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Community events: Pinellas Park health fair, St. Pete Beach blood drive, St. Pete pickleball among activities

Church anniversary: Bethel AME Church kicks off its 119th anniversary celebration Nov. 8 with a free program and dinner honoring its history as the city's oldest African-American congregation, with seven former pastors and current pastor, the Rev. Bryant A. Fayson, at 7 p.m. at the church, 912 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 822-2089.

Health fair: A free health fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. The fair is sponsored by HCA Northside Hospital and WellCare Health Plans and will have more than 40 information booths. Screenings will include hearing, vision, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Presentations are scheduled every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. covering risk factors for conditions such as breast cancer, stroke, and heart disease, as well as a wide range of general health issues. For information, visit or call (727) 544-4777.

Meet Seminole's mayor: Mayor Leslie Waters has scheduled a meet and greet for Wednesday at the American Woman Fitness Center, 9699 Bay Pines Blvd. Seminole residents are invited to drop in between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. to meet Waters, ask questions and share comments about the city. American Woman Fitness will also provide an overview of its classes and a tour of the center. For information, call Waters at (727) 391-0204, ext. 102.

Help the St. Petersburg Free Clinic: There will be an orientation session at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 and again at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 863 Third Ave N. Needed are health center intake and medical records volunteers, client interviewers and food-related helpers. Assignments can be short-term or long-term. Email Angel Schumaker at or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.

Blood drive: Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church, 107 16th Ave. in St. Pete Beach, in partnership with OneBlood will hold a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Walk-ins are welcome. Bring a driver's license. For information, email Glenda McKinney at

Learn watercolor painting: Experienced and novice adult students can take classes from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Bay Vista Recreation Center, 7000 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Bring watercolor paper, brushes and watercolor paints in tubes. $21 per month with a $15 city Advantage Card. (727) 893-7124,

Yoga at Boyd Hill: Learn to be one in your mind, body and soul. Sessions are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. $8 per class or $28 per month with a city Advantage Card. (727) 893-7326,

Sand sculpting volunteers needed: Sanding Ovations, the Master's Cup Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival, is Nov. 21-24 in Treasure Island. Help is needed for the beer truck, T-shirt sales and VIP tent. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt, parking and refreshments at the VIP tent. Schedule a time by calling (727) 547-4575, ext. 237, or email

Pickleball anyone? Have you ever tried pickleball? Bring a few friends and take part in the fastest growing adult sport. Doubles matches are played at Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Paddles and balls will be available until supplies last or you can bring your own. Tennis shoes are required. Free quick-start instructions are available, $2 per person. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. (727) 893-7443,

St. Petersburg Republican Club: Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov will speak at the next meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N. Dubov's presentation will be: "Property values, sales trends, and flood insurance — what's next." There will be a question-and-answer session. Free. For more information, call Gail Hebert at (727) 526-2492.

Suncoast Center St. Petersburg is seeking parent aide volunteers to share their life experiences and skills with another parent. Use your background to help a parent understand age-appropriate behaviors, effective and consistent discipline techniques, stress reduction tips, information on topics like nutrition and family budgeting, assistance in accessing community resources and much more. (727) 388-1220,

Community events: Pinellas Park health fair, St. Pete Beach blood drive, St. Pete pickleball among activities 11/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 5:15pm]
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