Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Cat seminar, art book party, Stroke Prevention Fair among events

Do you speak cat? Register for a seminar on understanding cat behavior that will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. June 2 at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. The program will be presented by Donna Bainter, SPCA Tampa Bay training director. Register online: $25; $20 for SPCA and Pinellas County Animal Services adopters. Visit spcatampabay.org.

Artbook 2 Electric Boogaloo: In March, the iPad app Artbook Tampa Bay, a digital coffee-table book of more than 100 area artists, was launched. This launch party at 7 p.m. Friday at Jonny Reno's at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, aims to do it again with the work of more than 70 artists available as a digital download or a free version that gives you a taste of what's in this. You then have the option to buy each volume of the book for $4.99. There will be art, music and food at the launch party. Free. For information, call (727) 896-7366 or visit jonnyreno.com.

Position available at St. Pete Pride: Following executive director Chris Rudisill's resignation, the board of directors at St. Pete Pride is opening a search for a new director for the 2012-2013 season.

The executive director is responsible for leadership and management of the organization, funds development, planning and coordination of events, office management and media/public relations for the organizations.

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references and salary requirements to Stanley Solomons, board of directors president at [email protected] "Executive Director Position" should be placed in the subject line and applications must be submitted no later than midnight on June 15.

Stroke Prevention Fair: St. Anthony's Hospital will host a free stroke prevention fair from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday in its main lobby, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Information about the warning signs of stroke, what the most common risk factors are and what steps can be taken to avoid strokes will be available. All participants will receive free blood pressure checks, healthy life screenings and stroke rehabilitation information. For information, contact Shauna Shepherd at (727) 820-7570.

Help needed for musical gathering: Volunteers are needed to assist the city of Treasure Island's Bands on the Sand 4 event on Saturday and Sunday on the beach at Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue. For information, call the recreation department at (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.

Advocates for the elderly: Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers. Join its corps of advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and adult family care homes. The program's local councils are seeking volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents' concerns. Training and certification is provided. For information, visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.

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