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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

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 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

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 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

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

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 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

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.

Community news: volunteer opportunities, political forums 09/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 2:04pm]
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