Public hearing set for opinions on city charter
Every 10 years, St. Petersburg's mayor and City Council appoint nine citizens to a Charter Review Commission to take a look at the city charter, the legal document that defines the political powers of city government, and consider amendments that may be placed before voters. The City Council invites citizens to a public hearing to share their comments at 6 p.m. on May 17, in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N.
Some of the areas the city charter covers include the powers of the mayor and City Council, development of the waterfront park land, how many council members there are and how the districts are divided. The charter may be read at stpete.org/CRC.
Any proposed changes to the city charter will come before voters in the Nov. 8 election.
Museum featuring photographer's work
Photographer Patricia Preston Warren is the St. Petersburg Museum of History's featured artist this month. The "Art and Soul: Artist of St. Pete" exhibit opening will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 335 Second Ave. NE. The reception will feature a meet and greet with the artist. In the exhibit, Warren shoots everyday items and places and tells the story within. There is a suggested donation of $5. For information, call (727) 894-1052 or visit spmoh.org.
Learn swing dancing at community center
Savoy South presents Swing Dance Saturdays at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. Admission price of $7 includes a basic East Coast swing dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. with dancing immediately after. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Casual dress is welcome. For information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com.
Weather paintings are among artist's work
Artist Arnold Mesches presents two bodies of work: unlikely juxtapositions in the paintings of weather patterns, and the Paint series, in homage to the importance of art in our lives at this exhibit-opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Mindy Solomon Gallery, 124 Second Ave. NE. Mesches will speak at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 502-0852 or visit mindysolomon.com.
Lyrical Visions reception set at Studio Szabries
The "Lyrical Visions" Exhibit Reception will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Studio Szabries Gallery, 1746 Central Ave. The exhibit features original paintings by Milt Rochman, works by Fred Szabries, sculptures by Vince Anthony and wall sculptures by Esther Rhein. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 895-2444 or visit szabries.com.
Beach-themed event to benefit Komen effort
Slip on your flip-flops and pull on a tropical shirt for an afternoon of dancing, a beachside dinner, entertainment by Hip Expression and auction at the Lei Breast Cancer to Rest event from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Lions Club Beach House, 9300 W Gulf Blvd. The $30 admission benefits the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure. For information call (727) 741-2376 or visit leibreastcancertorest.com.
Largo history author to speak at library
James Schnur, author of Largo, A Pictorial History of Largo's Past, will host a discussion from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Free. For information, call (727) 587-6715 or visit largo.com.
See various vehicles at Saturday fish fry/rally
Cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes and years will be on display at the Fish Fry and Vehicle Rally from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 81st Ave. N. The rally will feature a corral of cars for sale, vendors and music by DJ Larry Clem. Spectators get in free. It's free to show a car, $20 to sell a car and $10 for food. For information, call (813) 267-7932.
Animal Services offers dog training session
Learn the Basics of Dog Training at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. A certified dog trainer will teach about house training, loose-leash walking and dealing with other challenging behaviors such as chewing and jumping. This free event is for owners only; dogs are not invited. For information, call (727) 582-2600.
Catch 'Toy Story 3' at Largo Central Park
It's "Bring Your Favorite Toy Night" at Movies in the Park at 7 p.m. Friday at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The movie is Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3. Blankets and chairs welcome. Admission free. For information, call (727) 586-7415.
Meadowlawn Middle puts 'Grease' on stage
Meadowlawn Middle School will be performing Grease at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the school cafeteria, 6050 16th St. N. Tickets are $3 at the door. For information, call (727) 570-3097.
Weed and Seed festival offers variety of events
The Weed and Seed 15th Annual Family Fun Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the James B. Sanderlin Family Service Center, 2335 22nd Ave. S. There will be entertainment, giveaways, medical screenings, agency presentations, inflatable games, music and food. All activities are free. For information, contact Janis Ford at (727) 892-5087.
Atheists' blood drive is Thursday at coffee shop
The St. Pete Atheists Free Thought Group will host a Blood Drive with a bloodmobile in honor of the National Day of Reason at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Globe Coffee Lounge, 532 First Ave. N. For more information call (727) 898-5282 or visit meetup.com/atheists-209.
Purchase Awards reception is Friday
The opening reception for recipients of the Gulfport Centennial Celebration Purchase Awards will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Catherine Hickman Theatre Gallery space, 5501 27th Ave. S. This is an exhibit of works by award winners from the Centennial Arts Celebration, including David Reed, Karen Taddeo and Gerard DiStephano. During the reception, artists mingle and discuss their works. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments provided. There is no admission cost. Donations are accepted to support the arts in Gulfport. For information, contact Jessica Sager at (727) 686-2564 or visit cityofimagination.info.
Free concert presented by Masonic Band
The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Peter Harris, presents a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Home, 320 First St. NE. For information, call (727) 584-1391.
Young Democrats to host commissioner
The Pinellas County Young Democrats announce their first meeting, featuring County Commissioner Ken Welch, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at LUNA, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (727) 512-2098 or visit facebook.com/PinellasYD.
Guest speaker will be at mothers' group meeting
The Mothers of Preschoolers, a group for those with a child in kindergarten or younger as well as expectant moms, will meet at 8:45 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Education Center Room EC252, 12685 Ulmerton Road. The guest speaker will be Ginger O'Neil, who will discuss "Stopping the Comparison Game." There will also be a light breakfast, discussion group time and a craft. Child care will be available, however, advance registration is required by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call (727) 595-3421 or go to indianrocks.org.
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Church's concert series ends with Pirate Night
Tickets are on sale for Pirate Night, the last event of this season's Calvary Concert Series. The program, at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St., will include dinner and entertainment by Jim Abegglen, notorious Pirate King of the High "C's.'' Music will include family-friendly pirate songs, sea chanties and buccaneer ballads. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets must be purchased by May 13. Call Lynn Vera, (727) 644-1712. For information, visit. calvaryirb.org.
Entries accepted for fishing tournament
The St. Patrick Catholic School Catch-and-Release Fishing Tournament will be held May 21 with an awards banquet at the end of the competition. Participants can fish by land, pier, bridge, kayak or boat at the spot of their choice. The tournament is open to all ages and levels. Awards will be given in different categories. Prizes include rods and reels, kayaks and more. The banquet will start at 4 p.m. at Monsignor McCall Hall Parish Center, 1501 Trotter Road. The deadline for registration is May 18. Cost is $55 for adults; $39 for juniors. Proceeds will benefit St. Patrick Catholic School. For those who do not want to fish but want to attend the banquet, tickets are $15. For information, call Mike Norris, (727) 678-6295.
Community center offers Iyengar yoga
Iyengar yoga begins this week at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. It will be held on Tuesdays from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Iyengar yoga is a widely practiced form of yoga that can be done by both serious sports enthusiasts and those who just want to improve their physical fitness. The monthly cost is $28 for residents; $35 for nonresidents (one day a week); $40 for residents; $50 for nonresidents (two days a week) For information, call (727) 518-3131.
Hospital seeks helpers in gift shop, other roles
St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Ave. N, needs volunteers in the gift shop (Sundays and p.m. hours) and inpatient care (flexible hours). Contact Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by the information desk.
Explore the secrets of Judaism at workshop
Delve into Judaism's secrets to serenity while exploring the mystical, psychological, social and cultural dimensions of Shabbat. The Jewish Learning Institute's spring course "Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat in a 24/7 World," a six-week course, will have its first meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. The course will help participants uncover principles for how to achieve a life of inner peace while making each workday more fulfilling. Cost for the course is $70, including the textbook. For information, call (727) 344-4900, and to enroll visit myjli.com.