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Community briefs: Seminole food drive goes year-round

Seminole food drive: This city's annual canned food drive will take place all year long rather than just around the winter holidays.

Mayor Leslie Waters will oversee the drive, which has a goal of collecting 18,739 items, or one canned good from each Seminole resident.

"What a great way to show city unity, city generosity, city pride — one-food item per citizen of Seminole in 2014," Waters said.

The need for food to support many young families, combined families and seniors in the greater community is ongoing, she said. Items will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry, a nondenominational food bank at 9530 Starkey Road run by Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

For information, contact Waters at lwaters@myseminole.com or at (727) 391-0204, ext. 102.

Bible Reading Marathon: Cross Bridge Church, 50 153rd Ave., Madeira Beach, will hold a Bible reading marathon starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday and continuing until 10 a.m. Jan. 19. The reading will be held in the church's parking lot. For information, call (727) 397-8614.

Homeless Count and Survey: The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board needs volunteers to help conduct a one-day count and survey of homeless individuals and families throughout the county. The collected data will help sustain funding for homeless services in the area. For information on volunteering for the Jan. 23 event, call (727) 528-5832 or email susanf@pinellashomeless.org.

Blood drive: Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The mobile units will be in the church's parking lot at 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. One Blood asks that donors bring a valid driver's license for identification. Walk-ins are welcome; to request an appointment, contact Glenda McKinney, glendamckinney@ymail.com. For information, call (727) 864-0312.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College is hosting "Dr. Martin Luther King and 50 Years of Civil Rights" from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Lewis House on the Eckerd campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Dr. Manuel Sykes, president of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the NAACP, is the guest speaker. Free. For more information, call (727) 864-8834 or visit eckerd.edu/aspec.

Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major For Justice Awards Banquet: The program features renowned vocalist Wintley Phipps and gospel artist Derek Smith at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Marriott Radisson, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg. The cost is $45 and reservations are required. Tickets are available at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Hospital volunteers needed: St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Ave. N, needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: gift shop, patient care, ob-gyn, information desk and emergency room. For information, call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by the information desk at the main entrance to pick up an application.

St. Pete Beach Community Yard Sale: Spaces for the Jan. 25 event are available. The cost for the 10- by 10-foot space is $15 for St. Pete Beach residents and $17.50 for nonresidents. For information or to reserve a space, call (727) 363-9245

Legal help for veterans: Stetson University College of Law partners with the Community Law Program and the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation to prepare free simple wills and advance directives for low income veterans and their spouses age 60 or older. Veterans or their spouses must schedule individual appointments by calling (727) 562-7393. People who own real estate outside the state will not be eligible to participate. Walk-in appointments are not available and the deadline to schedule an appointment is Jan. 24. The program begins in February. For information, call (727) 562-7800.

St. Pete Beach Senior Excursions: The next senior excursion is a trip on Sun Line Cruises in Tarpon Springs on Jan. 17. All excursions depart from the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Participants must register by Wednesday. The cost is $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents, which covers transportation only. All admission or lunch costs are extra and the responsibility of the participants. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center classes: A water aerobics class is held from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Zumba for all fitness levels is held from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays. The cost for both classes is $5 for residents, $6 nonresidents. Both accept Silver Sneakers. The aquatic center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Kids Dribble and Kick: You can register your kids for this soccer program that includes 30 minutes of instruction followed by 45 minutes of game time. Registration begins Feb. 1 and evaluations will be held March 1 at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. Games begin March 22. A Largo recreation card is not required for this program. For information, visit highlandrecreation.com or call (727) 518-3016.

Community briefs: Seminole food drive goes year-round 01/09/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 1:52pm]

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