Aspiring Olympians 3-6 can compete Oct. 1
Register now for the fifth annual Little Olympians Event set for 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Kids ages 3 to 6 will participate in a Big Wheels competition, a bean bag throw, a 50-yard dash and hurdles. Each participant will receive an Olympic medal and T-shirt. Registration is required by Saturday. Cost is $10. For information, call (727) 518-3016 or visit PlayLargo.com.
City to recognize its champion contributors
Do you know a champion in your hometown? Largo is launching its Community Champion Recognition Program, an awards program to celebrate the special contributions of residents, business owners and community organizations. Community Champion awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of life in the city. Nominations are currently being accepted in five categories: community building, community stewardship, community safety, community beautification, and community preservation. The eligibility and nomination process is open to any resident, business or organization. To complete a nomination form, visit largo.com/ champion or contact Tom Moore, neighborhood coordinator at (727) 587-6749, ext. 7217.
Spoofs, music, all for arts center's benefit
Buy your tickets for Saturday's gala at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation, formerly Partners in Progress for the Arts, is holding its annual program to benefit the center and its educational programs. Bisesti Productions will present SPAF-a-Lot, which will include spoofs on the Monty Python classic, Spam-A-Lot as well as musical numbers from Camelot. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $100. For information, call (727) 587-6793.
Taste some wines, dip a brush in watercolors
Develop your inner artist while tasting wine at Watercolors and Wine from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Max and Sams Steakhouse, 1700 Park St.. An art teacher guides art novices (no art experience required) with instructions to create a watercolor masterpiece. Materials, wines and cheeses included in $30 fee. Reservations required. For information call (941) 924-1200 or visit maxandsamssteakhouse.com.
Eckerd series features writer Jeff Klinkenberg
The Presidential Events Series, Sustainability at Eckerd College, highlights Eckerd's ongoing commitment to minimize its operational footprint and maximize environmental awareness and green practices through speaker presentations and campuswide endeavors at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the college, 4200 54th Ave. S. In this portion, Jeff Klinkenberg, staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times and author, presents "Heaven is Under Our Feet: Adventures of a Florida Writer." Free. For information call (727) 867-1166 or visit eckerd.edu.
'Star Wars,' superhero chronicler to speak
Daniel Wallace, author and specialist on Star Wars and Superheroes, speaks at 11 a.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. The self-proclaimed "lifelong geek" has authored and co-authored more than two dozen books including The Art of Superman Returns, The DC Comics Chronicle, The Marvel Encyclopedia and New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters. Free. For information call (727) 341-7181.
Cancer benefit samples restaurants' fare
Stroll along historic Beach Drive while sampling world-class cuisine and desserts from St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront restaurants during the Hope Floats Culinary Stroll from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The stroll starts with a silent auction and happy hour wine tasting and ends with auction winners announced at Hooker Tea Company, 300 Beach Drive NE, Suite 124. In case of rain, the wine tasting will be held at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Drive NE. Proceeds benefit My Hope Chest to fund reconstructive surgery for uninsured breast cancer survivors. Tickets are $75 in advance, $100 day of the event. For information or to register, call (727) 642-4243 or visit myhopechest.org/events.
Gun event serves up safety rules, wild game
Gun enthusiasts can join the Pinellas County Sheriff's Advisory Board for an afternoon of shooting different caliber shotguns and pistols at a picture of a turkey on paper targets at the Wild Game Dinner and Turkey Shoot from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wyoming Antelope Club, 3700 126th Ave. All weapons are provided and NRA Certified Firearms instructors supervise shooting. No personal firearms are permitted. Kids can get in the action with a carnival style shooting gallery and air guns for practice shooting. Free gun safety classes are held every 30 minutes. There will also be live music and a canine demonstration by the Sheriff's Office. Stick around after the shooting for a meal with a main entree of wild game meat (4 to 6 p.m.). Chicken and turkey are available for less adventuresome appetites. The event benefits area youth projects. $12.50 advance, $15 day of, $5 children (meal); $5 additional for shooting (air guns free). For information, call (727) 468-4500.
History museum to showcase local art
In conjunction with the St. Petersburg Museum of History's participation in Free Museum Day, ArtOn! Events hosts the Live Arts Festival, showcasing the talent of more than 40 local artisans representing diverse mediums who will be creating art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the museum, 335 Second Ave. NE. In addition to the artists, Swings Tampa Bay will offer the community the chance to paint a swing that will be hung in a local park. Free. For information call (727) 894-1052 or visit spmoh.org.
County wants residents' hazardous waste
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 Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore 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 contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or visit pinellascounty.org/utilities.
Homecoming dresses free for needy students
The nonprofit Belle of the Ball Project will distribute homecoming dresses to low-income high school girls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. The Belle of the Ball store is next to Ross Department Store. Future distribution dates include Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 and Nov. 5. All are held at the same time and location. Distribution is open to all Pinellas and Hillsborough County high school teens. A donation is requested but not necessary. No appointment needed. Donations of dresses can also be made at the distribution events. For other donation sites and more information about Belle of the Ball Project, visit belleoftheballproject.com.
Constitution lecturer will be at library
South Pinellas 912 Patriots invite the public to hear Krisanne Hall, former prosecutor, constitutional attorney and author, speak about "Defending the U.S. Constitution," at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pinellas Park Library conference room, 7770 52nd St. Hall is a disabled Army veteran, a Russian linguist, a mother and a pastor's wife. She travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history surrounding the country's founding documents. This event is free but seating is limited. For information, visit 912Pinellas.org.