Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

Community news: volunteer opportunities, political forums

Discussion with Rep. Kathleen Peters: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a roundtable discussion with Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters and beach leaders at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. This forum will be open to the public and will include a question and answer session. Peters will accept inquiries about any issues constituents may have and address topics to be brought up at the upcoming legislative session. For information, call (727) 360-6957 or visit tampabaybeaches.com.

Calling all Free Clinic volunteers: Orientation sessions will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Volunteers are needed for health center intake and medical records, client interviewers, food packers, food stockers, USDA interviewers, cooks and servers. Assignments can be short- or long-term. Contact Angel Schumaker at [email protected] or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.

St. Petersburg Republican Club: Julie Marcus, chief deputy for Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, will be the guest speaker at the club's upcoming meeting. Marcus will discuss changes in the election laws among other issues. Following Marcus' presentation, there will be a question and answer session. Free. 7 p.m., Wednesday at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave N. For information, call Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.

Meet the candidates: The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and the Broadwater Civic Association will host a forum where residents can meet the mayoral and council candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S. For information, call (727) 864-4188.

Water carnival: The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, will host a water carnival from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. There will be water- and land-based games and prizes for children. The event includes carnival games, water activities and a treasure hunt. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the pool from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Free home buyer workshop: Attendees will learn the basics of the home-buying process, including helpful resource information on down payment assistance and homes for sale. The workshop is especially helpful for those who are working with a lender and need a home-buyer education class certificate or have owned a home before and are considering a new purchase. The class will meet 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, 600 Cleveland St., Suite 800, Clearwater. Class size is limited, so those interested should call (727) 464-8210 or e-mail [email protected] to register. The workshop is sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County and the Pinellas Community Housing Foundation.

Volunteer to help the needy: Daystar Life Center is an independent nonprofit that provides basic needs for families and individuals in times of crisis. There will be a volunteer information session at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 498-8794 or email [email protected]

Nutrition volunteers: The Pinellas County Extension Master Volunteer University is looking for volunteers who would like to become master food and nutritional volunteers. Beginning in October, this program allows people to share with county residents lessons about nutrition, fitness, wellness and culinary arts. No prior training, education or nutrition knowledge is necessary. Participants who want to rise to the level of a master food and nutrition volunteer will be required to participate in a 40-hour training course. The classes will run from Oct. 1 to Dec. 3. Classes will include lectures, workshops, demonstrations and field trips. The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 20. The cost is $50 and covers class supplies and course materials. For information, call (727) 582-2104.

Child-care camps: St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before- and after-school programs for kindergarteners through eighth-graders. Camps are offered weekdays at 11 locations. Full-day activities are provided on weekdays when school is not in session. The program runs through June 4. For information, call (727) 893-7441 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Meditation classes: Classes will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11 at the Treasure Island Community Center Garden Room at Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. For information, call (727) 290-6353.

Tae kwon do and tai chi: Learn martial arts and self-defense and develop confidence and discipline. Classes for ages 5 and older are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Treasure Island Community Center at Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. For information, call (727) 510-5122.

Stretch and Release Fitness Class: The St. Pete Beach Community Center offers the class from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays for $6 at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com to learn more.

Yoga: Classes are offered from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. The cost is $8 per class or $28 per month with a city Advantage card. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Burn and Tone: This class, designed to help people 16 and older lose weight and inches and rev up their energy, is offered from 7 to 7:45 a.m. weekdays at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The cost is $5.

Comments
Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
Published: 12/16/17
Aquarium reopens to divers

Aquarium reopens to divers

Florida Keys News BureauVisitors to Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters dive with among indigenous Keys fish Friday in Marathon. The attraction reopened Friday after closing just before Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10. Although tourism f...
Published: 12/16/17
Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

MIAMI — With burrowing iguanas showing up in people’s toilets and damaging expensive sewer lines, Florida wildlife managers are stepping up efforts to control the state’s booming population of the wild, invasive reptiles. The Florida Fish and Wildlif...
Published: 12/16/17

Fan helps fund Miami Stadium’s historic marker

MIAMI — For thousands of kids who grew up in Miami, going to the old Miami Stadium in the Allapattah neighborhood was a part of coming of age. Opened on Aug. 31, 1949, with a game between the Miami Sun Sox and Havana Cubans, two Class B Florida Inter...
Published: 12/16/17
Florida man sues for $2.8 million fishing tournament prize money

Florida man sues for $2.8 million fishing tournament prize money

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Phil Heasley of Naples caught the fish of his life, but the $2.8 million in tournament prize money got away. Heasley reeled in a 6-foot white marlin last year off Maryland’s coast. But in a sign of how concerned some big money tour...
Published: 12/16/17
Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Sometime soon, members of the Florida House will be asked to consider a solution for bullying in public schools. It’s a dubious idea based on the premise that students should flee their tormenters, and use voucher funds to attend a private school of ...
Published: 12/16/17

Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital Saturday afternoon.About 12: 45 p.m., Terry Lee Bronschidle, 70, of Tampa was driving his Chevy Traverse south on...
Published: 12/16/17
Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

DENVER — There might be one team in hockey hotter than the Lightning.It is Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse.The Crunch has won 10 straight after Friday’s victory over Providence. Why is this important? While the AHL is a developmental league, the ...
Published: 12/16/17