Take free shuttle at Mainsail this weekend
Trolleys and minibuses will provide free shuttle service for the Mainsail Arts Festival at Vinoy Park at Bayshore Drive and Seventh Avenue NE. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday. The trolley schedule is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Shuttle stops are: east side of First Street, just north of Central Avenue (behind the Ponce De Leon Hotel); north side of Second Avenue NE just east of the Dolphin Lot trolley Station; and the north side of Seventh Avenue NE just west of Bayshore Drive. For a printable route map of the shuttle, go to StPeteTrolley.com and click on "Events."
Hear local bands at community center
Enjoy an afternoon filled with music at the Sunday Matinee Music Series inside the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Local bands will play from 2 to 4 p.m. on select Sundays. Upcoming performances include: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Band on Sunday and May 22; Clear Water Bluegrass Revue on May 1; Pizazz Song and Dance Troupe on May 15; and Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus on May 29. The cost is $5. For a lineup of performances, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Register for camps at Southwest Rec
Registration is open for Kid City Summer Camp at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. The camp includes daily themed activities such as swimming, field trips, arts and crafts and sports. Camp begins June 13 and is held Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For grades completed K-5. Before and after care are available.
Southwest also offers Kid City II, an extension of the Kid City Camp specifically for grades 6-8. For information, call (727) 518-3125 or visit LargoCamps.com.
Learn skills and drills at free football clinic
The city's Athletics Division will host a free football clinic April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA, 1801 119th St. N. Athletes from 8-17 will learn on-field skills and drills from recreation staff and high school coaches. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registered participants and lunch will be provided for participants and volunteers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian. For information call (727) 366-3910 or visit LargoSports.com.
Festival puts focus on the environment
The Spring Ecofest and Arbor Day Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. Festivities will include a tree giveaway, games, environmental exhibits, and an Easter egg hunt with a visit from the Easter Bunny. The event is free, however, participation in the egg hunt is $2 per child. For information, call (727) 518-3047.
Meet Alaskan artist at Red Cloud gallery
Internationally recognized Alaskan artist Jon Van Zyle will be available at a "Meet the Artist" event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Red Cloud, 208 Beach Drive NE. Jon and his wife, Jona, were recognized as the official Artists for Denali National Park. For information, call (727) 821-5824 or visit redcloudindianarts.com.
Treasure Island is artists' hunting grounds
Treasure Island Art Guild members will go into the community and paint scenes of the city for the "Paint the Treasures of Treasure Island" event on Saturday. Members will exhibit their work at 2 p.m. in the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Avenue. For information, contact Peter Garino at (727) 345-4150.
'Forever Reign' musical is free, nursery provided
Park Place Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave. N, is hosting a musical production "Forever Reign" at 6 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday and April 20, and at 7:30 p.m. April 22. There is no admission charge and a nursery for children age 2 and younger will be available. Doors open 90 minutes before each presentation and seating is on a first-come basis. For information, call (727) 526-3674 or visit ppwc.org.
Exhibits, seminars and advice on native plants
The Native Plant Society's spring sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wilcox Nursery, 12501 Indian Rocks Road. Native plants will be available for sale, and there will be native plant specialists present to give advice, along with free educational seminars, garden art and exhibits. For information call (727) 595-2073 or visit pinellasnativeplants.org.
Pet expo contest fees to benefit police dogs
From household pets to police canine units, it's all about dogs at this expo. The "Bark in the Park" pet expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. Activities will include pet adoptions, craft and pet vendors and contests for Frisbee toss, novice and open obedience and best dressed dog. Proceeds from all contest entries benefit the purchase of bulletproof vests for active duty police dogs and the retired police dog medical fund. Entry is free, $10 per contest. For information, call (727) 488-6321.
Republican Club to hear School Board member
Peggy O'Shea, recently re-elected to the Pinellas County School Board, will address the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. today in the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. O'Shea will discuss the School Board budget and other issues. She will answer questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.
Adult mentors needed to help guide children
The Adults Mentoring Children program needs volunteers age 30 and older to be mentors for children throughout the county. Volunteers are matched with children between the ages of 3 and 15 who need a caring adult to spend time with them. The children are living with a single parent who is going to school and working, in foster care, or living with a relative. No experience is necessary and there are no costs. Volunteers are matched with one child and provided support and social activities. Background screening is required, and volunteers must drive. For information, contact Bev at (727) 479-1841.
Stroll the garden with wine and treats in hand
Tampa Bay Uncorked presents a unique wine tasting event, Wines in Paradise, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N. Stroll through the paths, lush with exotic plants, while sipping on wine and noshing on appetizers. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and all proceeds will go to Sunken Gardens to help with maintenance. For information, call (727) 551-3102.
Help spruce up SPC's Natural Habitat Park
Do some "green" spring cleaning from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Petersburg College's Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N, home to the Natural Habitat Park, a 70-acre park composed of wetlands and pine flatwoods. During this Earth Day kickoff event, staffers, students and the community will come together to clean the park. Volunteers will clean debris and litter around the area, remove exotic and dead vegetation, and plant native plants. After the plantings are completed, a pizza lunch will be provided. For information, contact Kelli Stickrath at (727) 394-6947.
Last 'Mayor's Night Out' before summer break
Mayor Bill Foster's "Mayor's Night Out" will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Roberts Recreation Center, 1246 50th Ave. N. All St. Petersburg residents are invited to attend. This is the last night out before the program's summer break. Visit stpete.org/MayorsNightOut for future dates and locations.