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Oakdale Christmas spectacle opens Friday; lots of other events

St. PETERSBURG

Neighborhood Christmas spectacle opens Friday

The 34th Annual Oakdale Christmas Display will be open Friday through Jan. 3 from 6 to 10 nightly at 2719 Oakdale St. S. More than 600,000 lights make up the walking yard tour that includes animated items and inflatables. Also enjoy hands-on games and bubble machines for the kids. For information, call (727) 896-6500.

Largo

Swing band sets up for two holiday shows

The 10 O'Clock Swing Band will perform holiday shows at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The theater will be set up cabaret style for dancing. $20 advance, $25 day of show. For tickets, call (727) 587-6793.

LARGO

Get down to your roots with genealogy classes

Free Genealogy/Family History Classes will be offered through December at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Classes include finding online books and using programs like Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com. Details of classes and scheduled times are available at flpgs.org/classes.aspx. For information, e-mail Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com or call (727) 595-4521.

ST. PETE BEACH

Yoga for kids offers a flexible schedule

St. Pete Beach offers a new yoga course for children taught by Paula Kay. "Yoga Relaxation Therapy for Children" is a 45-minute class that combines gentle poses with nature images to help children with balance, flexibility, attention and calmness. Music and fun are also part of the experience. Various dates and times are available. To sign up, contact Kay at (727) 804-6079 or paulak412@aol.com.

ST. pETERSBURG

Pop in to church for free Thanksgiving repast

Enjoy a free, hot, home cooked traditional Thanksgiving meal any time between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday at Pilgrim Church in the fellowship hall, 6315 Central Ave. No RSVP required and there are no eligibility requirements. For information, call (727) 347-1226.

LARGO

Want to be a lifeguard? Two-week class offered

The Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department is conducting an American Red Cross lifeguard class Dec. 6-17 at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday for two weeks. The class is open to people 15 or older. The cost is $125 for residents and $156.25 for nonresidents. A Largo recreation card is required. The deadline for registration and payment is Dec. 3. For information, call (727) 518-3126 or visit largopools.com.

LARGO

Work off holiday feast with swing dance

Get ready for the "After Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Swing Dance'' Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW. Lessons for beginners begin at 7 p.m., and the dance starts at 8. Individuals and couples are welcome. $5 at the door. Call (727) 518-3131.

COUNTYWIDE

AARP seeks helpers to prepare taxes

The AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to prepare federal taxes. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training and reimbursement for mileage. Computer knowledge is necessary. A minimum commitment of four hours a week during February, March and early April is required. For details visit aarp.org/taxaide.

COUNTYWIDE

Can you spare an hour a week to help a teen?

Mentors are needed one hour a week in Goodwill's GoodGuides program, which helps 12- to 17-year-olds who face school failure, family violence and other challenges. Mentors listen and offer guidance to help them finish school and build career plans. Call (727) 423-1379 or e-mail goodguides@goodwill-suncoast.com for information.

Countywide

Clothes to Kids needs boys shoes and pants

Clothes to Kids is critically short of boys tennis shoes sizes 12 to adult 13 and boys pants sizes 6 to 16. Clothing donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145, in St. Petersburg or 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes to Kids provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or go to clothestokids.org.

STATEWIDE

Deaf, hard of hearing? Equipment is available

The Deaf and Hearing Connection has new telephones, TTYs and captioned telephones for no charge to permanent Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf and blind or speech-impaired. For an appointment, call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit dhctb.org.

Oakdale Christmas spectacle opens Friday; lots of other events 11/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 3:50pm]

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