Science symposium: The public is invited to a science symposium from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The event, in its fourth year, will feature research, lectures, posters and more by Eckerd faculty, alumni and students. Admission is free and reservations are required. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Most events will be held in the college's new James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences. To RSVP, call (727) 864-7713.
Scholarship opportunity: Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291 is offering a $500 scholarship for up to four years, for a total of $2,000 to a graduating senior in Pinellas County who lives between Rosery Road in Largo and the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The student must demonstrate high academic achievement as well as active volunteer service. The deadline for receiving applications is April 30. Apply at gulfbeachlodge.org.
Hear some harmony: Tickets are on sale for the annual Florida Suncoast Chorus Barbershop show. The program will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The $13 ticket includes a sit-down dinner and a show, however advance reservations are required by Thursday. Call (727) 581-0686.
Bridal dress and accessories giveaway: The Gathering of Women will sponsor a bridal dress and accessories giveaway on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Harbordale YMCA, 2421 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Many of the dresses are new or slightly used. For information, call (727) 433-1352.
'Experience Lourdes:' The Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church is hosting "Experience Lourdes: A Virtual Pilgrimage Experience" at 6 p.m. Friday at 430 90th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Guests will receive a bottle of Lourdes water. For information, call (727) 576-0400 or (727) 432-9252
St. Petersburg preservation lunchtime walking tours: Held the second Friday of each month, this is a shortened version of the group's popular Saturday morning downtown tour. The lunchtime tours will take varying routes through the Downtown National Register Historic District. The next lunchtime tour will be at noon Friday. The tour leaves from the front of Central Cafe & Organics at 243 Central Ave. Free for members and $5 for nonmembers. (727) 824-7802 or visitstpetepreservation.org.
Valentine dinner dance: The Italian-American Society of St. Petersburg will be hosting its annual fundraiser, 6 p.m., Saturday at the Treasure Island Community Center, 144 107th Ave. The four-piece band Pleasure will play, and there will be dance partners for the ladies. The event includes a three-course dinner with free wine and a silent auction. Hors d'oeuvres begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and music at 7. Cost is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For information and reservations, call (727) 224-8731.
My Black Is Beautiful Pageant and Showcase: Presented by City Theater, this fundraising cevent features local youth and educates them about the activities and opportunities available to them through the theater. Each contestant has the opportunity to showcase their talent in an effort to win the title. Registration is open to girls ages 7-18. Contestants' parents must be present to register and are required to bring one photo. The cost to register is $35. Sunday at 4 p.m., St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st S. Event cost is $20 at the door or call the box office to reserve tickets at (727) 866-1973. For information, call (727) 768-1654 or email [email protected]
First-time home buyer assistance: This Pinellas County program is available to those who have never owned a home or have not owned a home in the past three years. It's also for veterans trying to realize the dream of owning a home. To qualify, buyers must meet income requirements, have a minimum credit score of 640 and take a required home buyer education class. For information, call toll-free, 1-800-806-5154 or (727) 464-8210 or visit pinellascounty.org and search "home buyer."
Art scholarship: Applications are being accepted for the Pinellas Park Art Society Scholarship, valued at $1,500, for Fall 2013. The scholarship is based on artistic abilities and fulfillment of the application requirements. The scholarship is open to all Pinellas County high school seniors — public, private or homeschooled — or to college students enrolled in a visual arts program. Find the application online at pinellasart.com. The deadline is March 15.