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Community news: career fairs, blood drives, volunteers

Career fair: WorkNet Pinellas is hosting a career fair today from noon to 3 p.m. at Bright House Field. Job seekers should dress professionally and bring resumes. There will be a chance to visit with a WorkNet recruiter to receive resume assistance and job search techniques. Registration is recommended at worknetpinellas.org. Job seekers can also view a list of participating employers and download some helpful hints. There is free parking, and attendees will receive free admission to the Clearwater Threshers vs. Daytona Cubs game, which begins at 1 p.m. 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. For information, call (727) 524-4344.

Dine With Men Who Cook: Bethel AME Church presents this 18th annual event, featuring taste samples from 53 chefs and home cooks from around the Tampa Bay area. It takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Wildwood Community Center, 1000 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. The cost is $20; $30 VIP. The fundraiser benefits the church's Sunday morning feeding ministry for the homeless. For information, call (727) 481-2999 or (727) 822-2089.

Bon Secours anniversary: A Mass and reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System will be held at 5:30 p.m., today. The public is invited. Mass will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. After Mass, there will be a reception and the unveiling of a display that presents the history of Maria Manor and the Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System. 10401 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. If you are interested in attending the Mass and reception, call (727) 568-1025 or email BonSecoursSt.Petersburg@bshsi.org.

Belle of the Ball Project: This nonprofit organization will distribute prom dresses to low-income high school girls on designated Saturdays this spring at the Seminole Mall. Distributions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and on May 4 and 11. Distributions are open to Pinellas and Hillsborough county high school teens. A donation is requested, but not necessary, and no appointment is necessary. Donations of dresses can also be made at the distributions. Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. For information, visit belleoftheballproject.com or call (727) 386-4502.

April blood drives: Florida Blood Services, a division of One Blood Inc., and Walgreens will sponsor blood drives throughout April. Bloodmobiles will be on site at select Walgreens stores. Participating donors will receive a $10 Walgreens gift card, along with a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, plus a free cholesterol screening. Identification is required prior to donation. For dates, times and locations and to see you if qualify to be a donor, visit fbsblood.org, or call 1-800-682-5663.

Triathlon volunteers: St. Anthony's Triathlon needs volunteers during race weekend, April 26-28. Approximately 3,500 athletes and 125 relay teams are expected. Organizers are seeking more than 1,000 volunteers to work in a number of areas, such as athlete check-in, timing chip distribution, body marking, course marshals, water station and merchandise sales. Volunteers are needed at the two-day St. Anthony's Sports and Fitness Expo on April 26-27; the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on April 27; and at the main Triathlon on April 28. Volunteer applications can be downloaded at SATriathlon.com/volunteers. For information, call (813) 420-7815.

Restrictions on reclaimed water: Through June 30, irrigation with Pinellas reclaimed water will be limited to three days per week, based on the resident's home address. House numbers that end in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. House numbers that end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A property that contains a mix of addresses or if an address cannot be determined should water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No reclaimed watering is permitted Monday. For information, visit pinellascounty.org/reclaimed or call (727) 464-4000.

Job fair: Meet more than 50 companies at the Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair that have employment needs, from entry level positions to skilled trade, health care jobs and managerial positions. Several of the area's schools for continuing education, including universities and vocational/technical institutes, will be present. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-8523

Summer Marine Adventures day camps: The Pier Aquarium and Secrets of the Sea have open registration for the weeklong Summer Marine Adventures. Kids from 6 to 14 can delve into the mysteries of sharks and rays; get their feet wet exploring Tampa Bay ecosystems; explore the marine habits of dolphins, whales and manatees; and even go fishing at a series of summer camps offered by the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium, beginning in June at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center. Camps include: Sharks and Stingrays: ages 9-11, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Shark and Stingray Pups: ages 6-8, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Marine Mammals: ages 9-11, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Marine Mammal Calves: ages 6-8, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Sea Sleuths: ages 9-11, June 24-28 and Aug. 12-16; Junior Sea Sleuths: ages 6-8, June 24-28 and Aug. 12-16; Angler Adventurers: ages 10-14, July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9; Estuary Explorers; ages 9-11, July 29-Aug. 2; and Lil' Estuary Explorers: ages 6-8, July 29-Aug. 2. Cost is $215 with discounts available for siblings and multiple registrations. Fees include field trips to the Florida Aquarium, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. For information, call (727) 895-7437, ext. 215.

Summer camps: The St. Pete Beach Community Center offers camps for ages 3 and up. The full-day, eight-week camp is June 17 to Aug. 9. Camps are also available the weeks before and after for an additional charge. More than 10 half-day specialty camps are also offered. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Know a dutiful senior? The Office on Aging is seeking nominations for the 30th annual Senior Hall of Fame, which honors volunteers 65 and older. Nominees must live in Pinellas and have served the residents or community of St. Petersburg. Deadline is May 1; awards ceremony will be held on May 22. For information, call (727) 893-7101. Go to stpeteparksrec.org/office-on-aging.html for an application.

Nursing scholarship: The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast Foundation is accepting applications for the Colonel Mildred Imogene Butler Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is for Pinellas County high school seniors and St. Petersburg College students interested in a nursing career at St. Petersburg College. Scholarship recipients will be expected to participate in the following activities: Attend a Kiwanis program of the Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast and receive your scholarship award; make yourself available for and encourage media interviews; maintain full-time academic studies with distinction, giving equal importance to the academic and service aspects of the scholarship; present at least two talks to Kiwanis audiences during the year. Applicants must register contact information and keep an address, telephone number and email address updated at all times. Applications can be downloaded at kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com/foundation. Application deadline is May 15. Mail or drop off a completed packet to: Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast c/o Lee Walters, 3562 90th Ter., Pinellas Park, FL 33782. For information, call (727) 399-8990.

Community news: career fairs, blood drives, volunteers 04/16/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:06pm]
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