Federal health program is topic of discussion
Dr. Mona Mangat will speak about the Affordable Health Care Act at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee headquarters, 2250 First Ave. N. Mangat, an advocate for patient's rights and affordable care for the homeless and disadvantaged, will speak about the federal health care plan that has been under discussion by the Legislature, governor and attorney general. The event is open to the public and there is no charge.
Deal for pet owners on Medicaid, food stamps
The SPOT Spay and Neuter Clinic is sponsoring a special for the first 100 registrants on food stamps and Medicaid to receive a $15 cat or a $30 dog neutering and a free rabies vaccine. Apply in person between 9 a.m. and noon Aug. 27 at the SPOT clinic at 4403 62nd Ave. Bring a photo ID, current food stamp card or Medicaid card. Cash payment is due with application. Appointments will be set for the following month. For information, call (727) 329-8657 or visit spotusa.org.
Ballet masters classes might turn into audition
Christopher Fleming, artistic director for Gaspar — A Pirate Fantasy, will conduct masters classes for advanced ballet dancers in the Tampa Bay area from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Friday at the St. Petersburg City Ballet, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. There is no fee for participants, but only advanced dancers 16 and older may attend. Register by e-mail only to GasparBallet@gmail.com.
A revival of Gaspar — A Pirate Fantasy ballet will be performed on Jan. 29 at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Fleming, a highly regarded instructor, decided to offer master classes as unofficial tryouts while he is in town auditioning and rehearsing dancers for the January performance. For more information, visit gasparballet.com.
Great Explorations preschool issues invite
Early Explorations Preschool at Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N., will host an open house for families of preschoolers 2 to 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. Parents may visit classrooms, meet teachers and learn about fall enrollment in the VPK program. For information, contact preschool director Rachael McCaffrey at (727) 821-8992, ext. 215.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Open house Wednesday at COTI Christian school
COTI Community Chrisristian Elementary School, based at Church of the Isles, 206 23rd Ave., Indian Rocks Beach, will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The community is invited to see the classrooms and celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new school. COTI, formerly a preschool only, will offer classes up to fifth grade. For information, call (727) 517-0775.
ST. PETE BEACH
Community center offers tutoring, sports program
The St. Pete Beach Community Center is bringing back its Tutoring and Sport Technique program for the 2011-12 school year. Kids in grades 1-5 can get tutoring and homework help from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and learn sports techniques from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The program picks up students from Azalea and Pasadena Fundamental elementary schools, but students from any other school are welcome to be dropped off. It's Each program is $20 per week for St. Pete Beach residents and $25 per week for nonresidents. Children can enroll in one or both programs weekly. Register at the recreation office, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, or call (727) 363-9245.
Charitable group needs used school clothes
Clothes to Kids needs gently used school clothes, especially boys' and men's shoes. Also needed are shorts, jeans, pants and school uniforms. Uniform pants and shirts are white, blue and light blue, and are needed to support the 23 schools requiring uniforms. Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145, St. Petersburg, or at 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater.
Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes to Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income schoolchildren. Call (727) 441-5050 or go to clothestokids.org.
Bayfront Medical Center shops need volunteers
Bayfront Medical Center's Gift Gallery needs volunteers to work in the gift shop and in the Baby Boutique at the Bayfront Baby Place. There are three shifts daily that need to be filled. Volunteers will receive a meal ticket to the cafeteria and free parking. To volunteer, call Cyd Hendrick at (727) 893-6878.
Democrat Club to learn about social media uses
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Thirsty Marlin Grill, 351 West Bay Drive. Guest speaker Jonathan Snow will discuss the political application of social media. Guests are encouraged to come early to eat and socialize. For information, call Rich Piper, (727) 588-0891.
SPCA aims for record at annual Adopt-a-Thon
Get ready for the SPCA Tampa Bay Homeless Animals Day Adopt-a-Thon & Open House. The annual event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be a variety of adoption specials and activities. SPCA Tampa Bay hopes to set a one-day adoption record. Included in the program will be kids games, a search for buried treasurers in a beach play area, a meet-and-greet with junior volunteers, and concessions. The SPCA Tampa Bay is at 9099 130th Ave. For information, visit spcatampabay.org.
Woman's Service League looks for beneficiaries
The Woman's Service League is accepting applications from Pinellas County organizations to benefit from its annual fundraiser. Charities must be listed under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. For an application, call (727) 343-3050. The deadline is Aug. 30.
TAMPA BAY AREA
Girl Scouts looking for Women of Distinction
Do you know a woman who exemplifies extraordinary civic, professional and/or philanthropic commitment and achievement, making her community a better place? Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is accepting nominations for its Women of Distinction. Women do not have to be Girl Scouts to be nominated but must live in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Sumter counties. Visit gswcf.org to download a nomination form; all nominations are due by Sept. 12. Those selected as a 2012 Woman of Distinction will be honored at a luncheon on March 13 at A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa. For information, call (813) 262-1769 or e-mail email@example.com.
Florida Bar accepting 'specialist' applications
Florida Bar members interested in board certification must have applications postmarked by Aug. 31 for 12 of Florida's 24 legal specialization areas. Attorneys that become certified are the only Florida attorneys allowed to identify themselves as "specialists" or "experts." The Aug. 31 deadline applies to admiralty and maritime law, adoption law, appellate practice, aviation law, civil trial, education law, elder law, immigration and nationality, international law, employment law, marital and family law, and tax law. Applications are available at floridabar.org/certification.