Good Life Games
run through April 27
Pinellas County's 29th annual Good Life Games for adults 50 or older began March 1 and will continue through April 27. Participants can compete in more than 36 events; you do not have to be a Pinellas County resident.
Registration forms must be submitted two weeks before the first event participants want to take part in. Forms and a list of events are available at GoodLifeGames.org, Lifestyle Family Fitness centers and at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater; or call the Good Life Games office at 230-3776.
Children need extra guidance, attention
Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers 30 and older for its Adults Mentoring Children program. Many of the children are in foster care or live with a single parent who is going to school and working. Call Beverly at 479-1841 or Bonnie at 479-1825.
Troops will appreciate personal items, food
Support the troops in the Middle East by donating cookies, candy, microwave popcorn, small cans of fruit, peanut butter or cheese crackers, gallon resealable food bags, canned meats, bandanas, cotton swabs, hand-held games, feminine hygiene items, stationery, calling cards and disposable cameras.
Supplies can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at Seminole Mall, 11223 Park Blvd.; VFW Post 4256, 12901 Gulf Blvd. at John's Pass; American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Buffalo City Bar and Grille, 5631 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, call 432-1057.
Chamber women plan symposium at Vinoy
The Women's Council of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Women's Symposium on Wednesday with keynote speaker Kathryn Marinello, chief executive of Ceridian Corp. The event also honors the chamber's Community Service and Business Woman of the Year. The luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. For tickets or information, contact Christina Brown at CBrown@StPete.com or 388-5730.
Interested in Grace Lutheran School?
Grace Lutheran School, at 4301 Haines Road, will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Classrooms will be open to visitors, and teachers from preschool through eighth grade, including voluntary prekindergarten, will be on hand. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Call 527-6213.
Talk will explore pet nutrition, holistic care
The SPCA Tampa Bay will hold a free seminar on nutrition and holistic medicine for animals from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SPCA's Humane Education Training Center, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. A reservation is required. Call 586-3591 or visit SPCATampaBay.org.
this program's for you
High school students who would like to learn about writing or photography in print, on air or online can apply for the Poynter Institute's High School Journalism Program. The deadline to apply is March 28.
The program begins with an orientation June 8 and continues weekdays through June 20. Then students will meet one Tuesday evening from August to May for dinner and a one-hour workshop.
The cost is $500, which includes meals, supplies and field trips. Scholarships are available. Participants can receive college credit through the dual-credit office at St. Petersburg College. Applications are available at www.poynter.org/highschool2008, or call 821-9494.
Heal the Hurt Gala
is planned at Hilton
Directions for Mental Health of Clearwater will celebrate 25 years of service in Pinellas County with the Heal the Hurt Gala from 6:30 to 11 p.m. April 19 at the Hilton at Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. Tickets are $125, or $1,000 for a table of 10. All proceeds will go to an endowment fund to help children who are exposed to violence. The gala is semiformal, black-tie optional, and will include dinner, a silent auction and a live band. Community awards will be presented, and families helped by Directions for Mental Health will share their stories. The Tampa Bay Community Foundation will match $12,500 of the first $50,000 raised for the gala. Reservations are required. Call 524-4464, ext. 1700, or go to healthehurt.org.
Some parents could
really use a mentor
Mentors provide warmth, friendship and emotional support for parents facing unique challenges raising children. For information call Kerri Pedersen at Help A Child Inc. at 544-3900, ext. 168.
Complaints from elderly in need of investigators
The Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs seeks individuals to investigate nursing home and assisted-living facility residents' complaints about their rights, funds, food, drug regimens, abuse or neglect. Mileage and meal reimbursements are provided. Call 588-6912 or 1-888-831-0404 to apply for the next training class.
Purge closets, garages
for whopping yard sale
Donations of items for the annual Pinellas Park Giant Yard Sale, on April 5, are being accepted. To donate or get information, call Bev Waggoner at 541-0760. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, to be held April 18-19.