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Community news: food drive, Equal Pay Day, Social Security


Curves food drive helps St. Vincent de Paul

Six local Curves — in Seminole, Largo, Indian Rocks-Largo, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg — are collecting nonperishable groceries during their food drive that runs through April 30.

Items collected will be donated to two chapters of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the downtown St. Petersburg Chapter and the St. Matthew Catholic Church Chapter.

The participating Curves are rewarding women who join Curves during the food drive by waiving their joining fee (service fee) if they bring a bag of nonperishable groceries to donate.

In 2010, three Curves (Seminole, Largo and Bardmoor) donated almost 2,700 pounds of food. Because St. Vincent de Paul submitted for matching funds under the Feinstein Foundation Grant last year, it received fund-matching credit of $1 per pound of food.

This year, all monetary and food donations received by April 30 are eligible for the grant funds.

To donate food or funds, call one of the following Curves for driving directions: Curves Seminole, (727) 320-9737; Curves Largo East Bay, (727) 559-7741; Curves Indian Rocks-Largo, (727) 595-3733; Curves Pinellas Park N, (727) 561-0425; Curves Pinellas Park S, (727) 547-4727; and Curves St. Petersburg-Boyd Hill, (727) 865-8508.

Anyone interested in helping the local branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is asked to leave a message at the St. Vincent de Paul Help Line at (727) 398-6618 or write to St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Matthew Catholic Church Chapter, P.O. Box 10097, Largo, FL 33777. The St. Petersburg office can be reached at (727) 823-2516.


'Unhappy Hour' Tuesday marks Equal Pay Day

The Business and Professional Women of St. Petersburg-Pinellas will hold their annual "Unhappy Hour" in recognition of Equal Pay Day from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S. Equal Pay Day marks the day the average woman in the United States finally earns the amount that her male counterpart earned in the previous calendar year. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. The public is invited to this free event, and no RSVP is required. For more information, contact Kristin Guenthardt at (727) 551-5225 or visit


Discuss Social Security at meeting Wednesday

AARP is hosting a community conversation on Social Security from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.

The goal is to preserve and strengthen Social Security for today's seniors and future generations.

The public is encouraged to come out and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of a few of the ideas some people have raised to change Social Security.

RSVP to Michelle Cyr at or call (727) 592-8008.


Free football clinic for ages 8-17 is April 23

The city's Athletics Division will host a free football clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Ridgecrest YMCA, 1801 119th St. N. Athletes ages 8-17 will learn on-field skills and drills from the city's recreation staff as well as local high school coaches. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registered participants and a free lunch will be provided for participants and volunteers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian. For information, call (727) 366-3910 or visit


Author to address Historical Society

The Largo Historical Society will meet Monday at the Historic Largo Feed Store, 295 Central Park Drive. The guest speaker will be author Jim Schnur, who recently released Images of America: Largo. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner, followed by the speaker. For information, call Charlie Harper at (727) 584-4906.


O'Shea to speak at Republican Club event

Peggy O'Shea, recently re-elected to the Pinellas County School Board, will address the members and guests of the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. O'Shea will discuss the School Board budget and other current issues. She will answer questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.


Pick up native plants at spring sale Saturday

The Native Plant Society's spring plant sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wilcox Nursery, 12501 Indian Rocks Road. Native plants will be available for sale, and there will be native plant specialists on hand for advice, along with free educational seminars, garden art and more exhibits. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 595-2073 or visit


'Bark in the Park' expo benefits police dogs

From household pets to police dogs, it's all about dogs at this expo. The "Bark in the Park" pet expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. Activities will include pet adoptions, craft and pet vendors, and contests for Frisbee toss, novice and open obedience, and best-dressed dog. Proceeds from contest entries benefit the purchase of bulletproof vests for active duty police dogs and the retired police dog medical fund. Entry is free; $10 per contest. For information, call (727) 488-6321.


Masonic Band presents free concert today

The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Peter Harris, presents a free concert at 4 p.m. today at the Masonic Home, 320 First St. NE. For information, call (727) 584-1391.


MOPS meet Monday for fashion show, crafts

The Mothers of Preschoolers will meet from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Education Center Room at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. This meeting will feature a "Fashion Show with a Twist," a light breakfast, discussion group time and a craft. While mothers are enjoying the company of other mothers, children can be cared for in the preschool-like program, moppets. Children must be preregistered by e-mail to The MOPS ask that attendees bring a bag of white rice to donate to the Deacon's Pantry, if possible. For information, call (727) 595-3421.


Public invited to art show reception today

The Exhibiting Society of Artists Annual Awards Show will have an opening reception from 2:30 to 5 p.m. today at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. The show is an annual juried event with awards given to the top six entrants chosen by the judge and will continue through May 6. The reception is a free public event. For information, send an e-mail to


Young Democrats meet Monday for first mixer

The newly formed Pinellas County Young Democrats will host a social mixer, the group's first, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Luna at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park Hotel, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. For information, call Shannon Love at (727) 512-2098.


Concert today features classical, show tunes

Edward Crader, tenor and pianist, will present a benefit concert of classical music and show tunes at 3 p.m. today at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 330 85th Ave., where he has served as choir director since 2001. The public is invited to come and hear the music of Stradella, Bellini, Schonberg, Mozart, Handel, Dvorak and Andrew Lloyd Webber. For information, call the church office at (727) 360-8406.


Driver's license office closing for renovations

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that its driver's license office in Pinellas Park, 6855 62nd Ave. N, will be closed for maintenance and renovations Monday through April 29. Customers who need services can visit the Pinellas County Tax Collector's Office in Largo, 13025 Starkey Road. Residents may also visit for online license renewals and a list of all tax collector locations that offer driver's license services. For information, visit or call (727) 464-7777.

Community news: food drive, Equal Pay Day, Social Security 04/09/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 9, 2011 4:30am]
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