'Harlem Nights' gala to feature music, fashion
The Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas County will present "Harlem Nights," a gala to benefit AKA's community projects, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. The evening will include a performance by Dream Pearls and designer garments from the Ebony Fashion Fair collection, which will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at Readers Choice Books, 4301 34th St. S; Signatures III Ultimate Barber Salon, 2200 31st St. S; or zuochapter.org. Call (727) 866-9436.
Museum will host two Pride Month events
As St. Petersburg observes Pride Month in June, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, will host to two events Thursday and Friday. Equality Florida and St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell, this year's St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal, invite the community to a dialogue on "homophobia and racism" at 7 p.m. Thursday. A distinguished panel to include St. Petersburg Times columnist Bill Maxwell, Equality Florida's Nadine Smith, Emma Makdessi and Carl Warren will lead the community dialogue. An informal reception will precede the discussion in the museum's Legacy Garden, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The museum also will host a reception and exhibit opening for a nationally touring exhibit, "Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as it Was Black," from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. The exhibit, organized by the Stonewall Library and Archives, is a tribute to the songs, literature and art that demonstrate the gay influence in helping to fuel the Harlem Renaissance in the two decades between World Wars I and II. The exhibit's opening will be followed by a soiree in the Legacy Gardens with food, drinks and dancing for $25.
Upcoming exercise lectures open to public
Jennifer Burns, M.D., will discuss the components of injury, diagnosis, and treatment and rehabilitation of overuse injuries in the lecture "Recognizing and Preventing Exercise Overuse Injuries" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. At 6:30 p.m., Matt Fontaine, D.C., will demonstrate core body strengthening techniques and the correct pre- and postexercise stretches to increase performance and prevent injury in the "Stretching and Strengthening Clinic." Both lectures will be at St. Anthony's Outpatient Center, 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, and they are free and open to the public. To make reservations or for more information, call (727) 953-6993.
Neuter-a-thon will fix pitbulls all month for $25
Stop Pet Overpopulation Together, or SPOT, is sponsoring a male pitbull neuter-a-thon. Throughout June, pitbull owners can have male dogs neutered for $25 at the SPOT Spay-Neuter Clinic, 4403 62nd Ave. N. To make an appointment or for more information, call (727) 329-8657.
Register for possible oil beach cleanup
Although there is no imminent threat of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill making landfall in Pinellas County, volunteers are needed to register for a oil beach cleanup, if necessary. There is no date or time for the event. It will be scheduled only if the Coast Guard indicates that oil residue threatens the Pinellas County shore. To register for the Special Beach (Coastal) Cleanup, visit pinvol.org. For more information, call (727) 533-0402.
Blood Services' special donor days set this week
Florida Blood Services has moved its St. Petersburg Donor Center into expanded quarters at 10100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. To celebrate the move, it is hosting special donor days Monday through Friday this week. Each day there will be food from local restaurants and a drawing from among each day's donors for a gift card. In addition, all donors this week will be entered into a drawing for a $250 Publix gift card. Appointments are appreciated by calling (727) 568-2101 or by scheduling online at fbsdonor.org. Walk-ins are always welcome.
Register to volunteer, vote at event Tuesday
The Princess Martha, 411 First Ave. N, is hosting a voter education and registration session with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. There will be opportunities to register to vote, update address and signatures, sign up to receive ballots by mail, and volunteer to work at the polls.