Tuesday, November 21, 2017
News Roundup

Lots of events to take note of

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Aqua Zumba: Classes that provide all the benefits of Zumba with no impact, but with the resistance of the water, are offered from 10 to 11 a.m. every Friday at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Classes are $5 for St. Pete Beach residents, $6 for nonresidents. Just show up. For information call (727) 363-9245.

Clothing swap: The exchange takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the courtyard next to the historic Peninsula Inn, 2937 Beach Blvd. S. Bring up to five gently used garments — for women, men or children, as well as shoes and accessories — to swap. Be sure to provide hangers. No clothes to bring? Buy vouchers for $3. Proceeds benefit CASA. Call (727) 366-4086 or email [email protected]

Frishe speaks: State Rep. Jim Frishe, R-St. Petersburg, a candidate for the state Senate, will address the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N, and answer questions. There is no charge. For information call Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.

New feline friends: Save Our Strays has a reduced fee of $35 for cats 5 and older this month. The cats are spayed or neutered and have vaccines, a county license and microchip. Save Our Strays is a nonprofit, no-kill organization. To learn how you can meet the cats, call (727) 481-5262 or visit saveourstraysinc.com.

Donate old cellphones: Drop off phones at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, that will let seniors without phones call 911 in an emergency. Surplus phones will be recycled. For info, call Carol Radin at (727) 893-7102.

Babysitting camp: Youths 11 to 13 can become certified babysitters at a camp June 18-22 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Campers will learn diapering, feeding, first aid and rescue breathing and earn Safe Sitter certificates at the end of the week. Cost: $65 for residents, $81.25 for nonresidents. Register at the Largo Community Center, Highland Recreation Complex or Southwest Recreation Complex. Visit largocamps.com or call (727) 518-3125.

Reading With the Rays: Rays player Matt Joyce makes an appearance to kick off the summer reading program at noon Wednesday at the St. Petersburg Main Public Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. Free. Call (727) 893-7465 or visit stpete.org.

Research your Litvak roots: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at 2 p.m. today at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., near Largo. Bill Israel, a board member of the Lithuanian-Jewish Special Interest Group, will talk about using the group's online resources containing nearly 1.5 million records. The genealogical society's library and research resources are available to all. A social with refreshments begins at 1:30 p.m. For info, call Sally Israel at (727) 343-1652.

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