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Patriotic celebration, free HIV testing, seniors' open house among community events


Patriotic production starts today at church

Our Homeland, a musical celebration, will be presented at 6 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Monday, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Park Place Wesleyan, 4400 70th Ave. N. The free show features special lighting effects, fireworks, video, military guest appearances, tributes to the armed forces and more. This event also will provide cotton candy, popcorn and balloons for the kids, along with a nursery for children ages 2 and younger. For more information, call (727) 526-3674.


Conversation series has Watson Haynes

Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, leads the monthly "Our Town" conversation series with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. This month features the Rev. Watson Haynes II, a St. Petersburg native and community activist, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Cafe Gala in the Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE). The series is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (727) 823-3767 or


Group needs votes in effort to fund program

The Abilities Foundation, an organization that supports the employment, housing and health needs of people with disabilities, is one of four organizations competing for a $25,000 gift card from the Home Depot. The group needs the most votes on Facebook by the end of the month to win. The organization would like to use the gift card to build modifications in the homes of 11 veterans with physical disabilities. The Home Depot Foundation Facebook page explains the program, offers voting opportunities and highlights the participants from last month. To vote, or for more information, visit


Bring items to market to help those in need

The Gulfport Merchants Association is collecting donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and personal needs for the Gulfport Senior Center Pantry. Bring donations to the association's tent from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday during the Fresh Market, on Beach Boulevard below 29th Avenue S. The Senior Center Pantry, which gives items to struggling Gulfport families, is in need of donations to keep up with the needs of its clients. For more information, call (727) 366-4086 or e-mail


Miss Greater Tampa Bay Pageant in July

The Miss Great Tampa Bay Pageant will begin at 3 p.m. July 9 at the East Bay Country Club, 702 Country Club Drive. This is an official preliminary pageant of the Miss Teen Florida-World, Miss Florida US International, Little Miss and Jr. Miss Florida Pageants. Open to all ages and includes married women. This is a scholarship pageant with over $2,000 to be awarded. For more information or to receive an application, contact State Director Suzi Hosfeld at (352) 256-9959 or


Volunteer nurses needed at Free Clinic

St. Petersburg Free Clinic offers care to the medically underserved adult population and is in need of volunteer RNs and LPNs to assist volunteer physicians and staff ARNP. A current license is required. The clinic is at 863 Third Ave. N. For more information about volunteer responsibilities and requirements, contact Angel Schumaker at or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114. For more information about the clinic, visit


Curbside recycling of phone books available

Summertime is phone book delivery time, and your old phone book is 100 percent recyclable. Residents of Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Madeira Beach, Oldsmar, Redington Beach, Safety Harbor and St. Petersburg may recycle phone books in their curbside bin. There are also more than 340 drop-off sites listed at For more information on recycling, contact Pinellas County Utilities at or call (727) 464-7500.


Group offers free rapid HIV testing Monday

In an effort to reduce the spread of HIV, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is offering free rapid HIV testing at its health centers. The St. Petersburg Planned Parenthood health center, 8950 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, will perform the tests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Testing is quick, painless (no needles!) and confidential. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call (727) 898-8199 or visit


Motorcycle event supports military

Celebrate with the whole family at the Military Motorcycle Appreciation Day from noon to 6 p.m. today at St. Pete Powersports, 555 34th St. S. Listen to music by JT Curtis and the Silver Eagle Band, enjoy free barbecue, and check out locally built custom motorcycles along with military vehicles. You can also enjoy the Military Dress Pin Up pageant inspired by Norman Rockwell's classic images of wartime pinup girls. For more information, call (727) 456-6088 or visit


Former pro wrestler speaks of life choices

Marc Mero, former WCW and WWE wrestling champion and president and founder of Champion of Choices Inc., will share his message of empowerment at a free event beginning at 10:30 a.m. today at City on a Hill Church, 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Mero speaks candidly about his rise to fame while continuing to make choices that negatively impacted his life and career. For more information call (727) 375-6827.


Scrapbook tilok till you drop at 50-hour crop

Join fellow "scrappers" to crop, trim, and embellish at this year's 50 Hour Scrapbook Crop beginning at 4 p.m. July 15 in the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Scrappers will enjoy prize drawings, learn tricks of the trade and fresh ideas through 6 p.m. July 17. The cost is $75 for the full weekend and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday-only is $35. In case you don't want to travel between days, the Holiday Inn at Largo Central Park has a block of rooms available for booking. Registration is required, and you can save $10 on the weekend rate if you register before Friday. For more information or to register, call (727) 518-3016.


Open house to show seniors' artistic side

Lutheran Apartments, 550 First Ave. S., is hosting an Open House/Arts and Crafts Show from 2 to 4 p.m. today. Lutheran Apartments, a nonprofit, independent living facility for moderate-income seniors, will showcase the musical and artistic talents of the men and women (62+) living at the facility during this event. For more information, call (727) 896-3197.


Abused, neglected kids need advocates

The state's Guardian ad Litem Program is in need of advocates for abused and neglected children. No prior experience is necessary, and volunteers will be trained and supported by an experienced supervisory and legal staff. Once trained, volunteers dedicate an average of 10 hours a month. The guardian ad litem visits the child every month and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable home.

The next training class begins Aug. 2 and will meet for five weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Criminal Justice Center, 14250 49th St. N., Clearwater. To attend an informational meeting, call (727) 464-6528 or visit to submit an application.


'Let's Get Together' honors slain officers

In honor of fallen St. Petersburg police Officers Jeffrey Yaslowitz, Tom Baitinger and David Crawford, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast has teamed with Big3Records, SubbZero Entertainment LLC and TASCO to create the tribute song Let's Get Together.

The song is available for download on iTunes and serves as a fundraiser for the officers' families. The song costs 99 cents, and the video can be downloaded for $1.99. For more information, visit


Black journalists group presents show today

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists presents "Words & Photos: A Showcase of Photography and Poetry" from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S. Stop by to hear work by poets including Reggie Eldridge, David "DeTyme" Tolliver and Aleshea Harris and check out presentations by award-winning photojournalists Willie J. Allen Jr. of the St. Petersburg Times and Fred Bellet of the Tampa Tribune. The cost is $5 (cash only) and some works will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. For more information, e-mail or visit

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