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Community news briefs: from political forums to pets

Free child safety seat installation inspections: Seminole Fire Rescue will be hosting the free child passenger safety seat check at Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N. This event is part of a National Safe Kids education program that trains certified child passenger safety seat technicians. This free event will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Enter off John Terburgh Way and 70th Avenue N. For information, call (727) 393-8711, ext. 210.

Hazardous waste, chemical and electronics recycling: Residents will be able to drive up and drop off their hazardous and unwanted electronics and chemicals. Pinellas County Solid Waste offers this service free to county households from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Largo Recycling Collection Center, 1551 Starkey Road. Businesses should arrange for drop-off and payment by calling Creative Recycling at (813) 621-2319 for electronics or EQ Florida at (813) 319-3400 for chemicals.

Rosh Hashana celebration: Beth-El Shalom will celebrate the Jewish new year and the start of the High Holy Days. Come hear the shofar blown close to 100 times and taste special Rosh Hashana foods. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Beth-El Shalom Messianic Congregation, 1701 29th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. For information, call (727) 345-7777.

Naples Botanical Gardens day trip: Register now for the Oct. 29 bus trip to the 170-acre gardens. Participants will explore the cultivated gardens of Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean and Florida — plus walking trails and natural habitats — then hop back on the bus for a stop for lunch and shopping. The bus leaves Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. The deadline to register is Oct. 14. It costs $68 ($58 for members) plus food costs.

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers: Cross Bayou American Legion Auxiliary Unit 252, 11433 Park Blvd. N, Seminole, is looking for volunteers to help with upcoming events. The group also is seeking new activities for veterans and funding for various outings. For information, call Pam at (727) 954-4156.

Child-care camps: St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before- and after-school programs for kindergarteners through eighth-graders. Camps are offered weekdays at 11 locations. Full-day activities are provided on weekdays when school is not in session. The program runs through June 4. For information, call (727) 893-7441 or visit

Water carnival: The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, will host a water carnival from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14. There will be water- and land-based games and prizes for children. The event includes carnival games, water activities and a treasure hunt. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the pool from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit

Pet calendar contest: Enter your pet for a chance to be featured in the Humane Society of Pinellas' 2014 pet calendar. A $10 donation will put your pet's photo somewhere in the calendar. For $1, family and friends can vote for their favorite entry. The top vote-getters will receive a professional photo session from Rebecca Brittain and will be featured in the calendar for a particular month. The contest runs through Sept. 22. Photos can be texted to or uploaded to To be a calendar sponsor or to get more information, call (727) 797-7722, ext. 222.

Discussion with Rep. Kathleen Peters: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a roundtable discussion with Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters and beach leaders at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. This forum will be open to the public and will include a question and answer session. Peters will accept inquiries about any issues constituents may have and address topics to be brought up at the upcoming legislative session. For information, call (727) 360-6957 or visit

Meet the candidates: The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg and the Broadwater Civic Association will host a forum where residents can meet the mayoral and council candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the forum at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 864-4188.

PeeWee Sports program: The St. Pete Beach Community Center is offering a new sports class for ages 3 to 6 years old. PeeWee Sports programs are coed classes designed to teach the fundamentals of baseball, soccer, basketball and football using games, drills and fun. Classes are held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The cost is $20. For information call (727) 363-9245 or visit

Mayoral forum: The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will partner with LocalShops1 to present an election forum for St. Petersburg mayoral candidates Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman. The forum will focus on economic development and the concerns of small businesses. The forum is at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the USFSP University Student Center Ballroom, 200 Sixth Ave. S. Reception starts at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. There will be free parking at the USFSP garage, 250 Fifth Ave. S. For information, call (727) 873-4456

Nutrition volunteers: The Pinellas County Extension Master Volunteer University is looking for volunteers who would like to become master food and nutritional volunteers. Beginning in October, this program allows people to share with county residents lessons about nutrition, fitness, wellness and culinary arts. No prior training, education or nutrition knowledge is necessary. Participants who want to rise to the level of a master food and nutrition volunteer will be required to participate in a 40-hour training course. The classes will run from Oct. 1 to Dec. 3. Classes will include lectures, workshops, demonstrations and field trips. The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 20. The cost is $50 and covers class supplies and course materials. For information, call (727) 582-2104.

Community news briefs: from political forums to pets 08/29/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 1:03pm]
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