Tierney Sutton Band to play in Largo Friday
The Tierney Sutton Band plays at the Largo Cultural Center at 8 p.m. Friday. The band, which is up for a 2011 Grammy for best jazz vocal album and best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist, includes singer Tierney Sutton and Christian Jacob, Trey Henry, Kevin Axt and Ray Brinker. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 day of show. A preshow dinner provided by the Lobster Pot Bistro is available for $25. Tickets can be purchased online at LargoArts.com or by calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.
Make reservations for Republican Club party
Reservations are being accepted for the Republican Club of Greater Largo's holiday party. The program will be Dec. 14 at Alfano's Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road. A reception is at 5:30; dinner is afterward. Call Charlie Harper at (727) 584-4906.
More Than Sunshine Show set for Saturday
The More Than Sunshine Show is from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Collective Tattoo and Art Gallery, 601 Central Ave. Each artist in this traveling group is contributing a Florida-based piece influenced by "New Brow" art. "New Brow" has roots in comic books, punk rock, street culture, graffiti and pop-surrealism. The show will feature art from all over the state. Free. Call (727) 851-6767 or visit collectivetattoo.com.
Jingle Bell Run begins 7:30 p.m. today at Pier
Walkers and runners, along with kids and the family dog, don bells and neon necklaces for 3-mile and 1-mile runs and walks along St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront. Boley Center's Annual Jingle Bell Run begins at 7:30 p.m. today at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE. Musicians play holiday tunes along the route. $18; $13 ages 11 and younger. Call (727) 821-4819.
Art Against Hunger is Saturday on Central
ArtOn! Events and the Kind Mouse Productions present Art Against Hunger from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Central Avenue. This live painting art event supports families in transition and the Pack-A-Sack for Kids program. More than 60 local artists are participating. Those who make a $10 donation to Pack-A-Sack for Kids will have the opportunity to take home a painting of their choice. There also will be a silent auction and music by local performers, including Jun Bustamante, Cosmic Chameleon, Las Solitarias and La Lucha. Call (727) 320-7245.
Sign up to include pet in Murals for Mutts
Sign up to have your pet included in the new pet mural being created by Murals for Mutts. Part of your $100 donation benefits shelter animals. The event also features photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Paws, food, vendors and adoption specials. Pinellas Paws for Cause is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road. Free. Call (727) 582-2600 or visit pinellascounty.org/animalservices.
St. Pete Beach
Aquatic center offers lifeguard course
The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, will offer its Lifeguard Certification Course this month. Students must be 15 and complete a swimming and diving test. Classes are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 19-22. The fee is $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Books are not included. Stop by the Aquatic Center to register. Call (727) 363-9264.
Festival of Lessons, Carols is 7 p.m. Sunday
The 30th Annual Santa Lucia Festival of Lessons and Carols is 7 p.m. Sunday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave. N, Largo. A Baroque instrumental ensemble will augment this service of lessons, carols and anthems by the Parish Choir. Lauren Murphy will portray "Lucia," which means "light." A reception comes afterward.
Complimentary tickets are required and are available by calling the church at (727) 585-9969 or by stopping by the church. An offering will be received.
Activist, author will speak, sign books Friday
Paul Dix, peace activist, photographer and author of Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy, will speak and sign books at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Petersburg Friends Meeting House, 130 19th Ave. SE. This event is sponsored by the St. Petersburg Quakers and ProNica. Free. Call (727) 821-2428.
Dr. Seuss Christmas Breakfast is Saturday
St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, is hosting the Dr. Seuss Christmas Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday. A second seating is at 10:30 a.m. $12 for ages 12 and up; $6 for younger kids. For reservations, call (727) 822-4982 or visit stpetersburgwomansclub.org.
Artlofts group exhibit runs through Dec. 31
Artlofts presents "Not Your Same Old Christmas," a group exhibit featuring works in acrylics, stained glass, oils, copper, jewelry and mosaics. Artlofts, 10 Fifth St. N, will host a free gallery walk from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The show runs through Dec. 31. Artlofts also is selling packets of eight artist cards for $20. Proceeds benefit art education at Academy Prep in St. Petersburg. Call Susan Hess at (727) 391-8908.
Carolers will sing out for the homeless
Holiday carolers will sing and stroll to call attention to homelessness during "Still … No Room at the Inn Carol Sing" from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday beginning at the ASAP Drop-In Center, 423 11th Ave. S. Carolers will sing at shelters and other sites downtown, ending with refreshments in Straub Park. A cookout for carolers and ASAP residents will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Rides to cars will be provided after caroling. Call (727) 823-5665.
Audubon Society's free class is on shorebirds
The St. Petersburg Audubon Society will present a free information class on shorebirds from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Treasure Island Sunset Vista Park, at Gulf Boulevard and W Gulf Boulevard. Topics include migrating species, rules for protecting shoreline birds and their habitat, beach nesting season, and volunteer signups. Call the Treasure Island Recreation Department at (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.
Holiday Block Party set in the Edge District
Celebrate the season in the Edge District at a Holiday Block Party from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Central Avenue. The event features live art and community art experiences, including Creative Clay's feature exhibit "I Wish …," Cakewalk Artists' Co-op "Celebrate!" exhibit, live music by La Lucha and Jun Bustamante, and clay demonstrations by Julie Price. Free. Call (727)825-0515 or visit creativeclay.org.
St. Pete Beach
Beach Art Center's holiday show, sale set
The Beach Art Center's "Home for the Holidays" Open Holiday Show and Sale offers artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their best work from Friday through Jan. 6. The opening reception is open to the public and is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Beach Art executive director David Shankweiler will smoke chicken wings and drums for the cookout. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Call (727) 596-4331, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit beachartcenter.org.