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Community events, classes and volunteer opportunities

St. Petersburg

Women of Distinction award nominees sought

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2011 Women of Distinction Awards. Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 21 and winners will be announced at the Women's Symposium event on March 3. To nominate someone, visit business.stpete.com and download the nomination form. For more information, call (727) 388-2911.

St. Petersburg

Bayfront Baby Place needs shop volunteers

The Bayfront Medical Center's Gift Gallery and Baby Boutique at Bayfront Baby Place is in need of volunteers. There are three four- and five-hour shifts daily. Volunteers receive a meal ticket to the cafeteria and free parking. For information, contact Cyd Hendrick at (727) 893-6878.

St. Petersburg

Church seeks donations of cold-weather clothing

The People That Love Church and Mission provides necessities to the homeless, working poor and disabled. It needs winter gear, including blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, sweaters, jackets, socks, head wear, gloves, long pants and shirts for all ages.

Also needed for the shelter are disposable razors, spray deodorant, men's underwear and long johns. Your donations can be brought or sent to: The People That Love Church and Mission, 817 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For information, call (727) 421-3745.

Largo

'Genealogy Guys' guy presenting at library

Largo Public Library and the Pinellas Genealogy Society will host Drew Smith, from the Internet show Genealogy Guys. Smith will present "Using and Contributing to Genealogy Wikis (like FamilySearch and Ancestry): What They Can Do for You." The 11 a.m. Saturday meeting is free and open to the public in the Jenkins Room of the library, 120 Central Park Drive. For information, call (727) 587-6715.

Largo

Beginner, intermediate dog classes starting

The Highland Recreation Complex is offering dog obedience classes for beginner and intermediate training levels.

Beginner classes, for dogs 10 weeks and older, will teach basic commands such as sit, down, stay and walk. The six-week course, offered on Tuesday mornings or Thursday nights, begins this week. The cost is $65 for residents, $81.50 for nonresidents and $99.50 for individuals who do not have a Largo recreation card.

Intermediate classes for dogs 5 months and older will teach distance and duration and help dogs overcome distractions. Classes begin March 10 and April 28. All classes are at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. For information, visit highlandrecreation.com or call (727) 518-3016.

Largo

Join a Zumbalicious Dance Party Saturday

The Zumbalicious Dance Party will be an evening of dancing, snacks and more on Saturday. From 6 to 9 p.m. join a team of Zumba instructors as they lead an easy-to-follow dance class set to Latin and international music at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Adults and children ages 8 and up are encouraged to experience this mix of music, fitness and fun. Comfortable clothing and dance shoes or sneakers are recommended. For information, visit playlargo.com or call (727) 518-3016.

Largo

City seeking folks to help on good deed day

If you have a friend or neighbor who could use help with minor household chores, light yard maintenance or repairs, the city of Largo wants to hear from you. The city is gearing up for the eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Good Deeds. City staffers are collecting names of those in need. The program will begin at the new Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Volunteers will be dispatched throughout the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. In conjunction with the Day of Good Deeds, a volunteer fair with live entertainment and a barbecue lunch also will take place.

To register someone to receive a deed, or to serve as a volunteer, call (727) 518-3131.

Pinellas park

Have a good chili recipe? Join Chili Blaze

The Pinellas Park firefighters are gearing up for the 12th annual Chili Blaze on March 18. There is a limit of 50 teams, so visit chiliblaze.com to sign up. Entry is free. All that is required is 5 gallons of chili and some creativity. There is also an award for the best booth. For information, visit the website or call (727) 687-4494.

Largo

Southwest staff will help to sell your stuff

Clean out your closets and make a little cash. On Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon, Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo, will host the Southwest Community Garage Sale. Bring your sale items and the Southwest staff will take care of the advertising, setup and cleanup. The cost is $9 per 8-foot table. For information, visit playlargo.com or call (727) 518-3125.

St. Pete beach

Communitywide yard sale set for Jan. 22

The city of St. Pete Beach is hosting its first communitywide yard sale of the new year from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Spaces that are 10 by 10 feet are $10 for St. Pete Beach residents and $12.50 for nonresidents. Registration continues until all spaces are filled. Call (727) 363-9245.

St. Pete beach

Senior day trips range from Ikea to festivals

Senior Excursions will continue to run weekly from the St. Pete Beach Community Center all winter. Guests travel to popular attractions and shopping destinations all over Tampa Bay without the hassles of driving, tolls or parking. The trips are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. almost every Friday, plus a few special trips on other days of the week or at night. Travel to places such as the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Strawberry Festival, the circus, Ikea and Ybor City. Trips cost $10 for St. Pete Beach residents and $12.50 for others; additional entry fees may apply. For information or to reserve a spot, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

St. Petersburg

Range of companies expected at job fair

Those seeking a new job or career can come to the Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. Meet nearly 50 local companies that have immediate employment needs, from entry level positions to skilled trade, health care jobs and top managerial positions. Representatives of the area's top schools, universities and vocational/technical institutions will also be on hand. Entry is free. Participants should dress for success and come prepared with a stack of resumes. For information, call (727) 893-8523.

Countywide

Volunteer ombudsmen needed for elders

Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to help protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program's local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents' concerns. Training and certification is provided. Those interested can call toll-free, 1-888-831-0404, or visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Countywide

Prom dress, accessory donations needed

As prom dress season approaches, there are thousands of teens across the Tampa Bay area who can't afford to buy a prom dress. The Gathering of Women Inc. has sponsored the Prom Dress Drive for the past three years. The organization is seeking donations of gowns and accessories in like-new condition. Accessories like shoes, jewelry, makeup purses and other accessories are needed. Hair salons, florists, dry cleaners and limousine services are also needed to make prom a memorable day for local teens. For information about how you can help, call (727) 321-8825.

Countywide

Donate food, toiletries to help overseas troops

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.

Countywide

Boys' warm clothing donations sought

Clothes To Kids needs warm clothes for boys. These items, along with any other clothing donations, can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two Clothes To Kids locations:

• St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145.

• Clearwater, 1059 N Hercules Ave.

Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit ClothesToKids.org.

Community events, classes and volunteer opportunities 01/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 5:28pm]

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