Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Things to do in Pinellas County

Volleyball for adults: Be part of a coed volleyball team while learning the fundamentals of the game. Registration begins Monday for play from March 21 through April 11 at Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. Games will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Teams are from six to 10 people. Players must be 18 or older, and a St. Petersburg Advantage Card membership is required. Cost is $15 for St. Petersburg residents and $38/season pass or $125/year for nonresidents. For information, call (727) 893-7750 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Biggest loser will be in town: Hannah Curlee, a participant in the 11th season of The Biggest Loser, will make three appearances in Largo. She will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday during the Fit Kids Class at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. On Tuesday, she will kick off the Women's Business Expo at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, at 4 p.m. with doors to the expo opening at 4:30 p.m. And finally, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, she will speak to the Fit for Life class and lead a 1-mile walk at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. All the appearances are free. For information, call either Southwest Recreation, (727) 518-3125 or the Community Center, (727) 518-3131.

Curlee will also be the guest speaker at the Central Pinellas Chamber Luncheon, B2B — Good Health is Good Business, at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Largo Medical Center Bilgore Conference Center, 201 14th St., SW. Cost is $20 for chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. Registration is required by Monday. Call (727) 584-2321.

Become a lifeguard: Summer is approaching and area pools will be hiring. The city of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will hold an American Red Cross lifeguarding class March 25-29 at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Cost is $195 for residents; $225 for nonresidents, and all individuals must have a city recreation card to participate. The American Red Cross books and materials costs are included. This class is open to anyone 15 years of age and older who wants to begin a career in lifeguarding. This course teaches the skills necessary to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard. Students completing the 40-hour course will receive certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and first aid. On the first day of class, students will be tested in a 300-yard continuous swim, retrieval, and a 10-pound brick swim from a depth of 7 to 10 feet of water. For information, call Southwest Pool, (727) 518-3126 or visit largopools.com.

Interested in becoming a lifeguard? The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatics Center will be offering lifeguard training classes to anyone 15 years and older. Class will be offered three times this spring: Session 1, March 9-21; Session 2, April 6-18; and Session 3, May 4-16. Sessions are at the aquatics center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $160 for residents and $180 for nonresidents. For information call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

St. Petersburg Housing Authority will host a workshop for local landlords and owners who are participating in SPHA's Housing Choice Voucher program or who are interested in learning more about it. The workshop agenda includes an overview of the program, tenant and landlord obligations, the landlord registration process, how to list rental properties for optimum exposure, and how to prepare for housing quality standards inspections. The workshop is free and registration is required. 2 p.m., Tuesday, at 2001 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. Space is limited. For information, call (727) 323-3171, ext. 236, or e-mail [email protected], or visit stpeteha.org/landlords.htm.

The Gulfport Merchants Association continues to collect donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and personal needs to be distributed to the Gulfport Senior Center Pantry. Bring donations to the Gulfport Merchants Association tent each Tuesday during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beach Boulevard, below 29th Avenue S. For information, call (727)-322-5217.

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. Wednesday. 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 trips: The St. Pete Beach Community Center hosts trips every Friday through March 29. There are getaways planned to Ybor City, the Florida Aquarium, Hard Rock Casino and other locations. Excursions leave at 9 a.m. from the community center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, and return by 4 p.m. Each trip is $12 for city residents, $15 for nonresidents. Participants must register by the Wednesday before the trip. For a list of destinations, visit spbrec.com or call the center at (727) 363-9245.

Be Your Own Best Heart Doctor: Cardiologist David Kohl will discuss many ways to improve your health and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and how good nutrition, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and increased physical activity plays a role in good heart health. Noon, Thursday, at St. Anthony's Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 953-6993 or visit baycareevents.org

St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: gift shop, preferable Sundays and afternoon/evening hours; patient care, hours are flexible; OBGYN, hours are flexible; information desk, preferable Sunday and afternoon/evening hours; surgical waiting room, evening hours; and the emergency room, all hours. For information, call (727) 341-4848 or stop by the information desk at the main entrance to pick up an application. 6500 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Spring Salute Car and Truck Show: The Sons of the American Legion from the American Legion Post 158, Treasure Island will be hosting a Spring Salute Benefit Car and Truck Show on March 9, behind the Bilmar Beach Resort at 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. This benefit is to raise money to support veterans, active troops and their families. Event includes barbecue, beverages and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Sons of the American Legion, Flags and Wags, and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This will be a judged show and the event is open to all years, makes and models of cars and trucks. Preregistration entry fee is $20 and $25 the day of the show. For information, call (727) 218-0817.

2013 Summer Youth Intern Program: This Boley Centers program assists youth who live in the St. Petersburg area with securing temporary jobs. Funded through the city of St. Petersburg, the goal is to provide employment for 110 young adults, ages 16 to 21, through an eight- to 10-week summer employment program. Interns will earn $7.79 per hour and be expected to work 30 hours per week. Every effort will be made to match the interns with a job according to their interests, skills, and geographic location. Positions will begin on June 10 and end on Aug. 16. Applications will be available from Friday to April 26 at the following sites: city recreation centers, City Hall, Enoch Davis Community Center, James B. Sanderlin Family Service Center, Pinellas County Urban League, Royal Theater, Worknet Pinellas, and Boley Centers. Deadline for applications is April 26. Interns will be chosen from all qualified applications using a lottery system. Employers who partner with the program are responsible for paying half of the interns' hourly wage. For information about hiring an intern, members of the business community can call (727) 821-4819, ext. 5730.

Winter concert series: The 2013 winter concert series featuring "Gregorian Chants for the Season of Lent" at Saint Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church. Featured artists are the Men's Ensemble of Florida Pro Musica, under the direction of Larry Kent. The concert series is free and will be at 3 p.m., on March 3 and 10. 515 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 896-2191, Ext. 208 or visitstmaryolg.org

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.

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