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Pinellas County news and notes

Canoe Clam Bayou: Register by Friday to take a guided paddle tour of a beautifully restored estuary on Saturday. Good for ages 8 and up. 9-11:30 a.m. $15 person; $30 canoe. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326.

Hot Hula: Come enjoy this unique way to exercise in a botanical, tropical paradise. 10 to 11 a.m., Thursdays at Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Cost is $11. For information, call (727) 551-3102 or visit sunkengardens.org.

Looking for a new job? Come on out to the Tampa Bay Job & Career Fair. Meet more than 50 local companies that have immediate employment needs, from entry level positions to skilled trade, health care jobs and even top managerial positions. This event designed to help put you face to face with companies that have open positions. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-8523 or visit tampabayjobfair.com.

St. Anthony's Childhood Bullying Seminar: Seamus Allman, a licensed mental health counselor with BayCare Behavioral Health, will help parents and educators learn to recognize the signs of childhood bullying and teasing. There will be tips on how to intervene and shield children from hurtful behaviors. 6 p.m. Free. St. Anthony's Outpatient Center, 900 Carillon Pkwy., St. Petersburg. (727) 953-9199.

Suncoast Center will celebrate over 60 years of service to the community at the third annual Success Breakfast. Serving more than 23,000 children, adults and families each year, Suncoast Center assists people in finding healthy solutions to child abuse and neglect, the exposure to trauma and violence, mental health illness, substance abuse, sexual assault and rape, intensive family support services and medical foster care. Guest speaker is author and national speaker Dr. Jimmy DeMesa. Proceeds and charitable gifts will benefit the Children's Advocacy Center and Rape Crisis Center in Pinellas County. 7:30 to 9 a.m., Sept. 23 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. For information, call (727) 388-1175 or visit suncoastcenter.org.

PeeWee Sports program: The St. Pete Beach Recreation Center is offering a class for kids ages 3 to 6. PeeWee Sports programs are coed classes designed to teach the fundamentals of baseball, soccer, basketball and football using games, drills and fun. Classes are held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The cost is $20. For information call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Easy Tai Chi: Reduce your stress level with the meditative breathing and slow, controlled movements of tai chi. Approved for all ages, classes are 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg. Free with $3 Preserve admission. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpete.org/boyd.

Celebrate Recovery: This Christ-centered recovery ministry at First United Methodist Church in downtown St. Petersburg will host a full day conference at the church on Saturday. The conference, which will offer CEUs for licensed social workers and mental health professionals, is focused on helping people achieve and sustain long-term recovery. Cost in advance is $50 and $75 for people desiring 4 CEU's. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $65 and $85 respectively. Tickets are available at showclix.com. For information, call Dave Collins, (727) 642-3201 or e-mail: Dave@powercurve.biz.

Guided tram tours: This tour is a great way to see the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. On the ranger-guided tram tours learn about history, alligators, gopher tortoises, birds and wildflowers. 1 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with an added 10 a.m. tour Saturday afternoon. Cost $2. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpete.org/boyd.

Free home buyer workshop: Attendees will learn the basics of the home-buying process, including helpful resource information on down payment assistance and homes for sale. The workshop is especially helpful for those who are working with a lender and need a home-buyer education class certificate or have owned a home before and are considering a new purchase. The class will meet 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, 600 Cleveland St., Suite 800, Clearwater. Class size is limited, so those interested should call (727) 464-8210 or email housingfinanceauthority@pinellascounty.org to register. The workshop is sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County and the Pinellas Community Housing Foundation.

Volunteer to help the needy: Daystar Life Center is an independent nonprofit that provides basic needs for families and individuals in times of crisis. There will be a volunteer information session at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 498-8794 or email kitty.rawson@daystarlife.com.

Oktoberfest around the corner: The public is invited to attend the Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church's 37th annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 17-20. There will be rides, games, opportunities to win gift certificates, baskets of goodies from local merchants, bingo, delicious food, cold beer and entertainment daily. 5800 15th Ave. S, Gulfport. For information, call (727) 347-9989 or visit mostholyname.org.

Pinellas County news and notes 09/10/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 9:56am]

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