'Janet's Planet' lets kids have fun with science
Janet Ivey, a nine-time Emmy Award winner and nationally televised advocate for educating young scientists, astronauts and engineers, brings a fun children's show involving science, technology, engineering and math at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. "Janet's Planet: An Out of This World Adventure" will help try to find answers for questions such as "What is a light year?" and "Why does ice melt?" The cost is $7.50, $6.50 children, $22 family four pack. For more information, call (727) 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
Kiwanians to sponsor family fishing day
The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will sponsor the final Family Fun Fishing Day of the year from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW. Prizes are awarded in several categories. Fishing poles and bait will be provided for children up to 14 years old, so even the most inexperienced anglers can try their hand. There is no cost, and the Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will offer coffee or juice and a doughnut for a $1 donation. For more information, call (727) 319-8343 or visit kiwanis seminolebreakfast.com.
It's time to renew Bayway transponders
September is renewal month for all Pinellas Bayway Commuter Pass transponders. The $50 yearly transponder, which allows two-axle vehicles unlimited passage through all three Pinellas Bayway toll plazas without stopping, expires every year on Sept. 30, regardless of the date of purchase.
During September, commuter pass holders who use the toll plazas have three renewal options:
• Renew your Commuter Pass online at sunpass.com with your account number or transponder number and personal identification number. You may also sign up for automatic renewal, which will alleviate the need for you to manually renew your pass each year.
• Call the SunPass toll-free customer service number at 1-800-865-5352 to renew between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Customers will need the transponder number, which is on the back of the transponder, and a major credit card.
• Visit the Pinellas Bayway SunPass Customer Service Center in person from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The center is at 4501 54th Ave. S.
Chamber of commerce seeks board nominees
The Seminole Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for its 2012 board of directors. Applicants must be current members in good standing. Responsibilities include attending monthly meetings, after-hours socials, and participating in or supporting chamber events and projects. Inquire at the Seminole Chamber office, 8400 113th St. N, or call (727) 392-3245 to receive a form.
Tampa Bay area
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares recruiting volunteers
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares needs volunteers for the following: volunteer call center assistant, Web and data services assistant, follow-up assistant, call center statistics intern, 211 English Web services intern and 211 Spanish Web services intern.
To fill out a volunteer registration form, visit 211tampabay.org, click on "Get Involved" then click on "Volunteering," or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get rid of chemicals, electronics at event
Got unwanted electronics or chemicals? Collect hazardous waste items from your home, office or garage and properly dispose of them at a mobile collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot, 2070 Tyrone Blvd.
Pinellas County Solid Waste offers this service free to county residents. For information on mobile collections, what to bring and what not to bring, call Pinellas County Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or visit pinellascounty.org/utilities.
Group to upgrade disabled vets' homes
The Abilities Foundation seeks to identify disabled veterans whose Tampa Bay area homes need handicapped modifications. The foundation was awarded grants totaling $20,000 from the Hope Depot Foundation to improve the homes of eight disabled veterans, rendering them handicapped-accessible, safe, secure and more energy-efficient.
Improvements can include installation of wheelchair ramps, grab bars, doors, locks, weather-stripping, air filters, smoke detectors, wheelchair-accessible gardens, minor landscaping, pressure-washing, exterior painting and yard cleanup. Projects will not include structural modifications, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning repairs or replacement.
The Abilities Foundation asks that interested disabled veterans (priority will be given to those who served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom) provide their name, address, phone number and e-mail address; nature of disability; handicapped modifications or improvements requested; and an explanation of the inability to fund improvements.
Direct all inquiries to email@example.com or call Lisa Johnson at (727) 538-7370, ext. 234.
Girls' basketball team to wash cars Saturday
The Boca Ciega Pirates girls basketball team will host a fundraising carwash at 10 a.m. Saturday at the 7-Eleven at 54th Avenue S and 34th Street. The team is trying to raise enough money for uniforms, shoes, warm-ups, tournaments, skills camps, and travel and hotel costs. The group seeks a donation for each carwash. For information, call (727) 320-5611.
Island Singers seek cantata participants
The Island Singers have put out a call to all pastors, worship leaders, church music directors and singers to consider joining the group for its annual Christmas Cantata and Music Extravaganza. With two performances at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 and only seven rehearsals, the commitment to join is small. There is a $10 participation fee to cover the costs of the music book and CD. Those interested should call the church at (727) 866-7362 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wind ensemble needs musicians, instruments
The newly created St. Petersburg Community Wind Ensemble needs more wind musicians and percussion instruments. If you have experience playing a wind instrument and would be interested in joining this group, contact John Gardner at (727) 599-5935 or email@example.com.
Church to hold Blessing of Animals
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 11 a.m. Saturday in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. All animals and their owners are invited. Call (727) 584-2318.
It's time for Southwest Tennis Tournament
Register now for the Southwest Tennis Tournament, previously the Mayor's Tournament, which will be held Oct. 8-9 at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. The tournament, in its fourth year, is open to adult doubles teams. A draw party and raffle will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 across the street at the Golfview Cafe at the Largo Golf Course. It is a double-elimination tournament. The cost is $70 per pair. Players will receive a T-shirt, a goodie bag, barbecue lunch Saturday, refreshments and awards.
For registration and more information, call (727) 518-3125.