The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host Ivan Penn, Tampa Bay Times reporter, at the Sept. 11 meeting. Penn will discuss Duke Energy. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m., with $15 dinner buffet at 6:30 at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. For reservations, call Betty Morgenstein at (727) 360-3971.
Earn a diploma and more: CareerSource Pinellas is accepting students for Tampa Bay YouthBuild, which helps people ages 17 through 24 earn a high school diploma while getting paid training in the construction trades and receiving industry certifications. Apply at careersourcepinellas.com/youthbuild or at the James Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center at 2335 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 608-2452.
Basics of healthy cooking: Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg, will hold cooking classes from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays starting Saturday. Recipes are prepared by nurse Tami Cody Nicholas, with help from participants. Cost is $80 a month. Call (727) 893-7150 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.
CASA seeks art: Community Action Stops Abuse asks St. Petersburg artists to donate paintings, photographs, murals, sculptures and the like to the new shelter that will include multiple bedrooms, a children's area, teen room, meeting rooms, offices, playground and gardens. Email [email protected] or call (727) 895-4912, ext. 100.
Pinellas County residents are invited to participate in an online community needs assessment through September. Go to research.net/s/YD3K73G any time until 5 p.m. Sept. 30 to participate.
A community forum will be held Oct. 23 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo. For information, call the Community Revitalization Division of the Pinellas County Health and Community Services Department at (727) 464-8210.
Homecoming dresses: The nonprofit Belle of the Ball will provide dresses to high school girls in need from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18. There will be more than 2,000 dresses to choose from. To qualify, girls must be present and must attest that they are having financial difficulties or have been referred by a social worker, guidance counselor, principal, guardian ad litem, foster care or nonprofit organization. A donation is requested but not required. Dresses can be picked up at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. No appointment is necessary. Visit belleoftheballproject.com or call (727) 386-4502.
Cleaning out a closet?: Clothes to Kids needs clothing and shoes for elementary school children. The agency needs shorts and pants in sizes 8 to 16, shirts in sizes M, L and XL, and shoes in sizes kids 11 through adult. New or gently used items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater, and at 3251 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 441-5050, ext. 22.
Auditions for St. Petersburg City Theater: Local actors are invited to audition for chorus/ensemble for Dracula, The Vampire Strikes Back at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15. Director David Middleton, music director Jessica Burchfield and choreographer Rodney Hamilton are seeking four to six male and female singer-dancers ages 16 to 25; at least two mature male and female singers; and three children 7 to 11. Wear clothing and shoes suitable for dance movement and have 16 bars of music prepared. The production will run Oct. 24 to Nov. 2. The theater will also hold auditions for all roles for A Christmas Story — all juvenile roles at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, and adult roles at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Callbacks will be 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Actors will be required to do cold readings from the script. The production will run Dec. 5-22. Info: (727) 866-2059 or spcitytheatre.org.
Daystar Life Center needs volunteers: Help is needed at 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg, for the food pantry, clothes closet, transportation, paying utilities and rent or mortgage, online benefits and income taxes. Daystar also provides referrals to other services. Go to a volunteer info session at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16. For information, call (727) 498-8794 or email [email protected]