Bucs punter to speak at annual Free Clinic event
Josh Bidwell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter, will speak on "Realizing Potential" at St. Petersburg Free Clinic's 29th annual Soup's On event 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Campus Activity Center of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg at Sixth Avenue S and Second Street S. A meal of soup and bread will be served to raise consciousness about hunger in Pinellas County. Cynthia Smoot, Fox 13 news anchor will host the event. Although there is no charge to attend, donations will be appreciated to benefit the Free Clinic in its work to solve the hunger problem in the community. Reservations are required to attend as seating is limited. Free parking will be available at the USF campus garage on Fifth Avenue S. RSVP to Rebecca Russell-Gootee at 821-1200, ext. 114, by Tuesday.
Church sponsors pair of family events for fall
Riviera United Methodist Church, 175 62nd Ave. N has scheduled two fall family events, a pumpkin patch, Oct. 15 to 31, and its annual fall festival to be held, 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 18. There will be free food and drink, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, a pumpkin decorating contest, fall photo booth, candy maze and dunk tank. Wear costumes for trick or treating.
Interfaith Food Pantry will hold drive Oct. 25
The service committee at Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, 8505 113th St. N., will hold a community food drive, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 25. Donations of nonperishable groceries such as juice, coffee, tea, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, rice, soup, peanut butter and jelly will be delivered to the Interfaith Food Pantry at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The event will take place on the lawn near Lake Seminole Presbyterian's 86th Avenue entrance. Refreshments will be served.
Brunch will honor legacy of Ted P. Wittner
The Benjamin Tower Foundation will honor the legacy of Ted P. Wittner at a brunch, 11 a.m., Oct. 19, at Philip Benjamin Tower, 250 58th Ave. N. The Visions of a Legacy program will feature a gourmet New York-style buffet, chamber music and speakers from various communities in which Wittner was involved. Tampa Bay area business leader and philanthropist Gus Stavros will be the keynote speaker. Former St. Petersburg Mayor Corinne Freeman also will speak. Wittner was a founder and chairman of the board of Philip Benjamin Tower, a senior apartment living facility. Tickets are $18. Call Rebecca Horowitz at (727) 347-5191.
Clothes to Kids needs help with second store
Clothes to Kids provides free new and gently used clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County from a single store in Clearwater. Donations are needed from individuals and local businesses to open a second store in south Pinellas County. Volunteers at all skill levels also are needed to help get the new store set up and running and to help staff the store. The organization hopes to have a new store ready for 2009 back-to-school shopping. To help, call Jennifer Silva at 441-5050, ext. 22.
Inventive innovators will show off work at school
Grace Lutheran School student inventors will display their science creativity at the school's Think Green Invention Convention beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Classrooms will be open for visitors to enjoy individual inventions promoting the environment. The school is at 4301 16th St. N. For more information, call 527-6213.
Flu, pneumonia shots available to all comers
Flu and pneumonia shots are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Pinellas County Health Department centers. The cost is $25 for a flu shot, $40 for a pneumonia shot. Bring your Medicare card or health insurance cards and a photo ID if paying by check or credit card. No appointment necessary. For information and locations, call 824-6900 or go to www. PinellasHealth.com.
Pet Halloween party helps pet organization
Don't miss the annual "Barkoween" pet costume party from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Belleview Biltmore, 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater.
Dogs and their human counterparts are invited to have a good time and benefit SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Together).
The night starts with a costume contest.
Categories include scariest, funniest, most original, cutest and best owner and pet look-a-like costume.
The $10 cover includes entry into the costume contest, a raffle ticket and a trick-or-treat doggie bag. RSVP online at www.SPOTusa.org or call 545-3463 for more details.
Overseas troops need donations of items
Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter or cheese crackers, small canned fruits, canned meats and tuna, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, and any small microwave products such as soups and pastas, ladies' hygiene products, baby wipes, Chap Stick, sunscreen, bandanas, socks, Ziploc bags and Q-Tips. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St. in Clearwater, and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road in Madeira Beach. Money donations also are needed to cover shipping. Money orders or checks can be made out to Postmaster and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL, 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at 727-432-1057.
Community discussions to address future of Pier
The city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County have earmarked $50-million for the renovation and redevelopment of the Pier, which is anticipated to begin in 2012. Input from the public is currently being gathered through a series of community sessions planned to include residents, local business and community leaders, and other stakeholders. The public is invited to attend the sessions, which will be helped along by the staff at the Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College. The "Visioning Process" consists of three community meetings; feedback from all three sessions will be collected and correlated into a single report. The first public meeting has been held. Remaining meeting dates and times are:
6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N.
RSVP by calling 893-7100 or via e-mail at Business@stpete.org. For more information, visit www.stpete.org