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Community events: Clothes to Kids, Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, tutoring and more

Clothes To Kids, a nonprofit organization providing free clothing to low-income school-age children, needs new or gently used girls and boys pants 6-16, long and short sleeve shirts S-XL, young men's shorts 18-38, and young girls and boys shoes sizes 12-5. New or gently used clothes and shoes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145, St. Petersburg. Cash donations are also needed. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit ClothesToKids.org.

Free nonprofit vendor space: The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is offering one free vendor space each week for nonprofit organizations. Groups may use the space to provide free information, promote and sell tickets to upcoming events, offer community outreach, raise funds or sell items for fundraising. Any items to be sold must be preapproved by market managers. All funds raised in any manner must be for the benefit of the nonprofit organization. For information, email Laura Garrison at gulfportmarket@gmail.com.

Does your child need tutoring assistance? Ease the tension of evening homework with the help of tutoring. Tutoring with Trudy is a way to provide support and guidance in all areas of instruction. This class will focus on homework help, test preparation and confidence. The instructor is a 10-year teaching veteran and is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes can be scheduled Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreational Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE. Class times vary depending on scheduling. Cost is $15 per 30 minute session. For information call (727) 893-7758.

Volunteers needed: Neighborly Care Network, which oversees the Meals on Wheels program in Pinellas County, needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg. Volunteers deliver meals from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Schedules are flexible. For information, call (727) 573-9444, ext. 3221.

Arthritis Foundation exercise program: For those who suffer with arthritis or related rheumatic diseases or musculoskeletal conditions, this is an opportunity to take advantage of a new, low-impact exercise program. Improve your balance and coordination; reduce pain and stiffness; help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength and functional availability; and improve your ability to do normal, daily functions. Register at any participating recreation center at these times: Sunshine Senior Center, 330 Fifth St. N, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7102; Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, (727) 893-7134; Roberts Center, 1246 50th Ave. N, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7754; and Azalea Center, 1600 72nd St. N, 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7150.

Help for children in Haiti: The nonprofit Gathering of Women is seeking donations for the Goodwill School in Haiti. Items needed are yellow and brown bulk material to make school uniforms, books, school supplies, bookbags and shoes for children ages 3-18. Call Samantha at (727) 433-1352.

Reading Achievement Program: RAP is a new program that consists of the five essential components to create a successful reader: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This program is for students with difficulty reading. Free assessment-screening is provided. The class instructor is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes are held Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreation Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. $25 per session and class times vary depending on scheduling. For information, call (727) 893-7758.

Kids Dribble and Kick: This is a program in which children learn the skills of soccer through instruction and games. This program includes 30 minutes of instruction followed by 45 minutes of game time. Registration begins on Feb. 1 and evaluations will be held on 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.

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 aged 60 or older. Veterans or their spouses must schedule individual appointments in advance by calling (727) 562-7393. People who own real estate outside the state of Florida will not be eligible to participate. Walk-in appointments are not available and the deadline to schedule an appointment is Jan. 24. Program begins in February. For information, call (727) 562-7800.

Congressional District 13 Candidate Forum: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum for Congressional District 13 at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 6 at the TradeWinds Island Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The purpose of this event is to introduce the voters to the candidates running for the District 13 seat. To RSVP, call (727) 360-6957 or email doug@ tampabaybeaches.com.

Community events: Clothes to Kids, Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, tutoring and more 12/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:40am]

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