Event teaches parents about college life
Parents can get involved in their college-age students' schooling and learn about available money for tuition, college and career awareness, social and health services, academic tutoring and available city services after school and during the summer at Parent University from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus Activity Center, 140 Seventh Ave. S. Guest speaker Shelley Stewart will discuss his life as a homeless student and the first-grade teacher who encouraged him to learn to read. Free. For information call (727) 892-5189 or visit stpete.usf.edu.
Spend a night with stars at Science Center
A fun science-based event for students and families, Sci-Fi and Sky Night will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N. This portion features telescope viewings of Pluto and the moon (8:30-10:30 p.m.); the "Autumn Sky" Planetarium show (6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15 and 8:45 p.m.); the "Pluto, what is it?" discussion by professor Darryl Schrader (7:15 p.m.) and a viewing of Tron: Legacy in the rear courtyard (8:15 p.m.). Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. $3 per person. For information call (727) 384-0027 or visit sciencecenterofpinellas.com.
Kids' art program offered at Morean
The Bank of America Children's Learning Center will be open for art exploration, with open art stations and take-home projects for the Saturdays at the Morean program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. Free art experiences designed for families with children ages 5 to 10. Instructors will be on hand to assist. Free. For information, call (727) 822-7872 or visit moreanartscenter.org.
Catholic church plans fundraising tea party
Transfiguration Catholic Church, 4000 43rd St. N, is hosting a fundraiser for air conditioning repairs, Transfiguration Espirit High Tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Guests will be pampered for two hours and enjoy grab bags for sale, door prizes, soft music and fellowship. The cost is $15 per person, ages 12 and older. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Laura at (727) 742-2817.
9/11 commemoration scheduled for Sunday
A commemorative event is planned to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 and honor firefighters, police officers and other first responders. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive. The event is open to all first responders and their families and will include free food, activities, games for kids and a display of rescue vehicles.
Local photographer Chris Davis will take a photo representing the 343 firefighters and 77 police officers killed that day.
Organizers of the event, put together by Banyan Tree Catering and Events, seek participants for the photo, volunteers to work the event, donors and sponsors. For information, e-mail [email protected] or call (727) 345-7111.
Volunteers needed to help prepare taxes
United Way of Tampa Bay needs volunteers now 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 unitedwaytampabay.org/taxhelpvolunteers or contact Kara Moore at (813) 274-0926 or [email protected]
Donations of items for troops welcome
Donations are needed for troops overseas. Drop off snacks, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, 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 help with shipping, make checks payable to UPS Store and mail to Joe Tapp, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738.