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Community news: Haiti fundraiser, chili cook-off, donations needed


Church raising funds to help Haiti rebuild

Join Dr. Manuel Sykes, senior pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church, for a night of reflection on the Haiti 2010 earthquake anniversary at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2901 54th Ave. S. Bethel Community hopes to develop a training center where the people of Haiti can gain skills and resources necessary to rebuild and maintain their families and country. Join in and learn what you can do to help. (727) 692-2964.


Cirque du Surreal offers artistic entertainment

The GCAA's 4th annual Cirque du Surreal is a gala of art and entertainment all in one, from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Galleries at Salt Creek Artworks, 1600 Fourth St. S. In addition to an exhibit of fine arts, the reception is full of surreal entertainment and interactive events, including a scavenger hunt with a prize. Please note a portion of the exhibit is not suitable for children; parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For more information or for tickets call (727)738-8010 or visit


Folk concert series begins second year

The St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, announces its 2nd annual Florida Folk Concert Series beginning Saturday, featuring Rebekuh Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets. The concerts are from 2 to 5 p.m. every third Saturday of the month on the museum grounds overlooking the bay. Call (727) 894-1052 for more information; for a full list of upcoming featured artists, visit


Equipment available for hearing-impaired

The Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones, captioned telephones, TTYs and related equipment for free to permanent Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. Equipment is available by appointment Monday through Friday at the main office in Seminole, 7821 Seminole Blvd., and other satellite location throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough. The agency also offers free hearing screening by appointment, low-cost hearing aids, cleaning and repairs. Call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit


Miniature Art Society offers scholarships

The Miniature Art Society of Florida is awarding up to three $1,500 scholarships to students graduating in 2011 from Pinellas County high schools. The purpose of MASF scholarships is to encourage aspiring young artists to pursue an art career, whatever their creative goals may be. Interested art students should pursue this scholarship program through their art teachers, guidance counselors or the MASF website, Applications should be received by Feb. 26; qualified applicants will be scheduled for an interview and portfolio review on March 12 or 19. (727) 409-0459.


Dixie Hollins alumni sought for reunion

Dixie Hollins alumni are planning a multiclass reunion for the classes of 1970 through 1974 for the weekend of June 17-19 at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach. Organizers are having trouble contacting some alumni and ask that any alumni who have not been contacted and are interested in attending the reunion contact Sherry Brock at or (727) 347-9662.


Nonstop Bob Dylan night at Beach Theatre

Local and regional artists present a night of nonstop Bob Dylan songs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave. The lineup includes Have Gun Will Travel, Wendy and the Soul Shakers, Ronnie Elliot and Rebecca Pulley, Grant Peeples, Radio Free Carmela, Steve Arvey, Blind Buddy Moody, the Human Condition and Randy Judy. Each group will play three or four songs. The Wine Shop, 401 Corey Ave., will hold a kick-off party from 4 to 6 p.m. with drink specials and live music by Cosmic Chameleon. Call (727) 360-6697 or visit


Learn about Woman's Club at open event

Join the women of St. Petersburg for a day of fun mahjong games, a tea demonstration, Chinese medicine, acupuncture and tai chi demonstrations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Learn what this not-for-profit organization does for the area and talk with some of the women who work together to keep this club an ongoing contributor to the community, as it has been since 1913. Free. Call (727) 822-4982 or visit


Chili cook-off at Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

Enjoy some of the bay's best chili or compete for the title of Best Chili in beef, nonbeef and vegetarian categories in a Chili Cook-Off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S. Kids can enjoy old-fashioned games including sack races, checkers, can toss, bunny hunt, horse shoes, plus make-and-take crafts and tours of the General Store. Recipe books available. Free; chili taste/judge requires a $5 wristband. (727) 893-7326.


Dads, take your daughters on a date

The 33rd Annual Daddy Daughter Date Night — A Paris Night, will be held at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, on Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fathers and daughters of all ages will enjoy a night of dancing and games. An elegant dessert bar and light snacks are included. $25 per couple, $5 for each additional daughter. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve your spot, call (727) 518-3125.


Try some island cuisine at Winter Luau

Tickets are on sale for the Winter Luau hosted by St. Patrick Catholic School, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. The menu includes authentic island cuisine and entertainment. Advance tickets are $18 for adults; $8 for kids 14 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the rectory at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. (727) 687-5415.


Try your hand at QuickStart tennis

The Largo Tennis Center at the Southwest Recreation Complex will hold a QuickStart Tennis Competition from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. QuickStart is an adaptive form of tennis that reduces the size of the court, the racquets and the balls. It follows the philosophy similar to t-ball and other sports that adjust the space and equipment to the size of a young child. The event concludes an after-school program, funded by a United States Tennis Association grant of $2,000, that was held at Ponce De Leon and Mildred Helms for the last eight weeks. The public may attend and take the opportunity to try the sport. (727) 518-3125.


Learn the steps at Zumbalicious party

The Zumbalicious Dance Party will be an evening of dancing, snacks and more on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Zumba instructors will lead an easy-to-follow dance class set to Latin and international music at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Adults and children ages 8 and up are encouraged to experience this mix of music, fitness and fun. Comfortable clothing and dance shoes or sneakers are recommended. Visit or call (727) 518-3016.


Bayfront Baby Place shop needs volunteers

The Bayfront Medical Center's Gift Gallery and Baby Boutique at Bayfront Baby Place needs volunteers. There are three four- and five-hour shifts daily. Volunteers receive a meal ticket to the cafeteria and free parking. Contact Cyd Hendrick at (727) 893-6878.


Donations help make prom memorable

As prom season approaches, thousands of teens can't afford a dress. The Gathering of Women Inc. has sponsored the Prom Dress Drive for three years. The organization seeks donations of gowns and accessories including shoes, jewelry and makeup purses in like-new condition. Hair salons, florists, dry cleaners and limousine services are also needed to make prom a memorable day for local teens. For information about how you can help, call (727) 321-8825.


Donate food, toiletries to help overseas troops

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, bandanas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags, and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.


Boys' warm clothing donations sought

Clothes To Kids needs warm clothes for boys. These items, along with any other clothing donations, can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two Clothes To Kids locations:

• St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145.

• Clearwater, 1059 N Hercules Ave.

Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit

Community news: Haiti fundraiser, chili cook-off, donations needed 01/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 4:20pm]
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