Event focuses on good customer service
Ed Horrell, founder of the Memphis-based "Kindness Revolution," will be the guest speaker on Thursday at a reception sponsored by the Keefe Law Group at Hotel Indigo, 234 Third Ave. N. "A Celebration of Kindness" runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The program will focus on businesses that excel in customer service. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. RSVP through thekindness revolution.net. For more information, call (727) 430-6787.
Bring military donations to educators' meeting
The South Pinellas Retired Educators Association's monthly meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. The program features a speaker from the military who will share how the United States has helped the people of Iraq. Members are asked to bring an item to be sent to troops serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Meetings are open to all who have worked in education, including teachers, support personnel and administrators. For information, e-mail Joyce Walters at email@example.com or call (727) 328-1501.
Appraisals offered at stamp, coin expo
Stamps, postcards, coins and paper money will be bought, sold and appraised at the annual Largo Stamp and Coin Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N. Collectors are invited. There will be door prizes awarded and free stamps given to children and junior collectors. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 364-6897 or visit floridastampshows.com.
See students' vision of the future at exhibit
Pinellas County high school students present their works of visual art combined with the written word at the My Ticket to Tomorrow Exhibit opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. The artists were challenged to imagine what life will be like in the future, including the environment, cities, houses and cars, books, magazines and television. The free exhibit runs through May 28. For information, call (727) 822-7872 or visit moreanartscenter.org.
Mobile hazardous waste collections planned
Do you have unwanted electronics or chemicals? Collect hazardous waste from your home, office or garage and properly dispose of it at mobile collection events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., and at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place. Pinellas County Utilities offers this free service to county residents. For information on what to bring and what not to bring, or for information about the permanent Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center, visit pinellascounty.org/utilities or call Pinellas County Solid Waste Operations at (727) 464-7500.
Check out 'Opera Idol' at Puccini Festival
As part of its six-week Puccini Festival, the St. Petersburg Opera Company is presenting the second edition of "Opera Idol," a showcase for 12 singers, at 7 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE. The young singers have been participating in a series of workshops led by maestro Mark Sforzini in which they have received extensive coaching in interpretation and performance techniques. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, $8 for students with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance at stpeteopera.org or by calling (727) 823-2040.
Leave food donations by mailbox on Saturday
The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive will be on Saturday. Leave any nonperishable food donations by your mailbox on Saturday morning and they will be collected and donated to local food banks. For information, visit nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.
Nonprofits can learn about city grants
The city is offering grants to eligible nonprofit cultural organizations for the next budget year. Applications and guidelines to receive funds are available online at stpete.org. Applications are due June 24. Organizations may attend an informational workshop at 10 a.m. May 25 at City Hall, Room 100, 175 Fifth St. N. For information, visit the website or call (727) 551-3250.
Learn about and help Nicaragua on Sunday
Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S, invites the community to a presentation by Sarah Junkin Woodard, "Partnering with the Poor — Building Lives and Sustainable Communities in Nicaragua," following worship at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday. A Nicaraguan crafts sale will follow the presentation until 2:30 p.m. For information, call the church office at (727) 822-0784 or Kitty Rawson and (727) 501-3653.
Help restore Little Bayou Wilderness Park
Join in a fun, environmental gift to the community by restoring Little Bayou Wilderness Park, 301 55th Ave. S., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers will be involved with tree planting, nonnative exotic plant removal, mulching, plant identification and debris removal. Food, drinks and music will also be a part of this day. Here's what you need to bring: spade (pointed) shovel, gloves, hat, long sleeves if sun sensitive, sunscreen, sturdy work shoes and long pants. For information, e-mail Ray Wunderlich III at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit treeinc.org.
Workshop tackles coping with problems
A workshop for coping with life's problems, including alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, eating disorders, gambling, codependency and loss of control over life will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 4301 16th St. N. A $5 donation will cover materials and snacks. For information, call (727) 822-3480 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Performers needed for Corey Avenue events
Buskers and street performers are welcome at Corey Sunset Celebration, 429 Corey Ave., and Gulfport Art Walk, 3007 Beach Blvd. S. The Gulfport Art Walk takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month, and the Corey Sunset Celebration takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of each month. For information or to register, call (727) 322-5217.
Birthday today? Get in Dalí Museum free
The Dalí Museum keeps Dalí's spirit alive by celebrating his birthday each year on May 11. This year, his 107th, the museum is offering free admission to anyone whose birthday is today, May 11, plus a free gift to the first 100 people in the door. Other activities will take place throughout the day, including "Pin the Mustache on Dalí," tarot readings and palm readings, all free with museum admission. For information, call the museum at (727) 823-3767.
AARP official will speak about safety nets
The Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas will meet on May 23 at the Golden Corral, 10050 Ulmerton Road. The guest speaker will be Michelle Cyr, associate director AARP, Florida. She will discuss "Changes to America's Essential Safety Nets.'' The meeting will start with lunch at 11:30 a.m. with a business meeting and speaker to follow. For information, call Mary Freeman at (727)581-4630.
Lawyer to address genealogy group
The Pinellas Genealogy Society will feature guest speaker David Ellis, a local lawyer, at 11 a.m. on May 21 in the genealogy section of the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The event is free and open to the public. For information about the Pinellas Genealogy Society or questions about this program, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 535-3092.