The St. Pete Beach Community Center hosts Senior Excursions every Friday through March 29. The trips are a great way for seniors to travel with their friends. There are trips planned to Ybor City, the Florida State Fair, the Florida Aquarium, Hard Rock Casino and more. All excursions will depart at 9 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. Participants must register by the Wednesday prior to the excursion. Excursions leave from the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Each trip is $12 for St. Pete Beach residents and $15 for nonresidents. For a list of dates and trips visit spbrec.com or call the Community Center at (727) 363-9245.
Art scholarship: Applications are being accepted for the Pinellas Park Art Society Scholarship, valued at $1,500. The scholarship is based on artistic abilities and fulfillment of the application requirements. The scholarship is open to all Pinellas County high school seniors — public, private or homeschooled — or to college students enrolled in a visual arts program. Download the application form and mail it along with attachments, or complete and submit the application online at pinellasart.com. The scholarship is for the fall 2013 semester. The deadline to apply is March 15 and the winner will be notified by May 1.
Gulf Beaches Historical Museum seeks volunteers: Volunteers receive special benefits, invitations and rewards for committing six hours a month. Training is provided at the museum where volunteers learn to help visitors and assist in the gift shop. Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is at 115 10th Ave. in Pass-a-Grille. For information, call (727)458-4058 or email [email protected]
Hospital helpers: St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers for the information desk from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by 6500 38th Ave. N and visit the information desk.
Learn to be an urban farmer: Pinellas County Extension's "Urban Farming Small-to-Large" is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. The morning sessions, geared to homeowners and commercial farmers, include an overview of hydroponic systems, raising chickens and integrated pest management. The afternoon schedule, with a focus on commercial urban farming, includes getting started, business planning and cost analysis, cottage industry regulations and marketing and protected agriculture practices. Cost is $7.50 for the morning or afternoon sessions, and $12 for the full day. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. For registration call (727) 582-2100 then press 2, or visit eventbright.com/event/488503.
First-time home buyer assistance: This Pinellas County program is available to those who have never owned a home or have not owned a home in the past three years. It's also for veterans trying to realize the dream of owning a home. To qualify, buyers must meet income requirements, have a minimum credit score of 640 and take a required home buyer education class. For information, call toll-free 1-800-806-5154 or (727) 464-8210 or visit pinellascounty.org and search "home buyer."