
The city of Largo will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Military Court of Honor in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The program will include a color guard presentation and keynote speaker, Kerrie Witty, regional director of the St. Petersburg Veterans Affairs office. For information, call (727) 587-6775.
Lifeguard class set at Southwest Pool
The Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department is conducting an American Red Cross Lifeguarding class scheduled for Dec. 6-17 at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday for two weeks. This class is open to ages 15 or older who wish to begin a career in lifeguarding. This course teaches the skills necessary to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard. The cost is $125 for residents and $156.25 for nonresidents. A Largo recreation card is required. The deadline for registration and payment is Dec. 3. For information, call (727) 518-3126 or visit largopools.com.
Casino to host free patriotic concert
The Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, is hosting a free Patriotic/Military Salute Concert by South Pasadena Community Band on Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. For information, call (727) 344-3722.
Radio host to speak at Democrats meeting
The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will hold its next dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. The guest speaker will be Rob Lorei, director of news and public affairs for WMNF-88.5 FM and host of Florida This Week on WEDU-TV. The event starts with a cocktail reception with the dinner and program to follow. The cost is $15. Reservations are required. Call Betty Morgenstein at (727) 360-3971.
Formal dress donations needed for program
Belle of the Ball Project, a nonprofit organization that provides homecoming and prom dresses and accessories to low-income high school girls in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, will be having a "Pay it Forward" dress collection and donation. The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. Items needed are plus-size dresses, 18 and up, dressy shoes, purses and costume jewelry. No pickups are available. For information, visit belleoftheballproject.com or call (727) 560-7001.
Volunteers wanted to prepare taxes
The AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to prepare federal taxes. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training (five or six days in January) and reimbursement for mileage. Computer knowledge is necessary. A minimum commitment of four hours a week during February, March and early April is required. For details, visit aarp.org/taxaide.
Program seeks mentors for at-risk teenagers
Adults can have a positive impact on a teen's life by volunteering one hour a week as a mentor for Goodwill's GoodGuides youth mentoring program. GoodGuides helps 12- to 17-year-olds who face risk factors such as school failure, family violence and other challenges. Young people are paired with mentors who lend a supportive ear and offer guidance to help them finish school and build career plans. For information call (727) 423-1379 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clothes To Kids is in need of items for boys
Clothes To Kids is critically short of boys tennis shoes sizes 12 to adult 13 and boys pants sizes 6 to 16. These items along with any other clothing donation can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two Clothes To Kids locations:
• St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145.
• Clearwater, 1059 N Hercules Ave.
Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or go to ClothesToKids.org.
New equipment for blind, hearing impaired
The Deaf and Hearing Connection recently announced the addition of several new telephones, TTYs and captioned telephones available through its no-charge equipment distribution program. Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones and related equipment at no cost to permanent Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. For a complete list of distribution locations or to schedule an appointment, call (727) 399 -9983 (voice) or (727) 399 -9422 (TTY) or visit dhctb.org.
Donation expands grief services to Pinellas
The Life Center of the Suncoast has expanded its grief and traumatic loss counseling services to Pinellas County because of a donation from the Katie Froeschle Foundation. Services are now available at 10707 66th St. N in Pinellas Park. Call the Tampa office at (813) 237-3114 to schedule an appointment.