Marine to speak to Business Builders
Marine Michael L. Jernigan will present "Facing the Darkness" at the Business Builders networking meeting from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pepin Restaurant, 4125 Fourth St. N. Jernigan will discuss his severe injury and how he has overcome it. All business people are invited to attend. Reservations are required. Call (727) 898-9653.
Clothes to Kids offers lunch at info session
Clothes to Kids is hosting an information session at noon Wednesday at 3251 Third Ave. N. A boxed lunch will be provided, followed by a tour of the CTK store. RSVP is required. Contact Fran Goodwin at Fran@ClothesToKids.org or call (727) 441-5050.
GOP hosts Banquet Masters picnic today
The Pinellas County GOP will host an indoor picnic from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Most Republican candidates will attend as well as candidates for the nonpartisan judicial and School Board positions. All can make short presentations. The public is welcome. The fee is $20. Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be provided. For information, call (727) 526-2492.
Vegetarian festival today at Buddhist temple
The Southwest Florida Buddhist Temple will host a Vegetarian Food Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m today at Chua Phat Phap Temple, 1170 62nd Ave. N. Entertainers will perform authentic Vietnamese music. Visit chuaphatphap.com.
Women's group to get reverse mortgage info
The Business and Professional Women will have Donna Graham of Home 1st Lending talk about reverse mortgages at noon Thursday at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Drive NE. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office will have a table outside from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register to vote, change a voting address or ask questions. Meetings are open to the public; reserve by noon Tuesday. Fee is $16 for members, $21 for visitors. Call (727) 471-8248 or visit bpwstpetepinellas.org.
Gulfport Democratic Club to hold first meeting
The Gulfport Democratic Club will have its first meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. Gulfport Mayor Mike Yakes, Vice Mayor Michele King and council members Sam Henderson and Jennifer Salmon have been invited to address the gathering. For information, call (727) 742-0461 or e-mail GulfportDems@aol.com.
Nominations sought for preservation awards
St. Petersburg Preservation is seeking nominations for its Historic Preservation Awards. The nonprofit organization is seeking residential and commercial nominations in five categories: restoration, rehabilitation, compatible use, adaptive reuse and stewardship. They will also recognize a preservationist of the year. Anyone can recommend nominees, including their own properties. Get forms at stpetepreservation.org. The deadline is Sept. 24, and the awards will be presented Oct. 19 at the Mirror Lake Lyceum, 737 Third Ave. N.
Lifestyle Fitness collecting for Goodwill
Lifestyle Family Fitness centers are collecting donations of gently used shoes, clothing, small sporting goods and housewares through Aug. 31. Donations will benefit Goodwill Industries. For gym locations, visit lff.com or call 1-800-543-3793.