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Community news near you: music, games, fishing and more

Sunday matinee music series: Each show features a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Today's show begins with dinner at 3:30 p.m. and entertainment at 4 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Dancing immediately follows the show (6-10 p.m.). Cash bar is available. This portion is a Tribute to the Irish with the "Heedless Horsemen" from Ranchero Village. $18 (dinner/show/dance); $12 (dinner/show); $8 (dance only). For information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit

Adult play night: Join more than 200 adults for a nightclub alternative event with games including Uno, Monopoly, Twister, Hungry Hippos, giant Jenga, Red Light Green Light, Musical Chairs (with a twist), Hula Hoop Connection and video games on projection screens. Play night begins at 7:30 p.m. today at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. There will also be a full liquor bar, catered food and a DJ. $10 advance, $15 day of. For information, call (727) 385-8930.

Old Salt Spring Seawall Tournament: This all-release fishing tournament lasts one hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gators Cafe & Saloon, 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island. The heaviest fish of any kind wins. Bait and hooks provided. $5. For information, call (727) 216-6601 or visit

Donate blood at Walgreens: Florida Blood Services announced a community partnership with Tampa Bay area Walgreens. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, donors can visit the Largo Walgreens, 103 Indian Rocks Road S, a Pinellas Park store, 7400 66th St., or one of three St. Petersburg Walgreens located at 3350 Central Ave., 3851 Fourth St. N or 6735 Central Ave. Donors will receive a voucher, which must be redeemed at that location the day of the drive to receive a free $10 Walgreens gift card. In addition, donors will receive a checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, plus a cholesterol screening. Generally, healthy people, 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds can be donors. Identification is required. For information, call 1-800-682-5663 or visit

Prom for all: The Gathering of Women needs prom, bridesmaid and evening dresses, accessories, shoes, jewelry and shawls for high school girls who cannot afford prom attire. The organization is also asking beauty salons, barbershops, nail salons, dry cleaners, florists and limo companies to donate their time or discounted services to the seniors. Call Samantha at (727) 321-8825.

March business mixer: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its March Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Synovus Bank on St. Pete Beach, 6500 Gulf Blvd. Socialize with other local business men and women, and enjoy food samplings from local restaurants and free beverages. Cost to attend is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. For information, contact Amanda Page at (727) 360-6957 or

Call for volunteers: Mainsail Arts Festival will celebrate its 37th anniversary on April 21 and 22 at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg. More than 250 volunteers are needed to staff booths both days. Volunteer areas include: soft drink/water booths, beer/wine trucks, promotions/T-shirt sales and hospitality. Volunteers are asked to use the online Volunteer Registration Form to select a location, day and time that has an opening available. Information can be found at Other inquiries can be directed to Chloe Firebaugh, mainsail Arts Festival coordinator, at (727) 204-2553 or

Spring break theater camp: Largo Cultural Center is offering a theater workshop, Project Broadway, for children ages 9-14 from March 26-30. At the end of the week, a showcase featuring the participants will be held. The cost is $125 for residents; $150 for nonresidents. For information, call (727) 587-6751.

Largo library benefit: Tickets are on sale for the Greater Largo Library Foundation Art Hop and Taste Fest, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 24. The event will feature art of all different mediums from more than 30 local artists, food samples from area restaurants and a student art exhibit. Patrons will "hop'' by shuttle bus between the library and downtown businesses and restaurants. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets are available at the library by calling the Greater Largo Library Foundation at (727) 586-7398 .

Seminole Stampede: Dust off your jogging and walking shoes, the 19th annual Seminole Stampede, sponsored by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, will be held March 31 near Pavilion 8 at Walsingham Park, 12620 102nd Ave. N. Registration for the 5K race is $20 before March 27 and $25 after March 27. Registration for the 1-mile Family Fun Run is $10 before March 27 and $15 after. Groups of 10 or more will receive an additional $5 discount. Register online at; by mail to the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 7985 113th St. N, Suite 208, Seminole, FL 33772; or in person at the Seminole Chamber or MA Fitness Center, 9104 Seminole Blvd. For information, call (727) 392-3245.

Pinellas Park recreation registration: Early registration for the 2012-13 after-school recreation programs at two city centers has been scheduled Monday through March 23. For nonresidents, early registration will open March 26. Registration is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Broderick Recreation Center, 6101 66th Ave. N, and Forbes Recreation Center, 6401 94th Ave. N. A valid recreation card is required. The programs are offered from 2 to 6 p.m. on days when Pinellas County schools are in session, and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school holidays and professional development days. The programs, for children ages 6 to 12, include indoor and outdoor sports and games, homework help, open game rooms, arts and crafts and a variety of fee-based activities such as cooking classes, dance and exercise classes and recreational sports leagues. Children may move freely among any activities that are open at a given time, including outdoor play areas. Advance registration is required for fee-based classes. There is no fee for the drop-in open rec program, but space is limited, and parents or guardians must sign their child up for the program in advance to attend.

Pinellas Park summer camps: Preregistration for summer camps at three city recreation centers opens Monday March 12 for residents and runs through March 23. Nonresidents will be able to sign up their children beginning March 26.

Registration for the camps must be done in person at the Broderick Recreation Center, 6101 66th Ave. N, or the Forbes Recreation Center 6401 94th Ave. N from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. All will run for 10 weeks, beginning June 4. Parents can choose from among three camps for ages 6 to 12:

• Broderick will have a general camp offering a variety of on-site activities and a schedule of daily optional field trips. Features computer room, arts and crafts, game room, and indoor and outdoor sports. The cost is $48 per week ($38 for the week of July 4).

• Forbes will have a themed summer camp featuring a series of activities, crafts, projects and field trips centered on the theme for the week. Each weekly camp includes a field trip, outing, or guest presentation that is included in the camp fee and suitable for all age groups. Themes include Africa on Safari, Australian Outback Adventure Week and Summer Olympics. The fee is $58 per week ($46 the week of July 4).

• Youth Park Recreation, 4000 66th Ave. N, will have a series of sports camps that will provide an introduction to skills in a fun and active environment. Weather permitting, each weekly camp will include a trip to Skyview Pool. Sports include flag football, basketball, hockey and soccer. The fee is $75 per week ($60 week of July 4).

Community news near you: music, games, fishing and more 03/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 3:31am]
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