Rotary event's for you if chocolate's your choice
The 16th annual Death By Chocolate, presented by the Rotary Club of Largo, takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The event will include about 20 chocolatiers, area restaurants and confectioners who will show off their desserts and candies for visitors. A silent auction and live entertainment will also be offered. Tickets are $20 through Thursday; $25 at the door. For information visit largodeathbychocolate.com.
Ruth Eckerd Hall youth choirs perform Sunday
The Ruth Eckerd Hall children's and teen choirs will perform a winter concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave. The event is free; however, an offering will be received. For information, call (727) 585-9969.
Christmas show focuses on innkeeper and wife
Tickets are on sale for the St. Patrick Players' A Moment for Miracles. St. Patrick Church, 1507 Trotter Road, will present the Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 in Monsignor McCall Hall. The play, written by Elizabeth Archer, a Seminole teacher and theater director, is set more than 2,000 years ago and focuses on the innkeeper and his wife in the story of the nativity. Tickets are $5 general admission and $25 for VIP seats with a pre-show social hour. For information, call (727) 560-0063.
Jewish center's course is on feminine mystique
Women in the community are invited to participate in an in-depth exploration of seven uniquely feminine strengths and abilities as Rebbetzin Chaya Korf facilitates Portrait of a Woman: Seven Dimensions of the Feminine Mystique. The seven-class course commences on Thursday at the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. Classes are scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 22, April 26 and May 24.
Guided by classical Jewish and kabbalistic texts, the course will examine issues such as beauty, love, relationships, career, family, education and spirituality — tying together the various facets of womanhood in synchronized harmony.
There is a suggested donation of $10 per class. For information, call (727) 344-4900 or visit ChabadSP.com.
Santa's dropping in on Tiny Tot Theme Party
Preschoolers and parents are invited to attend Largo's Tiny Tot Theme Party from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. This event will feature holiday-themed games, crafts and activities, including a visit from Santa Claus.
The cost is $5 per child and preregistration is required. For information, call (727) 518-3125 or visit PlayLargo.com.
Crafts and baked goods will help building shine
The GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, will hold its annual Arts and Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale will feature more than 30 vendors. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Building Restoration Fund. For information, call (727) 822-4982.
Drop off food, toys at six Bayfront clinics
Bayfront Convenient Care Clinics are encouraging communities to do something good for others and themselves this holiday season. Those who donate three nonperishable food items or toys at a Bayfront Convenient Care Clinic location can receive a free flu vaccine. Food donations will be collected through Dec. 13 and will benefit Metropolitan Ministries. Toy donations will be collected through Dec. 15 and will benefit Toys for Tots.
Donations can be made during clinic hours, which vary by location. For information visit bayfront clinic.com.
An event for the birds, and those who watch
The St. Petersburg Audubon Society presents a free bird walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. Bring binoculars, a hat and water. For information, call (727) 893-7326.
Russian-born pianist to appear at SPC
Dmitri Shteinberg will perform in the St. Petersburg College Piano Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Admission is $10 at the door; free for SPC students and staff with ID. For information call (727) 341-7984 or visit spcollege.edu/spg/music/calendar.htm.
Church, college groups at holiday choral fest
Christ Church presents its annual "Winter Choral Festival" at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N. The combined forces of St. Petersburg College and Christ United Methodist Church will offer a 140-voice choral presentation of seasonal carols and songs. In addition, there will be offerings by smaller vocal ensembles and the church's handbell choir, the Harmony Ringers.
Donations will be collected. For information, call (727) 822-3343 or visit christchurchstpete.org.
Have a handmade holiday via Craft Heroes
The St. Pete Craft Heroes' annual holiday event, the Holizaar, is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S. The event will feature handcrafted gifts from local artists and craftspeople. Pianist Dorothy Byrne will perform. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 895-6620.
Ballet's 'Nutcracker' comes to the Palladium
The St. Petersburg Ballet Company will perform The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. Tickets are $10-$20. For tickets call (727) 822-3590 or visit spcollege.edu/palladium.
Craft show has jewelry, folk art on Corey Ave.
The St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Show returns for its 17th anniversary with the full spectrum of craft art on display, including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. The craft show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Corey Avenue, between Boca Ciega Drive and Gulf Boulevard. For information, visit artfestival.com or call (727) 498-8778.
Hospital foundation seeks award nominees
The St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation is searching for nominees for its 2012 Legacy Awards, the community service and philanthropic awards that honor those who give time and talent to St. Petersburg and the hospital. Nominations are being accepted for the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award; the Helen D. Roberts Award; and the Hippocrates Award for a physician or physician practice.
The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 9. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the foundation's website at stanthonys foundation.org. The forms can then be emailed to gail.cass-culver@ baycare.org, faxed to (727) 825-1184 or mailed to St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation at 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33705. For information, contact Gail Cass-Culver at (727) 820-7895.
Bikers' toy run and fun start at 10 a.m. Sunday
In an effort to ensure that no area child goes without a toy on Christmas, motorcyclists invite all riders to join the 24th annual Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run on the roads of St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday at Jim's Harley-Davidson, 2805 54th Ave. N. Up to 1,800 motorcycles have participated in previous years. Bring $15 or an unwrapped toy to participate. For information or to register, call (727) 527-9672 or visit jimshd.com.