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Fourth of July celebrations, sports registrations, gospel concert among activities


Football, cheerleading open to children 5-14

Largo for Youth Football and Cheerleading is holding registration. The league, a member of the Mid-Florida Football and Cheerleading Conference, is open to kids from 5 to 14 throughout Pinellas County. There are no weight restrictions. Practices begin in July on the football field at Greater Ridgecrest YMCA. Games start in August. During the summer, practice will be Monday through Friday. Once school starts, the practices will be on Tuesday and Thursdays. To register, bring a birth certificate, wallet-size photo, a 2011 completed physical fitness form and payment. The cost is $50 for flag football; $80 for tackle and cheerleading. For cheerleaders, the fee does not include cheerleading packages. Register on Wednesday or Saturday at Greater Ridgecrest Community Center, 2253 119th St. N. For information, call (727) 433-0651 or e-mail


City's Fourth festivities start at 6 in the park

The city of Largo's Fourth of July Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Joe Ingrau. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. There will be limited on-site parking available for $5 or you can park and walk from either Largo Middle or Largo High. For information, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.


Miss Greater Tampa Bay Pageant getting closer

The Miss Great Tampa Bay Pageant will begin at 3 p.m. July 9 at the East Bay Country Club, 702 Country Club Drive. This is an official preliminary pageant of the Miss Teen Florida-World, Miss Florida US International, Little Miss and Jr. Miss Florida pageants. Open to all ages and including married women, this is a scholarship pageant with over $2,000 to be awarded. For information or to receive an application, contact state director Suzi Hosfeld at (352) 256-9959 or


Volunteer RNs, LPNs needed at free clinic

The St. Petersburg Free Clinic offers medical care to the underserved adult population and needs volunteer RNs and LPNs to assist volunteer physicians and staff ARNP. All you need is a current license. The clinic is at 863 Third Ave. N. For information about volunteer responsibilities and requirements, contact Angel Schumaker at or (727) 821-1200, ext. 114. For information about the clinic, visit


Leave old phone books in curbside recycling bin

Summertime is phone book delivery time, and old phone books are recyclable. Residents of Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Madeira Beach, Oldsmar, Redington Beach, Safety Harbor and St. Petersburg may recycle phone books in their curbside bin. In addition, there are more than 340 dropoff sites listed at For information on recycling, contact Pinellas County Utilities at or call (727) 464-7500.


Derek Smith in concert Saturday at Bethel AME

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church presents "An Evening with Derek Smith" gospel concert on Saturday at the church, 912 Third Ave. N. A reception begins at 6 p.m.; concert starts at 7. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children (4-12). For information, call (727) 822-2089.


Nonprofit competes for Home Depot gift card

The Abilities Foundation, an organization that supports the employment, housing and health needs of people with disabilities, is one of four organizations competing for a $25,000 gift card from Home Depot. The group would like to use the gift card to build modifications in the homes of 11 veterans with physical disabilities. The Home Depot Foundation Facebook page explains the program, offers voting opportunities and highlights the participants from last month. To vote, or for information, visit


Watson Haynes is guest of 'Our Town' series

Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, leads the monthly "Our Town" conversation series with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. This portion features the Rev. Watson Haynes II, a St. Petersburg native and community activist, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Cafe Gala in the Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE.) The series is free, but reservations are required. For information or to reserve a spot, call (727) 823-3767 or visit


50-Hour Scrapbook Crop has discussions, prizes

Join fellow "scrappers" to crop, trim, and embellish at this year's 50 Hour Scrapbook Crop beginning at 4 p.m. July 15 in the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Scrappers will enjoy prize drawings, technique roundtables and learn tricks of the trade all weekend, through 6 p.m. July 17. The cost is $75 for the full weekend and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday-only is $35. Registration is required. For information or to register, call (727) 518-3016.


Advocates needed for abused, neglected kids

The state Guardian ad Litem Program is in need of advocates for abused and neglected children. No prior experience is necessary, and volunteers will be trained and supported by an experienced supervisory and legal staff. Once trained, volunteers dedicate an average of 10 hours a month. The guardian ad litem visits the child every month, becomes familiar with the child's case, and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable home.

The next training class for volunteers will begin Aug. 2, and will meet for five weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Criminal Justice Center, 14250 49th St. N. To attend an informational meeting, call (727) 464-6528 or visit to submit an application.


Song a fundraiser for families of slain officers

In honor of fallen St. Petersburg police Officers Jeffrey Yaslowitz, Tom Baitinger and David Crawford, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast have teamed up with Big3Records, SubbZero Entertainment, LLC and TASCO to create the tribute song Let's Get Together. It is available for download on iTunes and serves as a fundraiser for the officer's families. The song costs 99 cents, and the video can be downloaded for $1.99. For information about BGCS, visit


It's a holiday celebration at Bilmar Beach Resort

Come out to the beach and join Treasure Island's salute to the holiday at Treasure Island Rockin' Red Glare from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd. The event will feature music by local entertainers, a movie on the beach, a four-story waterslide, food and drink vendors and fireworks. Free admission. Beach parking $10 all day. For information, call (727) 547-4575, ext. 237 or visit


Roundup air potatoes, other nuisance plants

Help beautify the preserve by removing invasive, fast-growing air potatoes and other exotic vegetation that crowds out native plants at 10 a.m. Saturday in Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. Volunteers age 15 and under must be accompanied by adult; wear suitable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Free. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit


Parade and festival to set tone for holiday

The town will host its Independence Day Parade and Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The parade will begin at the corner of 62nd Street and 54th Avenue N and proceed east along 54th Avenue to 58th Street. It will continue south on 58th Street to 46th Avenue. The festival will immediately follow the parade at 4600 58th St. N. There will be games, food and fun for call ages. For information, call (727) 498-8948.


Hurricane seminar has seniors in mind

Westminster Suncoast, 6909 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, will host a hurricane seminar for seniors at 11 a.m. Thursday. Refreshments will be provided. Free. For information, call (727) 864-7221.


'Loy's Seduction' comes to Sake Bomb

Artist Kheuthmy Khambay will present his collection, "Loy's Seduction," from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Sake Bomb, 548 Central Ave. This is a collection of oil on canvas works inspired by Robert Greene's book, The Art of Seduction and influenced by feng shui. For information about this event, call (727) 204-6960.


Camp Gan Israel offers variety of activities

Camp Gan Israel is hosting a summer fun program for children ages 5 through 15 from Jewish backgrounds and affiliations. The camp runs until July 22 at Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. Activities include sports, music, drama, cooking and arts and crafts. There are also weekly field trips and Shabbat dinners planned. Kids can also choose from a list of electives including yoga, karate, decoupage, jewelry making, food decorating and wood working. For information or to register, call (727) 344-4900 or visit

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