Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

Get legal advice, take a class, soak up a festival or volunteer

Celebrate Pro Bono Week: Through Saturday area lawyers will educate library staffers about free online access to legal resources available to Floridians, and library patrons can talk with lawyers about free legal resources, choosing a lawyer, and going it alone in court. Times in St. Petersburg are 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Mirror Lake Library, 280 Fifth St. N; South Branch Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive S; Johnson Library, 1059 18th Ave. S; North Branch Library, 861 70th Ave. N; and in Gulfport, the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Also 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the St. Pete Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave., and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N; Childs Park Library, 691 43rd St. S; and Pinellas Park Public Library, 7770 52nd St. For information, call (727) 582-7480.

Learn watercolor painting: Experienced and novice adult students can take classes from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Bay Vista Recreation Center, 7000 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Bring watercolor paper, brushes and watercolor paints in tubes. $21 per month with a $15 city Advantage Card. For information, call (727) 893-7124 for or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

City Power Toastmasters: Discover your ability to lead, give good presentations and plan meetings from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Municipal Services Building, 1 Fourth St. N, Room 600, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7918.

Yoga at Boyd Hill: Connect with your mind, body and soul from 4:30 to 5:30 Thursdays at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. $8 per class or $28 per month with a city Advantage Card. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Pipe screams: Organists will perform "pumpkin carols" at 7 p.m. Friday at Christ United Methodist Church. You're invited to join in song and costume; an offering will be taken for scholarships. 476 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 822-3343.

Fall festival: Seminole United Methodist Church will have its festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 5400 Seminole Blvd. Call (727) 391-9781 or visit sumconline.com.

Help stock the senior pantry: The Gulfport Merchants Association is collecting nonperishable food, toiletries and personal needs for the Gulfport Senior Center pantry. Bring donations to the Gulfport Merchants Association tent from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays during the fresh market on Beach Boulevard below 29th Avenue S. For information, call (727) 366-4086.

Beach volunteers needed: Sanding Ovations, the Master's Cup Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival, is Nov. 21-24 in Treasure Island. Help is needed for the beer truck, T-shirt sales and VIP tent. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt, parking and refreshments at the VIP tent. Schedule a time by calling (727) 547-4575, ext. 237, or email [email protected]

Exercise for arthritis sufferers: A six-week, low-impact program begins in November. Register at the Sunshine Senior Center, 330 Fifth St. N; Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S; Roberts Center, 1246 50th Ave. N; or Azalea Center, 1600 72nd St. N. Information: (727) 893-7102 or stpeteparksrec.org.

Meals on Wheels needs help: Neighborly Care Network needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Schedules are flexible. Call (727) 573-9444, ext. 3221.

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