Temple's food festival has vegetarians in mind
The Southwest Florida Buddhist Temple, 1770 62nd Ave. N, hosts its annual Vegetarian Food Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. For information, call (727) 520-9209.
Service celebrates annual Week of Prayer
An ecumenical service marking the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. The interdenominational program will include choirs from the 11 churches participating. In its 10th year, the event is free. For information, call Chuck Finegan at (727) 596-4986.
Christian school offers minority scholarships
Indian Rocks Christian School, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo, is accepting nominations for the Betty Shields Minority Scholarship (grades 6-11). Pick up a nomination packet from the school. The nomination deadline is Jan. 31. For more information, call (727) 593-8706.
Recreation card comes with perks around town
Get access to Largo's recreation centers and hundreds of classes and programs with an annual Largo recreation membership card. Until Jan. 31, Largo residents may purchase an annual recreation membership for the family for $25. For nonresidents, the price is $125. All new members will receive a Largo Play Perks card offering discounts at restaurants and businesses. For information, visit largo.com or call (727) 587-6720.
St. Pete beach
Give new life to items at community yard sale
The city of St. Pete Beach is hosting its first community-wide yard sale of the year from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9245.
Agency's luncheon will help kids get clothes
Clothes To Kids will host its annual Clothe a Child Fundraising Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. March 9 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The price for a ticket is $50, which is what it costs Clothes To Kids to provide a low-income, school-age child with a week's worth of clothing. A table of eight can be purchased for $400. No tickets will be available at the door. For information or to buy tickets, visit ClothesToKids.org or contact Fran Goodwin at (727) 441-5050, ext. 22 or Fran@ClothesToKids.org.
Chance for playwrights to get in on the act
West Coast Players invite novice, emerging or accomplished playwrights to submit one-act plays to be performed at the annual One Acts Festival, July 8-10.
All plays must be original (no adaptations), require minimal staging and not previously staged in the Tampa Bay area. Blatantly adult themes and/or language are only acceptable when the play reading committee considers it vital to the plot. Approximately eight plays will be chosen. The entry fee is $5. A portion will be awarded to three playwrights whose scripts are designated as favorites by audience vote.
Send one copy of the script, typed in standard format (no e-mails) postmarked no later than April 1 to: West Coast Players, Attn: One Act Play Producer, P.O. Box 5022, Clearwater, FL 33758. Be sure to include your street address, telephone number and e-mail. For information, call (727) 437-2363.
Agency offers phones, screenings, hearing aids
The Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones, captioned telephones, TTYs and related equipment free to Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. The agency also offers free hearing screenings by appointment, low-cost hearing aids, cleaning and repairs. Call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit dhctb.org.
Help needy girls have a prom they'll remember
Thousands of teens can't afford a dress as prom season approaches. The Gathering of Women Inc. has sponsored the Prom Dress Drive for three years.
The organization seeks donations of gowns and accessories including shoes, jewelry and purses in like-new condition.
Hair salons, florists, dry cleaners and limousine services also are needed to make prom a memorable day for local teens. For information, call (727) 321-8825.
Overseas troops need assortment of products
Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwavable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandanas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags, and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.