First Amendment event celebrates U.S. rights
Celebrate and support the First Amendment with Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center, and John Seigenthaler, chairman emeritus of the Tennessean and founding editorial director for USA Today.
The public is invited to explore First Amendment freedoms and the role they've played in shaping America at 1 p.m. Thursday at USF St. Petersburg's Campus Activities Center, Second Street and Sixth Avenue S. RSVP by calling Megan Willoughby at (727) 553-4231.
Interfaith service to focus on homelessness
An interfaith service recognizing National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Suncoast Hospice, 3050 First Ave. S., St Petersburg. Local music group the Tribe will perform during the service organized by Family Promise of Pinellas County, a nonprofit that helps families facing homelessness. The service is free. An offering will be taken to support the work of Family Promise.
Help concert choir raise travel funds for NYC trip
The Largo High School Concert Choir will host a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school cafeteria. It will be followed by a music program in the choral room at 7:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the choir, which will perform in April at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Tickets are $15. For tickets or information, call William Renfroe at (727) 588-6995.
Historical society will elect officers at meeting
The Largo Historical Society will host a potluck dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Largo Feed Store at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. This meeting includes election of officers and a visit by Ellen Babb, director of Heritage Village. For information, call Charlie Harper at (727) 584-4906.
Democrats' dinner will feature radio director
The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host its next dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Guest speaker will be Rob Lorei, director of news and public affairs for WMNF-88.5 FM and host of Florida This Week on WEDU-TV. The event starts with a cocktail reception and the dinner and program follow. Cost is $15. Reservations are required. Call Betty Morgenstein at (727) 360-3971.
Church craft sale warms up for holidays
St. Dunstan's Anglican Church, 401 West Bay Drive, Largo, will host a craft sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13-14. Offerings will include quilts, books, candles and holiday items, jellies and jams. Refreshments will also be sold. For information, call the church at (727) 581-1435.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Bite into a score of best restaurants and more
The Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association and the city of Indian Rocks Beach present Taste of IRB from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Chief Chic-A-Si Park on Fourth Avenue and Second Street across from the post office. The Taste of IRB offers nibbles from more than 20 restaurants, entertainment, business booths and free admission. For information, visit IRBHome.com or call (727) 517-3131.
Rid yourself of hazards at mobile collection site
Get rid of household hazardous waste at Pinellas County Utilities Household Electronics and Chemical Mobile Collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Market Place of St. Petersburg, 3951 34th St. S. For information, visit pinellascounty.org/utilities/mobile.htm or call (727) 464-7500.
Volunteers sought to aid people with tax returns
The AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to prepare federal taxes. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training (five to six days in January), and reimbursement for mileage. Computer knowledge is necessary. A minimum commitment of four hours a week in February, March and early April is required. For details, visit aarp.org/taxaide.
Join GoodGuides to put youths on the right path
Volunteers can have a huge positive impact on a teen's life by spending one hour a week as a mentor for Goodwill's GoodGuides program. GoodGuides helps 12- to 17-year-olds who face risk factors such as school failure, family violence and other challenges. Young people are paired with mentors who lend a supportive ear and offer guidance to help them finish school and build career plans. To learn more, call the program manager at (727) 423-1379 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agency has critical need for sneakers and pants
Clothes To Kids is critically short of boys' tennis shoes sizes 12 to adult 13 and boys' pants sizes 6 to 16. These items along with any other clothing donation can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two Clothes To Kids locations:
St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145.
Clearwater, 1059 N Hercules Ave.
Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or go to ClothesToKids.org.
Eckerd College forum to look at public schools
The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College has its next forum, "The Challenges Facing our Public School System," at 4 p.m. today at Lewis House on the Eckerd College Campus, 4200 54th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. Pinellas schools superintendent Julie Janssen will be speaking. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (727) 864-8834 or visit eckerd.edu/aspec.
Benefit craft bazaar has the holiday spirit
Begin your holiday shopping at Willis S. Johns Center's 25th annual Holiday Craft Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fossil Park, 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. The bazaar features handcrafted items, decorations and gifts for the holidays. Rain date is Sunday. Proceeds benefit Fossil Park TASCO Teen Programs. For information, call (727) 551-3272.
Fundraiser proceeds go to helping the needy
ASAP is hosting its 14th annual "Holiday Hope" gala from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Country Club, 2000 Country Club Way S. This cocktail reception and silent auction event is $100, which includes parking, free bar, buffet dinner and live entertainment. All fund-raising for ASAP is done by volunteers, so proceeds go directly to those in need. For information, call ASAP, (727) 823-5665, or visit ASAPHomeless.org.
The whole family can learn about recycling
Pinellas Recycles Day, a family-friendly event that will entertain and educate visitors on the benefits of recycling, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Town Square Plaza Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park.
Dental group's running event focuses on cancer
The Pinellas County Dental Hygiene Association has organized St. Petersburg's first Oral Cancer Awareness Run on Saturday at Fort De Soto Park, Shelter No. 11, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Registration begins at 7 a.m. for the 8 a.m. scenic 5K run and the 9 a.m. one-mile fun run/walk for families and pets. The registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 on race day for the 5K and $15 advance registration before Thursday, $20 on race day for the fun run. Face painting for children, live music, free food and drinks and free oral cancer screenings by local dentists and hygienists will also be featured. For race forms or information, go to pcdha.org.