New fertilizer certificate: As of Jan. 1, anyone applying fertilizer commercially must carry the new limited commercial fertilizer applicator certificate. Gaining certification requires completing the Green Industries Best Management Practices training, passing the exam and then applying for the license. The Pinellas County Extension is offering a certification class from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28. There will be a certification class for Spanish speaking professionals from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 3. The program is also available online, covering the same topics as the classroom training but allowing users to complete the training at their own pace. Cost is $15 and the state certification is $25. For information, call (727) 582-2100 or visit fyn.ifas.ufl.edu.
Lakewood High School's jazz program will host a benefit concert Feb. 14, featuring Gumbi Ortiz, New Groove City, trumpeter J.B. Scott and singer Lisa Kelly to help send music students to New Orleans. Cost is $10 and proceeds benefit the music program and students in Lakewood's jazz ensemble and jazz combo. 7 p.m., Lakewood High auditorium, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For information, contact Michael Kernodle at [email protected]
Masters swimming program: Join a diverse group of swimmers and triathletes for early-morning workouts with coaches on deck at every practice. Classes are from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Free tryout on your first visit. Cost is $30 pool fee and $40 coaching fee. Participants must have a U.S. Masters registration. St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information call (727) 363-9245.
Reading Achievement Program: RAP is a new program that consists of the five essential components to create a successful reader: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This program is for students with deficits in reading. The curriculum focuses on praise and positive reinforcement. Free assessment screening is provided. The class instructor is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes are held Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreation Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. $25 per session and class times vary depending on scheduling. For information, call (727) 893-7758.
Kids Dribble and Kick: You can register your kids for a soccer program that includes 30 minutes of instruction followed by 45 minutes of game time. Registration begins Feb. 1 and evaluations will be held March 1 at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. Games begin March 22. A Largo recreation card is not required for this program. For information, visit highlandrecreation.com or call (727) 518-3016.
Tutoring assistance: This class will focus on homework help, test preparation and confidence. The instructor is a 10-year teaching veteran who is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes can be scheduled Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreational Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. Class times vary depending on scheduling. The cost is $15 per 30-minute session. For information, call (727) 893-7758.
Dancing Without Boundaries: This is a creative movement class designed for all ages and abilities. This class focuses on the therapeutic side of movement through self-expression and improvisational exercises. 7 to 7:45 p.m. at Gladden Park Recreation Center, 3901 30th Ave. N. Cost is $15 and participants need a $15 annual Advantage Card. For information, call (727) 893-7899 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.
Ballet fitness classes: Work on correct form, alignment and core strength with classes that incorporate yoga, tai chi, Pilates and classical ballet from 7:40 to 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. The cost is $24 a month or $7 per class. Call (727) 893-7150.
Relax with yoga: Enjoy the soothing moves of Joyful Yoga at the Willis S. Johns Recreation Center, 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. Classes are Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The first class is free, then the cost is $25 or $7 per class with an Advantage card. For information, call (727) 893-7756 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.