Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

Classes, programs and events, June 26 and upcoming

Learn to be a leader: The City Power Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program is designed to help people become better communicators. Meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. today (June 26) at 1 Fourth St. N, Room 600, Municipal Services Building, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 893-7918.

Learn hoop dancing: Sunken Gardens now offers a dance class for those who want a great workout while moving freely with a professional Hula Hoop. 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 551-3102 or visit www.sunkengardens.org.

Learn at Lunch: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a talk about how to address issues that affect your online business reputation. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon Thursday. $15 for members, $25 for future members. Registration is required. Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Call (727) 360-6957 or email [email protected]

Jungle Boogie: For children 3 to 4 years old, each session begins with a story and continues with discovery walks, dramatic play, crafts or animal encounters, teaching your child about Florida's natural ecosystems, animals, and plants. 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. today (June 26). Cost: $2.50 per child. Prepayment recommended to reserve a space. Parents are encouraged to stay. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit www.stpete.org/boyd.

Bella Babies fundraiser: Bella Babies, 7183 66th St. N, Pinellas Park, is holding a fundraiser for Isabella "Bella" Morgan Carr, a 3-year-old who has been diagnosed with Stage 3 neuroblastoma. Sean Rodriguez of the Tampa Bay Rays will be signing autographs for the cause. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday June 29. Proceeds will be used to help care for Bella. An account has been set up at Bank of America for those wanting to donate to Bella's cause. For information, call (727) 547-2229.

Foster homes needed: There are more than 3,500 dependent children in Pinellas and Pasco counties because of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. Many of them need loving foster parents. For information call toll-free 1-866-233-0790.

The Gulfport Senior Center Pantry needs nonperishable food, toiletries and personal needs. Bring donations to the Gulfport Merchants Association tent between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during Gulfport's Tuesday Fresh Market, on Beach Boulevard below 29th Avenue S. For information, call (727) 366-4086.

The Suncoast Center needs adult volunteers to serve as mentors, providing friendship and support to parents challenged in raising children. Training provided. Call (727) 543-0677.

Neighborly Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park. If you have 1 ½ hours at midday to help, you could improve someone's life. Call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.

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