Chabad Jewish Center plans big party Sunday
Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg will host a Gala Cocktail and Auction Evening, celebrating seven years of community service to the local Jewish community, at 6 p.m. Sunday. Because of the large response, the event will be held at NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. It will include hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, auctions and live entertainment. Tickets are $54. To RSVP, call (727) 344-4900 or visit chabadsp.com.
Percussionists to give free concert tonight
The St. Petersburg College Percussion Ensemble Concert is at 7:30 p.m. today at the Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Free. Call (727) 341-7984 for information.
Talk takes a serious look at Earth's health
"Last Chance for Planet Earth — A Discussion About Environmental Justice" is an Earth Day event at 6 p.m. Thursday at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, 140 Seventh Ave. S at USF St. Petersburg. The program is presented by the Student Environmental Awareness Society and the NATURE Club.
Preview fashions that won't break the bank
Fashion at recession-friendly prices is the goal when Tampa Bay's annual Boutique Blowout Runway Show returns at 7 p.m. Thursday to NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. The public can preview spring trends by local boutiques. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit brownpapertickets.com/event/107188.
Former DEA agent will talk about drugs' toll
Bob Stutman, who was a Drug Enforcement Administration agent for 25 years, will speak to parents and teens Friday about the effects of drug abuse. He will meet with teens from 4 to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 212 Third St. N, and with adults from 7 to 9 p.m. Free. For information call (727) 894-4661 or visit fumcsp.org.
Allendale Methodist plans a flea market
Find bargains at a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Allendale United Methodist Church, 3808 Haines Road. All proceeds go to missions. Call (727) 527-6694 for information.
Drop off old electronics and chemicals here
The Pinellas Park Home Depot, 4040 Park Blvd., is hosting a household electronics and chemicals collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For a list of what items to bring visit pinellascounty.org/recycle or call (727) 464-7500.
Don't be a victim of anti-foreclosure scams
Find out how to recognize foreclosure prevention scams and protect yourself from fraud at a workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Call the Pinellas County Department of Justice and Consumer Services for information at (727) 464-6200 or visit pinellascounty.org/foreclosure.
Walk or run Saturday to benefit fitness center
A 3K "Strut Your Stuff" event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to benefit the Gulfport Senior Center's fitness center and fitness programs. Meet in the rear parking lot of the fitness center, 5501 27th Ave. S. $10. Participants may walk or run the scenic 2-mile route. All ages welcome. Call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237.
Tyrone Square to have a green afternoon
Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Blvd., welcomes families from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday to advocate green living and celebrate St. Petersburg's "Florida's First Green City" Award. The event will feature an all-natural clothing fashion show, interactive activities with Great Explorations, more. For information call (727) 347-3889 or visit simon.com.
Calling all acoustic acts seeking the spotlight
Gulfport's Premier Industrial Arts Center is hosting the First Acoustic Battle of the Bands. It is open to amateur and professional Florida-based acts. Entries must include contact information, lineup of band members, biography, high-resolution photo and two songs. There is a $25 entry fee. To submit an entry visit industrialartscenter.org and follow the link. Entries must be received by midnight Monday. For information, call (727) 289-9365.
Oncology office offers free nibbles, kneading
The public is invited to attend an Open House Anniversary Party and Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at WellSpring Oncology, 6600 66th St. N. Guests can enjoy a barbecue, free massages and mini-manicures during the day. Come during the evening to enjoy wine, foods from around the world and entertainment. Free. For information call (727) 230-9265.
Folk acts to spice up Museum of History
The Florida Folk Concert Series will continue from 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday through May 9 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. This free spring concert series is put on by the St. Petersburg Historical Society and WMNF 88.5 FM. Sunday's featured performers are Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Have Gun Will Travel and Tome Scudiero. For information, call (727) 894-1052.
Soldiers will appreciate snacks and toiletries
Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, crackers, small canned fruits, canned meats and tuna, lip balm, bandanas, socks, toothpaste and brushes, razors and shaving cream, women's hygiene products and body wash. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road in Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store or Postmaster and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.