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Community news: Alzheimer's caregiver support, supporting veterans and Sept. 11 tribute

Largo

New group will support Alzheimer's caregivers

St. Jerome's Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., is starting an Alzheimer's and memory-impaired caregiver support group. For information, call (727) 595-4610.

Seminole

Female vets, finances are Kiwanis topic

The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast's next meeting will feature speaker Tish Wold, certified financial planner and founder of Belleair Wealth, at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at Seminole Family Steak-Seafood, 6864 Seminole Blvd. Learn what female veterans face upon their return and what residents can do to support them. The meeting is free, but you must buy your own meal. For information, call (727) 319-8343.

St. Petersburg

Event at North Straub Park honors Sept. 11

A commemorative event is planned to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 and honor firefighters, police officers and other first responders. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11 in North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive. The event is open to all first responders and their families and will include free food, activities, games for kids and a display of rescue vehicles.

Local photographer Chris Davis will take a photo representing the 343 firefighters and 77 police officers killed that day.

Organizers of the event, put together by Banyan Tree Catering and Events, seek participants for the photo, volunteers to work the event, donors and sponsors. For information, e-mail freedom.celebration911@gmail.com or call (727) 345-7111.

St. Pete Beach

New fresh market coming to Corey Avenue

The Corey Area Business Association will host a new fresh market on Corey Avenue. The new "Corey Fresh Market — St. Pete Beach" will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. It will open Oct. 16 and run through May.

Market managers would like to include vendors of fresh/organic produce, plants, flowers, spices, foods, handcrafted items, and arts and crafts. For vendor information or to sign up, contact Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674 or pbjfernandez@ij.net.

For information, call (727) 498-8778 or visit coreyave.com.

St. Petersburg

PSTA to hold two hearings on budget

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will hold two hearings to gather public input on the proposed 2011-12 budget at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Sept. 14 at PSTA headquarters, 3201 Sherer Drive, St. Petersburg. Hearings are scheduled for 30 minutes, but they will be extended if necessary. The budget proposal will be available online one week in advance of the hearings, and printed copies will be available at the hearings. If you are unable to attend in person, written comments are welcome. Address them to: PSTA Budget Public Hearings, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, or send to public-hearing@psta.net. Include your name and address for the official record. For information, call (727) 540-1874.

St. Petersburg

Lectures, screenings promote prostate health

As part of recognizing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, St. Anthony's Hospital will present two lectures and free health care screenings to help raise awareness and education. Screenings include educational information and prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, blood tests. Along with the screenings, presentations and interactive sessions are being held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in St. Anthony's Hospital's Auditorium, 1200 Seventh Ave. N. The lectures will offer information about the latest treatment techniques and options, and updates about prostate cancer symptoms and diagnosis.

Advance registration is required by calling (727) 253-4035 or visit BayCare.org and click on "Classes & Events."

Countywide

United Way needs tax return volunteers

United Way of Tampa Bay needs volunteers now to help prepare tax returns for low- and moderate-income Hillsborough and Pinellas county residents from January through April. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will receive free training from local tax prep experts and learn skills during October, November and December. January through April, volunteers will prepare and e-file federal returns based on information provided by the taxpayer and by asking tax-related questions. They will help working families understand their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and other benefits, as well as help connect them to other resources when necessary.

Volunteer requirements include basic computer skills, the ability to work with people from varied backgrounds and a willingness to commit to at least two to four hours per week at a designated location. Tax preparation sites will be open weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Volunteers are also needed to help at the sites by greeting taxpayers, verifying information and helping them complete necessary forms. In addition, bilingual volunteers are needed to serve as interpreters. For information, visit unitedwaytampabay.org/taxhelpvolunteers or contact Kara Moore at (813) 274-0926 or kmoore@uwtb.org.

Largo

Largo High Class of '81 to hold 30th reunion

Largo High School's Class of 1981 is planning its 30th reunion Sept. 23-25 at Sunset Vistas, 12000 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. For information, contact Heidi Shaffer Montecino at heidim@atlanticpkg.com or Lisa Fadden Hammock at jlhammock@comcast.net.

St. Petersburg

Tribute will honor Alumni Singers founder

The late Robert "Bobby" Anders will be honored in a musical tribute for his love of music and dedication to choral music at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Gibbs High School Auditorium, 850 34th St. S. The program will feature the Alumni Singers, which Anders founded 30 years ago, and some of the best musicians and singers from Atlanta, Tallahassee and the Tampa Bay area. The event is free. Proceeds from donations will go toward the Robert "Bobby" Anders Scholarship Fund. For information, call (727) 323-7004 or (727) 895-3031.

Countywide

Donate items to overseas troops

Donations are needed for troops overseas. Drop off snacks, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, baggies and cotton swabs at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; Army Recruiter, 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beeira Beach; VFW Post 9272, 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; or VFW Post 4256, 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. To help with shipping, make checks payable to UPS Store and mail to Joe Tapp, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738.

Gulfport

It's time to register for chili cookoff

It's time to register for the Industrial Arts Center's Third Annual Industrial Strength Chili Cookoff from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Industrial Arts Center, 2902A Beach Blvd. S. The entry deadline is Wednesday for the chili tasting and judging event. The entry fee is $25 and includes an IAC membership and a commemorative apron.

First-, second- and third-place finishers will get trophies. Those attending will be able to vote for the People's Choice Award at $1 per vote. Proceeds will support the Industrial Arts Center operating fund. Event tickets cost $9 for adults and $5 for kids. For information, call (727) 289-9365 or visit industrialartscenter.org.

Largo

Grief Share classes set at St. Jerome Catholic

St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., is beginning a series of Grief Share classes. The program is for people seeking help, support and encouragement after losing a loved one. Beginning Thursday, daytime classes will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; on Sept. 13, evening classes will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Both series will meet weekly for 13 weeks in the Education Building in the Bethlehem Center. For information, call Nancy Selak at (727) 415-8742.

Community news: Alzheimer's caregiver support, supporting veterans and Sept. 11 tribute 09/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2011 4:31am]
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