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Donate clothes, and get free soccer tickets

Drop off clothing or household items at any Goodwill-Suncoast donation site (Goodwill-Suncoast Gandy, 10596 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in August and get a coupon good for a free ticket to an FC Tampa Bay professional soccer match with a paid admission. Coupons are good for home games at Al Lang Stadium on Aug. 13 and 20 and Sept. 17 and 24. For more information, call (727) 523-1512.

St. Petersburg

Flute extravaganza at Weedon Island Preserve

Heart's Breath Flute Extravaganza, a day of storytelling and indigenous flute workshops, is in its eighth year and will be held Friday and Saturday at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The event opens at 1 p.m. Friday with flute music and shopping for Native American-style flutes, flute bags and other craft items. At 2:30 p.m. there will be children's storytelling and a flute workshop. Then from 6 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a concert of creative sounds with Richard Schrei and the Teresa Arruza & Nuestra Tierra Trio. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be Native American performers featuring their music, art and culture, and a silent auction of hand-carved flutes and crafts. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be two workshops on the basics of indigenous flute playing through demonstration and instruction. Free. For more information, call (727) 453-6500 or visit

St. Petersburg

Get your zombie on, join 'Thriller' dance event

For the third year in a row, St. Petersburg is set to take part in the nationwide "Thrill the World" event, a simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller. In preparation for the Oct. 29 event, the Pier will hold weekly "Zombie Workshops" from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays for anyone interested in learning to put on their zombie makeup and joining the dance. The next lesson is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE. This event is free. For more information, call (727) 821-6443.

St. Petersburg

Author to meet fans at Bluelucy on Central

Join Tenea D. Johnson for the launch of her speculative fiction book, Smoketown, and the upcoming release of her novel, R/evolution, at the Art Imitates Art: Book Release and Art Show from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Bluelucy Creative Designs, 653 Central Ave. Also featured will be original artwork inspired by the book, signed copies, music, and light refreshments courtesy of Soho Sushi. Free. For more information, call (727) 455-4647 or visit


World record is goal for the Big Latch On

During the Big Latch On, a movement taking place Saturday in locations across the nation and beyond, nursing mothers will gather to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and try to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously. Registration for the free event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. At exactly 10:30 a.m. the count will begin and at 10:31, time is up. Your child must be latched on for a full minute in order to be part of the official count. For more information, call (727) 586-7415 or visit


Women's group now accepting applications

The Woman's Service League is accepting applications from Pinellas County organizations to benefit from its annual fundraiser. Charities must be listed under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. For an application, call (727) 343-3050. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 30.


Family Fun Fishing Day is at Walsingham Park

The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will hold its popular Family Fun Fishing Day from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. The free event includes fishing poles and bait for children up to age 14. Other anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles. Prizes are awarded for the first catch, most fish, smallest fish, and first-, second- and third-largest fish. Refreshments will be available for a $1 donation. For more information, call (727) 399-8343.

St. Petersburg

Badger alums to mark 150 years with party

To celebrate the University of Wisconsin's 150th birthday the UW Tampa Bay Alumni Club will host a party with free Babcock Ice Cream beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Ferg's Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave. After some free ice cream, alumni will then migrate to "College Alumni Night" at the Rays game vs. the Oakland A's beginning at 7:10 p.m. Tickets are $29 and include a lower-level seat plus food vouchers (a $10 savings) and a post-game concert with the Goo Goo Dolls. For more information or tickets, contact Linda Philipps at (813) 289-5283 or e-mail

St. Petersburg

Ballet to host informal open house Saturday

The St. Petersburg Ballet will host an informal open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at its new studio location, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Take a tour, pick up information about the trainee program and upcoming auditions. For more information, e-mail


Learn how to download, use eBooks at library

The Largo Public Library will hold eBooks training for those wanting to learn all about the new way to read books. It will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Participants will learn how to browse for eBooks, place a hold and check out eBooks from the library's digital catalog. For more information, call (727) 587-6715.

Community news: Freebies, zombies and more 08/02/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 2:29pm]
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