Tree lighting, caroling highlight city event
A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Schleck Park Gazebo, next to the Kenneth City Town Hall, 6000 54th Ave. N. The event will include carol singing and hot chocolate. For information, contact Kenneth City council member Joanne DeSimone at email@example.com or call (727) 344-0598.
TAMPA BAY AREA
Fitness centers taking donations for Goodwill
Lifestyle Family Fitness invites members and nonmembers to donate gently used items at any of the Pinellas or Hillsborough fitness centers through Dec. 27 to benefit Goodwill Industries. Donations of gently used shoes, clothing, small sporting goods and housewares will be gratefully accepted. Everyone who donates will receive a free two-week pass good at any Lifestyle Family Fitness center. For more information, call 1-866-533-2222.
ST. PETE BEACH
Sign up now to enter Lighted Boat Parade
The cities of St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena are calling all boaters for the Lighted Holiday Boat Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, starting at Merry Pier in St. Pete Beach. Enter your decorated boat in one of the three size categories for a chance to win cash prizes. Free entry. A captains' meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For more information or to enter your boat, call (727) 363-9245, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Choral Festival features SPC singers
The St. Petersburg College Concert Chorus and Madrigalians will perform in the annual Winter Choral Festival at 3 p.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N. Enjoy music of the Yuletide season and get into the holiday spirit. Free; donations gratefully accepted. For more information, call (727)341-7984.
Kids can have breakfast with Santa on Saturday
Bring your children or grandchildren to have breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Also enjoy face painting, a gift from Santa and stories told by Mrs. Claus. $5 per person. Proceeds to benefit the Historic Building Restoration Fund. For reservations, call Phyllis Powell at (727) 345-2862.
Community band to play concert on Thursday
Enjoy a free concert featuring the South Pasadena Community Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. The event is free and has a cash bar for libations and soft drinks. For more information, call (727) 345-4502.
Join the mayor for city's annual tree lighting
The city of Gulfport's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa visit is at 7 p.m. Monday in Clymer Park, Gulfport Boulevard S at Beach Boulevard S. Bundle up for an evening of music, festivities and refreshments to celebrate together as the mayor lights the tree for another holiday season. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information, call (727) 893-1118.
SPC orchestra to play Vivaldi, Haydn works
The St. Petersburg College Orchestra will play works by Antonio Vivaldi and Joseph Haydn at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the SPC Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. The event is free. For more information, call (727) 341-7984.
100 voices to celebrate the season in concert
The Pasadena Community Annual Christmas Concert is at 7 tonight at Pasadena Community United Methodist Church, 227 70th St. S. The concert, featuring the Christmas Story, will impress with traditional carols sung by a 100-voice choir, accompanied by a brass quintet, 84-rank pipe organ, a grand piano and a timpani. Free, but a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call (727) 381-2499.
Holocaust museum presents authors
The Florida Holocaust Museum invites the public to meet authors William J. Lagano and Ernst Drucker of Ernst: Escaping the Horrors of the Nazi Occupation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the museum, 55 Fifth St. S. Light refreshments will be served. Free. RSVP to (727) 820-0100, ext. 236.
Ensemble will feature all things percussion
The SPC Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of John Shaw, will present an evening of music on varied percussion instruments at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at SPC Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Free. For more information, call (727) 341-7984.
Children, teens featured in church concert today
The Ruth Eckerd Hall Children's and Teen Choirs will perform a free winter concert today at 3 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave., Largo. For more information, call (727) 585-9969.
Baskets silent auction to benefit city library
A Holiday Gift Basket Silent Auction is being held at the Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive, through Friday. Fifteen gift baskets with goodies for all ages are on display near the circulation desk. The deadline for bids is Friday. The highest, winning bidders will be notified Saturday. Proceeds will go to the library. For more information, call Pat Bell at (727) 585-3240 or the bookstore at (727) 586-7392.
Christmas musical seen through Joseph's eyes
Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo, will present Rough Wood and Rusty Nails, a Christmas musical from Joseph's perspective. The family show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The event is free, but seats are limited. For reservations, call (727) 595-2117.
Get tickets now for 'Nutcracker' ballet
Tickets are on sale for The Nutcracker, presented by the Bay City Ballet of Clearwater. The show will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and again at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $25 VIP; $22 advance; $25 day of show; $18 groups of 10 or more and $20 student age 12 and younger. For tickets, call (727) 587-6793.
Retired executives can help with businesses
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce hosts free business counseling services provided by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) at it offices by appointment every first and third Thursday monthly. SCORE counselors represent working and retired business executives who volunteer their lifetime experience providing assistance for people looking to start a business and for owners/managers of existing businesses. Counseling appointments can be made only by calling (727) 584-2321.
Oakdale holiday display features 600,000 lights
The 34th Annual Oakdale Christmas Display is open and will continue through Jan. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly at 2719 Oakdale St. S in St. Petersburg. More than 600,000 lights make up the walking yard tour that includes many animated items, inflatables, lighted figures and displays. The display covers about half an acre. For information, call (727) 896-6500.