Pet Walk to raise funds for caring for animals
Join more than 2,500 pet lovers at the SPCA Tampa Bay 18th Annual Pet Walk at North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The walk aims to raise $230,000 for the food, shelter and medical care of more than 15,000 animals each year. New this year, registered walkers will be able to create a personal Web page via www.PetWalk.org to raise funds for their team or as an individual walker. A $10 registration fee will apply. Team up with friends, family, co-workers and dogs to represent companies, organizations and favorite pooch pals or feline friends. Top fundraisers are eligible for prizes. For more information log on to www.PetWalk.org or call 586-3591, ext. 168.
Mentoring group targets kids who need adults
Be a mentor and provide a positive role model and individual attention to a child. Adults Mentoring Children sponsors group activities for matches, including an annual picnic, bowling and holiday parties, and other fun group activities. Volunteers receive training and support from staff. For information, call Beverly at 479-1841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many locations for items heading for U.S. troops
Troops in the Middle East need snacks, food and toiletries. 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 are also 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
Animal shelter needs yard sale donations
Pet Pal Animal Shelter needs donations for the annual yard sale in October. Gently used items can be dropped off at 405 22nd St. S.
Clothes, large furniture, computers and computer parts will not be accepted.
Proceeds will go to the Pet Pal Emergency Medical Fund. For information, call 328-7738 or go to www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
Volunteer drivers to help elderly are needed
Neighborly Care Network is in need of volunteers to help transport the elderly to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, or errands, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. You must have your own vehicle. Reimbursement for gas is available. For more information call 573-9444, ext. 291.
Art projects wanted for kids area at library
Florida artists are invited to apply for a public art project to be installed in the children's department of the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. The Public Art Project Committee seeks art for children that will be fun and engaging, and will stimulate imagination, curiosity and interest in reading. The deadline to respond to a request for qualifications is Oct. 3. For more information, floor plan and photographs of the site, visit www.stpete.org/callforartists.
Items sought for aiding recovering addicts
Solid Rock Recovery Center is in need of the following items to help improve the lives of those trying to recover from drug and alcohol addiction: All types of lawn mowing equipment, appliances, window air conditioning units, indoor/outdoor furniture and vehicles. They can be dropped off at 4128 28th St. N, or call 521-6306 for pick-up.
Car wash, yard sale will benefit food pantry
A community yard sale and car wash will be held next Saturday at the parking lot of the Norwood Community Church 1818 29th Ave. N, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come find great deals on clothing, household items, books, electronics and hardware. Enjoy Asian and American food while you shop. Proceeds will go toward the food pantry for the needy. Call 581-1752.
Free clinic needs nurses for voluntary work
Volunteer nurses are needed at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Health Center located at 863 3rd Ave. N. Duties include assisting physicians and nurse practitioners in providing primary care to adults who are uninsured. A typical shift would be 3 to 4 hours one morning or afternoon a week. Schedules are flexible. For more information call Rebecca Russell-Gootee at email@example.com or call 821-1200, ext. 114.
Volunteers are needed to aid elderly, caregivers
The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas is seeking volunteers for the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program. SHINE volunteers assist elders and their caregivers with health insurance issues, such as Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, long-term care options, benefit and claim issues and prescription drug assistance programs. Volunteers must be able to use a computer and the Internet and attend professional training and update meetings. For information, call 570-9696, ext. 234.
Oct. 12 is deadline for Boyd Hill photo contest
The deadline to enter the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve's 26th annual photo contest is Oct. 12. All ages are welcome to participate. The prize for best of show is $300. Prizes will be handed out Nov. 1. For information on how to enter, call 893-7326.
Spicy food show will present peppers aplenty
Hot sauce hailers from all over the Sunshine State will gather to sample spicy sauces at Florida's largest spicy food show, "I Like It Hot Festival" Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave., Largo. Fearless fire eaters will participate in the Pepper Eating Contest Saturday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and jalapeno junkies can try their tongue at some of the spiciest peppers this side of the border. For more information visit www. ILikeitHotFestival.com. COUNTYWIDE
Sale to help program to stop pet overpopulation
Stop Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT) is having a yard sale to raise money for their spay/neuter program for cats and dogs. The sale will be held all day Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 7820 43rd St., Pinellas Park. Get great deals on books, music, plants, collectibles and household goods. To donate items call 545-3463 or visit www.SPOTusa.org for more details.
PACE awards dinner set for Belleview Biltmore
"Remember When?" the annual PACE Awards dinner presented by Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services, takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair.
Admission: $30. Information: 545-6477, ext. 316; www.pemhs.org.
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Antique appraisals will raise funds for museum
A fundraiser for the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum on Saturday will feature appraisals by Granny's Antique Auction. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.
Admission: $5, plus $5 per item for appraisals (limit three). Information: 743-8866.
Brunch, makeover will aid Resurrection House
Resurrection House will be the beneficiary of "Abracadabra," a brunch and makeover event, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.
Admission: $50. Information: 823-4742; floridaresurrection house.com.
Alpha House fundraiser will be a dinner dance
A fall gala featuring dinner and dancing at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, is a fundraiser for Alpha House of Pinellas County. Event times are 6 to 11 p.m.
Admission: $100. Information: 822-8190; alphahousepinellas.org/events.html.