The Gulfport Merchants Association is seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation to be located 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]
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project: The community is invited to help revitalize a community garden in St. Petersburg (First Avenue N adjacent to the open air post office at Fourth and Fifth streets) as an urban agriculture teaching garden to grow healthy, affordable foods. There will be a limited supply of free produce to low-income families. There will be information on how to start a community garden and nutrition education; and free produce seeds. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. For information, call (727) 409-9835.
Mercy Keepers Inc. is seeking volunteers to package and distribute food and hygiene items to approximately 275 low-income individuals and families. Packaging will begin at 8 a.m. and the event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, at 2021 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call Willie Washington at (727) 896-8006 or Paula Witthaus at (727) 550-7175
Animal adoption specials: Pinellas County Animal Services is offering adoption specials on dogs and cats 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.
Lakewood High School's jazz program will host a benefit concert Feb. 14, featuring Gumbi Ortiz, New Groove City, trumpeter JB Scott and singer Lisa Kelly to help send the music students to New Orleans. Cost is $10 and all proceeds benefit the music program and students in Lakewood's jazz ensemble and jazz combo. 7 p.m., Lakewood High auditorium, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For information, contact Michael Kernodle at [email protected]
Homeless Count and Survey: The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board needs volunteers to help conduct a one-day count and survey of homeless individuals and families throughout the county. The collected data will help with funding for homeless services. For information on volunteering for the Jan. 23 event, call (727) 528-5832 or email [email protected]
Legal help for veterans: Stetson University College of Law partners with the Community Law Program and the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation to prepare free simple wills and advance directives for low-income veterans and their spouses age 60 or older. Veterans or their spouses must schedule individual appointments by calling (727) 562-7393. People who own real estate outside the state will not be eligible to participate. Walk-in appointments are not available and the deadline to schedule an appointment is Jan. 24. The program begins in February. For information, call (727) 562-7800.
St. Petersburg Free Clinic call for volunteers: An orientation sessions will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at 863 Third Ave N. Assignments can be short-term or long-term. Email Angel Schumaker at [email protected] or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.
Arthritis Foundation exercise program: For those who suffer with arthritis or related rheumatic diseases or musculoskeletal conditions, this is an opportunity to take advantage of a new, low-impact exercise program. Improve your balance and coordination; reduce pain and stiffness; help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength and functional availability; and improve your ability to do daily activities. Register at participating recreation centers at these times: Sunshine Senior Center, 330 Fifth St. N, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7102; Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, (727) 893-7134; Roberts Center, 1246 50th Ave. N, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7754; Azalea Center, 1600 72nd St. N, 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7150.
St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before- and after-school programs from kindergarten through eighth grade. Camps are Monday through Friday at 11 locations through June 4. Participants are supervised by trained staff and coaches, and sign-in and sign-out procedures are used. Youth have planned activities and special events, with indoor and outdoor rotating activities. Full-day activities are provided on days when Pinellas County public schools are not in session, plus spring break. For information, call (727) 893-7441 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.
Volunteers needed: Neighborly Care Network, which oversees Meals on Wheels in Pinellas, needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Schedules are flexible. Call (727) 573-9444, ext. 3221.
Free nonprofit vendor space: The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is offering one free vendor space each week for nonprofit organizations to provide information, sell tickets to events or sell items for fundraising. Any items to be sold must be preapproved. For information, email Laura Garrison at [email protected]