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Things to do in Pinellas April 15-17; Pinellas summer camp signups

Rays watch party: The Rays play the Red Sox in Boston today, but you can catch the game on the beach at a family-friendly watch party with a giant screen set up on the sand at 1:35 p.m. at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The Rays Street Team will be on hand with giveaways. Free admission. $10 parking on site. For information, call (727) 367-6461 or visit

Audubon Society: The St. Petersburg Audubon Society program "Water, Wilderness, Wetlands and White Birds" begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free and open to the public. For information, email

WalkWise BikeSmart: The Florida Department of Transportation presents a 30-minute interactive bicycle and pedestrian safety class at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. The class will include pedestrian information, bicycle laws, traffic crash statistics for bicyclists and important safety tips for riding in the road and on the sidewalk. Free. For information, call (813) 974-9215.

Dining in the Dark: Wearing special blinders for complete darkness, participants experience a dining adventure that engages the senses of smell, hearing, touch and taste from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser Dick Crippen serves as master of ceremonies and musician Danny Rodriguez performs. Proceeds benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness. $150. For information, call (919) 781-8014.

Pinellas by the Decades: Subtitled "Civil Rights, Wrong Turns and New Directions," this discussion reveals how the civil rights movement led to challenges to desegregate schools, businesses and public accommodations and how the expanding population harmed estuaries and led to the end of many dredging projects. Program begins at 2 p.m. today at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. Free (donations welcome). Call (727) 582-2123 or visit

Kiwanis Club meeting: The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast presents a program about Girls Incorporated of Pinellas at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Seminole Family Restaurant, 6864 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Mary Lynn Jones, community liaison with Girls Incorporated of Pinellas will provide an overview of the organization that focuses on "STEM," science, technology, engineering and math. To reserve a guest spot at this or any meeting, contact Lee Walters, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast at (727) 319-8343.

Pinellas County summer camps: To learn about 2012 Pinellas County summer camps visit Visit the Tampa Bay Times' database and search for exactly what you need at Here are some camps:

• The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve offers two one-week camps for adventurers ages 9 to 11. The camps, led by elementary classroom teachers, are designed for youths with a strong interest in hands-on investigation of the plants and animals at the preserve. The camps, scheduled for June 18-22 and June 25-29 are $150. The camp day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes an optional overnight campout on Thursday. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For information, call (727) 934-2680 or email info@friendsofbrookercreek

• Weedon Island offers Exploring the Past — Archaeology Summer Camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25-29 and July 23-27 for campers ages 7 to 11. The camp is designed for children with a strong interest in prehistory and history as well as learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers will learn about the importance of archaeology and will gain understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the region. The cost is $150 for each session.

For information, contact the Florida Public Archaeology Network (813) 396-2328, or email

• Brooker Creek Preserve will offer herpetology camp July 23-27 and Wildlife Ecology camp July 30-Aug. 3 for children ages 7 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weedon Island Preserve is also offering the herpetology camp July 9-13 and the Wildlife Ecology camp July 16-20 at the same times. Herpetology camp participants will explore the world of amphibians and reptiles through close encounters with a variety of animals, including tortoises, frogs, lizards and snakes. Wildlife Ecology Camp participants will learn about the ecology of Florida's wildlife and natural habitats through hands-on activities, classroom sessions and guest presentations. Both camps are limited to 30 participants, based on the signup date and receipt of the $150 registration fee. For information, contact Heinrich Ecological Services, (727) 865-6255, or email george@heinrichecological

Things to do in Pinellas April 15-17; Pinellas summer camp signups 04/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 14, 2012 4:30am]
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