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Community news: ESOL classes, Hospice trains teen helpers and more


Register for ESOL classes at church

First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks has announced the fall registration for English as a Second Language classes to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Smiley's building at the front entrance to the church campus, 12685 Ulmerton Road. Classes will be weekly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday nights. Free tutoring is available Monday nights for school-age children, and child care is provided Wednesday nights. Classes are free, but books are available for purchase. For more information, call Patricia Webster at (727) 461-7419 or e-mail


Hospice to hold open house for teen helpers

Suncoast Hospice is having a Teen Volunteer Open House from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Roosevelt Community Service Center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Teens ages 14 to 18 are invited to attend and learn about volunteer opportunities. Duties will vary, from helping in the resale shops to helping with special events. Volunteers also work the cameras and other equipment to help patients and families record their life stories or become Party Pals to celebrate special occasions. They also form cheer teams to visit patients at home.

Current volunteers will be on hand to share their stories. Snacks and door prizes will be included. An emphasis will be on recruiting teen volunteers for mid Pinellas County who are willing to work out of the center in Clearwater. For teens interested in volunteering at the Palm Harbor or St. Petersburg offices, call Kathi Wendt at (727) 771-4433 or Laura McGary at (727) 771-4435 for Palm Harbor or Fabiana Compas at (727) 564-5920 for St. Petersburg.


Prom dress nonprofit is seeking volunteers

Belle of the Ball Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides homecoming and prom dresses to low-income high school girls in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, needs volunteers for its distribution days at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. Positions include greeters, personal shoppers, sign-out workers and back-room workers to accept donations. Shifts will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24; Oct. 1, 8, 22 and 29; and Nov. 5. Volunteers can sign on for one date or several. Those interested can contact Joe Marteski at (727) 580-0891 or e-mail Visit for more information.


Fantasy author will sign books Friday

Greg V. Gussler, an author and St. Petersburg resident, will sign copies of his fictional fantasy book, The Blizzard of Flaws, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Small Adventures Bookshop, 3107 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. For more information, contact Megan palmer at 1-888-361-9473 or

Madeira Beach

Library hosts funny film showing Tuesday

Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, is hosting its World Humor Film showing at 4 p.m. Tuesday. This day's film is Strawberries and Chocolate, a story of an unlikely friendship. For more information, call (727) 391-2828.

St. Pete Beach

City renting spaces for big yard sale

The city of St. Pete Beach is hosting its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Indoor spaces in the gym and outdoor covered spaces are available first-come, first-served for $15, or $17.50 for nonresidents. Registration is under way and will continue until all spaces are filled. To register or for more information, visit the community center office or call (727) 363-9245.

St. Petersburg

Church seeks hygiene items for shelter, poor

The People That Love Church and Mission, 817 Fifth Ave. N, needs basic hygiene items for its emergency homeless shelter and to distribute to the poor. Products needed include shampoo, soap, spray deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, baby powder, lotions, disposable diapers, razors and shaving cream. Feminine hygiene items also are distributed. Donations can be brought to the church any time.


Babysitting class is Sept. 20, Sept. 22

Southwest Recreation is holding a "Safe Sitter'' babysitting class, a nationally recognized program for boys and girls ages 11 to 13, on Sept. 20 and Sept. 22. It will give future sitters a chance to have fun with children and teach them how to recognize a medical emergency and take appropriate action. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. The cost is $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Participants must have a Largo Recreation card. The "Safe Sitter" handbook is included in the course fee. For more information or to register, call (727) 518-3125.


Registration under way for Bible study

Registration is under way for Clearwater Community Bible Study. Fall sessions begin Sept. 7. The group will meet from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday inside the Community Room at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE. Last year the group focused on the book of Genesis. This year the focus will be on the books of I Peter, II Peter and Hebrews. The group also has a children's ministry. For registration and more information, e-mail or visit


Library offers movies for kids on Wednesdays

Beginning Wednesday, the Largo Public Library will offer Pinellas County students an afternoon movie. "Early Release Day Movies'' will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the children's auditorium. Here is the schedule: Aug. 31, Gnomeo & Juliet; Sept. 7, Lemonade Mouth; Sept. 14, Tangled; Sept. 21, Rango; Sept. 28, Soul Surfer. For more information, call (727) 587-6715.

Community news: ESOL classes, Hospice trains teen helpers and more 08/25/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 5:12pm]
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