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Business expo, congressional candidate forum, arthritis exercise program among events

Annual Business Expo: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Business Expo on Jan. 9 at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The event will feature 18 local businesses and opens to the public from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., when a cocktail reception starts for 2014 Annual Dinner attendees. For information, call Jennifer McKenney at (727) 360-6957 or RSVP@tampabaybeaches.com.

St. Pete Beach Senior Excursions: Seniors who don't drive can still take an excursion with their friends and make new ones along the way. The next senior excursion will be to the Hard Rock Casino on Jan. 10. All excursions depart from the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Participants must register by Jan. 8 for the Jan. 10 trip. Cost is $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Cost covers transportation only. All admission or lunch costs are extra and the responsibility of the participants. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Congressional District 13 Candidate Forum: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum for the House District 13 race. The forum is at 8:30 a.m., Monday at the Tradewinds Island Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The purpose of this event is to introduce the voters to the candidates. Reservations required. For information and reservations, call (727) 360-6957 or email Doug@tampabaybeaches.com.

St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center classes: A water aerobics class is held from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Zumba for all fitness levels is held from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays. Cost for both classes is $5 for residents, $6 nonresidents. Both accept Silver Sneakers. The aquatic center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Help for children in Haiti: The nonprofit Gathering of Women is seeking donations for the Goodwill School in Haiti. Items needed are yellow and brown bulk material to make school uniforms, books, school supplies, backpacks and shoes for children ages 3 to 18. Call Samantha at (727) 433-1352.

Volunteers needed: Neighborly Care Network, which oversees the Meals on Wheels program in Pinellas County, needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg. Volunteers deliver meals from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Schedules are flexible. For information, call (727) 573-9444, ext. 3221.

St. Petersburg General Hospital 6500 38th Ave. N, needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: gift shop, patient care, OB-GYN, information desk, surgical waiting room and emergency room. For information, call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848.

Calling Lakewood alumni: Lakewood High School's graduating classes from 1967 through 1972 are invited to the LHS Big 6 Reunion. To get information and register, visit www.lhsbig6reunion.com.

Arthritis Foundation exercise program: For those who suffer with arthritis or related rheumatic diseases or musculoskeletal conditions, this is an opportunity to take advantage of a new, low-impact exercise program. Improve your balance and coordination; reduce pain and stiffness; help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength and functional availability; and improve your ability to do normal daily functions. Register at any participating recreation center at these times: Sunshine Senior Center, 330 Fifth St. N, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7102; Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, (727) 893-7134; Roberts Center, 1246 50th Ave. N, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7754; and Azalea Center, 1600 72nd St. N, 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, (727) 893-7150.

Reading Achievement Program: RAP is a new program that consists of the five essential components to create a successful reader: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This program is for students with deficits in reading. The curriculum focuses on praise and positive reinforcement. Free assessment screening is provided. The class instructor is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes are held Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreation Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE. $25 per session and class times vary depending on scheduling. For more information, call (727) 893-7758.

Kids Dribble and Kick: You can register your kids for a soccer program where they'll learn skills through instruction and games. This program includes 30 minutes instruction followed by 45 minutes of game time. Registration begins Feb. 1 and evaluations will be held March 1 at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. Games begin March 22. A Largo recreation card is not required for this program. For information, visit highlandrecreation.com or call (727) 518-3016.

Stetson University College of Law partners with the Community Law Program and the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation to prepare free simple wills and advance directives for low income veterans and their spouses, aged 60 or older. Veterans or their spouses must schedule individual appointments in advance by calling (727) 562-7393. Individuals owning real estate outside the state will not be eligible to participate. Walk-in appointments are not available and the deadline to schedule an appointment is Jan. 24. The program begins in February. For information, call (727) 562-7800.

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