Glamorous evening with auctions to benefit PARC
PARC's 41st annual Black Diamond Ball promises an evening of Hollywood glamor combined with the naming of 13 Magnetic Men in a dinner event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. The fundraiser will feature a gaming table and silent and live auctions. $150. (727) 341-6933.
Hand of Hope tourney to help VA rec therapy
For the second year, Northeast Presbyterian Church will present its Hand of Hope golf tournament to benefit the James A. Haley VA Medical Center recreation therapy department. The event on Oct. 11 includes snacks, driving range, greens fees, cart and awards ceremony with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club, 600 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. $125. (727) 526-6083.
'A Night in Italy' offers dinner, entertainment
The GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club will sponsor "A Night in Italy" dinner and entertainment event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the club building, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Proceeds will benefit the historic building restoration fund. $18. (727) 526-5801.
Workshops to give aid to grieving loved ones
St. Jerome's Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., is offering a series of Griefshare workshops. The program is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one. The meetings will be in the Education Building at 10 a.m. Thursdays beginning this week or Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 12. For more information, call Nancy Selak at (727) 415-8742.
Invitational features state high school bands
The Largo High School Band of Gold will host its annual fundraiser, the Golden Invitational, at 5 p.m. Saturday at the stadium, 410 Missouri Ave. The program is a competition for bands from all around the state. The cost is $12 for adults; $8 for students and seniors and free for kids under 5. Tickets are available by calling (727) 585-4653 or at the door. For information, visit largo-hs.pinellas.k12.fl.us/ BandofGold.
St. Pete beach
Horan Park is site of Concert in the Park
The city is hosting a Concert in the Park series from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday in October at the Community Center's Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ceiga Drive. The St. Pete Beach Civic Association will sell food and drink from local establishments. Bring chairs and blankets. For information, call (727) 363-9245.
Golf for the Gulf aids Tampa Bay Watch
The Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd., is hosting Golf for the Gulf at 8 a.m. Monday. This tournament benefits Tampa Bay Watch and its efforts to continue the mission of protecting and restoring the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary. Registration begins at 8 a.m., shotgun start is at 9 a.m. and lunch will be at 1:30 p.m. Players of all ages and abilities are invited. To register, visit tampabaywatch.org. For information, contact Celeste Noren at (727) 424-9416.
St. Patrick School's Fun Fair starts Thursday
St. Patrick Catholic School, 1501 Trotter Road, will hold its annual Fun Fair starting Thursday and running through Oct. 10. The event, in its 46th year, kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with a performance by Suite Caroline with opening act, the Tutterow Dancers. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for food and games, $1 for 3; for rides, 20 for $17; four-day all-you-can-ride wristband, $60; Thursday night-only wristband, $25; Sunday-only wristband, $25. For information call (727) 581-4865.
Pint Size Pumpkin Patch at Southwest Complex
Come in costume and join the trick or treat parade at this year's Pint Size Pumpkin Patch at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, at 6 p.m. Oct. 18. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy fall activities, crafts, food and a special visit from a storytelling scarecrow. Cost is $5 per child, children under 2 get in free. Registration is recommended by Oct. 15. For information, call (727) 518-3125.
Commission candidates to speak at two forums
Residents and business owners will get to hear where Largo City Commission candidates stand on issues at two upcoming forums presented by the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce. The first is in the commission chamber at Largo City Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will be televised live on LTV Channel 615 and be repeated several times before Election Day, Nov. 2. The second will take place during the chamber's monthly Business-to-Business Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Palms of Largo Theater, 300 Lake Ave. N. There are six candidates vying for two commission spots. For Seat 5, they are incumbent Harriet Crozier and challengers Robert Avery and Robert Hunsicker. For Seat 6, they are incumbent Woody Brown and challengers John Atanasio and Doug Lardner. If you have a question or issue you would like considered for these forums, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.