Expert to talk about his hobby of old toy trains
Bob Stanton, a former collector of old toy trains, had the joy of acquiring many beautiful models, most of which his family could never have afforded when he was young. Stanton will discuss the history of his hobby and his experience with old toy trains at the Seminole Historical Society's next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Seminole Recreation Center, Room 210B, 9100 113th St. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (727) 391-1433.
Dodgeball tournament deadline is Thursday
The deadline to register for Largo's Winter Dodgeball Tournament is fast approaching. Coed and men's teams will dodge, duck and dive their way to claim the trophy on Saturday. The game will start at 10 a.m., with sign-in beforehand, at Largo Central Park. The competition is for all adults over 18. The cost is $75 per team. Deadline is Thursday. For more information or to register your team, visit LargoSports.com or call (727) 366-3910.
Jazz vocalist Monheit performing Saturday
Tickets are on sale for Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. She will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. She has appeared on numerous television shows including Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Today and Christmas at the White House. Tickets are $35, $40 VIP, $40 day of show. For tickets, visit LargoArts.com or call (727) 587-6793.
Christian unity service set for St. Patrick's
An ecumenical service marking the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road. The interdenominational program will include choirs from the 11 churches participating. In its 10th year, the event is free. For information, call Chuck Finegan at (727) 596-4986.
Recreation membership cards going on sale
Get access to Largo's recreation centers and hundreds of classes and programs with an annual Largo recreation membership card. Until Jan. 31, Largo residents may purchase an annual recreation membership for the family for $25. For nonresidents, the price is $125. All new members will receive a Largo Play Perks card offering discounts at restaurants and businesses. For information, visit largo.com or call (727) 587-6720.
Free seminar on condos, board responsibilities
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes is offering a free condominium education seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Americana Cove ROA Community Center, 7201 First St. NE. The educational seminar will focus on condominium board member responsibilities and financial reporting. For more information, call (850) 922-8981 or visit MyFloridaLicense.com.
Elder Consumer Law Day series in three parts
The public is invited to attend Stetson University College of Law's free Elder Consumer Law Day series for seniors, which focuses on informing, educating and empowering senior and elder individuals. The first of the three sessions in the series, "Shield Yourself from Financial Exploitation," will be held on Tuesday. This and the other two sessions, on March 22 and May 17, are from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S. Registration is required and seats are limited. Continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Slade V. Dukes at (727) 562-7888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Pete Beach
Dixie Hollins classes 1969 to 1974 set reunion
Dixie Hollins alumni are planning a multiclass reunion for the classes of 1969 through 1974 for the weekend of June 17-19 at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach.
Any alumni who have not been contacted and who are interested in attending should contact Sherry Brock at email@example.com or (727) 347-9662.
Snapshots will show public libraries' efforts
Pinellas Public Library Cooperative libraries will join with libraries across Florida in conducting special events, taking pictures, and collecting statistics and customer comments showing how Floridians are using their libraries during the Florida Snapshot Day on Tuesday. With adult, teen, children's and family programs, libraries all across the county will be hopping. For more information, including specific programs and library locations, visit pplc.us or flalib.org/snapshot_day or call (727) 441-8408.
Free film 'A la Mode' scheduled for library
The Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, will show A la Mode as a part of its international film series at 4 p.m. Tuesday. A rags-to-riches tale of a young man whose uniquely original designs make him all the rage of the fashion industry and a hit with the young ladies of Paris. Free. For more information, call (727) 391-2828, ext. 202.
Tampa Bay Area
Scripts wanted for one-act play festival
West Coast Players invite novice, emerging or accomplished playwrights to submit one-act plays to be performed at the annual One Acts Festival, July 8-10.
All plays must be original (no adaptations), require minimal staging and not previously staged in the Tampa Bay area. Blatantly adult themes and/or language are only acceptable when the play reading committee considers it vital to the plot. Approximately eight plays will be chosen. The entry fee is $5. A portion will be awarded to three playwrights whose scripts are designated as favorites by audience vote.
Send one copy of the script, typed in standard format (no e-mails) postmarked no later than April 1 to: West Coast Players, Attn: One Act Play Producer, P.O. Box 5022, Clearwater, FL 33758. Be sure to include your street address, telephone number and e-mail. For information, call (727) 437-2363.
Fundraiser to help Clothes To Kids cause
Clothes To Kids will host its annual Clothe a Child Fundraising Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. March 9 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. The price for a ticket is $50, which is what it costs Clothes To Kids to provide a low-income, school-age child with a week's worth of clothing. A table of eight can be purchased for $400. No tickets will be available at the door. For information or to buy tickets, visit ClothesToKids.org or contact Fran Goodwin at (727) 441-5050, ext. 22 or Fran@ClothesToKids.org.
Technology available for the hearing impaired
The Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones, captioned telephones, TTYs and related equipment free to Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. The agency also offers free hearing screenings by appointment, low-cost hearing aids, cleaning and repairs. Call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit dhctb.org.
Help make needy teens' prom memorable
Thousands of teens can't afford a dress as prom season approaches. The Gathering of Women Inc. has sponsored the Prom Dress Drive for three years.
The organization seeks donations of gowns and accessories including shoes, jewelry and purses in like-new condition.
Hair salons, florists, dry cleaners and limousine services also are needed to make prom a memorable day for local teens. For information, call (727) 321-8825.
Help U.S. troops deployed in Middle East
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, bandanas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags, and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.
Nominations open for minority scholarship
Indian Rocks Christian School, 12685 Ulmerton Road, is accepting nominations for the Betty Shields Minority Scholarship (Grades 6-11). Pick up a nomination packet from the school. The nomination deadline is Jan. 31. For more information, call (727) 593-8706.