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Community forums, camps and classes are among neighborhood activities


Forum for residents to air their opinions

The city will host a Community Budget Town Hall Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The meeting will be an open forum for Largo residents to voice their opinion about city services and budget priorities. City staff will make a short presentation. For information, call the Office of Management and Budget at (727) 587-6740, ext. 4302.


Junior naturalist camp runs March 28 to April 1

The city's Junior Naturalist Spring Break Camp will be held March 28 through April 1 at McGough Nature Center, 11901 146th St. N. It will include daily hikes, enviroscaping demonstrations, wilderness first aid basics, crafts, nature experiments and more. The camp is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is for children who have completed grades 1-5. The cost per child is $75 for residents and $95 for nonresidents. For information, call (727) 518-3047.


Organizers need more classic car show entries

Get ready for Largo's Classic Car and Motorcycle Show from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Organizers are still looking for more classic cars. Awards will be given out in categories including best of show as well as honors for each decade. It's free to apply. Registration is limited to the first 50 cars. For information, call (727) 518-3131.


Need to sell toys, kids clothes, maternity wear?

Parents, here's your chance to sell infant, toddler or preschool clothing, maternity items and toys in a community garage sale setting. Baby Sale Bonanza will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on April 9 at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. The cost is $9 per table. Spaces are limited. For information, call (727) 518-3125.


Tampa Bay Cares needs volunteers to aid callers

Volunteers are needed for 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, which links callers to resources in their community. Work with callers or verify information on a database. Training is provided. Application and an interview are required. Visit 211tampa, click on "Get Involved" to complete a volunteer form. For information, call (727) 210-4209 or e-mail

St. Pete beach

Register by Monday to vote in runoff election

Monday is the registration deadline to vote in the April 19 St. Pete Beach runoff election. Residents can register or update voter information at any supervisor of elections office, public library, driver license office or government office handling social services. To request a ballot by mail or for more information, call (727) 464-6788 or visit

St. Petersburg

Hospital foundation gala includes live auction

Tickets for the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation annual Medallion Gala are available. The black-tie optional gala will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. April 16 in the Palm Court Ballroom of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. The gala will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and dancing with music from the Paradise Band. There will also be a live auction featuring one item — a Faberge diamond and sapphire pendant from Bruce Watters Jewelers. Tickets are $225, and event and table sponsorships are also available. To buy tickets, learn more about sponsorship opportunities or for more information, call the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation office at (727) 825-1086 or visit RSVP required by April 8.

Treasure island

Kickboxing for healthier heart? Here's the class

Treasure Island will offer a cardio kickboxing class from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays beginning this week at the Community Center at Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. This high-energy cardiovascular workout is suitable for all fitness levels. The fee is $5. For information, contact instructor Billie Gore at (239) 313-0876 or

St. Pete beach

Emmy winner teaching acting at beach complex

Acting classes are being offered by Emmy Award-winning actor Jimmy Danelli from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Complex, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The class is open to budding actors from age 6 to adult. For information, call Danelli at (727) 345-1062 or (310) 739-9348.

St. Pete beach

Water safety courses offered at complex

St. Pete Beach Aquatics is offering lifeguard certifications and water safety instructor certifications. The first lifeguarding session will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from March 28 through April 1. Session two will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, from April 2 through April 21. To become a certified water safety instructor, participants must first complete a mandatory FITS class offered on Friday. The certification classes are then held from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays from April 8 to May 6.

Course fees for either class are $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents, books not included. All classes are at the St. Pete Beach Community Center and Aquatic Complex, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Interested participants can stop by to register in person or can get more information by calling (727) 363-9264.


Rep. Young to speak at Bay Pines ceremony

The Bay Pines Veterans Affairs complex is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its radiation therapy unit at 10 a.m. Monday at the center at 10000 Bay Pines Blvd. The public is invited to tour the facility after the ceremony. U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young will be the featured speaker. For information, call (727) 398-9300.

St. Petersburg

Eckerd forum: Working Women Mean Business

The St. Petersburg chapter of Business and Professional Women presents a forum, Working Women Mean Business, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 31 at Fox Hall at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S. Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 at the door, free for college and university students and active military personnel. Visit or call Alizza Punzalan at (727) 864-7978.


Youth Arts Corps to hold open houses at 2 sites

Family Resources Foundation hosts two open houses for its Youth Arts Corps locations. The open houses will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Park Station location, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, and Thursday at the Wildwood location, 1000 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. Meet the staff, artists and youth already in the program. Enjoy Giving Tree Music by Steve Turner and a drum circle. For information, call (727) 521-5213.


Rec center to kick off youth tennis season

The Largo Tennis Center at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, will host Tennis Night in America on Monday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Parents and kids are invited to help kick off the 2011 youth tennis season as part of the USTA's National Youth Registration Night Initiative. The free program will include pizza, music and group lessons. For information, call (727) 518-3125 or visit


History of the Hmong and Laos' 'secret war'

SPIFFS is sponsoring a program for the delegates and friends of SPIFFS about the history of Hmong People and Secret War in Laos. Also featured will be a report of the funeral of their heroic general Vang Pao who died this year. More than 30 Hmong people from the Tampa Bay area attended the funeral in California, along with 5,000 to 6,000 Hmongs from around the world. The program is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Center, 3350 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. The cost is $5. For information, call (727) 552-1896.


Jewish agency seeks volunteer adult mentors

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services needs volunteers age 30 and older for its Adults Mentoring Children Program. Volunteers are matched with children who need a positive adult role model. Many of these children are living with a single parent who is going to school and working. Volunteers help one child and are provided support by agency staffers. No experience is necessary, and there are no costs. To learn how you can volunteer, call Bev at (727) 479-1841.


Technical help for the deaf, hearing impaired

The Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones, captioned telephones, TTYs and related equipment free to Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech impaired. The agency also offers free hearing screenings by appointment, low-cost hearing aids, cleaning and repairs. Call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit

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