Chamber tries a new name, new strategy
As part of its three-year strategic plan, the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce has changed its name to Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce. The group announced the switch at its 59th annual meeting held Sept. 22 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.
During the program, the chamber's annual awards were also announced including the following: Citizen of the Year, John Goodman, chief executive officer of the Goodman Group (owners of the Palms of Largo); Mac Norcross Small Business Leader of the Year, Jim England, England Brothers Construction; Business Member of the Year, Largo Medical Center; Silver Hammer Award, city of Largo for the new Largo Community Center; President's Award, Melody Hunter, Realtor, for overseeing the Chamber Leads Network program; Membership Award, Jim Brangenberg, Platinum Information Services Inc. for new membership recruitment; Committee Chairman's Award, Laverne Welch, Grand Villa, for her efforts in increasing participation and membership outreach with the Ambassadors Committee.
Learn about Pinellas history from 1912-1921
The Pinellas County Historical Society will present the second installment of its series, Pinellas by the Decades, at 2 p.m. Sunday inside Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. This month's program is "1912-1921, Independence, New Challenges, and New Opportunities." Historian James Schnur is the coordinator. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (727) 582-2123.
Put on thinking cap for recycling contest
Largo is holding its third annual Recycled Innovations Contest. The online contest is designed to encourage the community to go beyond recycling by repurposing their waste. Participants are required to construct useful creations from the contents of their trash can. Entries must be made of 75 percent or more recycled material that would otherwise be discarded. Acceptable entries will be functional items made of materials that can be diverted from the waste stream. Winners will receive eco-friendly prizes such as solar/wind powered chargers for small electronics, environmental board games and learning toys. Prizes will be awarded to the innovators receiving the most online votes in various age categories including Tiny Innovators, Junior Innovators, Tween Innovators, Techie Teen Innovators and MacGyvers. The deadline for entry including photo submission and entry description is Oct. 28. Online voting will take place from Nov. 1-12. The winners will be announced on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15. To enter, visit largorecycles.com. For more information, call (727) 586-7424.
Model train show has a little of everything
Friday's H&R Train Show, the 61st installment of H&R Trains' well known judged layout competition, will feature exhibits of every scale of model railroading, beginning at 10 a.m. at H&R Trains, 6901 U.S. 19 N. Also, model train-related vendors, how-to classes, seminars, demonstrations, children's downhill wooden train races and train car painting, door prizes and more. Free. For more information, call (727) 526-4682 or visit hrtrains.com.
Hospital seeks help for retail shops
Bayfront Medical Center needs volunteers for its Gift Gallery and Baby Boutique at Bayfront Baby Place. There are three four- and five-hour shifts available daily. Volunteers will get a meal ticket to the cafeteria and free parking at the hospital during shifts. If interested in becoming a Gift Gallery or Baby Place Boutique volunteer or for more information, call Cyd Hendrick at (727) 893-6878.
Fun Fair has carnival, flea market, more
St. Patrick Catholic School, 1501 Trotter Road, will hold its annual Fun Fair from Thursday to Sunday. Along with carnival rides, games, food, entertainment and a flea market, there will be live entertainment each day including nationally recognized children's singer Jack Hartmann at 7 p.m. Thursday and Suite Caroline at 7 p.m. Friday. Cost: food and game tickets, 3 for $1; ride tickets, 20 for $17; four-day ride wristband $55. Thursday night ride wristband, $25; Sunday ride wristband, $25 (all are at-the-gate prices). For more information, visit stpatsfair.com or call (727) 581-4865.
Torah studies set for Wednesdays at center
Explore contemporary Torah thought, with a special focus on issues surrounding spirituality, the human psyche, love and relationships at "Torah Studies: A Weekly Journey into the Soul of Torah." A program of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, Torah Studies will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Oct. 26 through Jan. 4 at the Chabad Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. There will be a special Hanukkah class on Dec. 19, rather than class on Dec. 21.
Although there is no course fee, there is a $36 textbook fee for the semester. For more information or registration, call (727) 344-4900 or visit ChabadSP.com.