Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Classes, festivals, a job fair, prom dresses and more

Lego robotics program: This after-school team program teaches children 8 and older how to design, program and build a competitive robot using the Lego Mindstorm Robotic kit. Program begins Monday and will be held from 4-5 p.m. every Monday and Friday at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost depends on the number of classes each month. The September session costs $30 per child. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Conversational German: Students will explore the German culture and get ready for Oktoberfest by sampling German beers and Riesling wines. This eight-week class will meet from 6 to 7:15 p.m. every Monday and Thursday from Sept. 23 to Oct. 17. The cost is $99. Register by Sept. 19. Information: (727) 363-9245 or spbrec.com.

Looking for a job? The Tampa Bay Job & Career Fair will feature more than 50 local companies that have immediate employment needs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-8523 or visit tampabayjobfair.com.

Easy tai chi: Reduce stress with meditative breathing and slow, controlled movements from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg. Approved for all ages. Free with $3 preserve admission. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpete.org/boyd.

Oktoberfest: The public is invited to attend the Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church's 37th annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 17-20, with rides, games, opportunities to win gift certificates, bingo, food, beer and entertainment. 5800 15th Ave. S, Gulfport. Call (727) 347-9989 or visit mostholyname.org.

Suncoast Center Success Breakfast: Dr. Jimmy DeMesa will speak at the third annual breakfast saluting the Suncoast Center, which offers help with issues of child abuse, exposure to trauma, mental illness, substance abuse and sexual assault and provides intensive family support services and medical foster care. Proceeds benefit the Children's Advocacy Center and Rape Crisis Center in Pinellas County. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. Call (727) 388-1175 or visit suncoastcenter.org.

2013 Pinellas County Coastal Cleanup: Keep Pinellas Beautiful is looking for volunteers at more than 20 locations. The effort begins Sept. 21, with a countywide event on Oct. 19. Cleanups will continue until Oct. 26. Those interested can email [email protected] and put "costal cleanup application request" in the subject line.

Underwear drive: Clothes to Kids is sponsoring its third annual "Drop (off) Your Drawers" drive, which supplies each K-12 shopper with five pairs of new underwear. A distribution in October is part of a 67,500-pair giveaway this year. Bring unopened packages to stores at 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater, or 3251 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 441-5050, ext. 22, or email [email protected]

Change a boy's life: Big Brothers Big Sisters, serving Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties, is hosting a campaign to remove 50 boys from its waiting list and recruit "50 Big Couples" from Oct. 1 to Nov. 20. Call (727) 518-8860 or email [email protected]

Circus McGurkis is looking for vendors and participants for the 42nd annual peace education celebration on Oct. 26. Give Peace a Turn! is the theme of tof the Quaker event. Call Gary Crosby at (727) 481-6561 or email [email protected]

Homecoming dresses: The Belle of the Ball Project offers 3,000 dresses, plus shoes and purses, to low-income high school girls. No appointment is needed. A donation is requested but not required. Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 19 and 26 at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. For other sites and information, call (727) 386-4502 or visit belleoftheballproject.com.

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