Nursing assistant program scholarships: Through a partnership between the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, the St. Petersburg office of the American Red Cross has been selected to receive 10 nurse assistant training program scholarships. Students must be 18 or have a high school diploma or GED. They must either be a wounded veteran, an immediate family member or the veteran's caregiver. Students who successfully complete the training course are qualified to take the state exam to become a certified nurse assistant. For information and to be considered for a scholarship, call (727) 898-3111, ext. 7562.
Public speaking seminar: Toastmasters Club City Power No. 911 will present a 40-minute seminar on "How To Conduct More Productive Meetings for Any Workplace." The presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Municipal Services Building, 1 Fourth St. N., Room 600, St. Petersburg. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call Brian Campbell at (813) 503-0633 or Kathy Bara at (727) 893-7052 or visit: citypower.toastmastersclubs.org.
Illegal tree removal: As a reminder to St. Petersburg residents and businesses, permits are required before removing any protected tree species with a trunk of at least 4 inches in diameter. The requirement for a permit applies regardless of whether the tree is healthy, diseased or dead. Protected trees include: ash (prickly/wild lime), bay (red), buttonwood, cedar, cypress, dogwood, elm, hickory (pignut), holly, magnolia, maple, oak, palm (royal or cabbage), pines, plum (chickasaw or flatwoods), mulberry (red), sea grape, sugarberry, sweet gum, sycamore, tupelo and willow. Also, nonresidential property owners cannot remove without a permit trees that were installed as part of the required landscaping when the site was developed. To obtain a tree removal permit, e-mail [email protected] or call (727) 893-7471. To report an illegal tree removal, call the Codes Compliance Assistance Department at (727) 893-7373. Reports can be given anonymously.
Library wants stories: The St. Petersburg Main Library is looking for residents who lived in the area during the 1960s who have an interesting story about St. Petersburg to share for a film it is producing. The film will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Main Library. The stories will be filmed at the library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N, on Feb. 22. Call Kelly Malizia at (727) 892-5003
Private music lessons: You can register for private piano, recorder and flute lessons with a former music therapist and performer at Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn music theory and various aspects of performance and composition. Classes are taught using traditional and nontraditional approaches. Weekly lessons are 30 minutes and are scheduled between 3 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Cost is $60 a month. For information, call (727) 893-7150 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.
Animal adoption specials: Pinellas County Animal Services is offering adoption specials on cats and dogs through the end of January. The adoption fee for large dogs and cats is $25; $75 for puppies and small breeds. The fee includes a medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, and microchipping. The required Pinellas County license is also provided. You can stop at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. For information, call (727) 582-2600.
Gulfport wants art: The Gulfport Merchants Association is seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation adjacent to the Gulfport Casino. For 2014, the GMA is awarding $8,000 for the project, to include all associated costs. Artists wishing to submit proposals can download an application at gulfportma.com. The deadline for receiving proposals is Feb. 14. Owen Pach, vice president of the GMA and president of the Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport, is the liaison for the application process. For information, call Pach at (727) 320-4051 or (727) 623-4920 or email [email protected]
Reading Achievement Program: RAP is a new program that consists of the five essential components to create a successful reader: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This program is for students with deficits in reading. The curriculum focuses on praise and positive reinforcement. A free assessment screening is provided. The class instructor is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes are held Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreation Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. $25 per session and class times vary depending on scheduling. For information, call (727) 893-7758.
Guided tram tours: Learn about Boyd Hill Nature Preserve's history, alligators, gopher tortoises, birds and wildflowers at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with an added 10 a.m. tour Saturday. $2. 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpete.org/boyd.