Democratic Club to hold
80th anniversary dinner
The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club, the west coast of Florida's oldest and largest Democratic Club, will hold its 80th anniversary gala dinner on Thursday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.
It's also club president Harvey Morganstein's 80th birthday.
Cocktails at 6 p.m.; buffet at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Call (727) 360-3971 or (727) 367-3009.
ST. PETE BEACH
Work will close public library for week or two
The St. Pete Beach Public Library will be closed Monday-Saturday for HVAC installation, and may remain closed through March 22.
The book discussion on Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday will be held at Madeleina Cottage Restaurant, 357 Corey Ave.
For updated information, go to www.tblc.org/spb, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call St. Pete Beach City Hall at 367-2735.
Public invited to Tuesday meeting of School Board
The Pinellas County School Board will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the district administration building, 301 Fourth St. SW, Largo.
The public is invited to attend. Anyone wishing to speak on either agenda or nonagenda items may fill out a form at or before the meeting.
Residents may speak about any item on the agenda not involving a hearing on employee discipline by registering before the item is introduced. Nonagenda items will be heard at the end of the meeting.
The meeting will be televised live Tuesday. All broadcasts are shown on WPDS-14, which appears on Knology Channel 14, Bright House Networks Channel 614 and Verizon Channel 46.
St. Jude's school to hold
open house on Thursday
The Cathedral School of St. Jude will have an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the Neuman Room at the Parish Center, 600 58th St. N. There will be a tour of the facility and refreshments. For information, call 347-8622.
Join citywide garage sale; no permit needed
The Madeira Beach City Wide Garage Sale will be held Saturday and March 16. No permit, license or coordination with the city is needed to participate. For information, call 391-9951, ext. 231, or e-mail
Boca Ciega Yacht Club offers sailing lessons
A six-week basic sailing course for adults will begin March 26 at the Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 4600 Tifton Drive S.
Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, and there will be four weekend waterfront and sailing sessions.
The cost is $225 per person, $400 for a couple, and includes a U.S. Sailing Association basic keelboat manual and all classroom materials.
Registration is required. Call 321-7295 or 345-7544.
Complaints from elderly in need of investigators
The Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs seeks individuals to investigate complaints of nursing home and assisted-living facility residents about their rights, funds, food, drug regimens, abuse or neglect.
Mileage and meal reimbursements are provided. Call toll-free (727) 588-6912 or 1-888-831-0404 to apply for the next training class.
Two students sought
for exchange program
High school juniors who are residents of St. Petersburg can apply to represent the city in a cultural exchange program with sister city Takamatsu, Japan.
Two students will be selected. They will receive free round-trip airfare and stay with Japanese families for up to three weeks this summer. After the trip, each student must be available to promote the program for the next year.
Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by Friday. Forms are available at www.stpete.org/japan or by calling 551-3250.
Hospital needs reliable volunteers to lend hand
Northside Hospital and the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, at 6000 49th St. N, needs volunteers to work in the gift shop, transport patients to different areas of the hospital and do other jobs.
For information about working in the gift shop, call 521-5072. For other positions, call 521-5282.
st. pete beach
Got a hobby, talent you want to share? Teach it
Instructors are needed for new weekly programs in Pilates, sculpting, photography, guitar, kickboxing and other activities at the St. Pete Beach Community Center and Don Vista Cultural Arts Center.
Local residents who would like to share their hobbies or talents are encouraged to apply. Call 363-9245.
For budding journalists, this program's for you
High school students who would like to learn about writing or photography in print, on air or online can apply for the Poynter Institute's High School Journalism Program. The deadline to apply is March 28.
The program begins with orientation from 2 to 4 p.m. June 8 and continues from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 20.
After completing the program, students will meet one Tuesday evening from August to May for dinner and a one-hour workshop.
The cost is $500, which includes meals, supplies and field trips. Scholarships are available. Participants can receive college credit through the dual-credit office at St. Petersburg College. Applications are available at www.poynter.org/highschool2008, or call 821-9494.
Preschool is recycling
cartridges, cell phones
First Baptist Preschool is participating in the Funding Factory Recycling Program.
Don't throw out those ink jet and laser printer cartridges or used cell phones. Drop them off or mail them to the church at 5495 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33781.
Proceeds will finance preschool programs. For companies, Funding Factory will send free, postage-paid shipping boxes. Call 544-9465 for information.
Lungs, voices prepare
for opera competition
The Florida Suncoast Opera Guild of St. Petersburg announces the 28th annual Opera Competition on April 19 at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.
The public is invited to attend the daylong event and the Finalists' Performance at 7:30 p.m.
The competition is open to college students, women 32 and younger and men 35 and younger.
Cash prizes of $500 to $3,000 will be awarded. The application deadline is April 10. Call Dorris Kent at 398-3010.