Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Peace poster contest, Largo Spooktacular among events

Peace poster contest: The St. Petersburg Lions Club will host the 2012 International Peace Poster Contest. Students ages 11-13 from nine Pinellas County middle schools were invited to participate in this year's theme of Imagine Peace. Students used a variety of media including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint to express their interpretation. A winner from each school will be chosen and awards will be given for first place and the runnerup. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the St. Petersburg Lions Beach House, 9300 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. For information, call (813) 965-2534.

Spooktacular wristbands on sale: Largo's Halloween celebration will be Saturday. Admmission is free, however, a wristband is required for the children's area, which includes inflatables, games and other activities. The event is from noon to 6 p.m. at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Cost for wristbands is $5 in advance for recreation card holders; $6 without a card. Wristbands purchased the day of the event will be $7. Limited on-site parking will be available for $5. There will be free parking at Everest University, Largo Middle School and the Pinellas County School Board parking lot. For information, call (727) 587-6775 or visit largoevents.com.

Public hearing on the Sheriff's Office: The public is invited to attend a hearing at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the performance of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The program is being held in connection with the agency's national accreditation inspection through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement. Inspections take place every three years. It will be held at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Child Protection Division, 855 Ulmerton Road, Suite 255, Largo. For information, call Deborah Sterling, (727) 582-6391.

Mainsail Artist applications available: Those wishing to be an exhibitor at the 38th Annual Mainsail Festival can go online to submit applications. They can be found at zapplication.org or by visiting mainsaileaftsfestival.org and click on the ZAPP logo. The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 1.

Pro bono service award nominations: The Supreme Court of Florida and the Florida Bar give special recognition to lawyers, groups and members of judiciary who give their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor. You can obtain nomination forms online at floridabar.org. The deadline for receiving nominations is Nov. 12. The awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court in January.

Holiday mail for soldiers: The Florida West Coast Region of the American Red Cross is collecting cards that send words of encouragement and gratitude to military members. Until Dec. 7, mail cards and letters to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capital Heights, MD 20791-5456. For information, call (813) 348-4820 or visit redcross.org/holidaymail.

Free Clinic volunteer orientation: The St. Petersburg Free Clinic has an immediate need for volunteer physicians, licensed nurses and ARNPs. Also, the Free Clinic We Help services needs volunteers to be client interviewers, food packers and food stockers. Tuesday's orientation will be at 3 p.m. 863 Third Ave. N. For information, call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114 or visit stpetersburgfreeclinic.org.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to the homebound in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park areas. Meals will be available for pickup at a site near you and maps and directions will be provided. For information, call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210 or visit neighborly.org.

Walk to End Alzheimer's: The Alzheimer's Association — Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is inviting residents to participate in this event. In addition to the walk, participants will enjoy entertainment and a tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer's, including the family of the late Dan Wheldon. The St. Petersburg Pier will be the site of walk. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the walk begins at 9. For information, call (727) 578-2558 or visit alz.org/walk.

Free vision screening and health fair: Prevent Blindness Florida will provide free vision screening for adults and children, and for those who qualify, assistance will be provided for glasses and exams. Also, Faith Community Nursing of St. Anthony's will offer free health screenings, information and flu vaccines. No appointments are necessary. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Resurrection House, 800 11th St. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 823-4742.

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