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Special menus, athlete conference, Hands Across the Sand, free school supplies, more

Dine Tampa Bay Restaurant Week 2012: More than 120 area restaurants offer prix fixe menus of appetizer, entree and dessert Friday through Aug. 17. Roy's, Ocean Prime and Bella's Italian Cafe in Tampa and Beachwood BBQ & Burger in St. Pete Beach are participating. For more restaurants, the menus and to make a reservation, go to dinetampabay.com/restaurants. Dining times vary.

BayCare Sports Medicine Conference: The conference that focuses on female athletes is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. Sports medicine experts from St. Anthony's, Morton Plant and Mease hospitals will hold sessions for female athletes, parents, coaches and those who care for injured athletes. $35; $25 for students; $50 for health professionals and for trainers seeking continuing education credits. Includes all sessions, a continental breakfast and lunch. (727) 253-4132.

Hands Across the Sand: Residents will join hands at noon Saturday on the beach next to the Gandy Bridge and behind the TradeWinds Resort at 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, to demonstrate opposition to offshore drilling and call on leaders to back clean energy. Hands Across the Sand will take place in more than 170 locations across the country. (727) 363-2263 or hands acrossthesand.org.

Art exhibit opening: Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg, will host the opening of the Ken Falana art exhibition at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Nearly every major drawing, print and collage series of Falana is represented. The artist will attend. The show will run through August. (727) 323-1104 or woodsonmuseum.org.

Back to School Care Fair: The Junior League of St. Petersburg will hold the 16th annual event for K-12 students from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center, 1344 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. Children will receive immunizations, vision checks and dental screenings, bicycle safety training and free helmets, backpacks stuffed with school supplies (first 2,000 children only) and on-site school registration. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and closes at noon. Free. (727) 895-5018 or jlstpete.org.

Free backpacks and school supplies: People That Love Church and Mission, 817 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, is hosting the 21st annual event at 11 a.m. Aug. 8. Registration is required between 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Friday. Parents or guardians must bring children's birth certificates, Social Security cards, or a Department of Children and Families letter. Kids must be present to receive supplies. Call (727) 820-0775; to donate to the mission, call (727) 421-3745.

Talk about Head Start tonight: If you are a parent of a child up to 5 in Pinellas County, Lutheran Services Florida wants to hear about the needs facing you and your children at a forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Lutheran Services Florida is forming a coalition of community partners to apply to be the new Head Start and Early Head Start grantee in Pinellas. Call David Yarborough at (813) 676-9505 or email him at dyarborough@lsfnet.org.

Special menus, athlete conference, Hands Across the Sand, free school supplies, more 07/31/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 3:10pm]
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