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Community news: lectures and a show or two


St. Anthony's lecture to offer tips for athletes

A St. Anthony's sports medicine expert will offer tips on how athletes can prepare their minds for peak athletic performance during "The Time is Now, The Place is Here," a free lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Outpatient Center, meeting rooms A and B, 900 Carillon Parkway. To register or for information, call (727) 953-9129 or visit


Seabird Sanctuary is speaker's topic to club

Ashley Gaia, volunteer coordinator of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, will speak to members and guests of the Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Golden Corral Cafe, 10050 Ulmerton Road. Gaia will talk about the almost 40-year history of the sanctuary, its beginnings and where it is today. The event is free and open to the public. Guests must purchase their own beverages and meals. For information call (727) 581-4630.


Library to show funny film for free

The Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, hosts a World of Humor Film, Potiche, at 4 p.m. Tuesday. A housebound trophy wife steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her tyrannical husband after the workers go on strike in this funny free film viewing. For information, call (727) 391-2828.


Author of Largo book to speak to history buffs

James Anthony Schnur, a native and lifelong resident of Pinellas County and author of Images of America: Largo, will speak to the Seminole Historical Society at its 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday in Room 210B of the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. Schnur's book includes a treasury of photographs from the earliest settlers to the present, along with stories related to the photographs of people and places. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information call (727) 391-1433.


Volunteers needed to help prepare taxes

United Way of Tampa Bay needs volunteers to help prepare tax returns for low- and moderate-income Hillsborough and Pinellas county residents from January through April. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will receive free training from local tax prep experts and learn skills during October, November and December. January through April, volunteers will prepare and e-file federal returns based on information provided by the taxpayer and by asking tax-related questions. They will help working families understand their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and other benefits, as well as help connect them to other resources when necessary.

Volunteer requirements include basic computer skills, the ability to work with people from varied backgrounds and a willingness to commit to at least two to four hours per week at a designated location. Tax preparation sites will be open weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Volunteers are also needed to help at the sites by greeting taxpayers, verifying information and helping them complete necessary forms. In addition, bilingual volunteers are needed to serve as interpreters. For information, visit or contact Kara Moore at (813) 274-0926 or


Register now for Policing Academy

Registration is under way for the Largo Police Department's "Volunteers in Policing Academy,'' which begins Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Police Department, 201 N Highland Ave. It will be ongoing through Nov. 1. Currently there are 57 volunteers helping to police the community with duties ranging from administrative assisting to writing parking citations and directing traffic at crash scenes. Registration is required, and a background check will be performed. For information, call Dick Hageman at (727) 587-6739.


Friends of Largo Nature Parks needs volunteers

The Friends of Largo Nature Parks is looking for volunteers. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the McGough Nature Center, 11901 146th St. N. The program will include hikes and tours of the park as well as sessions on basic naturalist instruction on plant and animal identification for local species. Lunch will be provided and preregistration is encouraged. Call (727) 518-3047.


Northeast High Class of '71 planning reunion

Northeast High School's Class of 1971 is planning a reunion and seeking alumni. The event is scheduled for Oct. 7 and 8 at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach. For information, visit


Dinner will laud lawyers for pro bono work

The Community Law Program Inc. will host a Celebration of Equal Access & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Last year, 140 local lawyers donated $418,705.00 in free legal services, allowing the Community Law Program to help 1,613 residents. Gwynne Young, president elect of the Florida Bar, will be the keynote speaker. Pro bono awards will go to the following lawyers: Murray Silverstein, Jeannine Williams, John Tuthill, Patrick Halpin, Beth Jenkins Casey, Patricia Alten and Larry Cangro. St. Petersburg College will also receive an award for supporting the Community Law Program's mission and for outstanding outreach to single parents. Tickets cost $60. For information, call executive director Kimberly Rodgers at (727) 582-7480.


Young photographers, this gig's for you

The Gathering of Women Inc. is soliciting photographs from photographers ages 9 to 17. If selected, the photos will be placed on exhibit at the Education Scholarship Charity Benefit. The group is also looking for young musicians to perform at the benefit. Deadline for submission of photographs is Oct. 16. To submit photographs or for information, call Samantha Richardson at (727) 433-1352.


Tickets on sale for two 'Janet's Planet' shows

Tickets are available for "Janet's Planet: An Out of This World Adventure," which will be performed at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. As part of the Largo Cultural Center's Children's Educational Series, the show's curriculum is endorsed by NASA and Space Florida. Tickets are $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for children. Call (727) 587-6793 or visit

Community news: lectures and a show or two 09/24/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 24, 2011 4:30am]
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