Forum to feature Times' columnist Howard Troxler
The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College has its next forum, "Stop the Presses! II," at 4 p.m. today at Lewis House on the Eckerd Campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler will speak. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (727) 864-8834 or visit eckerd.edu/aspec.
Church seeks donations for people in need
The People That Love Church and Mission is seeking donations. The organization offers assistance to those in need. Donations can be dropped off any time at 817 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 421-3745.
Oakdale lights display will run through Jan. 3
The 34th Annual Oakdale Christmas Display is open and will continue through Jan. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly at 2719 Oakdale St. S in St. Petersburg. More than 600,000 lights make up the walking yard tour that includes many moving and animated items, inflatables, lit up figures and displays. The display covers about half an acre. For information, call (727) 896-6500.
Wreaths festival to aid Alzheimer's charity
Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living of Seminole, 9300 137th St. N, will hold a Festival of Wreaths fundraising event from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Benefiting the Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the Festival of Wreaths is a silent auction, with bidding for donated wreaths with different themes, including holiday, sports and pets. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required at (727) 517-7800.
Project to help prevent sexual violence
In an effort to help prevent sexual violence in Largo, the Pinellas County Health Department and the city are preparing to implement the "Respect Me" Prevention Project, funded through a grant from the state Department of Health.
The program involves sharing information with children in grades 4 through 8 during before- and after-school programs to increase their skills in building healthy relationships based on respect.
The official kickoff meeting will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Largo City Hall, 201 Highland Ave. Representatives from the city and the Health Department will be available to answer questions and provide information on how the public can play a role in this program. Those who want to attend should RSVP to Amy Hawthorne at (727) 588-4018, ext. 112.
Adult and Senior Talent Show set for Thursday
The Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, will present the "Adult and Senior Talent Show,'' from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. All ages are welcome. For more information, call (727) 518-3131.
Red Cross lifeguarding class at Southwest Pool
The Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department is conducting an American Red Cross lifeguarding class scheduled for Dec. 6-17 at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday for two weeks. This class is open to ages 15 and older. The course teaches the skills necessary to become an American Red Cross-certified lifeguard. The fee is $125 for residents and $156.25 for nonresidents. A Largo recreation card is required. The deadline for registration and payment is Friday. For information, call (727) 518-3126.
Children, teens will perform concert Dec. 5
The Ruth Eckerd Hall Children's and Teen Choirs will perform a free winter concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave., Largo. For information, call (727) 585-9969.
Annie Moses Band will play jazz, classical
Tickets are on sale for the Annie Moses Band, a chamber-pop string band comprised of six siblings who have been featured on PBS television. They will perform a holiday concert, "This Glorious Christmas," at the Largo Cultural Center at 8 p.m. Dec. 10. The Annie Moses Band is led by singer/violinist Annie Wolaver and blends classical and jazz music with acoustic instruments arranged with modern pop production. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 VIP; $30 day of show. For tickets, call the box office at (727) 587-6793.
Mrs. Santa Claus to visit Southwest Rec Complex
Register now to visit with Mrs. Claus. She will visit Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11. There will be a story time, as well as crafts and a holiday snack. Time will be set aside for your little one to get a picture taken with Mrs. Claus, so don't forget to bring your camera. The cost is $5 per child. Children 7 years old and under are welcome to join in. Registration is required by Dec. 8. For information or to register a child, call (727) 518-3125.
Dance to 10 O'Clock Swing Band Dec. 11-12
The 10 O'Clock Swing Band will perform a special holiday show at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The 18-piece band will perform on stage, and the theater will be set up cabaret style for dancing. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show. For information, call (727) 587-6793.
Largo library to offer genealogy classes
Free genealogy/family history classes will be offered through December at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Classes include finding online books and using programs such as Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com. Details of classes and scheduled times are available at flpgs.org/classes.aspx. For information, e-mail Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com or call (727) 595-4521.
Boutique will help those entering workforce
The Deaf & Hearing Connection has announced the opening of its boutique to support people entering or returning to the workforce. Items for sale are gently used or new. The agency is accepting donations of business and business casual work attire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 7821 Seminole Blvd. For information, call (727) 399-9983.
St. Pete Beach
Yoga courses will help kids find balance, calm
The city of St. Pete Beach offers a new yoga course for children taught by instructor Paula Kay. "Yoga Relaxation Therapy for Children" is a 45-minute class that combines gentle poses with nature images to help children with balance, flexibility, attention and calmness. Various dates and times are available. For information, contact Kay at (727) 804-6079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Tow to Go' gives ride, tow to impaired drivers
AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser will help protect drivers on the road for the holidays thanks to 'Tow to Go,' a program that provides a free confidential ride home and tow to anyone who may have had too much to drink. The service is available now through Jan. 2. Call toll-free, 1-800-222-4357, for a 'Tow to Go.'
Tax-savvy volunteers needed to help seniors
The AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to prepare federal tax returns. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training (five or six days in January) and reimbursement for mileage. Computer knowledge is necessary. A minimum commitment of four hours a week during February, March and early April is required. For details visit, aarp.org/taxaide.
GoodGuides mentors help at-risk youths
Adults can have a positive impact on a teen's life by volunteering one hour a week as a mentor for Goodwill's GoodGuides youth mentoring 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. Call (727) 423-1379 or e-mail goodguides@goodwill- suncoast.com for information.
Clothing charity seeks shoes, pants for boys
Clothes To Kids needs 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.
Equipment available for the hearing impaired
The Deaf and Hearing Connection recently announced the addition of several new telephones, TTYs and captioned telephones available through its no-charge equipment distribution program. Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones and related equipment at no cost to permanent Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. For a complete list of distribution locations or to schedule an appointment, call (727) 399-9983 (voice), (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit dhctb.org.