As part of holiday drive, blood donors get A $10 gas card
Florida Blood Services will give $10 gas cards to blood donors during their Independence Day drive.
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Wal-Mart, 3993 Tyrone Blvd.
Say 'Happy Fourth' with activities, fireworks
This year's July Fourth fireworks display will cap off a day of festivities downtown. A special Get Downtown event will start on Central Avenue and Second Street at 2 p.m. Friday. City-owned parking garages will charge a special event rate of $10 ($6 at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts) for the day. City officials suggest that bike riders use special event bike racks on Bayshore Drive.
When: Fireworks at 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Downtown St. Petersburg.
Herpetology camp at Weedon Island Preserve
Kids can explore the world of amphibians and reptiles guided by professional herpetologist George Heinrich at a weeklong camp at the Weedon Island Preserve. Through encounters with gopher tortoises, frogs, lizards and snakes, campers will learn about ecology and conservation. To attend the camp, kids should be entering second to sixth grade in August and be between the ages of 7 to 11. The fee is $125. Each session is limited to 30 campers.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through July 11.
Where: Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
Info: Call (727) 453-6500.
CRESCENT LAKE PARK
Neighbors can watch fireworks from the park
Residents of the Crescent Lake neighborhood are encouraged to skip the downtown traffic and join neighbors in Crescent Lake Park on July 4 to watch the city's fireworks.
When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Crescent Lake Park, 22nd Avenue N.
Code compliance, CASA on group's agenda
The Azalea Neighborhood Association will meet next week to discuss neighborhood concerns, and there will be an update of code compliance. CASA will present information.
When: 7 p.m. July 10.
Where: Azalea Baptist Church, 7900 22nd Ave. N.
Elections chief will show scanning machine
The North Kenwood Neighborhood Association will meet July 14 at Edward White Hospital. Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark will demonstrate the new optical scanning voting machine and register voters.
When: 7:30 p.m. July 14.
Where: Edward White Hospital Auditorium, 2299 Ninth Ave. N, Room 1G.
Come hear Pinellas' new transit authority chief
Tim Garling, the new director of the Pinellas Transit Authority, is the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Downtown Neighborhood Association on July 10. The agenda will also include discussion of the association's decision to participate in St. Petersburg's Adopt-a-Park program. Members have adopted Williams Park. The neighborhood association seeks partners and volunteers to help with flower plantings, cleanups and fundraising. To volunteer, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 7 p.m. July 10.
Where: Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.
Info: Visit www.stpetedna.org.
The St. Petersburg Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to SPTimeslistings@yahoo.com or mail it to Lorrie Lykins, Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. The deadline for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is 5 p.m. the previous Friday.