School supplies drive at Quaker Steak & Lube
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pinellas Park needs school supplies for needy children. Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 49th St. N, will host a School Supplies Drive and Ride on Saturday with registration beginning at 4 p.m. and the ride beginning at 7. Participants can either bring a donation of school supplies and $5 or a backpack full of school supplies. After the ride, everyone will have a chance to fill backpacks with supplies and participate in contests, including best truck and best motorcycle. For information, contact Karen at (727) 417-9031.
Swing dance is a salute to veterans and V-J Day
You'll see zoot suits and elbow length gloves galore at this 1940s style swing dance held as a tribute to the victory over Japan on Aug. 15, 1945. All World War II veterans will be guests of honor and get free admission to the V-J Day Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 100 Alt. Keene Road. Come early for a free predance lesson (7 p.m.). $7. For more information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit largo.com.
Sorority to have special screening of 'The Help'
The St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host a special screening of the movie The Help at 7 tonight at Muvico at BayWalk. The film sheds light on the experiences of black maids of the 1960s in Mississippi and an aspiring white writer who wants to help to tell their story. The Help is the fourth Delta Red Carpet feature film under the Project ART (Actively Redefining Together) initiative. Through Project ART, members support positive forms of entertainment while expressing concern for those art forms that promote harmful messages and negative stereotypes.
Pub crawl has stops in Gulfport, St. Pete Beach
The fourth annual Gecko Fest Pub Crawl begins at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, which are $25, allow for one beverage at each of nine restaurants and bars in Gulfport and St. Pete Beach. Tickets are on sale in Gulfport at the Outpost, 3007 Beach Blvd. S and Gulfport On the Rocks, 5413 Shore Blvd.; and in St. Pete Beach at the Swigwam, 336 Corey Ave. Free trolley rides between Gulfport and St. Pete Beach will be available.
Journalist to discuss tricks of the travel trade
Peter Greenberg, "The Travel Detective," will discuss how to get the best hotel deals, which coach seats are best and which cruise ship brochures lie at this Community Conversation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 801 Third St. S. Greenberg is travel editor for CBS News. A reception and silent auction follow the discussion. The event benefits Poynter's Institute student journalists. The cost is $35. For more information, call (727) 553-4231 or visit poynter.org/events.
Learn to advocate for abused, neglected kids
Take the first step to becoming a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children by attending an informational session at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Gulf Beaches Library, 200 Municipal Drive. As a guardian ad litem, you advocate in court and in the child welfare system for abused, abandoned, or neglected children. No experience is necessary, as volunteers are trained and supported by an experienced supervisory and legal staff. For more information, call (727) 464-6528 or visit guardianadlitem6.org.
ST. PETE BEACH
After-school study and sports program returns
The St. Pete Beach Community Center is bringing back its Tutoring and Sport Technique program for the 2011-2012 school year. The program offers transportation to an after-school program that combines homework help with socializing and active play for students in grades 1 through 5. The program runs each school day with tutoring and homework help from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and sports techniques from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The program picks up students from Azalea and Pasadena Fundamental elementary schools, but students from other schools can be dropped off. Each program is $20 per week for St. Pete Beach residents and $25 per week for nonresidents. Children can enroll in one or both programs weekly. Registration is open at the recreation office, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, or by calling (727) 363-9245.
Democratic Club to hear from Kriseman, Morano
State Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, and Allison Morano, vice chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, will be the featured speakers at the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. The meeting will start with social time, followed by a buffet dinner and concludes with the guest speakers' presentations, questions and discussion. Reservations are required. Tickets are $15. For information, call (727) 360-3971.
Beaches chamber has mixer at Lobster Pot
The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will hold its Evening Business Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lobster Pot Restaurant, 17814 Gulf Blvd. The event, sponsored by the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, costs $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Contact Amanda Page at (727) 360-6957 or e-mail Amanda@TampaBayBeaches.com.
Republican Club hosts Judge Irene Sullivan
Judge Irene Sullivan, author of Raised By the Courts: One Judge's Insight into Juvenile Justice, will address members and guests of the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. today in the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. After her presentation, Sullivan will take questions from the audience. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information, call Gus Pries at (727) 864-0312.
Greek dinner benefits programs for children
Indulge in Greek-inspired flavors at a dinner to benefit both Voices for Children and Guardian ad Litem of Tampa Bay on Aug. 17 at Mo'Ziki, 10801 Starkey Road. Seatings for dinner is at 6, 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. $20 minimum donation per adult (includes entree, two drink tickets, side and dessert); $10 kids ages 10 and under (includes entree, dessert and beverage). For more information, call (727) 397-8300.
'The Lizard of Oz' is theme of Gecko Ball
Get ready to drink Geckotinis and Ruby Slippers. The 11th annual Gecko Ball will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Peninsula Inn & Spa, 2937 Beach Blvd. The theme for the ball, which kicks off the city's Sept. 3 Gecko Fest, is "The Lizard of Oz." Costumes are encouraged with prized awarded to the best. Tickets are $25 and are available at these downtown businesses: The Outpost, 3007 Beach Blvd.; Domain Home Accessories, 3129 Beach Blvd.; and T & Me Tea Co., 2908½ Beach Blvd. in the Art Village Courtyard. Tickets can also be purchased online with a credit or debit card at gulfportma.com. Special packages are available at the Peninsula Inn & Spa and Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn, 5701 Shore Blvd. S.