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Writing workshop: Write that novel, memoir, children's book or screenplay you've always wanted to, and learn how to position it to sell. Classes led by Valerie Clark will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays starting today and run through March 13. Cost is $180. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information call (727) 363-9245.

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Children's theater workshop: The Largo Cultural Center is offering a week of acting, singing and dancing, Project Broadway, for children ages 9 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25-29.. The cost is $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Campers can register at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., and Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. For information, call (727) 587-6751.

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum seeks volunteers: Volunteers receive benefits, invitations and rewards for committing six hours a month. Training is provided. Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is at 115 10th Ave., St. Pete Beach. For information, call (727) 458-4058.

Introduction to digital photography: Novices can gain a solid understanding of their compact digital camera from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 and the fourth Thursday of March and April. Cost is $10 per class. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information call (727) 363-9245.

Teens Behind the Scenes: Area teens get a behind-the-scenes look at county government with free presentations once a month over the next five months. Students may attend one or all five sessions. February's session is "Undercover Paws" with a visit to the Animal Services shelter in Largo 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Register today at 2013teensbehindthescenes.eventbrite.com. For information on Teens Behind the Scenes or the Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee call (727) 582-2656 or go to pinellascounty.org/yac.

Senior Dining Services: Enjoy a free hot lunch and socialize at one of 10 sites. Seniors must be a registered diner with Neighborly Care Network, at least 60 and live in Pinellas County. Free transportation is provided if needed. You must register 72 hours in advance to dine and to receive transportation. For information, call (727) 573-9444.

Art scholarship: Applications are being accepted for the Pinellas Park Art Society Scholarship, valued at $1,500, for the fall. The scholarship is open to all Pinellas high school seniors or college students enrolled in a visual arts program. Find the application at pinellasart.com. The deadline is March 15.

Volleyball for adults: Registration begins Monday for co-ed play from March 21 through April 11 at Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. Games will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Players must be at least 18 and have a St. Petersburg Advantage card. Cost is $15 for St. Petersburg residents and $38 for a season pass, or $125 a year for nonresidents. Call (727) 893-7750 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Book drive: A drive to collect books for Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program runs through March 15. To donate new or like-new books for children 2 to 5, attach a note indicating they are "for BookWorks" and drop them off at any Goodwill Suncoast store or donation site. To volunteer for BookWorks, call toll-free 1-888-279-1988, ext. 1013 or 1976. For information, call toll-free 1-888-279-1988 or visit goodwill-suncoast.org.

Do you know a super senior? The Office on Aging is seeking nominations for inductions into the Senior Hall of Fame, which honors volunteers over 65 who live in Pinellas County and dedicate themselves to the residents or community of St. Petersburg. Inductees include volunteers for the Florida Orchestra, museums, schools, churches and military groups. Deadline for applications is May 1. For an application and information, call (727) 893-7101 or visit stpeteparksrec.org/office-on-aging.html.

Property tax breaks: Permanent residents of Pinellas County may qualify for exemptions that may result in hundreds of dollars in property tax savings. To find out if you qualify, call (727) 464-3294 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Deadline to apply is March 1. Property owners may also apply at pcpao.org.

Take note of a bounty of events 02/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:34pm]
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