St. Pete Beach Yard Sale: The city is holding its yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The large-scale event will take place in several areas of the Community Center. Indoor and outdoor spaces (10 feet by 10 feet) are available for $15 on a first-come basis. For information, call (727) 363-9245.
SHINE offers help with Medicare enrollment: The annual open enrollment period for Medicare begins Oct. 15 and Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders and the Seminole Library want to make sure everyone is prepared. The Seminole-St. Petersburg College Library, 9200 113th St., is hosting two free Medicare 101 seminars at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 and Sept. 26. The first will be an overview of Medicare Parts A, B and D, and Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C). The second will cover Medicare Advantage and Part D plans discussed in greater detail. There is no need to register.
The Seminole-SPC Library will also be hosting free counseling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and third Wednesdays of the month, October through December. To set up an appointment for a counseling session, call (727) 394-6909.
Donate blood at Wal-mart this Labor Day weekend: Donate blood from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Monday at select Wal-mart stores and receive a $10 Wal-mart gift card. Donate at any of the following locations: 1111 Missouri Ave., Largo; 3501 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; 8001 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park; 3993 Tyrone Blvd., St. Petersburg; 201 34th St. N, St. Petersburg. 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 toll-free, 1-800-682-5663 or visit fbsblood.org.
Draw out the artist within: The Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, is starting "Art in All Forms." The series will start in September and cover a wide range of disciplines. Learn to paint with acrylics, create and decorate in ceramics, understand the techniques of cartooning and drawing, work with watercolors, form clay into pottery and sculpture; string beads, pins, stones and charms into jewelry. For information, visit largo communitycenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Time to start babysitting: Register now for the Safe Sitter Babysitting Class at Southwest Recreation, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. The two-day class is designed for boys and girls ages 11-13. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9 and Oct. 11. Cost is $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Registration is required by Oct. 2 and all participants must have a valid Largo Recreation card. The Safe Sitter manual is included in the course fee. For information, call (727) 518-3125.
Register your best chili or salsa now: Taste bud tingling chili, savory salsa, hot-hot-hot sauce and lively music will take the temperature up a notch for the fourth annual Industrial Strength Chili Cookoff from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Gulfport Art Village Courtyard at Beach Boulevard and 29th Avenue S. The first entries are in for the 2012 cook-off and more entries of chili and salsa will be accepted through Sept. 19. Registration is open at industrialartscenter.com or by calling (727) 289-9365. Cooks will receive a commemorative cook-off apron, beverage tickets and more. Complete rules and details are available online. Tickets to attend the cook-off cost $9 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. For information, call (727) 289-9365 or visit industrialartscenter.com.
City Power Toastmasters meetings: Interested in enhancing your public speaking skills to become a better leader? City Power 911 Toastmasters club meets weekly from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Municipal Services Building, 1 Fourth St. N, Room 600, St. Petersburg. Guests are welcome to attend for free. For information, contact Jeannie at [email protected] agelenders.com, or call (727) 822-2222.
Theater seeks volunteers: Venue Theatre and Actors Studio, 9125 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park, is seeking volunteers in all areas of production and administrative needs. Production needs include producers, property managers, stage managers, technical directors, snack bar and ushers, box office, front desk and publicity assistance. Student interns are encouraged. Also needed are community-minded business and private individuals interested in steering the Venue Theatre and Actors Studio into the future as part of the Advisory Board and Board of Directors. For information, call Corinne at (727) 822-6194.
Beach Art Center expands its fall classes: The new schedule of classes for fall 2012 and into 2013 offers new instructors and art media as the center looks forward to the return of many of its seasoned faculty members. Many classes start the week of Sept. 10 and there is something for everyone: painting in watercolor, water media, acrylic, oil, ink, colored pencil drawing, charcoal and pencil drawing and journal making, working from a live model, portrait painting, wheel-thrown and hand-build ceramics and more. Classes are available for adults and children. For more information, call (727) 596-4331, stop by the Beach Art Center at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach or visit beachartcenter.org.