Explore preserve's treasures in a canoe
Explore Boyd Hill Nature Preserve from a canoe from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. Study the shoreline as you follow guides from Lake Maggiore Park to Dell Holmes Park and back. Ages 8 and older only. Advance registration and payment are required. $10 per person, $20 per canoe (limit three per canoe). For more information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpete.org/boyd.
Speaker will tell how to read business clients
Robin Lavitch will speak at the Seminole Chamber's "Power Luncheon" beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. N. Lavitch will demonstrate "how to determine in the first minute of meeting a prospective client, what is important to them and why." Admission is $15, and reservations are appreciated. Call (727) 392-3245.
Women's club will have Annual Flea Market Sale
The Pasadena Women's Club is hosting its Annual Flea Market Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1 Sunset Drive S. The sale will feature antiques, china, clothing and more. Call (727) 381-1344.
Historical society hosts fundraiser Sunday
The Original Treasure Island Historical Society hosts its annual fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Avenue. The fundraiser will feature a buffet dinner and silent auction, followed by a fun variety show. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce, 144 Treasure Island Causeway, or by calling (727) 360-3477.
Cardiologist will talk about controlling risks
St. Anthony's Hospital presents a discussion with cardiologist Kevin Garner at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Anthony's Hospital Auditorium, 1200 Seventh Ave. N. The program, "Recent Updates in the Prevention of Heart Disease: It Starts with a Healthy Lifestyle," will discuss the risk factors that contribute to heart disease and give the latest information on controlling them. There will be free blood pressure screenings, and health and wellness information tables open at 10 a.m. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided. Call (727) 953-6993.
Barber will raise money for officers' families
Billy Hume, owner of the Corner Barber Shop at 2032 Fourth St. N, will donate all proceeds from $12 hair cuts, tips and voluntary donations earned between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday to help the families of slain St. Petersburg Officers Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. The Old Northeast Tavern will provide pizzas, neighboring businesses will lend their parking lots for the day, and others will provide items for a silent auction. Call (727) 512-5305.
Masonic lodge fish fry is Sunday at lodge
Nitram Lodge No. 188, F&AM, will hold its annual fish fry from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the lodge, 4275 78th St. N. The fish fry is open to all masons, their families and friends, and to others who might wish to know more about Masonry. A suggested donation of $10 for the meal will be collected at the door. Call Rick Hoover at (727) 409-6665 or Chuck Bailey at (727) 215-3739.
Red Cross lifeguarding class is March 28-April 1
The city of Largo's Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will hold an American Red Cross Lifeguarding class March 28 through April 1 at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Classes will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The class is open to ages 15 or older who want to work as lifeguards. This course teaches the skills necessary for American Red Cross certification. To enroll in the course, participants must pass a test that includes a 300-yard continuous swim, retrieval, and a 10-pound brick swim from a depth of 7 to 10 feet of water. The cost is $125 for residents and $156.25 for nonresidents, All individuals must have a city recreation card to participate. There is an additional fee for the American Red Cross books and materials. The deadline for registration and payment is March 25. Call Southwest Pool at (727) 518-3126 or visit LargoPools.com for information.
Democratic Women's Club tickets are on sale
Tickets are on sale for the next meeting of the Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28. The guest speaker will be Joyce Martin, former president of the club, who also served as an advisor to Al Gore during his presidential campaign. The program will be held at Red Lobster, 26320 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. For tickets, call Mary Freeman at (727) 581-4630.
Auditions are scheduled in Teen Idol competition
Do you have tve the vocal talent and confidence to become Largo's next Teen Idol? All teens ages 13 to 18 are eligible to participate in the Teen Idol Competition and Show. Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 23 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets for the final show are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Contact Andre at (727) 518-3125 or e-mail email@example.com.
Youth Arts Corps work on view at Park Station
Enjoy a showing of artwork produced by youths at Family Resources Foundation's Youth Arts Corps from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Park Station at 5851 Park Blvd. Learn about free after-school programs for kids ages 9 to 14, and meet some of the program's staff and students. Call (727) 521-5213.
Clown show part of city's art festival
The Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, will hold the 2011 Clown Competition and Show from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The program is part of the two-month art festival, Largo: The HeART of Pinellas. The cost is $3. For information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit largocommunitycenter.com.
Roaring '20s Night coming Saturday
Tickets are on sale for the Knights of Columbus Roaring '20s Night, which will be held Saturday in Monsignor McCall Hall, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road. Included will be gaming with funny money, prizes, dancing and an Italian dinner with a dessert station. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7. Tickets are $15. Call (727) 458-4811.
Budget roundtable discussion is March 12
The city of Largo will host a Community Budget Roundtable discussion March 12. This will be an interactive workshop with Advisory Board members, Citizen Academy graduates, neighborhood partners, business owners and former elected officials who will provide input for city services and budget priorities. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Largo Public Library, Jenkins Room, 120 Central Park Drive.
City staffers will present potential budget scenarios and service reductions for the 2012 budget. Seven at-large seats will be available to the public first-come, first-served. The participants will be either a resident of Largo or a property owner. To apply for a seat, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out the form at: Largo.com, clicking on "Customer Service Center" and then clicking the link "Application for Community Budget Roundtable Discussion," or call the Office of Management and Budget at (727) 587-6740, ext. 4302.
Equipment available for the 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. For information, call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY), or visit dhctb.org.
Ministry has clothes available for families
Heart for the City, a ministry that offers children's, youth and adult clothes to those in need, operates from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays at Northeast Park Baptist Church, 3737 First St. NE. To learn how to help or receive help, call (727) 896-3178 or visit the church during the ministry's operation hours.
Annual scholarship applications available
South Pasadena residents and graduating high school students who live in the city have until May 31 to apply for the annual scholarship award. Applicants must have been city residents for the past two years and been accepted at an accredited college, university, trade or technical school. Applications are available at South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S, or online at ci.south-pasadena.fl.us. (Click on "City Services" and then click on "Scholarship.") Call the City Clerk's office at (727) 347-4171.
Swim lesson schedule set at Southwest Pool
Registration is open for Southwest Pool's SwimAmerica Swim Lessons, starting in March. Presented by West Florida Lightning Aquatics, organizers aim to have the children learning how to swim in four weeks. Registration will be at Southwest Pool from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Feb. 26.
The six-stage program allows swimmers to progress at their own pace and move from group to group as they are ready. Lessons are twice a week for four weeks, totaling eight lessons per session. Sessions run March 7 to 30, April 4 to 27 and May 2 to 25. The cost is $85 per four-week session. A city of Largo recreation card is required to register. For information, e-mail Cashel Mack at email@example.com or Craig Coghlan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (727) 743-7766.
Trashy Fashion Show scheduled for April 22
Applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Trashy Fashion Show scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. April 22 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Amateur eco-fashion designers can apply to showcase their 'trashions' — fashions created from items that would otherwise have been discarded. The Trashy Fashion Show is an educational event that celebrates Earth Day.
Participants are encouraged to think outside of the blue bin to create their wearable designs of at least 75 percent recycled or discarded items. Prizes will be awarded to the best designs in four age categories: Junior Designer (kindergarten through fifth grade), Teen/Tween Designer (sixth through eighth grade), High-End Designer (ninth through 12th grade) and Adult Designer (ages 18 and over).
Participants must first complete an online application by March 21. After the application is submitted, participants are required to send a digital photo, description of their design and an environmental fact to accompany their design by April 5 for consideration in the show.
Sponsorships also are available.
Visit LargoRecycles.com or call (727) 586-7424.
Rotary tennis, golf challenge is Saturday
The Gulf Beaches Rotary Club and the city of Treasure Island have joined forces again to present the 12th Annual Rotary Tennis and Golf Challenge, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd. The tennis challenge will be a men's and women's doubles round robin for players of all playing levels and abilities. The golf scramble will be for men and women with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per player. The event will also be accompanied by a silent auction, which players, along with the public, are invited to participate in. Proceeds will benefit the Treasure Island Recreation Department's children's programs. Call (727) 547-4575.
St. Pete Beach
Series is for Catholics wanting faith guidance
St. John Vianney Catholic Parish, 445 82nd Ave., St. Pete Beach, is hosting a six-session series, Awakening Faith, Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 28. This series is for those who feel their Catholic faith has slipped away from daily life. If you have been too busy to pray, not attended church in a while and/or are looking for an opportunity to explore your faith again, these classes may be for you. Call (727) 631-1115.
Donations will help struggling families
The Gulfport Merchants Association is collecting donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and personal items to be distributed to the Gulfport Senior Center Pantry, which helps struggling families. Donations can be dropped off at the association tent from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tuesday Fresh Market on Beach Boulevard, below 29th Avenue S.
Library friends planning annual book sale
Bibliomaniacs Friends of the Gulfport Library are preparing for their annual book sale April 2 and need music, movies and book donations. Only new or gently used and clean donations will be accepted. Rare treasures also are appreciated. Proceeds will support programs for children and youth, speakers, special collections, and Library furnishings. Donations can be dropped off at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturdays. Donors also can schedule a pickup for three or more boxes. For information or to schedule a pickup, call (727) 322-5217.