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Community news: CareFest, gardening, donating blood


Pitch in to help out at annual CareFest

CareFest 2011 is seeking volunteers for home repair projects, painting, constructing an outdoor environmental classroom, mowing and cleanup in neighborhoods throughout the city on Saturday. The event starts and ends at Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S.

Check-in with light refreshments begins at 7 a.m., followed by community projects from 8 to noon. Participants are invited back to Lake Vista for cold drinks, lunch and entertainment until 2 p.m. For volunteer information, call Teketa Marshall at (727) 892-5088, or Phillip Harris at (727) 893-4110.


It's time to nominate for Studio Honors

The deadline to nominate someone for the Studio@620 Studio Honors award is Sept. 30. Nominate your heroes –individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the arts, social justice, environment, science and economic development and other areas that are important to the world we live in. The 2012 honorees will be announced in January, with a gala set for March. Nomination forms are available on the Studio website,, or at 620 First Ave. S. Forms can also be mailed. Call (727) 895-6620.


Be an ambassador to Japan this fall

Residents and business owners are invited to join the official delegation to St. Petersburg's sister city of Takamatsu, Japan, Nov. 6-13. The trip caps off a year of celebration as the cities commemorate the 50th anniversary of the relationship. The group, led by Mayor Bill Foster, will participate in official ceremonies in Takamatsu on Nov. 8 and 9. Send a letter of interest and resume to: Office of Arts and International Relations, City of St. Petersburg, P.O. Box 2842, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 before Tuesday. The cost is $3,500 for airfare and five nights' lodging. Homestays with local families are available. Call (727) 893-7465.


Firm up those abs in adult fitness program

The fitness program Abs Structure is being offered for adults from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Monday or Thursday at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Come every week or for just one session. The cost is $5 for residents with a recreation card; $6.25 for nonresidents with a recreation card; $9.25 for those without a card. For information, call (727) 518-3016.


Gardeners, learn to have it made in the shade

The city is coordinating the 2011 Organic Gardening and Landscaping Series, and the next installment, Natives for the Shaded Garden, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. Come learn how to identify some of the characteristics of shaded gardens and how to take advantage of Florida native plants in the fight against no sunlight in your yard. You'll also learn how you can help attract local wildlife and promote ecological stability within your neighborhood. This session is free. For information, call (727) 518-3047 or visit


Celebrate Oktoberfest at a dinner show

Tickets are on sale for OktoberFest 2011 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The Deutschmeister Blas Band, a 13-piece Bavarian band, dressed in authentic Bavarian attire, will perform during a dinner show. It will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Cost is $12 in advance. For more information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit


Boys and Girls Club holds membership event

"Fun at the Beach," a Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast membership event, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 400 Beach Drive NE. The event is free. For information call (727) 344-5500, ext. 206 or e-mail


Give World War II vets a warm welcome home

An Honor Flight with 71 World War II veterans on board will depart early Tuesday for a daylong trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials dedicated to their service.

The veterans and their escorts will return at approximately 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, 14700 Terminal Blvd. This welcome home celebration is free, open to the public and will be a colorful event with many patriotic groups, family, friends and citizens participating. Visitors are welcome to bring flags and signs to welcome the veterans back.

For information about the Honor Flight, including veteran and guardian applications, visit honor or e-mail info@honor


Get haircut or manicure for a good cause

Volunteers have planned a salon day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Seminole Mantrap salon, 13177 Park Blvd., to benefit Dustin Burton's fight against liver disease, and for a liver transplant. To help offset the expenses of surgery and postsurgical care, the National Foundation for Transplants has set up a fund for these expenses. All proceeds from this salon day will be donated to NFT in honor of Burton.

Haircuts will be offered for $15, and manicures for $10. Additional donations will be accepted. The salon staff members are donating their services. Refreshments will be available. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment call (727) 422-6842.

To make a tax-deductible gift in honor of Burton, send a contribution to the NFT Florida Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Write "in honor of Dustin Burton" on the memo line. Secure donations can also be made online at Donors should click on "Patients We Help" to locate Burton.

For information about the event, contact Denise Pringle at (727) 524-8153.


Donate blood, receive T-shirt, MOSI discount

This month and next, Florida Blood Services is reminding donors that their gifts of whole blood, red cells, plasma or platelets help cancer patients. FBS offers all donors during this two-month campaign an "I Can Fight Cancer — I donate blood" T-shirt, plus a buy-one-ticket, get-one-free coupon for the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. In addition, all donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, plus a cholesterol screening. Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be donors. Identification is required. For information, call toll-free 1-800-682-5663 or visit

Community news: CareFest, gardening, donating blood 09/17/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2011 4:30am]
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