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Tennis anyone?: The city of Largo is starting a new season of recreational tennis in January for ages 7 and up. There are classes for beginners and experienced as well as private lessons. Players will receive in their first month a free 30-minute private lesson with coach Adrienne Bland Clark. The program runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Largo Tennis Center, 13120 Vonn Road. For information, call (727) 692-8378.

Looking for young animal lovers: The SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave., Largo, needs teenagers to join the SPCA Youth Volunteer Program. Applications for the summer 2013 program will be accepted starting in January. The program requires three hours each week. Other requirements include being at least 16 and a minimum time commitment of one semester. Visit spcatampabay.org for information.

Gift wrapping benefits Hospice: Tyrone Square Mall and Suncoast Hospice are teaming up to assist shoppers with gift wrapping. Monday is the last day you can leave the mall with the packages wrapped and ready to give. The wrapping station is near Dillard's Court and will be open during mall hours. Proceeds benefit Suncoast Hospice. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 6901 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 345-0126.

The city of Seminole Recreation Division is introducing new memberships and program fees in 2013. Starting Jan. 2, nonresidents will be able to purchase a one-year family pass, four family members living in the same household, for $360. Each additional family member from the household is $25. As always, Seminole residents can obtain free membership by showing two proofs of residency. Also, all recreation programs are now open to nonmembers. Nonresidents without a membership can participate in programs with the new access fee. For information, call the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex at (727) 391-8345.

Dog obedience course: Have a new puppy that needs training? The Willis S. Johns Recreation Center at 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in St. Petersburg is offering a six-week course on basic dog obedience techniques. The course is offered from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 10 and runs through Feb. 14. The dog must be 6 months or older and the cost is $65. For information, call (727) 893-7918 or visit www.stpeteparks rec.org.

Hospital helpers: St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers for the information desk from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by 6500 38th Ave. N and visit the information desk.

Lifeguard, water safety instructor classes: The St. Petersburg Aquatics Division offers training Jan. 12-20 at North Shore Aquatic Center, 901 North Shore Drive NE. Lifeguard classes are open to anyone 15 or older. Call (727) 893-7727 or visit stpeteparks rec.org/lifeguard-training.html.

Memorial bricks for veterans: The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Madeira Beach is selling engraved memorial bricks for the Military Memorial Wall at 299 Boca Ciega Drive. Buy bricks through the Coast Guard Auxiliary by calling (727) 391-5185.

Pinellas news and events 12/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:16am]

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