Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Children's theater workshop begins Feb. 22

Children's Theatre Workshop: St. Petersburg City Theatre is hosting a children's workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays starting Feb. 22. Join in the fun auditioning and rehearsing for the play Awesome New York Adventure, Part II, all about the adventures of the Pizazz Song & Dance Troupe's trip to New York City. Weekly classes include acting, singing, dancing, costuming, Broadway show tunes from Matilda, Newsies, Stomp and more. Classes end with a live stage performance May 31. Cost is $300 or $100 per month. For information, call Corey Meles (727) 515-5456 or Gidget Cross (727) 515-5380.

Become a Guardian ad Litem: More than 1,000 needy children in Pinellas County do not have an advocate. As a guardian ad litem, you advocate in court and in the child welfare system for abused, abandoned and neglected children. The guardian ad litem visits the child every month, becomes familiar with the child's case, and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable home. No prior experience is necessary. Training is provided by an experienced supervisory and legal staff. Once trained, volunteers put in an average of 10 hours a month. For those interested in the program, there will be a meeting at 10 a.m. today at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. For information, as well as other dates and locations, call (727) 647-1858 or visit guardianadlitem6.org to submit an application.

Wood you? Lie-Nielsen Toolworks will teach woodworkers of all ages and abilities about hand tools from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at MGA Sculpture Studio, 515 Second St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (207) 273-8533 or visit lie-nielsen.com.

Lego robotics program: This after-school team program teaches children 8 and older how to design, program and build a competitive robot using a Lego Mindstorms kit. Meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Tutoring assistance: This class will focus on homework help, test preparation and confidence. The instructor is a 10-year teaching veteran who is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes for grades K-5 can be scheduled Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreational Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. Class times vary depending on scheduling. The cost is $15 per 30-minute session. For information, call (727) 893-7758.

The St. Petersburg Republican Club welcomes Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri as guest speaker at 7 p.m. today at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N. He will answer questions after speaking. Free. For information, call Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.

Gulfport wants art: The Gulfport Merchants Association is seeking proposals for a public art installation next to the Gulfport Casino. The award is $8,000. Download an application at gulfportma.com and return it by Friday. For information, call Owen Pach, association vice president and president of the Industrial Arts Center, at (727) 320-4051 or (727) 623-4920 or email [email protected]

Senior Hall of Fame: The Office on Aging is seeking nominations for the Senior Hall of Fame, which honors volunteers 65 and older . Nominees must live in Pinellas County and have dedicated their service to benefit the community. Deadline for applications is April 10; the awards ceremony will be held on May 21 at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. For information or an application, call (727) 893-7102 or go to stpeteparksrec.org/office-on-aging.html.

Private music lessons: Register for private piano, recorder and flute lessons with a former music therapist and performer at Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn music theory and various aspects of performance and composition. Classes are taught using traditional and nontraditional approaches. Weekly lessons are 30 minutes and are scheduled between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost is $60 a month. For information, call (727) 893-7150 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Chili Cookoff: The Grand Central District Association will host its annual Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. This fundraiser, on Central Avenue between 25th and 25th streets, will offer music, food vendors and arts and crafts. Admission is free; chili tasting tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the event (based on availability). Tickets include samples of all chili entries and one vote in the People's Choice category. Tickets can be purchased at grandcentraldistrict.org. Registration for chili entrants is open, and sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities are available. For information, call Grand Central District Association at (727) 828-7006 or email [email protected]

Benefit Concert: Lakewood High School's jazz program will host a concert Friday featuring Gumbi Ortiz, New Groove City, trumpeter J.B. Scott and singer Lisa Kelly. The benefit is to help send music students to New Orleans. Cost is $10 and proceeds benefit the music program and students in Lakewood's jazz ensemble and jazz combo. The show is at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the school, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-2916, ext. 2186. or email Michael Kernodle at [email protected]

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