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Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis to offer foot golf: The city of Treasure Island has been focused on increasing usage at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, and will soon offer a Certified American FootGolf League course. The AFGL recognizes certified courses across the country and Treasure Island will now have a certified FootGolf course constructed alongside its traditional golf course. FootGolf is a relatively new sport that requires players to kick a soccer ball into a cup using as few attempts as possible. On Nov. 4, the city will host the Treasure Bay FootGolf Kickoff with a free open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tampa Bay Club Sport will host a FootGolf tournament at 2 p.m. The cost of the tournament is $15 and will include prizes and giveaways. Tournament participants can register at

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CONA taking applications for annual leadership program: The Council of Neighborhood Associations is accepting applications to its annual neighborhood leadership program. The program provides education, tools and a civic network for St. Petersburg residents. The program will include interactive learning opportunities. Those interested should visit to complete an application. Applications can be mailed with a check for the program fee ($125) to: CONA, P.O. Box 13693, St. Petersburg, FL 33733.

Adult Volunteers needed at St. Anthony's HospitaL: St. Anthony's Hospital is seeking volunteers and is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Fair at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 24 in Classroom D in the Education Center at the hospital (1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg).

Volunteers opportunities available include:

•Assistance for visitors at information desks

•Hospital guides to help visitors find their destinations

•Retail support in the hospital gift shop

•Assistance for team members in patient-care areas

•Delivering items to patient rooms

Adults are needed for all shifts on weekdays and weekends. During the recruitment event, the Volunteer Resources team will provide information on specific departments and units that need assistance. There also will be information on the hospital's Auxiliary program. For information, contact Volunteer Resources at (727) 825-1548 or visit

Gecko Ball organizers seeking votes for next year's theme: Organizers of Gulfport's annual Gecko Ball are seeking votes for the theme of next year's event, to be held Aug. 25, 2018. The Ball has taken on many themes in past years, including "Geckos in Wonderland!" (2010), "The Lizard of Oz!" (2011), "Gecko Night Fever!" (2013) and this year's "Geckostock!"

2018's options include: Cirque du Gecko! (a celebration of cirque and circus characters and pageantry), Gecko Superheroes and Villains! (a celebration of comic book and movie superheroes and villains), Geckos on Broadway! (a celebration of classic Broadway productions, music and characters), Rock and Roll Geckos! (a celebration of classic rock and roll, from its birth in the 1950s to present day) and The Rocky Horror Gecko Show! (a celebration of the iconic cult classic movie, its music and characters). To vote for one of these themes, visit and send a private message to event organizers. Public Facebook posts will not be counted as votes. Votes can also be emailed to [email protected] Only one vote per person. Voting will be held through Oct. 31.

Pinellas news briefs 10/10/17 [Last modified: Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:05am]
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