Blood donations needed: Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church, 107 16th Ave. in St. Pete Beach, in partnership with OneBlood, will hold a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., today. Walk-ins are welcome. Bring a driver's license.
Volunteer orientation at St. Petersburg Free Clinic: There will be an orientation session at 10 a.m. Tuesday and again at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 863 Third Ave N. Needed are health center intake and medical records volunteers, client interviewers and food-related helpers. Assignments can be short-term or long-term. Email Angel Schumaker at [email protected] or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.
Senior care gala: Bon Secours, St. Petersburg Health System is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the Graceful Art of Senior Care Gala and a launch of the system's new philanthropy program. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 563-9733.
St. Petersburg Republican Club meeting: Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov will speak at the next meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N. Dubov's presentation will be on "Property values, sales trends and flood insurance — what's next." There will be a question-and-answer session. Free. For more information, call Gail Hebert at (727) 526-2492.
The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club welcomes Judithanne S. McLauchlan, a political science professor at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. McLauchlan will discuss government, civil engagement and politics. 6 p.m. Thursday, Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. featuring cash bar, dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15, and reservations are required. For more information and reservations, call Betty Morgenstein at (727) 360-3971.
Sand sculpting volunteers needed: Sanding Ovations, the Master's Cup Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival, is Nov. 21-24 in Treasure Island. Help is needed for the beer truck, T-shirt sales and the VIP tent. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt, parking and refreshments at the VIP tent. Schedule a time by calling (727) 547-4575, ext. 237, or email [email protected]
Pickleball, anyone? Have you ever tried pickleball? Bring a few friends and take part in fast-growing adult sport. Doubles matches are played at Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Paddles and balls will be available while supplies last, or you can bring your own. Tennis shoes are required. Free quick-start instructions are available, $2 per person. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. (727) 893-7443, stpeteparksrec.org.
Fall Transformation Festival: Live music, family fun zone, magician, food trucks, local vendors, holiday gifts, book fair and more. There will be a food drive to benefit the Kind Mouse, a local nonprofit that provides weekend food for children in Pinellas County, as well as food support for families in transition. Those interested in attending will need to bring packaged snacks for children or donate $1. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Unity Campus and Wings Bookstore, 4500 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
Drum circle service: Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, will feature a drum circle during its worship service at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 17. It is a group affirmation in time with universal rhythm to let go, release old patterns that limit us and set positive intentions. For more information, call (727) 544-8558 or visit www.goodsam-church.org.
Bicycle swap meet: ABC Bicycles, 6633 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, will be hosting a bicycle swap meet to benefit Cure on Wheels. This event is designed to bring all types of bike riders together to buy, trade and sell used bicycle parts. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in the parking lot of the West Central Shopping Center on the corner of 66th Street and Central Avenue. You can purchase a spot for $10 to sell your used bicycle parts, and tables can also be rented for an additional $15. There is no fee for commercial vendors to attend. For more information, call (727) 345-5391 or email [email protected]
Cast your vote for 2014 Gecko Ball theme: Organizers of Gulfport's annual Gecko Ball are encouraging the public to vote now on the theme for next year's event. The choices are "Gecko Sock Hop," "Gecko Mardi Gras" and "Roaring Geckos." Voting will continue through Nov. 30, with one vote per person. To vote, go to the "Gecko Ball" Facebook page and post your choice in a comment. Or email your choice to [email protected] The winning theme will be announced in early December.
PeeWee Sports program: The St. Pete Beach Recreation Center is offering a class for children ages 3 to 6. PeeWee Sports programs are coeducational and teach the fundamentals of baseball, soccer, basketball and football using games, drills and fun activities. Classes are from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The cost is $20. For more information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.
St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before-school and after-school programs for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Camps are Monday through Friday at 11 locations through June 4. Participants are supervised by trained staff and coaches, and signin and signout procedures are used. Youth have planned activities and special events, with indoor and outdoor rotating activities. Full-day activities are provided during days when Pinellas County public schools are not in session, plus spring, winter and fall breaks. For more information, call (727) 893-7441 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.
Lego robotics program: This after-school team program teaches children 8 and older how to design, program and build a competitive robot using a Lego Mindstorms kit. The program is from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The third session begins Friday and runs through Nov. 22. Cost is $36. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.
City Power Toastmasters: Discover your ability to lead, give good presentations and plan meetings, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Municipal Services Building, 1 Fourth St. N, Room 600, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 893-7918.
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 mustmust be for the benefit of the nonprofit organization. For more information, email Laura Garrison at [email protected]