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Organ concert, prayer breakfast, political discussions, Halloween events and more


Organ concert features expert in cathedral style

St. Petersburg College is hosting the Heissler Organ Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.

Nigel Potts, concert organist known for his ability to evoke the grand style of English cathedral music, will perform. Admission is $10; free to students and staff of SPC with ID. For information, call (727) 341-7984.


Diverse faiths unite for city prayer breakfast

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is hosting the ninth annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N.

Leaders of diverse faiths will reflect and pray for our armed forces, children, families and communities. The keynote speaker is author Edward Flom. Tickets are $18. For information, or to purchase tickets, call (727) 895-9622.


Join discussion of proposed amendments

Congregation B'nai Israel, 300 58th St. N, is hosting a discussion at 7 p.m. today about the proposed constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot Nov. 2. For more information, call (727) 381-4900.


USF politics forum to host columnist Troxler

USF St. Petersburg is hosting another part of Florida Politics 101: Conversations with Howard Troxler, St. Petersburg Times columnist, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Campus Activities Center, 131 Sixth Ave. S. Florida's race for governor will be discussed. For information, call (727) 873-4872.


Authors to discuss book on Cross Florida canal

Authors Steven Noll and David Tegeder will discuss their award-winning book Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida's Future at noon Friday at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus, 780 Third St. S. For information, contact Gary Mormino at


Honors program to look at rebuilding after war

The Honors Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is hosting Remnants of War: Rebuilding Post Conflict Societies at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Activities Center, corner of Second Street S and Sixth Avenue S.

Ken Rutherford, director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery, and professor of political science at James Madison University, will discuss how societies rebuild after experiencing conflict. For information, call (727) 873-4872.


Learn about Florida bats at Weedon Island event

Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, is hosting the seminar Florida's Fabulous Bats from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cynthia and George Marks of the Florida Bat Conservancy and authors of Bats of Florida will be discussing and showing live bats. Free. Register at least 24 hours in advance by visiting, clicking on the online class registration button and then clicking on the Weedon Island tab. For information, call (727) 453-6500.


Fitness boot camp is a pink ribbon fundraiser

The Holistic Network of Tampa Bay and Sacred Space Yoga and Fit is hosting Pink Ribbon Fitness from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at North Straub Park, 500 Fifth Ave. N.

This yoga and boot camp training donation class will benefit the Annie Appleseed Project to help support education for breast health and prevention. For information, contact Brooke Warner at (727) 520-5734.


Spooktacular games, costumes, more await

Largo's Halloween Spooktacular, which draws more than 20,000 each year, will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.

Check out the costume parades, walk the trick-or-treat path, participate in Pumpkin Picasso or play with the many games, inflatable slides and bounce houses. To compete in the pumpkin contest, drop off your carved pumpkin at the stage between noon and 2 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m.

The trick-or-treat path is free, but a wristband is required for the inflatable game area. Cost for wristband is $5 for Largo recreation cardholders in advance; $6 without Largo recreation card in advance; $7 at the event. Visit or call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.


Reading Dogs ready to hear stories at library

Children are invited to improve their reading skills while making a new furry friend at the Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive. On Saturday, Pup Pals Reading Dogs will visit the children's section from 10 a.m. to noon.

Kids are invited to come and share their favorite story while enjoying the company of lovable canines. Register at the Children's Desk, (727) 587 6715.


Church fires up a busy Pumpkin Patch Bash

Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, 8505 113th St. N, is hosting Pumpkin Patch Bash for all ages from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Parents and children can spend an evening with games, dancing, seasonal crafts, food crafting and a campfire for roasting marshmallows. The fee is $3 per child or $10 per family.

For information or to RSVP, contact Rhonda Alvarez at


Experience a night of magic Friday at center

The Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, will present "An Enchanted Evening of Magic" with the Tampa Bay Magic Club at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Tickets are $15 in advance, general seating; $17 reserved seating; $20 at the door. For information, call (727) 518-3131.


Park's Saturday event is a market and more

The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce has re-launched its Saturday Morning Market in the Park at Park Station at Park Boulevard and 58th Street.

Market hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April. Fresh produce, handcrafted items and treats are served up in a park setting. Visitors can also view art exhibits by the Pinellas Park Art Society and artifacts of Pinellas Park's past at the Historical Museum. Weekly events include live entertainment, car shows and art and craft demonstrations.

Limited vendor space is available. Contact Larry at the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce, (727) 544-4777 for information.


Council, teens sponsor canned food collection

The Seminole City Council and the Teen Board are sponsoring Can-It 2010, a canned food drive, through Dec. 15.

Products will be donated to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, which will distribute them to local residents and church food pantries. For information or to have someone pick up items, call Seminole council member Leslie Waters at (727) 391-0204, ext. 102.

Drop-off points:

• Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St. N (box is in the lobby).

• Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 8400 113th St. N.

• Seminole Garden Florist & Party Store, 13030 Park Blvd.

• Edward Jones Investments, 8251 113th St. N.

• Seminole Gardens Apartments Auditorium., 8275 113th St. N.

• Hottin's Trophies, 9275 Park Blvd.

• Dr. Sandra Lilo, dental office, 8300 113th St. N.

• Waters Risk Management, 6580 64th Ave. N.


Haunt the pool for city's Halloween egg hunt

The city of St. Pete Beach is hosting a Halloween Egg Haunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Beach Pool, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

Children will swim and dive to hunt for black and orange eggs in the pool, then trick-or-treat around the pool deck for candy and prizes. Admission is $3 per person. For information, call (727) 363-9264.


Good dogs get kudos at Pit Bull Awareness Day

Pit Bull Awareness Day will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo.

The day's events include vendors, boutique specials, games and a gift drawing. Canine Good Citizen Testing, which rewards dogs that exhibit good manners, will take place at noon. All dogs that pass the 10-step program are eligible to receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. For information, visit or


Awards feature work by artists with disabilities

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities' third annual art show is hosting an awards reception from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at its office, 1201 102nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg.

The art show consists of works of local artists with developmental disabilities. Artwork is available for viewing and purchase through the end of the month. Admission is free. For information, contact Cheryl at (727) 217-7019.


Walk focuses on kids with speech problem

The Florida Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech will be at noon Saturday at the Carillon Center, 900 Carillon Parkway in St. Petersburg.

The 3K leisure walk will go around the lakes at the center. There will be refreshments and entertainment throughout the day. Register at For information, contact Brenae at (727) 457-6924.


Suicide prevention walk supports research, aid

The Walk to Prevent Suicide will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Elva Rouse Park, North Shore Drive and Seventh Avenue N in St. Petersburg to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Funds will support research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives and programs to support those impacted by suicide. For information, contact Michael Daharsh at (904) 716-6144.

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