'Beacon' is subject of historical society
The Seminole Beacon will be the topic of the Seminole Historical Society's meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Seminole Recreation Center, Room 210B, 9100 113th St. Wilda Whittle, who has been with the newspaper for 27 years, is presenting the program. Admission is free, and the public is invited. For information, call (727) 391-1433 or visit SeminoleHistoricalSociety.org.
NOW chapter to screen film on Wednesday
The Pinellas chapter of the National Organization for Women is holding a free screening of the film Mother's Day by local filmmaker Diane Mason at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Girls Inc., 7700 61st St. N. The documentary explains the true meaning of Mother's Day as created by Julia Ward Howe and chronicles a Code Pink antiwar protest day in Washington, D.C., on Mother's Day 2006. Mason will discuss the film and answer questions. For information, call (727) 389-5272.
Westminster art show open through Friday
This year the 17th annual Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation Resident Art Show will be hosted by Westminster Palms, 830 North Shore Drive NE. The juried exhibit will be in the new Palm View building through Friday. Residents from the 19 Westminster communities across Florida participate. For information, call (727) 894-2102.
Forum to address federal health care plan
The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College will host the final in a series of free forums discussing the truths and myths of the federal health care plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N, in the Digitorium (UP Building, Room 160). The event, which focuses on quality improvement and patient safety, includes two 30-minute presentations by health care professionals. A question-and-answer session is after the presentations. For information, call (727) 341-3352.
Digital art show at Gibbs through May 31
Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S, is hosting a digital art show, which is open from 7:05 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. weekdays through May 31 in Building 4, Gallery 2. The art show, "Noise and Blur," showcases the convergence of fine art and digital image processing, and is free to view. For information, call (727) 893-5452.
Meeting set to unveil ballet company's vision
Dancers and parents are invited to attend an information session regarding the new St. Petersburg City Ballet at 1 p.m. today at the usual rehearsal facilities, the Shuffleboard Court/Ballroom, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. Known for many years as Florida West Ballet, the company has retired its old name, and a complete makeover will take place beginning with the 2011-2012 season. Co-artistic directors Richard Sias and Michele Starbuck will introduce and discuss the new vision for the company and the trainee program of classes, as well give an overview of the coming season.
Donations are needed for troops overseas
Donations are sought for troops overseas. Drop off snacks, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, plastic baggies and cotton swabs at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; Army Recruiter, 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272, 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; or VFW Post 4256, 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. To make a shipping donation, make checks payable to UPS Store and mail to Joe Tap, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738.
City grants available to nonprofit cultural groups
The city is offering grants to eligible nonprofit cultural organizations for the next budget year. Applications and guidelines to receive funds are available online at stpete.org. Applications are due June 24. Organizations can attend an informational workshop at 10 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall, Room 100, 175 Fifth St. N. For information, visit the website or call (727) 551-3250.
AARP official to speak to women's group
The Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas will meet Monday at Golden Corral, 10050 Ulmerton Road. The guest speaker will be Michelle Cyr, associate director of AARP Florida. She will discuss "Changes to America's Essential Safety Nets." The meeting will start with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The business meeting and speaker is afterward. For information, call Mary Freeman at (727) 581-4630.
Program needs adults to mentor children
The Adults Mentoring Children program needs volunteers 30 and older to be mentors for children throughout the county. Volunteers are matched with children ages 3 to 15 who need a caring adult to spend time with them and be a positive role model. Call Bev at (727) 479-1841.
Register for '50-Hour Scrapbook Crop'
Register now to join fellow "scrappers" as you crop, trim and embellish at Largo's "50-Hour Scrapbook Crop." The scrapbook extravaganza will be from 4 p.m. July 15 to 6 p.m. July 17 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Scrappers will have a chance to participate in technique roundtables and learn tricks of the trade and fresh ideas from fellow scrapbookers. The cost is $75 per person for the full weekend and includes all meals. A Saturday-only ticket is available for $35 per person. The Holiday Inn at Largo Central Park will have a block of rooms available for booking. Register before July 1 and save $10 on the weekend rate. For information or to register, stop by Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., or call (727) 518-3016.
Car show series revved, ready to go Saturday
The Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, will begin its new Fourth Saturday Car Show series from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. If you've got a vehicle you'd like to show off while competing for prizes, come on down. The cost is $10 per car. For information, visit largocommunitycenter.com.