FORT DE SOTO
Take a guided nature walk, do a little bird watching
Looking for something different to do Saturday? How about a family nature walk? Lace up the walking shoes and enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a free guided one-hour walk that will focus on bird watching. Registration is required. Call the park for tour information and meeting locations.
When: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde
Info: Call 582-2267.
Learn how ham radios can help in emergencies
Ham radio operators will give demonstrations and show off their emergency capabilities during the two-day amateur radio event this weekend at Fort De Soto Park.
Thousands of ham radio operators nationwide are expected to participate in the event, which will highlight the role ham operators have played in providing critical communications during emergencies including the California wildfires, Oregon and Michigan storms and Hurricane Katrina. Radio operators will exhibit and demonstrate the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and good old Morse Code. The public is encouraged to attend and meet the hams.
Info: Mike Anderson, 823-4251, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird guardians sought during nesting season
The St. Petersburg Audubon Society is seeking volunteers to act as bird stewards at Fort De Soto, Egmont Key and Shell Key during the nesting season (every weekend through mid July). Stewards help protect nesting birds due to the volume of beach visitors and the locations of bird colonies. If interested, e-mail Barb Howard at email@example.com or call 343-1272.
ST. PETE BEACH
Items needed to help support overseas troops
The St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops volunteers are running out of items to pack into boxes and ship to U.S. troops serving in the Mideast.
Needed are personal care items such as hand sanitizer, Chap Stick and sunscreen. Non-perishable food items needed include beef jerky, chewing gum, granola bars, dried fruit, nuts or sunflower seeds, etc.
Monetary donations are also accepted to help with the cost of postage, which is a flat rate of $8.95 per box.
Donated items may be dropped off in the St. Pete Beach City Hall, 155 Corey Ave. Call Teri McMaster, 363-9220, for more information about the projects and items needed.
Seniors, learn about reverse mortgages
A free public seminar covering the pros and cons of the FHA government Reverse Mortgage Program will be at the Gulf Beaches Library. Literature and information provided by AARP, the National Council on Aging and the National Council on Aging in Place. The program will be presented by certified reverse mortgage experts. Refreshments provided.
When: 10:30 a.m. July 24.
Where: Gulf Beaches Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach.
Info: Call Donna Moore at 831-3416.
ST. PETE BEACH
Jane Austen fans meet through the summer
St. Pete Beach Library continues its Jane Austen Book Club — which has been going strong since January — through the summer. Austen's novel Northanger Abbey is the next title up for discussion. The book club meets the fourth Thursday of the month and the following Saturday.
When: 2 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: St. Pete Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave.
Community center offers host of summer activities
There's a lot happening at the St. Pete Beach Community Center this summer, including free use of the gym, pickup basketball games, a skate park and newly extended evening hours at the swimming pool. Check out all the offerings by stopping by or calling the community center.
When: Summer hours for the community center beginning July 1 will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed weekends.
Where: 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.
Info: Call 363-9245 or 363-9264 or access information on aquatic programs including classes, dates, times and fees online by visiting stpete beach.org/enewsletter/Pool_flyers.pdf
Donations sought for July Fourth festivities
The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and the city of St. Pete Beach have joined forces to provide fireworks on July 4 behind the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort. The chamber is accepting donations to help defray the cost. Call 360-6957 to make a contribution.
Reception to honor late artist Yvonne Grace
A reception and exhibit to honor local artist Yvonne Grace, who died earlier this month, will be in the Parkside Gallery of the Don Vista Cultural Arts Center.
Grace's final work, titled Legacy of Love and Laughter, will be exhibited.
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Don Vista Cultural Arts Center 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.
Info: Call Nancy Doyal at 363-2144.
Take lessons, dance the night away at casino
Interested in ballroom dancing? Check out the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dance Association dance Monday at the Gulfport Casino.
The evening includes lessons, a DJ, music, dance hosts and a show at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers.
When: 7 to 10:15 p.m. Monday
Where: Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S
Info: Call 576-1206
Test your sand castle building abilities on 4th
Fourth of July activities begin in the morning in Gulfport with a sand castle building contest at 10 a.m.
Festivities include games, live music, a children's pageant and parade and fireworks beginning at 9 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
When: All day July Fourth.
Where: Shore and Beach boulevards and on Gulfport Beach.
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