Council member to hold town hall conversation
Jennifer Salmon, Ward 3 Council member of Gulfport, will hold a town hall conversation from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. Call (727) 893-1012.
Amendment 4 forum is scheduled for Thursday
Suncoast League of Cities is hosting a citizens forum on Amendment 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Call (813) 857-8801.
Christmas charity's Oktoberfest is Saturday
Santa's Angels, a charity that provides Christmas presents to needy children in Pinellas County, is sponsoring Oktoberfest from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Redington Beach's Town Park, at Gulf Boulevard and 164th Avenue E. A variety of German sausages, beers and music will be offered. The cost is $25 per person in advance; $30 at the door. For information, call Lynne Hawthorne at (727) 593-9193.
Island Singers looking for new members
The Island Singers, a 75-voice communitywide group that performs during the Christmas season each year, is looking for new members. The choir rehearses every Tuesday in November and December leading up to the performance on Dec. 19. Rehearsals start Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Island Chapel, 1271 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. . Call Bill at (727) 867-6881.
Author to sign novel at Wilson's Book World
Author Patti Leudeman Chiappa will sign her novel, Sara's Journey, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wilson's Book World, 2394 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (888) 361 9473.
Drop off hazardous waste at Home Depot
Pinellas County Utilities will hold a hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot, 2070 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. Household and outdoor chemicals and electronics will be accepted. This service is free to county residents. Call (727) 464-7500.
Catholic church will bless animals Saturday
St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 515 Fourth St. S, in St. Petersburg, is hosting a Blessing of the Animals from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Northeast Photography will photograph each blessing. Prayer cards will be presented to each animal. Call Michael Peltier at (727) 420-8763.
Practically Pikasso is hosting Diva Night
Practically Pikasso, 1912 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, is hosting Diva Night at 6 p.m. Thursday. This night of pottery painting is designed to celebrate women, their friendships and their creativity. Guests will also enjoy pampering, including chair massages, facials and paraffin hand treatments. Refreshments will be offered. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to reserve a table, call (727) 822-5204.
A Day in Solidarity with African People is today
A Day in Solidarity with African People is at 6:30 p.m. today at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, featuring internationally recognized speakers from the international African liberation movement. The event will benefit programs of the Uhuru Movement, which seeks to correct the injustices and historical wrongs faced by the African community. Speakers will analyze the ongoing economic crisis, which has widened racial gaps in income, unemployment, rate of foreclosures and education in the African community. This program will include a buffet dinner and an African cultural performance. Tickets are $10 to $25 . For information or to buy tickets, call (727) 683-9949.
Come shop yard sale, stay for some barbecue
The St. Petersburg Recreation Center Teen Council is hosting the eighth annual Teen BBQ Cookoff and community yard sale Saturday at Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg. The yard sale begins at 8 a.m., and the barbecue is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission includes arts and crafts, music, face painting, and inflatable games. Food tickets and activity bracelets are sold separately. Proceeds benefit TASCO teen councils. The park is at Fifth Street and 22nd Avenue N. Call (727) 893-7813.
Make treasure out of trash in recycling contest
It's time to make a treasure out of trash. Largo is inviting you to "think outside the can" for the second annual Recycled Innovations Contest. Entries must be made of 75 percent or more recycled material that would otherwise be discarded. Unlike a recycled art show, entries for Recycled Innovations are items that may be reused in daily activities. Accepted entries will be functional and made of materials that can be diverted from the waste stream. Entry into the online contest requires a photo submission of a usable creation.
Prizes will be awarded in age categories: Tiny Innovators, Junior Innovators, Tween Innovators, Techie Innovators and MacGyvers.
The deadline for entry, including a photo submission and entry description, is Oct. 28. Online voting begins Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 12 at LargoRecycles.com. Winners will be announced on Nov. 15, America Recycles Day. Interested innovators can apply at LargoRecycles.com or by calling (727) 586-7424.
Library foundation Boogeyman Ball is set
Tickets are on sale for the Greater Largo Library Foundation's second annual Boogeyman Ball at Pinecrest Place, 1150 Eighth Ave. SW. The masquerade is Oct. 16, starting with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and a runway costume competition, dinner and dance. Entertainment includes Gulf Coast Jazz Quartet and Rocker Steve Arvey. The cost is $45 for individuals. Table sponsorships, ranging from $255 to $425, also are available. Call the foundation at (727) 586-7398.
Registration is now open for tennis tourney
Registration is open for Largo's third annual Mayor's Tennis Tournament, which will be held Oct. 8-10 at the Southwest Tennis Center, 13120 Vonn Road. Registration ends Monday. This year's tournament will host men's, women's, mixed doubles, youth singles and youth doubles teams. Registration includes an event bag and a T-shirt, lunch, a prize drawing, awards and trophies. The cost is $30 per person for one event and $50 per person for two events. Call (727) 518-3125.
Crisis pregnancy center hosts anniversary event
New Life Solutions, 1910 East Bay Drive, Largo, is hosting a 25th Anniversary Open House from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. New Life Solutions is a nonprofit that provides free services to women in crisis pregnancies throughout Pinellas County. For information or to RSVP, call Donna at (727) 216-1402, ext. 501.
Nonprofits offer dresses for homecoming, prom
Belle of the Ball and Dream a Dress, nonprofit organizations that provide homecoming and prom dresses to low-income high school girls, will distribute homecoming dresses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. For more information, visit belleoftheballproject.com.
Music in the Park offers range of acts coming up
The city of Seminole is hosting the 14th annual Music in the Park. Suzette Jennings, an R&B and jazz singer, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday; the big band Dan McMillion Orchestra will play Oct. 8; and a British Invasion Tribute, Shaguars, will play Oct. 15 at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road. Bring chairs and blankets. Food vendors will be available. Call (727) 391-8345.
Emergency energy help available to some seniors
Pinellas County Health and Human Services is providing emergency energy assistance of up to $600 to senior citizens who can't pay their power bills. Eligible seniors must have a crisis with a delinquent notice from the utility company or a notice that power has been shut off to be considered for aid. Seniors also may qualify to receive repairs to a cooling unit or a voucher for fans, heaters and blankets. Prospective clients can stop by a Health and Human Services office at two locations: 2189 Cleveland St., Suite 230, in Clearwater or 647 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Call Annie Shaw at (727) 464-8400 in Clearwater or Anne Eicher at (727) 582-7781 in St. Petersburg.