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Community briefs: Fashion, fishing, fundraisers and more


Fall fashion preview helps clothe the needy

A fall fashion preview at Stein Mart Seminole Mall at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 benefits Dignity U Wear, which supplies new clothing for the needy. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the store's boutique department. For information, call 504-8547.


Special-needs kids invited to fishing event

The Make a Difference fishing tournament is open to special- needs kids 18 and younger, 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Registered anglers receive a new rod and reel, tackle box, bait, goody bag and T-shirt. Free hot dogs, hamburgers and cold refreshments for anglers, parents or guardians.

Registration required. Registration forms available at www.makeadifferencefish or by calling 449-9820.


Plenty of art available at Beach Art Mart

The Pass-a-Grille Beach Art Mart is hosted by the Suntan Art Center. Paintings, photography, handcrafted jewelry, metal art and more, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Pass-a-Grille Beach Art Mart, 900 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. Call 363-2144.


Discussion to cover pottery at museum

Arts and Crafts Pottery: What's in a Name? is a discussion by Martin P. Eidelberg at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Free with admission. Call 896-2667.


Run, walk and help fight breast cancer

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is Saturday: 10 and 5K competitive runs and walks and 1-mile fun run/walk; also Kids for the Cure (10 and younger), 9:45 a.m., Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue NE and North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg. $35 for 5K and 10K, $10 for kids on event day. Call 734-7832 or visit


Test your threshold at Hot Pepper Fest

The Hot Pepper Fest is Oct. 5. Peppers prevail with pepper-themed jelly, salsas, foods, pepper plants, art, jewelry, gifts and more for sale, plus spicy treats from area restaurants, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free with park admission: $8, $6 seniors, $4 ages 2-11. Call 551-3102.


Watch an Afternoon of Dance at Mahaffey

Daniel Ulbricht and Friends, an Afternoon of Dance will feature the choreography of George Balanchine, Arthur Saint-Leon and Petipa and the world premiere of Servy Gallardo's Piazzolla Tango, at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Mahaffey Theater. Benefit St. Petersburg's Friends of Dance. $25-$45. Call 892-5767.


Train lovers, take a miniature ride Oct. 5

Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, Largo Central Park. Refreshments for sale. Note: Lines can be long. Free, but donations for train maintenance appreciated. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014.


Flu, pneumonia shots available from county

Flu and pneumonia shots will be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday starting Wednesday at Pinellas County Health Department centers. The cost is $25 for a flu shot, $40 for a pneumonia shot. Bring your Medicare card or health insurance cards and a photo ID if paying by check or credit card. No appointment necessary. For information and locations, call 824-6900 or go to


Artists: Apply for public art project at library

Florida artists are invited to apply for a public art project to be installed in the children's department of the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. The Public Art Project Committee seeks art for children that will be fun and engaging and stimulate imagination, curiosity and interest in reading. The deadline to respond to a Request for Qualifications is Friday. For information, floor plan and photographs of the site, visit


Calling all artists for Art in the Park

Painters, sculptors, glass workers, jewelry artists, potters and artists of all genres are invited to participate in the second season of Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in Williams Park, Oct. 4 through May. Artists should send a letter of interest with photos of their work to Leslie Curran, Interior Motives Gallery, 1110 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705, or intmo Vendor fee is $20 each week. Call 898-6061.


Give items for Marines in Iraq, Afghanistan

Donations are being accepted through Oct. 15 for the USMC Care Package Project for Marines serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Requested items include nonperishable food, pre-sweetened beverages, white short-sleeve undershirts, socks, decks of cards, letters of support, foot powder, eye drops and throat lozenges. Items can be dropped off from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at Heavenly Things, 216 First Ave. N. Monetary donations for shipping are also being accepted. Call 822-8938.


Artists needed to exhibit at church festival

Lakewood United Methodist Church, 5995 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, is seeking exhibitors for its 2008 Arts & Crafts Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25.

The deadline to register is noon Oct. 13. Call 867-1744 or 867-3422 for information.


Walk to raise awareness for Farm Sanctuary

Walk for Farm Animals on Saturday. Thousands across North America will walk in honor of World Farm Animals Day and to raise money for and awareness about the Farm Sanctuary, the largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North America. The local event is at 9 a.m. at North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. $15 advance registration; $20 day of walk. Call (607) 583-2225, ext. 229, or check


Help raise money for animals at Pet Walk

Join more than 2,500 pet lovers at the SPCA Tampa Bay 18th annual Pet Walk at North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 18. The walk aims to raise $230,000 for the food, shelter, and medical care of more than 15,000 animals each year. New this year, registered walkers can create a personal Web page via to raise funds for their team or as an individual walker. A $10 registration fee will apply. Team up with friends, family, co-workers and canines to represent companies, organizations and favorite pooch pals or feline friends. Top fundraisers are eligible for fabulous prizes. For information, visit or call 586-3591, ext. 168.


Spicy food show calling all hot sauce lovers

Hot sauce hailers from all over the Sunshine state will gather to sample spicy sauces at Florida's largest spicy food show, "I Like It Hot Festival" from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave. Largo. Jalapeno junkies can try their tongue at some of the spiciest peppers this side of the border. For information, visit


Preschool needs items for annual yard sale

Community Preschool is accepting donations for its annual yard sale from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15. Furniture, books, household goods and collectibles in good condition welcome. Proceeds will go towards upkeep of the school, one of St. Petersburg's oldest nonprofit preschools. Items can be delivered to the school from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 895-2512 for information.


You're never too old to play an instrument

If you have never played an instrument or did in the past but are out of practice, now is your chance to join a "New Horizons Band" at Eckerd College. There are more than 100 such bands around the country, especially designed for musicians or "would be" musicians older than 50. The program's motto is simple: "you are never too old to play an instrument."

An information meeting will be at Eckerd College Continuing Education Center at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. The course is 10 weeks and is offered each term. If you cannot attend the meeting, call band director David Irwin at 864-7968 or for information.


Breakfast to help injured team member

A breakfast benefit for Chris Herman will be from 9-11 a.m. today at the Azalea Adult Center, 1600 72nd St. N. Chris is a member of the team. His spinal cord was severed two weeks ago when a car broadsided the vehicle he was in. The breakfast is being sponsored by the Azalea Bulldogs for Youth Football and Cheerleading to help the family with the cost of medical bills. Tickets are $5 and will be on sale at the Azalea practice field, 1400 72nd St. N. All funds collected will go to the Christopher Herman Florida Fund held at Bank of America. For information, call (727) 244-7054.


Free, reduced lunches available at center

Free and reduced-price meals are available to eligible children and adults at Lealman Adult Day Center, 3455 58th Ave. N, and Largo Adult Day Center, 11095 131st St.

Participants must complete an application with information including names of all household members; Social Security number of the head of household, primary wage earner or adult signing the application, or an indication that no household member has a Social Security number; total monthly household income or Food Stamps; SSI, Medicaid or FDPIR identification number; and a signature from an adult center participant. Call 573-9444.

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