Cookbook author shares recipes, special stories
Joanne Caras, the author of The Holocaust Survivors Cookbook, is the featured speaker at Miracles & Meals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chabad of St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. Caras will have samples of cookbook recipes for tasting and stories of survival of those who contributed to the recipes. Signed cookbooks will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Carmei Ha'ir, a Jerusalem soup kitchen that also provides food to elementary school children and food baskets to needy families. $5 admission. For more information, visit www.chabadsp.com or call (727) 344-4900.
Animal Affaire Gala is benefit for SPCA
Bring your human and pet friends to the Animal Affaire Gala Kick-off event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Drive. This event features complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drink specials and a sneak preview of gala auction items. This event benefits the SPCA Tampa Bay and is free to attend. For more information call (727) 896-2400.
Groups collecting donations for troops
Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwavable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at: 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.
Civil War re-enactors set for three days of shows
The 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Re-enactor Regiment will host an American Civil War Weekend Encampment and 12th annual Historical Battle Re-enactment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 to 27 at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, in Tierra Verde. These re-enactments feature a regiment depicting Union and Confederate infantry, artillery and cavalry. Historical battle re-enactments will take place each afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Other activities include period vendors, a mock military trial, artillery demonstrations, and drum and fife music performances. Free. For more information, call (727) 430-8136 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm.
Let crystal bowls inspire meditative experience
Ron Hays hosts his signature Crystal Bowl Meditative Experience from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Longhouse, 2309 49th St. S in Gulfport. Guests are invited to dress in loose clothing and bring pillows, mats, blankets or anything else needed to comfortably recline on the floor. This experience is designed to help guests "get below the chatter of the mind," using the sonic vibrations of crystal bowls tuned to different notes as Hays guides attendees to relax and delve deeper into a meditative state. Admission is $15 and can be paid at the door or purchased online at theglobalpage.com/upcoming_experiences. For more information, visit the website or call (727) 537-6058.
Christian rock bands to give concert at church
Rockfest, a showcase of Christian rock acts in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas, begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4825 East Bay Drive. This free, outdoor concert will last into the night, so bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. For more information or to see a lineup of the bands visit living-love.net or call (727) 251-6630.
Students use Broadway to benefit Israeli group
The nationally acclaimed Pinellas County Center for the Arts Musical Theater students will present an Afternoon of Scenes and Songs of Broadway at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S.
The afternoon of music is accompanied by a lunch and requires a minimum donation of $36.
The money raised will go to the Pinellas/Pasco Chapter of American Friends of Magen David Adom, "Israel's 911" who helps those in Israel facing serious medical traumas.
The funds raised at this event will help buy medical supplies, including cardiac defibrillators, pressure bandages, trauma packets and more.
For more information about this event or to make reservations, call (727) 864-2008 or (727) 391-1500.
Forum at Eckerd College explores Richelieu's art
The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College is hosting the forum "Cardinal Richelieu's Art Collection at his Castle at Richelieu, France" at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis House on the college campus, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The forum is free and open to the public. Call (727) 864-8834 or visit eckerd.edu/aspec.