Youth symphony offers holiday concert today
The Pinellas Youth Symphony's Holiday Orchestra Concert will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. The concert will feature four orchestras performing Mozart, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and some traditional holiday music. Cost is $10 for adults, $2 for children and students. Call (727) 438-3149.
Rep. Ahern is guest at Republican dinner
State Rep. Larry Ahern will address the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. Free. The public is invited. For information on this event and the club, call Gail Hebert at (727) 526-2492.
Bowling event today to benefit firefighters
Firefighters in the West Florida Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society, or FOOLS, are hosting the Pinellas County Benevolent Fund Bowling Benefit from 1 to 7 p.m. today at Seminole Lanes, 8668 Park Blvd. Shoe and ball rental and three games of bowling are $20. Visit westfloridafools.com.
Audubon presents a program Wednesday
The St. Petersburg Audubon Society presents the program "Conservation Celebration" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pinellas County Extension, 12521 Ulmerton Road. Free. Everyone is welcome. Visit stpeteaudubon.org.
St. Jerome guild to have merry lunch Thursday
The Martha and Mary Guild at St. Jerome Catholic Church of Largo will hold a Christmas luncheon on Thursday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Suite 201. A cocktail reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch to follow. The cost is $17.50 and includes chicken marsala or flounder stuffed with crab. Reservations are required. Call Rose Marchand at (727) 397-9173.
Pancakes, jolly old elf lend cheer on two days
Come join Santa and his little helpers on Friday and Saturday for a breakfast and morning full of holiday crafts at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Pancakes will be served at 9 a.m. Photos with Santa will be taken. Cost is $8 per child, $3 for adults. Register by Wednesday. Call (727) 518-3016.
Walt'z Fish Shak raising money for owner
Walt'z Fish Shak, 224 Boardwalk Place, is hosting a fundraiser for Walt Gerbase, who suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage, from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. It will feature a silent auction, drawings, 50/50 raffles and live music. For information, call the restaurant at (727) 395-0732.
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Masters swim program starts at Aquatic Center
The Perform Coaching Group is hosting its Masters Program at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Taught by Coach Hank Campbell, this program is for swimmers of all fitness and training levels. Workouts are tailored to the individual's goals, such as pool competitions, triathlon or open water races. The program is held from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Aquatic Center's heated pool. Participants must have an active U.S. Masters membership and pay the coaching and pool fees of $70 per month. To register, call Coach Campbell at (727) 455-1184.
Chamber plans Holiday Mixer at Hurricane
The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Holiday Mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hurricane Restaurant, 809 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. This year, the chamber will ask for donations for PARC's wish list. Cost to attend is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. To register, call Amanda Page at (727) 360-6957 or e-mail RSVP@tampabaybeaches.com.
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Got something cool to teach community?
The St. Pete Beach Recreation Center and Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, is seeking qualified instructors to teach youth gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, and adult health and fitness classes. Contact Mandy Edmunds at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 363-9245.
Children, Santa awaits your letters
Santa will personally answer letters from all boys and girls who drop off or mail letters to his mailbox before Friday. Santa's mailbox is in front of Treasure Island City Hall, 120 108th Ave. Santa's elves remind everyone to have a return address on their letters. For information, call the Treasure Island Recreation Department at (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.
Trade duds or buy a few for $3 Tuesday
Bring up to five used garments to exchange at Gulfport's Clothing Swap from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the courtyard of Peninsula Inn and Spa, 2937 Beach Blvd. If you can't part with any clothes, vouchers may be purchased for $3 each. Extra clothing and voucher proceeds benefit CASA. Call (727) 366-4086.