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Community news events: Alumni Singers audition, drop off hazardous waste, St. Petersburg mayoral forum

The Alumni Singers Inc., St. Petersburg, will hold an open audition for singers at 6 p.m., on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. We are looking for former high school and college choir members who have the desire to sing. For information, please call (727) 323-7004.

Hazardous waste, chemical and electronics recycling: Residents will be able to drive up and drop off their hazardous and unwanted electronics and chemicals. Pinellas County Solid Waste offers this service free to county households from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Largo Recycling Collection Center, 1551 Starkey Road. Businesses should arrange for drop-off and payment by calling Creative Recycling at (813) 621-2319 for electronics or EQ Florida at (813) 319-3400 for chemicals.

Discussion with Rep. Kathleen Peters: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a roundtable discussion with Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters and beach leaders at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. This forum will be open to the public and will include a question and answer session. Peters will accept inquiries about any issues constituents may have and address topics to be brought up at the upcoming legislative session. For information, call (727) 360-6957 or visit tampabaybeaches.com.

Mayoral forum: The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will partner with LocalShops1 to present an election forum for St. Petersburg mayoral candidates Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman. The forum will focus on economic development and the concerns of small businesses. The forum is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the USFSP University Student Center Ballroom, 200 Sixth Ave. S. Reception starts at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. There will be free parking at the USFSP garage, 250 Fifth Ave. S. For information, call (727) 873-4456

Good bug or bad bug?: The Natural History Speaker Series opens its 2013-2014 season, with the fascinating world of insects and what makes them beneficial or harmful and how to tell the difference. Presenter Cindy Peacock, a horticulturist with 15 years' experience, teaches programs such as butterfly gardening, vegetable gardening, insects, citrus and other fruit trees, and native plants. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. The series will held on the second Tuesday of every month and is free. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill.html.

Meet the candidates: The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and the Broadwater Civic Association will host a forum where residents can meet the mayoral and council candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the forum at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S. For information, call (727) 864-4188.

Home buyer workshop: Attendees will learn the basics of the home buying process, including helpful resource information on down payment assistance and homes for sale. The workshop is especially helpful for those who are working with a lender and need a home buyer education class certificate or have owned a home before and are considering a new purchase. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, 600 Cleveland St., Suite 800, Clearwater.

Water carnival: The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, will host a water carnival from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14. There will be water- and land-based games and prizes for children. The event includes carnival games, water activities and a treasure hunt. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the pool from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Pet calendar contest: Enter your pet for a chance to be featured in the Humane Society of Pinellas' 2014 pet calendar. A $10 donation will put your pet's photo somewhere in the calendar. For $1, family and friends can vote for their favorite entry. The top vote-getters will receive a professional photo session from Rebecca Brittain and will be featured in the calendar for a particular month. The contest runs through Sept. 22. Photos can be sent to HSP@mulabula.com or uploaded to mulabula.com/humanepinellas. To be a calendar sponsor or to get more information, call (727) 797-7722, ext. 222.

Volunteer to help the needy: Daystar Life Center is an independent nonprofit that provides basic needs for families and individuals in times of crisis. There will be a volunteer information session at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 498-8794 or email kitty.rawson@daystarlife.com.

Nutrition volunteers: The Pinellas County Extension Master Volunteer University is looking for volunteers who would like to become master food and nutritional volunteers. Beginning in October, this program allows people to share with county residents lessons about nutrition, fitness, wellness and culinary arts. No prior training, education or nutrition knowledge is necessary. Participants who want to rise to the level of a master food and nutrition volunteer will be required to participate in a 40-hour training course. The classes will run from Oct. 1 to Dec. 3. Classes will include lectures, workshops, demonstrations and field trips. The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 20. The cost is $50 and covers class supplies and course materials. For information, call (727) 582-2104.

Be a fall vendor: The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is accepting applications for vendors for the fall season. Specialty vendors, including those selling seafood, cheese and gourmet food products, are encouraged to apply. Applicants will need to submit a brief overview of what they intend to vend, pictures of their products and an outline of where they are, or have been, vending. Vendors must be properly licensed, and food vendors must provide product details along with their application. The season begins Oct. 1 and runs through June. For information, call (727) 278-4285 or email gulfportmarket@gmail.com.

Community news events: Alumni Singers audition, drop off hazardous waste, St. Petersburg mayoral forum 09/03/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 5:30pm]
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