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Community news from concerts to cleanups

Sweetheart Shuffle: You and your valentine can step out for an evening of live music at the historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg. Dance the night away to the sounds of Buster Cooper, the Shawn Brown Band, On Que Players and Theo Valentine and Friends. 5 to 10 p.m. today at 643 22nd St. S. Cost is $25 and features a cash bar. For reservations, call (727) 323-1104.

Music in the Afternoon: St. Pete Beach Recreation Division and the Friends of St. Pete Beach bring back "Music in the Afternoon" today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the St. Pete Beach Community Center and Aquatic Complex, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. This free event features an afternoon tea, light dessert and refreshments. Music by the Rhythm Kings. For information, call (727) 363-9245.

Free concert: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg conducted by Peter Harris will present a free concert at 4 p.m. today at the Masonic Home at 320 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 584-1391.

Rounders band practice: The Greater St. Petersburg Area Second Time Arounders Marching Band celebrates its 30th season this year and is kicking off the season with its first full band practice at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. Those interested in joining the "Rounders" must be 18 years or older and have had previous band experience. For information, visit or call (727) 421-0520.

Books needed: Goodwill's BookWorks Preschool Literacy Program will collect new or slightly used books for children ages 2 to 5 now through March 13. To donate books, attach a note indicating they are for "BooksWorks" and drop them off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site. For store and donation sites, visit or call (888) 279-1988.

Literary Fest needs vendors: Vendors are sought for the 2nd annual James Weldon Johnson Literacy Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3 in the parkland behind the Johnson Branch Library and Enoch Davis Center, 1059 18th Ave. S. The event will feature a puppet show, moonwalks, free books for children, music and more. Vendors from businesses, agencies, individuals and organizations are invited to apply for display space. A 10 foot by 10 foot space costs $25; nonprofit organizations are free. Vendors must supply their own tables, chairs and tents (tents must not be larger than 10 feet by 10 feet). The complete vendor application, general release and payment must be received by Feb. 24. Checks should be made payable and mailed to: The Friends of the Johnson Branch Library, P.O. Box 1061, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. For a vendor application, call or visit the Johnson Branch Library at (727) 893-7113.

Meet the sheriff: Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will address the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce at its Business-to-Business Luncheon on Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palms of Largo Royal Palms Theater, 300 Lake Ave. N. He will provide an update on the Sheriff's Office operations with a focus on services designed to assist and protect businesses. Cost for the luncheon is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmember guests. To register, call (727) 584-2321 or email

Get ready to kick up your heels: Registration is under way for the 7th annual Shamrock'n Run 5K and 1.5-mile walk, which will be held March 16 at 7 p.m. at Ulmer Park, 301 W Bay Drive. Children 7 and under can also lace up their shoes and participate in the Clover Kids Fun Run starting at 8:15 p.m. Sign up between now and March 9 for early registration rates. Race fees: 5K costs $15 early registration, $20 after March 9; 1.5 Mile Walk is $10 preregistered, $15 after March 9; Clover Kids Fun Run, $7. To download a registration form, visit, or register online at For more information, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5016 or email

Help kids clean up park: The city of Largo, along with Cub Scout Pack 404 and Troop 404, will hold a community cleanup of Largo Central Park Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Scouts and volunteers will clean up waterways, remove debris, trim bushes, and spruce up the park with mulch. Refreshments will be provided with a hot dog lunch following at noon. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and garden tools. A limited number of tools will be provided. For information, call (727) 586-7415.

Community news from concerts to cleanups 02/11/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:30am]
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