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Community briefs: Flood insurance meetings, before- and after-school programs in St. Petersburg, kids' night out in Seminole

Flood insurance meetings: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Solutions Insurance, West Coast Insurance and Holehouse Insurance, will hold one-on-one meetings from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber, 6990 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The chamber staff and all participating agencies will be available to assist residents with questions on flood insurance increases. Once a meeting is scheduled, attendees should bring with them any documents that would aid in addressing their questions. For information or to schedule a meeting, contact Doug Izzo at or call (727) 360-6957.

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before- and after-school programs from kindergarten through eighth-grade. Camps are Monday through Friday at 11 locations through June 4. Participants are supervised by trained staff and coaches, and sign-in and sign-out procedures are used. Youth enjoy a choice of planned activities and special events, with indoor and outdoor rotating activities. Full-day activities are provided during days when Pinellas County public schools are not in session, plus spring, winter and fall breaks. For information, call (727) 893-7441 or visit

Showcase of Services: The Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition is presenting its 17th annual Showcase of Services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Pinellas Technical Education Center, St. Petersburg. More than 40 social services agencies will be present. Some of the resources that will be available are educational assistance, mobile medical unit, information and referral, resume help, Department of Motor Vehicles, voter registration, clothing referrals and employment assistance. Free. 901 34th St. S. For information, call (727) 341-3736, (727) 344-1611, ext. 414 or (813) 233-2530.

Kids' night out: Freaky Fridays are back at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. This is a "kids' night out" program for children in kindergarten through fifth-grade. This Friday's theme is Games Galore and will feature an evening of games, including video games on the big screen, dance contests and indoor soccer. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Admission includes one slice of pizza and a juice. The program runs from 7 to 11 p.m. A preschool program will run from 7 until 10 p.m. For information, contact the Seminole Recreation Center, (727) 391-8345.

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 the Quaker event. Call Gary Crosby at (727) 481-6561 or email

Ostomy Support Group: Meets the last Sunday of each month at St. Anthony's Hospital auditorium. Refreshments are served. 2 p.m. Free. 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 418-0820.

Raising awareness for the homeless: Hannah's Homeless Inc. will have a camp-out, complete with cardboard-box sleeping, to raise awareness and money to help the homeless in St. Petersburg. The event features music, soup kitchen-style dinner, contests and bonfires. Hannah's Homeless is a local nonprofit that provides the homeless population with toiletries, food, clothes and resource information. The agency has a goal to open a drop-in center that provides these items as well as bathroom facilities and counselors with information to help people find shelter, detox, jobs and more. The event is from noon Oct. 5 until the next morning at 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, costs and to register, call (727) 564-3195 or go to

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

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. Saturday and Oct. 19 and 26 at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. For information, call (727) 386-4502 or visit

2013 Pinellas County Coastal Cleanup: Keep Pinellas Beautiful is looking for volunteers at more than 20 locations. There will be a countywide event Oct. 19, and cleanups will continue through Oct. 26. Those interested can email and put "coastal cleanup application request" in the subject line.

Calling all potential Free Clinic volunteers: Orientation sessions are at 10 a.m. Oct. 8. Needed are health center intake and medical records volunteers, client interviewers, food packers, food stockers, USDA interviewers, cooks and servers. Assignments can be short- or long-term. Contact Angel Schumaker at or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.

The St. Petersburg Half-Century Softball Club is holding tryouts for men and women, ages 49-74. This modified fast-pitch league has games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Applications are available at The season begins Oct. 18. To schedule a tryout, call (727) 420-8102.

Stretch and Release Fitness Class: The St. Pete Beach Community Center offers the class from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays for $6 at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit to learn more.

Yoga: Classes are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. The cost is $8 per class or $28 per month with a city Advantage card. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit

Burn and Tone: This class, designed to help people 16 and older lose weight and inches and rev up their energy, is offered from 7 to 7:45 a.m. weekdays at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The cost is $5.

Puppy mill presentation: Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida is a presentation about commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills. Dogs at these mills are kept in conditions often resulting in sick puppies being sold to unaware consumers. Florida is the second largest market for these puppies, with hundreds being shipped to the state annually.

The presentations will be conducted by Mary LaHay, president and founder of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals. Dale Bartlett from the Humane Society of the United States will be a guest speaker.

The presentations are free.

Dates and times are 7 p.m. Oct. 9, St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology Center, 12376 Ulmerton Road in Largo and 7 p.m. Oct. 10, SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N in Largo.

For information, go to or email

CPR classes: Seminole Fire Rescue will hold free basic CPR and first aid community education courses. The classes do not qualify as employment BLS certification classes.

The CPR class will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 26. The basic first aid class will be held on 7 p.m. Nov. 5. All classes will be at Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N in the upstairs classroom. Parking is available at the rear of the fire station, accessible off of 70th Avenue N.

Call (727) 727-393-8711, ext. 210 for information.

Community briefs: Flood insurance meetings, before- and after-school programs in St. Petersburg, kids' night out in Seminole 09/26/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 4:33pm]
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