Dogs swim Saturday at Fossil Park Pool
The city Recreation Department offers three sessions of Dog Swim Day on Saturday at Fossil Park Pool, 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Times are 9 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dogs can swim off the leash and play before the pool closes for the season and maintenance. Register at start time with proof of your dog's current vaccination. People cannot swim. The fee is $5 per session for dogs; people get in free. For information, call (727) 893-7732.
Program aims to make dogs 'good citizens'
"Canine Good Citizen,'' a program to reward dogs that exhibit good behavior at home and in the community, will be offered at noon Saturday at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Way. The 10-step test is open to all breeds, but it is designed for pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Dogs that pass are eligible to receive a "Canine Good Citizen" certificate from the American Kennel Club. For information, visit www.SPCATampabay.org.
Hospital to offer free conference on diabetes
St. Anthony's Hospital Presents "Bridging the Gap: Empowering the Patient, Caregiver and Professional to Manage Diabetes," a free conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, 1900 Gandy Blvd. The conference will bring together health care providers, people living with diabetes, caregivers and those at risk of the disease for a day of education, discussion and inspiration. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register or for information, call (727) 953-6993.
Get creative for city's annual recycling contest
The city of Largo's recycling department will hold its third annual Recycled Innovations Contest, a competition in which participants submit digital photos of their eco-masterpieces online. Accepted entries will be functional items made of materials that can be diverted from the waste stream. Items must be made of at least 75 percent recycled material that would otherwise be discarded. Participants will vie for top prizes in several age categories including: Tiny Innovators, Junior Innovators, Tween Innovators, Techie Innovators and MacGyvers. Winners will be selected by online voting and will receive prizes including solar/wind-powered chargers for cell phones, mp3 players and small electronics, environmental board games and learning toys. Dates for entering the contest are Sept. 1 to Oct. 28. The public will be invited to vote online for the winners from Nov. 1 through Nov. 12. The contest results will be announced on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15. For information or to apply online, visit largorecycles.com.
Mentor program looking for volunteers for youth
Through Sept. 8, Big Brothers Big Sisters is calling for men to become part of the "100 Men in 100 Days" campaign and volunteer with the organization. The campaign started June 1 and has resulted in the submission of 46 applications locally from male volunteers. However, there are still more than 400 boys on the waiting list who are hoping to be matched with a positive role model. There is a great need for male and minority mentors. Volunteering will take place at locations throughout Pinellas County. For information, visit bbbspc.org/100Men or call (727) 518-8860.
Church to hold yearly International Festival
St. Jerome Catholic Church is preparing for its International Festival scheduled for Sept. 25. The event will be held in the Education Building after the 12:30 p.m. Mass and will continue until 4 p.m. Included in the event will be traditional food, costumes, music, dance and displays. Up to 30 countries will be represented. All cultural contributions are welcome, whether it's an ethnic dish or people reciting a poem or prayer in their native tongue. Those interested in representing or contributing to a particular country's presentation can call (727) 595-4610.