Reception to feature photographer's work
View the work of Dick Jacobs, photographer, writer and activist, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at USF St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S. This wine and cheese reception is free and open to the public. Participants are also encouraged to respond to his blog as a part of the exhibition. Call (727) 822-7872.
May 31 is deadline for scholarship application
South Pasadena residents and high school graduating students of the city of South Pasadena have until May 31 to apply for the city's annual scholarship award. Applicants must have been city residents for the past two years and been accepted at an accredited college, university, trade or technical school. Applications are available at South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S, or online at ci.south-pasadena.fl.us. Call the City Clerk's Office at (727) 347-4171.
Museum reception for Old Northeast exhibit
The St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, is hosting an opening reception and panel discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday for the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Associations exhibit. The reception will include the unveiling of the exhibit, a building "Box City" activity for children and a book signing with Robin Gonzalez, author of Souvenir of St. Petersburg, Views from the Vinoy, which this exhibit is based on. A suggested donation of $5 will benefit the museum. Call the museum at (727) 894-1052.
Merchants group will collect food for needy
The Gulfport Merchants Association is collecting donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and personal items to be distributed to the Gulfport Senior Center Pantry, which helps struggling Gulfport families. Donations can be dropped off at the association tent from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tuesday Fresh Market on Beach Boulevard, below 29th Avenue S.
St. Pete Beach
Bear sale will benefit CASA this weekend
St. Pete Beach's Corey Corners, 350 Corey Ave., is hosting a fundraiser in which a large lot of gently loved bears will be sold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Community Action Stops Abuse to help stop domestic violence. You can help with the purchase of a unique bear with its own life's story, or donate a new bear to be given directly to the children of CASA. There will be refreshments, door prizes and raffles throughout the day. Free parking. Call (727) 498-8778.
Retired educators will meet Thursday
The South Pinellas Retired Educators Association meets at 11 a.m. the second Thursday of each month from October through May at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. Meetings are open to all teachers, support workers and administrators. After a social lunch, the meeting begins at noon with a planned activity. Thursday will feature well-known presenter of living dramas Betty Gray. Members are asked to bring a card with the name of a motivating person in history that they would like to know more about. E-mail Joyce Walters at email@example.com.
Seminar to discuss international adoptions
Families interested in expanding or starting their family through international adoption can learn more about the process at 2 p.m. Saturday during a free seminar at Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. The seminar will discuss the adoption programs that Adoption Ark runs in six countries, and the process for adopting from each. Preregistration is required. A second seminar will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Warren Webster Building, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way. To register, call (727) 421-0441 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gulfport Library Friends prepare for April 2 sale
Bibliomaniacs Friends of the Gulfport Library are preparing for their annual book sale on April 2 and need music, movies and book donations. Only new or gently used and clean donations will be accepted. Rare treasures also are appreciated. Proceeds will support programs for children and youth, speakers, special collections, and Library furnishings. Donations can be dropped off at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturdays. Donors also can schedule a pick up for three or more boxes. For more information or to schedule a pick up, call (727) 322-5217.
St. Pete Beach
Concert group Trilogy to perform at church
Trilogy, a concert group that brings chimes, bells and voice to the stage, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pass-a-Grille Community Church, 107 16th Ave. The group repertoire includes favorite hymns and anthems, plus light classical music. Free. Call (727) 360-5508 or visit pagchurch.org.
St. Pete Beach
'Rolling Thunder' truck set for Sunday market
Lightning strikes St. Pete Beach's Corey Sunday Market as it hosts "Rolling Thunder" mobile, the Tampa Bay Lightning's 50-foot entertainment truck. This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids, with hockey sticks in hand, will be able to play simulated ice hockey inside the truck. In addition, free video games and table hockey will be available for kids to play, and representatives of the Tampa Bay Lightning will be around with lots of prizes and giveaways. Free. Call (727) 410-5040 or (813) 301-6590.
St. Pete Beach
Alden Beach Resort completes renovation
After receiving complaints that some suites were too noisy and dark for guests, the Alden, 5900 Gulf Blvd., made some changes. The Alden Beach Resort and Suites just completed a $300,000 renovation of the Bermuda Suites. The renovation fixed both problems; a soundproof board was put in under the new tile floors, and the new white tile and soft colors brightened up the suites. For more information about the renovation or the resort, call (727) 360-7081.
Meeting will offer update on homeless
Join Sarah Snyder, executive director of Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless, for an update on homelessness in Pinellas County and a discussion of plans for the future. The presentation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Book Lover's Café, 2105 Central Ave. The evening, sponsored by the League of Women Voters St. Petersburg Area, is free. Donations will be accepted. Appetizers and beverages will be available. Call (727) 896-5197.
Jewish film festival kick-off party is today
Today's kick-off party for the 15th Annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival featuring films portraying Jewish culture and history includes a viewing of The Matchmaker, guest speakers and a dessert reception at Tampa Theatre. St. Petersburg Times Movie Critic Steve Persall recommends not missing the screening Thursday at 9 p.m. at BayWalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N, where director Evgeny Afineevsky will introduce a screening of Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! starring Lainie Kazan and Carmen Electra. Also, Sunday at Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Hasidic reggae musician Matisyahu will appear at a 3 p.m. screening of the Gut Shabbes Vietnam. Matisyahu will perform a short musical set after the movie and answer audience questions. He'll be in concert at the theater later that night.
Other events include two discussion forums on caring for people with special needs, inspired by the drama Anita, starring Alejandra Manzo as a woman with Down syndrome. The movie and discussions will be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. at BayWalk 20 and Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. at Channelside Cinemas, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa.
For information and tickets, visit the festival website at tbjff.org/filmschedule.html or call (813) 264-9000. All films are $6. The kick-off party is $15.
Come take the stick at Wings of Freedom Tour
See a national touring flying tribute to the crews of bomber and fighter aircraft, including the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang at the Wings of Freedom Tour. Planes will be on display from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, 14700 Terminal Blvd., Clearwater. Explore the aircraft inside and out or try your hand at the stick for up to an hour. Tours: $12 adults, $6 for 11 and younger; B-17 or B-24 flight $425; take the stick of a P-51 for a half hour for $2,200; or spend one hour at the stick of a P-51 for $3,200. Call toll-free, 1-800-568-8924 or visit fly2pie.com.
Tampa Bay Area
Barbershop singers will bring valentines to life
A barbershop quartet delivering a singing valentine in four-part harmony is available for your loved ones. Members of the Barbershop Harmony Society will perform at homes, offices, hospitals or wherever that special sweetheart may be from Friday to Monday. In addition to love songs, the recipient will receive a red rose and parchment scroll to commemorate the occasion. Prices start at $50. Deliveries can be made anywhere in Pinellas and Pasco counties. To reserve a singing valentine, call (727) 586-4817.
Bethel AME Church will mark Founder's Day
Bethel AME Church, founded in 1894 and St. Petersburg's oldest African-American congregation, is celebrating the denomination's Founder's Day Sunday. The speaker at the 11 a.m. service will be the congregation's new pastor, the Rev. Bryant A. Fayson, whose last assignment was the historic St. Paul AME Church in Tampa. Bethel is at 912 Third Ave. N. Call (727) 822-2089.
Youths invited to have fun at Highland complex
Kids in sixth to eighth grade are invited for Teen Night at Highland Recreation, 400 Highland Ave., Largo, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The event will include open gym, games and music. Refreshments will be on sale. The cost is $3 for residents with a recreation card, $3.75 for nonresidents with a recreation card and $6.75 for guests with no recreation card. Call (727)518-3016.
Knights of Columbus offer Roaring '20s Night
Tickets are on sale for the Knights of Columbus Roaring '20s Night, which will be held Feb. 19 in Monsignor McCall Hall, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. Included will be gaming with funny money, prizes, dancing and an Italian dinner with a dessert station. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (727) 458-4811 .
Have a flower pup? Bring him to Woofstock
Bring your pooch to the park Saturday during Woofstock. The event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, includes a owner-pet pup stroll, a police dog demonstration, contests and entertainment. Call (727) 581-3016.
Forum for seniors will discuss Eckerd College
The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College present the next installment in the ASPEC Public Forum Series, "A Discussion about Eckerd College and Other Topics of Mutual Interest," at 4 p.m. today at Lewis House on the Eckerd Campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. This event is free and open to the public. Visit eckerd.edu/aspec or call (727) 864-8834.
GOP club to hear status of area transit systems
Bob Lasher, manager of community relations for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, will address the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. today at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. Lasher will discuss the status of transportation systems in Pinellas County and potential plans for a light-rail system. After the presentation, the audience will be able to comment and ask questions. Call (727) 864-0312
'Treats & Treasures' sale is set for this weekend
The St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd NE, will present its annual "Treats & Treasures" flea market and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, featuring homemade soups, hot dogs, coffee, soft drinks and baked goods. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Gulfcoast Oncology Foundation. Call (727) 922-6659.
Lunch, fashion show benefits women's group
"Hearts and Flowers on Parade," a luncheon and fashion show to benefit the St. Raphael's Council of Catholic Women, begins at noon Saturday in the St. Raphael's parish center, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. The event will feature fashions from Patchington of Isla Del Sol and a jewelry and handbag sale. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. For reservations, e-mail email@example.com or call (727) 520-8502.
Celebrate Earth Day with 'Trashy Fashion'
Applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Trashy Fashion Show scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. April 22 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Amateur eco-fashion designers can apply to showcase their 'trashions' — fashions created from items that would otherwise have been discarded. The Trashy Fashion Show is an educational event that celebrates Earth Day.
Participants are encouraged to think outside of the blue bin to create their wearable designs of at least 75 percent recycled or discarded items. Prizes will be awarded to the best designs in four age categories: Junior Designer (kindergarten through fifth grade), Teen/Tween Designer (sixth through eighth grade), High-End Designer (ninth through 12th grade) and Adult Designer (ages 18 and over).
Participants must first complete an online application by March 21. After the application is submitted, participants are required to send a digital photo, description of their design and an environmental fact to accompany their design by April 5 for consideration in the show.
Sponsorships also are available.
Visit LargoRecycles.com or call (727) 586-7424.