Walk-a-thon benefits church's Haiti mission
Partners with Haiti Inc., a ministry of St. Paul's Catholic Church, will hold its annual walk-a-thon Saturday to raise money for its work in Haiti, which includes the support of A Bon Samaritan clinic, which opened a year ago.
This year the walk honors Nikenson Cenatus, 19, who drowned at Fort De Soto Park in July. The teenager had come to the United States from his small Haitian village for hip surgery.
Registration for the walk is 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday. The walk begins at 9 a.m. The 2-mile walk starts in the parking lot behind St. Paul's, 1800 12th St. N, and continues to and around Crescent Lake before returning to the church. The $20 registration includes a T-shirt and refreshments. To register beforehand or make a donation, go to partnerswithhaiti.com or call (727) 452-1239.
Oktoberfest for kids falls on Halloween
The Jordan Park and 22nd Street District presents an Oktoberfest for kids from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday on 22nd Street and 14th Avenue. Kids can enjoy games, food, a haunted house and candy. The free event is intended to provide a safe place for kids to enjoy the holiday. For more information, call Marion Davis at (727) 320-5021.
Mission organizes Halloween buffet, movie
The People That Love Church and Mission Inc., 817 Fifth Ave. N, is hosting a Halloween buffet at 8 p.m. Monday. This celebration will feature a family-themed movie and deli buffet with treats for everyone to enjoy. For more information call (727) 820-0775.
Guest readers lined up for Fiendish Fundraiser
The Studio@620 WMNF Radio Theatre Project's Fiendish Fundraiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The evening will include murder mysteries, Poe readings, costume contests, prizes and more. Special guest readers of the night include Brendan McLaughlin, Rob Lorei, Mary Ann Ferenc, Bob Devin Jones and others too ghoulish to mention here. Proceeds benefit the 2011-2012 season of monthly live radio theater.
Admission costs $20. Because this is a fundraiser, red member tickets will not be accepted for this event. For more information, call (727) 895-6620.
Tampa Bay Area
Heritage Village seeks former Bomb-a-Dears
As Pinellas County prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday next year, Heritage Village is looking for former Bomb-a-Dears to participate in its "Trees and Traditions" celebration, which highlights holiday traditions from the 1850s through the 1940s. Volunteers who served during World War II should call Connie Allen at (727) 596-6153.
Museum hosts Viva the Divas shopping event
Viva the Divas — Shopping Extraordinaire, sponsored by the Stuart Society and the Museum of Fine Arts, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. Twenty-five artists, jewelers and craftsmen will display their wares in the conservatory, just in time for the holidays. Guests receive a 20 percent discount, along with savory treats, wine, music, chance opportunities and complimentary wrapping for gifts. The cost is $25. For more information, call (727) 896-2667.
Library presents foreign film 'Little Sparrows'
The Gulf Beaches Public Library will host an International Film Movement at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 200 Municipal Drive. The featured film will be Little Sparrows, a simple and sincere film celebrating life and the unconditional love of a mother. This event is free. For more information, call (727) 391-2828.
Volunteers needed to prepare taxes
The AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to prepare federal taxes. The nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation service serves low to middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training (five to six days in January), reimbursement for mileage and the camaraderie of a great team. Computer knowledge is necessary. A minimum commitment of four hours a week during February, March and early April is required. For more details, e-mail email@example.com or call Sylvia Scoble, volunteer coordinator, at (727) 595-7408.
Seniors, these free workshops are for you
The Senior Learning Council, a Florida not-for-profit providing education to seniors regarding health care, daily living, government programs and assistance, is sponsoring a series of free educational workshops of particular interest to area seniors. The series "What Consumers Need to Know" includes the topic Reverse Mortgages. The workshops will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St. N, 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St., and at 1 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
For reservations or more information, call Donna at (727) 278-6338. Reservations are appreciated to assure material availability and room setup.
ST. PETE BEACH
Art class teaches a fast and easy technique
The St. Pete Beach Recreation Division announces the beginning of a new class, Art for the Heart. Local artist Caroline Duvoe teaches her students a fast and easy technique called action painting, a style that provides instant gratification as well as a creative outlet. Classes begin on Tuesday and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at the St. Pete Beach Community Center and Aquatic Complex, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Classes cost $15 each or $50 for an entire month. For more information or to enroll in the class, call Caroline at (727) 647-8294 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goodies needed for troop care packages
Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwavable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at: the Army Recruiting Office, 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to Joe Tapp, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For more information, contact Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.
Hospital looking for dedicated volunteers
St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Ave. N, needs enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers for the gift shop and patient care. For an application, call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by the information desk.
Singers sought for holiday show
The Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus is seeking men, women and children to participate in this year's Christmas Spectacular Show, which will be held Dec. 11 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The holiday show is part of the center's Sunday Matinee Music Series, featuring dinner, live entertainment and dancing. All singers must attend four rehearsals before the show and be prepared to sing three songs on the program. Sheet music and learning CDs will be provided at no cost to all singers. Rehearsals will begin in November. For more information, call Lance at (727) 410-5696.
Earl Klugh performing at the cultural center
Twelve-time Grammy nominee Earl Klugh will perform at the Largo Cultural Center at 8 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets cost $39 VIP, $34 advance, $39 day of show. Tickets can be purchased online at LargoArts.com or by calling the box office at (727) 587-6793.