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Community events from St. Pete to Largo

Art sale: ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, will host an I Love St. Pete Art Show at 8 p.m. Saturday featuring artists Loryn Pretorius, Brian James and Rikus Pretorius in a special photography, makeup/wig design and graphic arts exhibition. Tickets include a complimentary beverage, treats and entertainment, with all art sales going directly to the artist. $15 online up to Friday. Call (727) 324-3878 or visit

L Train show: An evening of three short works by Blue Scarf members Heather L. Jones and Roxanne Fay, Home [Sweet Home] explores how unlikely spaces become refuge. A child in a tree, an old woman defending her porch and the child of a hoarder discover the memories that lead them to attach the name "home" to unlikely places at 7 p.m. Thursday in L Train, 900 Central Ave., Suite 25B, St. Petersburg. $15. Call (813) 995-5063.

Book signing: Local novelist Kathryne Arnold will partner with Shelby Isaacson, book promotion manager and owner of Nuchapter Marketing, for a meet and greet book signing of The Myths and Realities of a Self Published Author from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Books at Park Place, 3619 49th St. N, in Pinellas Park. Free. Call (727) 388-9093 or visit

Marching band orientation: The Second Time Arounders Marching Band is holding a new member orientation for folks to see what the band is all about and get their questions answered at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hangar restaurant, 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. This event is free and open to anyone interested. Call (727) 823-7767 or visit

MLK essay finalists: The presentation of local high school finalists of the 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The finalists will be present and the winner will give an oral essay presentation. Admission is free and open to all ages. Call (727) 893-7134.

Medical volunteers needed: St. Petersburg Free Clinic offers free medical care to the medically underserved adult population and needs volunteer RNs and LPNs to assist the volunteer physicians and staff ARNP. A giving heart and a current license are required. St. Petersburg Free Clinic is located at 863 Third Ave. N. Contact Angel Schumaker at or at (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.

Art classes: The Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach, announced the 2012 winter and spring schedule for classes and workshops. Old favorites are combined with new classes, mediums and instructors. Classes include oil, acrylic, watercolor, watermedia, mixed media, sume-i, clay, basic and intermediate drawing and drawing from the live model, jewelrymaking and more. Visit or call (727) 596-4331.

Ask a commissioner: Pinellas County Commissioner Neil Brickfield will address the members and friends of the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. today at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N, St. Petersburg. After the presentation, he will answer questions from the audience. Everyone is invited to attend. There is no charge for this event. Call Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.

Beaches chamber dinner: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its annual dinner and installation of the 2012 board of directors at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Ave. This year's keynote speaker will be Pierre-Yves Cousteau. The cost is $60 per member or $75 per nonmember, which includes a drink ticket and full dinner. For information or to register, call Amanda Page at (727) 360-6957 or

Family fishing: Registration is being held for the "Family Fishing Class Series.'' The class is being held through Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave, in Largo. Four sessions will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 24. Adults and youth ages 8 and up will learn fish identification, angler etiquette, knot-tying, casting, fishing rules and regulations, lures and baits and more. After completing the class, participants will meet Feb. 18 for a four-hour, deep sea fishing excursion off Clearwater Beach. Children must be accompanied by an adult during class and trip. Cost: $56 for residents and $70 for nonresidents, which includes bait, poles and rigging. Registration ends Jan. 20. To reserve a spot, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5008.

Legacy of MLK: The Rev. Charles McKenzie Jr., state director of the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition, will be the guest speaker at Monday's meeting of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club, which will be held at Balla's Steak House, 776 Missouri Ave., Clearwater. Although the business meeting will start at 7 p.m., everyone is invited to come earlier for dinner and to socialize. McKenzie's presentation will be "The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Our Challenge Today." Call club president Richard Piper at (727) 588-0891.

Volunteer spots for teens: Join Suncoast Hospice at the midcounty teen volunteer fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Clearwater Community Service Center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Largo. Teens in mid Pinellas County ages 14-18 and their parents or guardians are invited to learn about the many volunteer opportunities at Suncoast Hospice. Snacks and door prizes will be provided. Call Jill Fowler at (727) 523-3431 or email

Lego Building: A program for boys and girls ages 5-12 is being offered at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Children will learn construction, programming and teamwork skills while creating their own masterpieces. Lego Building features a new theme each month and takes place on the following Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m.: Jan. 14, Star Wars; Feb. 11, Transportation; March 10, Construction; April 14, Robots. Cost is $7 per session. Visit or call (727) 518-3125.

Help Heritage Village: The Pinellas County Historical Society is looking for individuals or organizations to help with logistical support for fundraising events at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. The next event that the society is already working on is the Pinellas Folk Festival, a Centennial Celebration that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28. Call (727) 582-2233.

Community events from St. Pete to Largo 01/09/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:55pm]
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