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Health fair and garage sale: The Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo, is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair and an indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The fair will feature a variety of free services including skin screenings, chair massages, ear and hearing scans, spine scans, blood sugar screenings, vision and glaucoma screenings. Free. For information, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5008.

Vo-tech open house: The Seminole Vocational Education Center, 12611 86th Ave. N, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions, and you can tour classes. Also enjoy hay rides, games, live music and a concert from The Voices of Jazz. Free. Call (727) 545-6405 or visit mysvec.com.

Disc golf: Azalea Park and Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, will host a disc golf competition at 9 a.m. Saturday. The clinic and competition for youth and beginners includes 18 holes of competition consisting of two-person teams with one player age 16 or younger; the second team member can be any age. $25 per team. For information, call (727) 893-7150 or visit stpete.org/recreation.

Ancestry sleuth: The Pinellas Genealogy Society welcomes featured speaker Debra Fleming, "The Ancestry Detective," at 11 a.m. Saturday to the Jenkins Room at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. For information about the Pinellas Genealogy Society or this presentation, email Millardrussell@gmail.com or call (727) 698-5957.

Zumba class: Come out for an evening of dancing, snacks and more at Highland's Zumbalicious Dance Party on Saturday. From 6-8:30 p.m., join a team of Zumba instructors as they lead an easy-to-follow dance class. The program is designed for adults and children 8 and up; cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Admission is half price for children ages 8-17. Child care will be provided by Highland staff for an additional $3. Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. For information, visit PlayLargo.com or call (727) 518-3016.

Sea monster exhibit: Learn about mysterious creatures through Feb. 6 at the Sea Monsters Traveling Exhibit at Largo's McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. The interactive exhibit is designed to engage visitors in the mysterious and intriguing attributes of sea animals, and it explains how they are adaptations to extreme underwater environments. This exhibit is free and open during McGough Nature Center hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For exhibit information, call (727) 518-3047 or visit seatrek.org/exhibits.

Trucks and clowns: Largo's Touch-a-Truck and Florida Clown Day will be Jan. 28. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the family can climb, honk and play around in every vehicle you can imagine, including fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles, buses, military vehicles, a Bayflite helicopter, 18-wheeler and more. Kids of all ages will enjoy inflatables, train rides along Largo Central Railroad and a food court. In conjunction with Touch-a-Truck, 100 clowns will perform. Wristbands are required for some activities and can be purchased for $5 at the event. Limited on-site parking is available and free event shuttles will be offered from Largo High School. Individuals may park and walk from Largo Middle School. Largo Central Park is at 101 Central Park Drive. For information, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014 or visit LargoEvents.com.

Need a hug? Volunteer huggers, including Mayor Bill Foster, will line the streets at hugging stations throughout downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., huggers will be dotted along Beach Drive and Central Avenue, as well as at the Saturday Morning Market, adorned in "Keep Saint Petersburg Local" T-shirts and holding "Free Hugs" signs. For information, call (727) 209-2306.

Historic preservation: St. Petersburg Preservation presents the discussion series, Not in My Backyard: Do We Really Support Historic Preservation? This discussion, which explores the value of heritage tourism in St. Petersburg, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Snell Isle Sunset Ballroom, 600 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. For information, call (727) 824-7802 or visit stpetepreservation.org.

Community events and news 01/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:42pm]
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