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FAFSA help for students and parents: Financial aid experts will help college-bound students and families from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast High School, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg. Students should bring their Federal Student Aid PIN (for a PIN, go to pin.ed.gov); email address; W-2 and federal income tax forms; documents on untaxed income such as Social Security, disability or workers' compensation; photo ID; Social Security card; and parents' Social Security numbers and dates of birth. For information, call (727) 302-6802.

St. Petersburg Audubon Society: This meeting's program is "Wildlife of India's Kaziranga National Park" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N. Free. For info, email specialevents@stpeteaudubon.org.

Learn to teach swimming: Pinellas Park offers American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor classes in April and May at Skyview Pool, 9040 54th Way N. The program is for proficient swimmers 16 and older and provides a two-year certification as a water safety instructor for $171.95, which includes all but one of the books required. Participants must pass a swim test. Visit Pinellas-Park.com or call (727) 541-0805, ext. 2437.

African Children's Choir concert: The internationally acclaimed choir will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christ United Methodist Church, 471 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Donations appreciated. For information, email campbell0852@aol.com.

Sports medicine lecture: Psychologist Mark Sinz will explain how to replace unhealthy attitudes and beliefs with more healthy ones to optimize athletic performance at "Getting in the Zone" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Outpatient Center (Carillon), Meeting Rooms A and B, 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 825-1445 or visit StAnthonys.com.

Donate blood at Walgreens: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, donors to Florida Blood Services can visit the Pinellas Park store at 7400 66th St. or one of two St. Petersburg Walgreens at 945 62nd Ave. S or 5405 66th St. N. Donors will receive a voucher, which must be redeemed at that location the day of the drive to receive a free $10 Walgreens gift card. 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. Call 1-800-682-5663 or visit fbsblood.org.

Senior Hall of Fame: The Office on Aging is seeking nominations for inductions into the 29th annual Senior Hall of Fame honoring volunteers over age 65. Nominees must residents of Pinellas County and have dedicated their service to benefit the residents or community of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster will emcee the awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. May 23 at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. For info, call (727) 893-7101 or visit tinyurl.com/8y6vn3a. The deadline for application entry is May 4.

Charity dinner: The Pinellas Medical Foundation will host its first major fundraiser, the "Health Care for All" charity dinner, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, to benefit the Suncoast Health Council. Dinner tickets cost $100. A table reservation for eight costs $750. RSVP to (727) 342-0822.

Identity theft talk: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its next Learn @ Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave. NE. Fifth Third Bank will provide tips to protect your identity and finances. $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Registration required. Call Amanda Page at (727) 360-6957 or email RSVP@TampaBayBeaches.com.

Green expo: Largo is seeking vendors with eco-friendly products, services and food to participate in the LarGoing Green Expo noon to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The expo is part of the fifth annual Trashy Fashion Show. Vendor applications will be accepted through April 13. $35. Call Tanya Fazekas at tfazekas@largo.com or (727) 587-6740, ext. 4063, or visit LargoRecycles.com.

Community Values workshops: The city of Largo is holding three workshops to seek input from residents, property owners and business owners on values and priorities in order to help the city in budgetary decisions. They are from 7:45-9:15 a.m. March 27 at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive; 6-7:30 p.m. March 29 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road; and noon-1:30 p.m. April 10 at Largo City Hall, 201 Highland Ave. To register, visit Largo.com/values or call (727) 587-6790. If you are not able to attend but would like to share your ideas, take the online survey at Largo.com/values. Results will be posted May 1 at Largo.com.

Collection for the troops: Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwavable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office, 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach; American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to Joe Tapp, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. Call Tapp at (727) 432-1057.

Community news you can use 03/17/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 17, 2012 5:30am]

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