Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

Children's choir auditions, a film, exhibit at Holocaust Museum, fireworks and more

TBCChorus auditions: The Tampa Bay Children's Chorus is holding auditions for its 2012-2013 season. Choirs are available in both St. Petersburg and Tampa. Singers entering grades 1-12 with unchanged voices are invited to make an appointment to audition in July and August. Rehearsals begin the last week of August. No experience is required, and auditions are nonthreatening. Visit tbcchorus.org to sign up or call (727) 954-3549.

'Peace Should Not Be This Fragile': Through the artwork of area students and Philadelphia sculptor Peter Frantz, visitors to the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg, will learn about the humanitarian crisis and the vibrant culture imperiled by violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exhibit, "Peace Should Not Be This Fragile: A Portrait of Panzi," is on view through July 8. Admission to the museum is $14 for adults; discounted admission is offered to seniors and students, and to adult and student groups. Admission is free to active-duty military, museum members and children 6 and under. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with the last admission at 3:30 p.m. For information call (727) 820-0100 or visit flholocaustmuseum.org.

Operation Blood Donation: Outback Steakhouse has teamed up with Florida Blood Services for Operation Blood Donation. Every blood or platelet donor who donates at least twice between now and Aug. 31 will receive a voucher for a free steak dinner and be entered into a drawing to win "Outback for a Year" and a suite package from the Tampa Bay Rays. Generally, healthy people 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. Call 1-800-682-5663 or visit fbsdonor.org.

Office hours change: The Pinellas County clerk of the circuit court's office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Budget cuts forced the change in hours. Anyone requiring help with an emergency injunction or similar circumstance can call (727) 464-3341 for assistance.

Bayfront volunteers needed: Bayfront Medical Center's Gift Gallery and Baby Boutique need volunteers. There are three-, four- and five-hour shifts daily. Volunteers will receive a meal ticket to the cafeteria and free parking. Call Cyd Hendrick at (727) 893-6878.

Reminder about firework safety: In Pinellas County the retail sale or purchase of fireworks that project into the air or explode is prohibited. Pinellas County Public Safety Services urges residents to enjoy fireworks displays that are conducted by trained professionals. Sparklers remain legal, but parents are reminded they can be dangerous, reaching temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Only those older than 12 should handle sparklers of any type. Officials urge residents to read all warnings and never pick up fireworks that may be left over after the display, as they may still be active. For information, visit pinellascounty.org.

International Film Movement: King of Devil's Island, the story of a group of boys' violent uprising that brings them head to head with the Norwegian army, will be shown at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Free. For information, call the library at (727) 391-2828 or visit gulfbeacheslib.org.

Blackberry Smoke in Largo: Tickets are on sale for a show by country and Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. The band has shared a stage with the Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock. Cost: $25 advance; $30 day of show. Visit largoarts.com or call (727) 587-6793.

Fourth of July celebration: Largo's party will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. There will be music, and food and beverages for sale. Fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m. On-site parking is $5. Parking will also be available at Largo Middle School and Largo High School. No alcohol, coolers, pets, personal fireworks or sparklers will be allowed. For information, call (727) 587-6775 or visit largoevents.com.

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