Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Republican Club to host state Rep. Kathleen Peters; sea turtle talk at TradeWinds; aquatic center membership specials

The St. Petersburg Republican Club will host state Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N. Free. For information, call Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.

Quit-smoking seminar: Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center and the city of St. Petersburg are providing a free six-week program at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S. The seminar will be on Wednesdays starting this week from 6 to 7 p.m. and includes a supply of nicotine replacement therapy. The program is funded by the Florida Department of Health. Space is limited. Call (813) 929-1000 or visit gnahec.org.

Sea turtle talk: Join Clearwater Marine Aquarium educator Joe Malo and learn about sea turtles, habitats and conservation. Afterward, guests will visit the beach habitat. Free. Parking may be limited. Reservations are encouraged but not necessary. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort conference center, 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. For information, call (727) 343-1272.

Help the St. Petersburg Free Clinic: Volunteer orientation is at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month, and at 3:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Volunteer assignments can be short-or long-term. Call Angel Schumaker at (727) 821-1200, ext. 114, or email [email protected]

Aquatic membership special: Through July 31, when you buy a six-month membership to the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, you will get six months free. Valid for a child, adult, senior or family pass with access to the heated pool with lap swimming, sunbathing, picnic areas, water slides and a children's splash zone. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Adaptive swim lessons: Learn how to swim with an instructor experienced in therapeutic recreation from 5:50 to 6:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Cost is $39 with an Advantage Card. Call (727) 893-7727 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers in the gift shop weekends from 4 to 8 p.m.; in patient care, flexible hours; in the OBGYN department, flexible hours; and at the information desk, weekends with both morning and evening hours available. The hospital is at 6500 38th Ave. N. For information, call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848.

Core fitness: Build strength through your core with this class held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $10 per class or $48 for eight weeks. Join any time. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Information: (727) 692-9093 or findmyfit.me.

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