Acting and voice classes for children
Venue Theatre and Actors Studio, 9125 U.S. 19 N, is introducing its new acting workshops for both children and adults. Kids 5 through 17 can take workshops in creative dramatics, improvisation, movement, on-camera acting, musical theatre and private and choral voice. Adult workshops include Introduction to Acting, Ongoing Scene Study, Improvisation and Tap. Venue will hold an open house Monday through Saturday, which will include a Q&A session. The schedule is available online at venueactorstudio.org. For more information, call (727) 822-6194.
Golfers invited to Glow Golf event
Golfers are invited to participate in Glow Golf on Jan. 12 at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis facility, 10315 Paradise Blvd., in Treasure Island. Registration will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the golf scramble will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. Hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be provided free of charge. Golfers may sign up as a foursome or a single; $20 per player. Pre-registration and payment at time of registration is required. Call Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis at (727) 360-6062 for additional information or to register.
Enter photography for chance at awards
The Pinellas Park Art Society's 22nd Annual Photography Show and Sale is preparing to take entries from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Pinellas Park Art Society in Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. There are three categories: color prints, black and white prints, and digital prints. Two photographs may be entered into each category. Entry fees: $8 for one print, $20 for three prints. All prints must be framed and wired for hanging; there is no size restriction. This show is open to all photographers. Winners and awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Park Station. For more information, visit pinellasart.com, or call Steve Daniels at (727) 430-9563.
Get motivated with free fitness classes
Largo Recreation is helping to kick off a healthy and fit new year with "Move It 2 Lose It," a week of free fitness classes, motivation, healthy recipes and prizes Monday through Jan. 8 at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., and Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. Choose from more than 30 free fitness classes, including aqua fit, boot camp, belly dance, yoga, cardio kickboxing, line dancing, step aerobics and more. Sign up for a monthly fitness program and be entered into a drawing to win a $50 New Balance gift card. It's open to ages 16 and older. For more information, visit playlargo.com or call (727) 518-3016.
Dog obedience classes start the year off right
Do you have behavior problems with your dog? The Highland Recreation Complex is offering dog obedience classes for beginner and intermediate training levels.
Beginner classes, for dogs 10 weeks and older, will teach basic commands such as sit, down, stay and walk. The six-week course, offered on Tuesday mornings or Thursday nights, begins Jan. 11 and Jan. 13. The cost is $65 for residents, $81.50 for nonresidents and $99.50 for individuals who do not have a Largo recreation card.
Intermediate classes for dogs 5 months and older will teach distance and duration, and help dogs overcome distractions. Classes begin March 10 and April 28. All classes are at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. For more information, visit highlandrecreation.com or call (727) 518-3016.
St. PETE BEACH
Clean out closets for community yard sale
The city of St. Pete Beach is hosting its first communitywide yard sale of the new year from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Start 2011 out right by cleaning out your garage and closet to make some extra cash. Spaces that are 10 by 10 feet are $10 for St. Pete Beach residents and $12.50 for nonresidents. Registration begins Monday and continues until all spaces are filled. Call (727) 363-9245.
Civic Orchestra's first concert of new year
Under the direction of Richard VanDommelen, the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra will perform its first concert of the new year at 7:30 p.m. today at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Theatre, 4951 78th Ave. N. The orchestra is a Pops Symphony orchestra, playing light classics, Broadway and more. Performing on the first Sunday of each month, concerts are free but donations are always greatly appreciated. For more information call (727) 397-3832.
Library to show 'Alamar' in international series
The Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, presents Alamar at 4 p.m. Tuesday as a part of its international film series. The bond between father and son grows stronger as lessons about life, their heritage and fishing are learned. Free. For more information, call the library at (727) 391-2828.
Storyteller, singer to perform at church
Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church is proud to present internationally known singer, storyteller, and folk-theologian Ed Kilbourne at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the church, 107 16th Ave. on St. Pete Beach. Kilbourne combines acoustic guitar, singing style of Jimmy Buffett and monologues to perform an exclusive presentation of his collection of moving music, quirky humor, and insightful monologues. Free. For more information, call (727) 360-5508.
Round up some goodies to make troops smile
Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwavable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandanas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags, and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.
Church collecting gear to ward off cold weather
The People That Love Church and Mission provides necessities to the homeless, working poor and disabled. It needs winter gear, including blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, sweaters, jackets, socks, head wear, gloves, long pants and shirts for all ages.
Also needed for the shelter are disposable razors, spray deodorant, men's underwear and long johns. Your donations can be brought or sent to: The People That Love Church and Mission, 817 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For information, call (727) 421-3745.
Clothes To Kids seeks warm clothes for boys
Clothes To Kids needs warm clothes for boys. These items, along with any other clothing donations, can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two Clothes To Kids locations:
• St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145.
• Clearwater, 1059 N Hercules Ave.
Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit ClothesToKids.org.
Database signup can help in an emergency
Give your loved one the gift of peace of mind for the holidays by registering emergency contact information with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The Emergency Contact Information program allows licensed drivers and identification card holders to submit two contacts to notify in the event of an emergency, such as a vehicle crash.
The information can be accessed only in the case of an emergency by law enforcement officers.
The registration process can be completed in a state or a tax collector-operated driver's license office or at flhsmv.gov/eci. There is no cost to register.
Elks seeking vendors for January flea market
Vendors are needed for the Seminole Elks Lodge No. 2519 Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at the lodge, 10717 Seminole Blvd. The cost is $20 for one space with a table. Open to the public. For information, contact Debbie Farris at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 559-0035.
Submit names for Day of Good Deeds help
If you have a friend or neighbor who could use help with minor household chores, light yard maintenance or repairs, the city of Largo wants to hear from you. The city is gearing up for the eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Good Deeds, and city staffers are collecting names of those in need. The program will begin at the new Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, and volunteers will be dispatched throughout the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 15. In conjunction with the Day of Good Deeds, a volunteer fair with live entertainment and a barbecue lunch also will be held.
To register someone to receive a deed or to serve as a volunteer, call (727) 518-3131.