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Ceremony honoring the Four Chaplains, urban farming seminar, book drive among events

A ceremony honoring the Four Chaplains: American Legion Post 119 and the Knights of Columbus will pay homage to "the Four Chaplains,'' by posting the colors at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. On Feb. 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was torpedoed by an enemy submarine and 672 men lost their lives, including four Army chaplains: a rabbi, a Roman Catholic priest, a Methodist minister and a Dutch Reformed minister. The men gave their life jackets to save four soldiers and were last seen on the deck of the ship with their arms linked and their heads bowed in prayer. There will be a reception after the ceremony. For information, call Bob Gibbia, For more information, call (727) 290-8777.

Water safety instructor classes: A course for those 16 and older will begin on Friday and run through Feb. 16. North Shore Aquatic Center, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7727 or visit

Vision and glaucoma screening: Heritage Village will host a vision and glaucoma screening after a vision loss seminar on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. in the Pinellas Room of Heritage Village. The free screening and seminar are provided by the Eye Institute of West Florida. Correction glasses or contact lenses should be worn at the time of the screening. Preregistration is required for vision screenings. No registration is needed for the presentation. 11909 125th St. N, Largo. To register or for information, call (727) 784-3733.

Learn to be an urban farmer: Pinellas County Extension's "Urban Farming Small-to-Large" is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. The morning sessions, geared to homeowners and commercial farmers, include an overview of hydroponic systems, raising chickens and integrated pest management. The afternoon schedule, with a focus on commercial urban farming, includes getting started, business planning and cost analysis, cottage industry regulations and marketing and protected agriculture practices. Cost is $7.50 for the morning or afternoon sessions, and $12 for the full day. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. For registration call (727) 582-2100 then press 2, or visit

Book drive: A drive to collect books for Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program runs through March 15. To donate new or like-new books for children 2 to 5, attach a note indicating they are "for BookWorks" and drop them off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site. To volunteer for BookWorks, call Goodwill Community Relations toll-free at 1-888-279-1988, ext. 1013 or 1976. For information, call toll-free 1-888-279-1988 or visit

Art scholarship: The Pinellas Park Art Society Scholarship, valued at $1,500, is open to all Pinellas high school seniors and college students enrolled in a visual arts program. Complete and submit the application at or download the form and mail it along with attachments. The scholarship is for the fall 2013 semester. The deadline is March 15; the winner will be notified by May 1.

Hot lunch for seniors: Senior citizens are invited to join one of 10 senior dining sites throughout the county that offer hot, nutritious midday meals, as well as a place to socialize, make new friends and enjoy a wide variety of planned activities. There are no charges for meals. Donations are accepted. Seniors must be a registered diner with Neighborly Care Network, 60 years of age or older and live in Pinellas County. Transportation is provided to the closest dining site if needed at no charge. You must register 72 hours in advance to become a participant at the dining sites and to receive transportation. For information, call (727) 573-9444.

Clothes To Kids needs pants and shoes: Clothes To Kids provides more than 12,000 wardrobes to low-income children attending Pinellas County schools. The group is asking schools and places of worship to help by hosting a drive for new or gently used clothing and shoes. Cash donations are accepted. Donations are accepted 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite. 145, St. Petersburg. For information, (727) 441-5050 or visit

Neighborly Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park areas. If you have 1 ½ hours at midday to help, you could improve someone's life. For information, call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.

Seeking nominations: The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Council is seeking nominations for the 2013 Iconic Women of the Year. The awards will acknowledge women with outstanding professional accomplishments in a leadership or management role in a variety of categories. Nominations will be accepted at until Friday. Winners will be announced at the May luncheon.

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