Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Dine With Men Who Cook, summer camp signups and job fairs are among events

Dine With Men Who Cook: Bethel AME Church presents this 18th annual event, featuring taste samples from 53 chefs and home cooks from around the Tampa Bay area. It takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 21 at Wildwood Community Center, 1000 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. The cost is $20; $30 VIP. The fundraiser benefits the church's Sunday morning feeding ministry for the homeless. For information, call (727) 481-2999 or (727) 822-2089.

Restrictions on reclaimed water: Through June 30, irrigation with Pinellas reclaimed water will be limited to three days per week, based on the resident's home address. House numbers that end in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. House numbers that end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A property that contains a mix of addresses or if an address cannot be determined should water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No reclaimed watering is permitted Monday. For information, visit pinellascounty.org/reclaimed or call (727) 464-4000.

WorkNet Pinellas to host career fair: Job seekers should dress professionally and bring resumes. There will be a chance to visit with a WorkNet recruiter to receive resume assistance and job search techniques. Registration is recommended at worknetpinellas.org. Job seekers can also view a list of participating employers and download some helpful hints. There is free parking, and attendees will receive free admission to the Clearwater Threshers vs. Daytona Cubs game, which begins at 1 p.m. Noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. For information, call (727) 524-4344.

Fashion show benefit: A fashion show for the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave. S, South Pasadena. Fountains residents will model styles by Bon Worth, and local retailers will have accessories for sale. $5. For information, call (727) 381-5411.

Job fair: Meet more than 50 companies at the Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair that have employment needs, from entry level positions to skilled trade, health care jobs and even managerial positions. Several of the area's schools for continuing education, including universities and vocational/technical institutes, will be present. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22, the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-8523

Stand Against Racism: Join the YMCA and international race relations expert Tim Wise, who will present "Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity." Wise is the author of six books, including the acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 26 in the Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S. Free, seating is limited. For information, visit ywcaoftampabay.org/stand2013.

St. Pete Bike n' Eat: Trek Bicycle Store is holding this annual event on April 27. Tour favorite restaurants by bicycle. Enjoy a snack, grab a menu and roll on to the next stop. The tour will start at Trek Bicycle Store, 3169 Fourth St. N, at 3 p.m. and end with a party at the store at 5:30. Restaurants included are 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, Ricky P's Orleans Bistro, Jonny Reno's, Old Northeast Tavern and Westshore Pizza. RSVP is required. For information, call (727) 498-8655.

Summer Marine Adventures Day Camps: The Pier Aquarium and Secrets of the Sea have open registration for the weeklong Summer Marine Adventures. Kids from 6 to 14 can delve into the mysteries of sharks and rays; get their feet wet exploring Tampa Bay ecosystems; explore the marine habits of dolphins, whales and manatees; and even go fishing at a series of summer camps offered by the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium, beginning in June at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center. Camps include: Sharks and Stingrays: ages 9-11, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Shark and Stingray Pups: ages 6-8, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Marine Mammals: ages 9-11, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Marine Mammal Calves: ages 6-8, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Sea Sleuths: ages 9-11, June 24-28 and Aug. 12-16; Junior Sea Sleuths: ages 6-8, June 24-28 and Aug. 12-16; Angler Adventurers: ages 10-14, July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9; Estuary Explorers; ages 9-11, July 29-Aug. 2; and Lil' Estuary Explorers: ages 6-8, July 29-Aug. 2. Cost is $215 with discounts available for siblings and multiple registrations. Fees include field trips to the Florida Aquarium, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. For information, call (727) 895-7437, ext. 215.

Summer camps: The St. Pete Beach Community Center offers camps for ages 3 and up. The full-day, eight-week camp is June 17 to Aug. 9. Camps are also available the weeks before and after for an additional charge. More than 10 half-day specialty camps are also offered. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Information: (727) 363-9245 or spbrec.com.

St. Pete Beach Community Center classes: Core Fitness is held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $10 per class or $48 for eight weeks. Join any time. Gentle Yoga is from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $10 per class. Stretch and Release Fitness Class is set from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays startingthis week. $6. And tae kwon do for children 6 and older is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for $69 per month. All classes are at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Yoga Village at Sunken Gardens: Breathe in yoga's meditative benefits at 12:30 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday at 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 551-3102 or visit stpete.org/sunken.

Know a dutiful senior? The Office on Aging is seeking nominations for the 30th annual Senior Hall of Fame, which honors volunteers 65 and older. Nominees must live in Pinellas and have served the residents or community of St. Petersburg. Deadline is May 1; awards ceremony will be held on May 22. For information, call (727) 893-7101. Go to stpeteparksrec.org/office-on-aging.html for an application.

Comments
One of Ybor City’s most historic blocks about to see construction of four-story boutique hotel

One of Ybor City’s most historic blocks about to see construction of four-story boutique hotel

TAMPA — Developers are poised to launch construction this week on one of Ybor City’s biggest new projects in years — a four-story, $50 million boutique hotel being created by a Chicago company that seeks out neighborhoods rich in color and character....
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Man recalls beating from Hernando deputies in federal excessive force trial

Man recalls beating from Hernando deputies in federal excessive force trial

TAMPA — The allegations at the core of Michael Bratt’s lawsuit against three Hernando County deputies have been repeated in court papers for eight years since his violent arrest.But on Monday, a federal jury in Tampa heard Bratt describe in his own w...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Hillsborough school district, teachers move closer to pay deal

Hillsborough school district, teachers move closer to pay deal

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District and its teachers’ union moved closer to resolving their salary dispute during Monday’s negotiating session — but stopped short of reaching an agreement.The teachers, who have spent this school year work...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Rays journal: Christian Arroyo set to play first game at Tropicana Field

Rays journal: Christian Arroyo set to play first game at Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG  — Christian Arroyo has watched more than 50 Rays games at Tropicana Field from the stands. Has been on the turf for his younger sister's gymnastics competitions and once, while it was in football configuration, to take grou...
Updated: 1 hour ago

FDLE: Pasco couple scammed elderly employer out of $480,000

TAMPA — A Pasco County couple face dozens of charges after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they stole more than $480,000 from their elderly employer.Chet Alan Ragsdale, 45, was arrested Monday on 28 counts of grand theft, 25 counts of ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State softball: Academy at the Lakes romps in long-awaited semifinal

State softball: Academy at the Lakes romps in long-awaited semifinal

VERO BEACH — On a day when the weather at the state softball tournament finally said yes, Academy at the Lakes pitcher Alexis Kilfoyl said no to Lake Worth Christian.The hard-throwing right-hander fired a no-hitter in a Class 2A semifinal Monday morn...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Prepare yourselves: Golden Knights will be talk of the Stanley Cup final

Prepare yourselves: Golden Knights will be talk of the Stanley Cup final

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It's incredible. Unbelievable, really. Maybe the best sports story in this country and the sport of hockey since 1980's Miracle on Ice.And, as a side note, if the Lightning reaches the Stanley Cup final, everyone in the count...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer last week asked people on Twitter to tweet a photo at them of toppings on their new hot dogs — which the company described as "improved."The payoff? A year’s supply of hot dogs hand-delivered by none other than the iconic Wienermobile.Sha...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Less than one year after historic flooding, Alafia River spills its banks again

Less than one year after historic flooding, Alafia River spills its banks again

LITHIA — Frank Rodriguez was still several hundred yards from his house Monday when he pulled his SUV to the side of the road and changed into a pair of beach shoes.Ahead of him, the way home along River Drive was submerged. He was spared a wade thro...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Company that spilled fertilizer at Tampa port says not as much hit the water

The company that on Friday reported spilling 2 tons of fertilizer into a channel feeding into Tampa Bay says now that the amount was far smaller — 200 pounds, at most.Both Kinder Morgan, which spilled the fertilizer, and the state Department of Envir...
Updated: 2 hours ago