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Community events: weavers, artists and flea markets galore


Weavers Guild event to celebrate Roc Day

The Pinellas Weavers Guild is hosting Roc Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McMullen Booth Fiber Arts House inside Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. There will be mini classes and demonstrations, funny holiday stories, recruitment of potential new spinners and weavers and a general fun time. Roc Day, also known as St. Distaff's Day, is the traditional time for women to put away holiday baking pans and return to their craft. The name of Roc Day comes from the distaff that is used in spinning linen, which is commonly known as a roc, the medieval symbol of "women's work." For more information, visit or call (727) 582-2123.

St. Petersburg

Artlofts artists to exhibit old and new

A reception kicks off the opening of the new exhibition by Artlofts artists, Old Work New Year, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Artlofts Studios, 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. View the artists' older work alongside their current work and see their artistic growth. These comparisons will include paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media. Then visit with artists in their working studios. For information call (727) 391-8908.


Elks flea market, craft show includes bake sale

The Seminole Elks Lodge No. 2519 will hold a flea market/craft show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 10717 Seminole Blvd. The program will include a bake sale and luncheon. For information, call Debbie Farris at (727) 559-0035 or e-mail


Tickets available for 'Rapunzel' at center

Tickets are on sale for Rapunzel, the third performance of the Children's Educational Series at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. It will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for children; $20 for a family four-pack. For tickets, call (727) 587-6793.


Highland complex slates dog obedience classes

The Highland Recreation Complex is offering dog obedience classes for beginner and intermediate training levels.

Beginner classes, for dogs 10 weeks and older, will teach basic commands such as sit, down, stay and walk. The six-week course, offered on Tuesday mornings or Thursday nights, begins Jan. 11 and Jan. 13. The cost is $65 for residents, $81.50 for nonresidents and $99.50 for individuals who do not have a Largo recreation card.

Intermediate classes for dogs 5 months and older will teach distance and duration and help dogs overcome distractions. Classes begin March 10 and April 28. All classes are at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. For information, visit or call (727) 518-3016.


Southwest Community Garage Sale Jan. 22

Clean out your closets and make a little cash. On Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon, Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, will host the Southwest Community Garage Sale. Bring your sale items and the Southwest staff will take care of the advertising, setup and cleanup. The cost is $9 per 8-foot table. For information, visit or call (727) 518-3125


Zumba dance party sets fitness to Latin beat

The Zumbalicious Dance Party will be an evening of dancing, snacks and more on Jan. 15. From 6-9 p.m., join a team of Zumba instructors as they lead an easy-to-follow dance class set to Latin and international music at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Adults and children, 8 and up, are encouraged to come experience this mix of music, fitness and fun. Comfortable clothing and dance shoes or sneakers are recommended. For information, visit or call (727) 518-3016.


City seeks names for Day of Good Deeds

If you have a friend or neighbor who could use help with minor household chores, light yard maintenance or repairs, the city of Largo wants to hear from you. The city is gearing up for the eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Good Deeds, and city staffers are collecting names of those in need. The program will begin at the new Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, and volunteers will be dispatched throughout the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 15. In conjunction with the Day of Good Deeds, a volunteer fair with live entertainment and a barbecue lunch also will be held.

To register someone to receive a deed or to serve as a volunteer, call (727) 518-3131.


Art Walk invites you to stroll the boulevard

Join in Gulfport's First Friday Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday on Beach Boulevard in the Waterfront District. The Gulfport tradition is a great way to start the new year, enjoy "Old Florida" ambience, stroll the boulevard and interact with local artists. Free. For information call (727) 322-5217.

St. Pete Beach

Singer-storyteller to perform at church

Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church will present singer, storyteller and folk-theologian Ed Kilbourne at 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 107 16th Ave. on St. Pete Beach. Kilbourne combines acoustic guitar, singing style of Jimmy Buffett and monologues to perform a presentation of his collection of music and humor. Free. For information, call (727) 360-5508.


5K Run/Walk spotlights fight on prostate cancer

Join in the Inaugural 5K Run/Walk for Prostate Cancer Awareness at 8 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Pick up packets and T-shirts from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the casino. The entry fee is $25. The proceeds will benefit education, detection and counseling for prostate cancer. Register online at or call (727) 638-2389.

St. Pete Beach

Community center yard sale Jan. 22

The city of St. Pete Beach is hosting its first communitywide yard sale of the new year from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Spaces that are 10 by 10 feet are $10 for St. Pete Beach residents and $12.50 for nonresidents. Registration continues until all spaces are filled. Call (727) 363-9245.

St. Pete Beach

Senior Excursions will keep rolling

The popular "Senior Excursions" will continue to run weekly from the St. Pete Beach Community Center all winter long. Guests travel to popular attractions and shopping destinations all over Tampa Bay without the hassles of driving, tolls or parking. The trips run almost every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a few special trips occurring on other days of the week or at night. Travel to places such as the Hard Rock Casino, Strawberry Festival, the circus, IKEA and Ybor City. Trips cost $10 for St. Pete Beach residents and $12.50 for others; additional entry fees may apply. For information or to reserve a spot, call (727) 363-9245 or visit


Prom Dress Drive seeks to brighten girls' night

As prom dress season approaches, there are thousands of teens across the Tampa Bay area who can't afford to buy a prom dress. The Gathering of Women Inc. has sponsored the Prom Dress Drive for the past three years. The organization is seeking donations of gowns and accessories in like-new condition. Accessories like shoes, jewelry, make-up, purses and other accessories are needed. Hair salons, florists, dry cleaners and limousine services are also needed to make prom a memorable day for local teens. For information about how you can help call (727) 321-8825.


Donations needed for troops in Middle East

Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwavable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandanas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags, and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.


Homeless shelter requests winter gear

The People That Love Church and Mission provides necessities to the homeless, working poor and disabled. It needs winter gear, including blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, sweaters, jackets, socks, head wear, gloves, long pants and shirts for all ages.

Also needed for the shelter are disposable razors, spray deodorant, men's underwear and long johns. Your donations can be brought or sent to: The People That Love Church and Mission, 817 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For information, call (727) 421-3745.


Group wants donations of warm boys clothes

Clothes To Kids needs warm clothes for boys. These items, along with any other clothing donations, can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two Clothes To Kids locations:

• St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145.

• Clearwater, 1059 N Hercules Ave.

Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit

Community events: weavers, artists and flea markets galore 01/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:41pm]
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