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Events: Business expo, Feast by the Beach and more

Annual Business Expo: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Business Expo on Jan. 9 at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The event will feature 18 local businesses and opens to the public from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., when a cocktail reception starts for 2014 Annual Dinner attendees. Attorney General Pam Bondi will be the guest speaker. Dinner is $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers. For information, call Jennifer Mc­Kenney at (727) 360-6957 or

Feast by the Beach: The event will feature beach-inspired food, beverages and vendors. There will be cooking demos and take-home dips, sauces and cookbooks. Vendors will sell an array of nautical-themed arts, crafts and beach accessories. A portion of the proceeds will help support Madeira Beach nonprofit groups. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 12 at 15004 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach. For information, call (727) 322-5217.

Hospital volunteers needed: St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Ave. N, needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: gift shop, patient care, ob-gyn, information desk and emergency room. For information, call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by the information desk at the main entrance to pick up an application.

St. Pete Beach Community Yard Sale: Spaces for the Jan. 25 event are available. The cost for the 10- by 10-foot space is $15 for St. Pete Beach residents and $17.50 for nonresidents. For information or to reserve a space, call (727) 363-9245

Legal help for veterans: Stetson University College of Law partners with the Community Law Program and the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation to prepare free simple wills and advance directives for low income veterans and their spouses age 60 or older. Veterans or their spouses must schedule individual appointments by calling (727) 562-7393. People who own real estate outside the state will not be eligible to participate. Walk-in appointments are not available and the deadline to schedule an appointment is Jan. 24. The program begins in February. For information, call (727) 562-7800.

Tutoring assistance: This class will focus on homework help, test preparation and confidence. The instructor is a 10-year teaching veteran who is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes can be scheduled Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreational Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE. Class times vary depending on scheduling. The cost is $15 per 30-minute session. For information, call (727) 893-7758.

Great Weedon Bird Quest: This is an opportunity to learn the identifying marks and behaviors of the birds in our area and seasonal visitors, while compiling an annual checklist of the preserve's birds. Binoculars and bird guides are available. The event is free and advance registration is required. 8 to 10 a.m. Jan. 10 at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 453-6500 or visit

Weather Ready? A Conversation with the National Weather Service: Emergency response meteorologist Rick Davis will provide a weather presentation to increase Tampa Bay's weather-readiness. Learn about a new NWS initiative to produce a weather-ready nation and find out about products and services. This event is free, and advance registration is required. 10 to 11 a.m., Jan. 11 at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 453-6500 or visit

Guided tram tours: Learn about Boyd Hill Nature Preserve history, alligators, gopher tortoises, birds and wildflowers at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with an added 10 a.m. tour Saturday. $2. 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit

St. Petersburg Free Clinic call for volunteers: Orientation sessions will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 and at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at 863 Third Ave N. Assignments can be short-term or long-term. Email Angel Schumaker at or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.

Events: Business expo, Feast by the Beach and more 01/02/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:23pm]
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