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Community news: garage sale, fishing, help the troops and more


Garage sale, wellness expo set for Saturday

The Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, is hosting a free Community Garage Sale and Wellness Expo from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. It will be held inside the gym. For information, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5008, or visit


Learn to fish, then take a deep sea excursion

Registration is under way for the city's Family Fishing Class and Deep Sea Excursion. The four-week class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays Sept. 6 through Sept. 27 at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Bait, poles and tackle are included with the class. The deep sea excursion will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 2, leaving from Clearwater Beach on the Double Eagle, a charter fishing boat. This is for ages 8 and older. The deadline to register is Sept. 2. An adult must accompany all children. Cost is $56 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. For information, call (727) 518-3016.


Recreation magazine now available online

The new Play! Magazine, which lists programs presented by the city of Largo's Recreation, Parks and Arts Department, is now available online. The September-December 2011 issue includes events for children and adults. The print version will be available at the city's recreation centers later this month. Visit


Donations being collected for troops

Donations are needed for troops overseas. Drop off snacks, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, plastic baggies and cotton swabs at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; Army Recruiter, 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272, 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; or VFW Post 4256, 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. To make a shipping donation, make checks payable to UPS Store and mail to Joe Tap, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738.


Historic walking tours continue tonight

St. Petersburg Preservation continues its summer evening historic walking tour series with the "Twilight on the Town" historic walking tour at 7 p.m. today, starting in front of Central Cafe and Organics, 243 Central Ave. Learn a bit of history and architecture, and get the chance to cool down after the walk and hear live music. The cost for the tour is $5, and reservations are not required but accepted. For information call (727) 824-7802 or e-mail


Kids of all ages invited to annual GeckoFest

The 11th Annual Gulfport GeckoFest returns on Sept. 3 and children are invited to help build a giant gecko dragon. Kids of all ages with creative ideas are invited to help out from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 27 at City of Imagination/Gulfport Art Center, 2726 54th St. S. This event is free to participate in, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For information about the event, the festival, or what art supplies you can bring to share call (727) 744-7051.


Doctor to discuss national health plan

Dr. Mona Mangat will speak about the Affordable Health Care Act at 6:30 p.m. today at the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee headquarters, 2250 First Ave. N. Mangat, an advocate for patients' rights and affordable care for the homeless and disadvantaged, will speak about the federal health care plan that has been under discussion by the state Legislature, governor and attorney general. The event is open to the public and there is no charge.


Clinic offers free rabies shot, low-cost neutering

SPOT Spay and Neuter Clinic is sponsoring a special for the first 100 registrants on food stamps and Medicaid to receive a $15 cat or a $30 dog neutering and a free rabies vaccine. Apply in person between 9 a.m. and noon Aug. 27 at the SPOT clinic at 4403 62nd Ave. N. Bring a photo ID, current food stamp card or Medicaid card. Cash payment is due with application. Appointments will be set for the following month. For information, call (727) 329-8657 or visit


Ballet classes, 'Gaspar' tryouts this week

Christopher Fleming, artistic director for Gaspar — A Pirate Fantasy, will conduct masters classes for advanced ballet dancers in the Tampa Bay area from 10:30 a.m. to noon today and Friday at the St. Petersburg City Ballet, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. There is no fee, but only advanced dancers 16 and older may attend. Register by e-mail only to

A revival of Gaspar — A Pirate Fantasy will be performed on Jan. 29 at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Fleming is offering the masters classes as unofficial tryouts while he is in town auditioning and rehearsing dancers for the January performance. For information, visit


Museum preschool's open house is Friday

Early Explorations Preschool at Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, will host an open house for families of preschoolers 2 to 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. Parents may visit classrooms, meet teachers and learn about fall enrollment in the VPK program. For information, contact preschool director Rachael McCaffrey at (727) 821-8992, ext. 215.


Girl Scouts accepting nominations for award

Do you know a woman who exemplifies extraordinary civic, professional or philanthropic commitment and achievement, making her community a better place? Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is accepting nominations for its Women of Distinction. Women do not have to be Girl Scouts to be nominated. Visit to download a nomination form; all nominations are due by Sept. 12. Those selected as a 2012 Woman of Distinction will be honored at a luncheon on March 13 at A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa. For information, call (813) 262-1769 or e-mail

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