Wear a tiny swimsuit and scoot in fundraiser
Don a Speedo-like bathing suit (no thongs allowed), pull on a white beard or Santa hat and head out for the 1-mile Santa Speedo Run in the chilly breezes off Boca Ciega Bay at 4 p.m. Saturday at Clymer Park, Gulfport Boulevard S and Beach Boulevard S. The event benefits AIDS Service Association of Pinellas and the Brighter Seasons for Children program. Registration is $20. For information, call (727) 328-3260 or visit asapservices.org/santaspeedorun.
100 voices will rise in cantata at Palladium
The 100-voice Island Singers will perform Michael W. Smith's cantata Agnus Dei at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The 68-member wind ensemble Second Winds will also perform. The groups will join for a musical finale. This event is free. For information, call (727) 867-6881 or (727) 866-7362.
Holiday musical focuses on uniting diverse faiths
Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 719 Arlington Ave. N., presents Marooned, a holiday musical, at 11 a.m. Sunday. The musical embraces the holiday traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, pagans and humanists, and in a light-hearted manner tells the story of how people with varying beliefs can create a loving community. The one-hour program is free. For information, call (727) 898-3294 or (727) 327-7490.
Little Theatre presents 'Beauty and the Beast'
St. Petersburg Petite Little Theatre presents Tale of Beauty and the Beast at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. Tickets are $5 at the door. For information, call (727) 866-2059.
Pantry, gymnastic group unite for food drive
The Interfaith Food Pantry in conjunction with Bayside Gymnastics and Cheerleading is conducting its annual "Helping Hands" Food Drive from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected at Bayside Gymnastics and Cheerleading, 4400 34th St. N, Suite E. For information, contact Vie Thompson of Interfaith Food Pantry at (727) 391-0218 or visit baysidegymnastics.com.
Pier Holiday Stroll fills afternoon with fun
Take a family day in downtown St. Petersburg at the Pier's Christmas Holiday Stroll from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE. There will be activities for the whole family, including the Big Tube fish restock by the Pier Aquarium, a performance by Bedazzled, time to visit with Santa next to the Christmas tree, "That's Dancing!" tap performance and prize drawings. For information, call (727) 821-6443 or visit stpetepier.com.
Last seminar wraps up centennial parks event
The last free event of a year-long celebration of the Waterfront Parks Centennial, the fourth in a series of "Perspectives on the Parks" program, will begin at 6 p.m. today at the Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, 440 First St. SE. The program will feature three architects and planners presenting their concepts of how St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront parks might look in the future, as far forward as 2110, the bicentennial of the waterfront parks' founding. The event will begin with a reception and will include a cash bar, appetizers, and a chance to talk with the architects and planners. For information about the event, the history of the waterfront p parks and about souvenir items still available for purchase, visit the Centennial Celebration website, stpeteparks100.org. Reservations for the program are not required but may be made by visiting the website.
Holocaust Museum has lecture on artwork
The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg, hosts a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Guest lecturer Rochelle Saidel, the original curator of Women in Ravensbrück, will talk about the current exhibit of Julia Terwilliger's artwork in Women of Ravensbrück: Portraits of Courage. Free to museum members; $9 for guests. RSVP or get more information by calling (727) 820-0100, ext. 236.
19th Christmas buffet welcomes all in need
Those in need are invited to the People That Love's 19th annual Christmas buffet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 817 Fifth Ave. N. For information, call (727) 820-0775.
Church holiday musical features 24-foot tree
Park Place Wesleyan Church presents The First Noel, featuring a 24-foot living Christmas tree, at 7 p.m. today and Monday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, and at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 4400 70th Ave. N. This musical is free and for the whole family. Doors open 1 1/2 hours before showtime, and seating is first-come, first-served. For information, call (727) 526-3674 or visit ppwc.org.
Sign up now to learn basic computer skills
Registration for a free, basic computer class is under way at Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Ave. in Largo. The eight-week class will begin Jan. 6. To register, call (727) 584-8695. The classes will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room. To register, call (727) 584-8695.
Plan ahead to attend comedian's show
Tickets are on sale for comedian and ventriloquist Todd Oliver, who will bring his talking dogs — Irving, Lucy and Elvis — to the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, at 8 p.m. Jan. 7. Tickets are $30 advance, $35 VIP, $35 day of show. For tickets, call (727) 587-6793, ext. 105.
Laughter and giving are all in Democrats' plans
Just in time for the holidays, the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club is sponsoring an evening of humor, history, comedy and surprises by the Comedy Time Tunnel along with the club's annual Toys for Tots effort. The meeting will begin with socializing and cash bar cocktails at 6 p.m. Thursday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the comedy performance and film presentation will wrap up the meeting. The fee is $15 for dinner, plus guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy. Reservations are required. For information, call Betty Morgenstein at (727) 360-3971.
Chorale's performance peeks at new Scrooge
Una Voce: The Florida Men's Chorale unwraps its holiday production entitled A Dickens of a Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Friday at SPC Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St. The chorale will explore an Old World Christmas, one year after Scrooge discovers his heart. The performance will include timeless and classic carols. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or online at Una-Voce.org. For information, call (727) 560-6044.
Drive unites AAA, Metropolitan Ministries
The economy has left many families without jobs and the means to buy their loved ones gifts or even essentials. To help those in need, 13 of AAA's Tampa Bay offices will serve as donation drop-off sites for Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Pinellas drop off locations include: 7787 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 577-5282; 800 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg, (727) 826-3600; 100 N Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs, (727) 584-7678; and 9200 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, (727) 398-3120. Branches have lists of needed items and will be collecting donations through Monday. For information and other locations, call any of the listed numbers.
Tax-Aide program seeks volunteers
The AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to prepare federal tax returns. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training (five or six days in January) and reimbursement for mileage. Computer knowledge is necessary. A minimum commitment of four hours a week during February, March and early April is required. For details visit, aarp.org/taxaide.
Clothes To Kids needs boys' sweaters, more
Clothes To Kids needs boys' warm clothes. These items, along with any other clothing donation, can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two Clothes To Kids locations:
• St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145.
• Clearwater, 1059 N Hercules Ave.
Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or go to ClothesToKids.org.
Get AAA's Tow to Go if you've been drinking
AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser will help protect drivers on the road for the holidays thanks to Tow to Go, a program that provides a free confidential ride home and a tow to anyone who may have had too much to drink. The service is available now through Jan. 2. Call toll-free, 1-800-222-4357.
Give holiday goodies to troops serving far away
Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, beef jerky, Slim Jims, any small microwavable products (soups, pastas, etc.) women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandanas, socks, sealable plastic bags and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.