2011 Estuary Academy is Saturday at preserve
Tampa Bay Estuary Program's 2011 Estuary Academy will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Weedon Island Preserve Natural and Cultural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, in St. Petersburg. The topic for this year's academy is "Greening Your Life." It will feature short seminars and hands-on workshops focusing on ways to create a green lifestyle, from home and gardening tips to energy efficiency. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program's 20th anniversary photo exhibit, "Tampa Bay 20/20," will be on display during "Twenty Years in Twenty Minutes," an overview of progress in restoring Tampa Bay. Preregistration is required and is $10, which includes lunch. Kids attending must be 12 or older. Registration must be submitted online at tbep.org. Call (727) 893-2765.
Acclaimed pianist will perform Friday at SPC
Acclaimed pianist Enrico Elisi will perform in the next installment of St. Petersburg College's Piano Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. General admission is $10; free for SPC students and staff members with ID. Call (727) 341-7984 or visit spcollege.edu/spg/music/calendar.htm.
Christian speaker will talk of healing power
Elise Moore, an international Christian speaker, will speak on "The Healing Power of the Bible" for a special free event beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 6333 First St. NE. A question-and-answer session is after the presentation. Free parking and child care will be available. For more information, call (727) 522-1883 or visit elisemoore.com.
Casino event will benefit PBA group
Casino Night, benefitting the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association and the St. Petersburg West Rotary Club, will be a fun night of Las Vegas-style gaming from 6:45 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Games include craps, roulette, blackjack, Texas hold'em poker, Caribbean stud poker, Let it Ride poker, slot machines, plus door prizes, silent auction and 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $50 in advance or $65 at the door, and that includes two free drinks, 25 free play gaming chips and a wide selection of hors d'oeuvres. For more information or to reserve a ticket, call Virginia at (727) 430-4906.
Needy can get free food, clothing and more
Anyone in need can receive free food, clothing and other items such as hygiene and small household goods from the People That Love Church and Mission Inc. at 817 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg. The mission is open from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. A hot meal is available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit peoplethatlove.com.
Art display highlights Artspring Exhibition
The city of South Pasadena is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual Artspring Exhibition with an art display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S. The exhibit consists of works in clay, wood, metal, glass, paper, photography, watercolor, acrylic and oil from more than 100 local artists. Local artist Neil Adamson will judge the show. Admission is free. Call (727) 347-4171.
'Dancing with the Dogs' part of Pawfest April 2
The Kiwanis Club of Largo Mid-Pinellas is presenting Pawfest on April 2. As part of the program, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be "Dancing with the Dogs.'' The talent show is open to the first 25 entrants. All entries must include a dog and its handler. All acts can include any form of dance by the handler and the dog. Acts must be accompanied by music on a CD that is provided to the sound technician at the time of the performance. Acts must be at least 1 minute long and no longer than 2 minutes. To request an entry form and a complete list of rules, e-mail email@example.com.
Take a dip, see a flick at Southwest Pool
The Aquatics Division of the city of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will present The Final Season at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. The Flick n Float movie will be held April 1. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at dusk — about 7:15 p.m. Lifeguards will be on duty, and floats are provided, but you may bring your own. Only Coast Guard-approved flotation devices are allowed in city pools, and they are available at no charge. Group admission for five people is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Individual admission fees will apply. To receive the resident and nonresident pricing, one Largo Recreation Card must be shown for the group. For more information, visit LargoPools.com or call (727)518-3126.
Lenten parish mission at St. Jerome Church
A Lenten parish mission will be at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., from Monday to Wednesday. Guest speaker Father Ron Raab will present "Meet Me At the Well.'' Raab is associate pastor at the Downtown Chapel in Portland, Ore., and hosts On the Margins, a weekly radio Scripture commentary on KBVM.3, Catholic Broadcasting Northwest. The presentations will be offered at 9 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. each day. For more information, call (727) 595-4610.
Need to sell toys, kids clothes, maternity wear?
Parents, here's your chance to sell infant, toddler or preschool clothing, maternity items and toys in a community garage sale. Baby Sale Bonanza will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 9 at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. The cost is $9 per table. For information, call (727) 518-3125.
Tampa Bay Cares needs volunteers to help callers
Volunteers are needed for 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, which links callers to resources in their community. Work with callers or verify information on a database. Training is provided. An application and interview are required. Visit 211tampabay.org, click on "Get Involved" to complete a volunteer form. For information, call (727) 210-4209 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospital foundation gala includes live auction
Tickets for the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation annual Medallion Gala are available. The black-tie optional gala will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. April 16 in the Palm Court Ballroom of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. The gala will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and dancing with music from the Paradise Band. There also will be a live auction featuring one item — a Fabergé diamond and sapphire pendant from Bruce Watters Jewelers. Tickets are $225, and event and table sponsorships also are available. To buy tickets, learn more about sponsorship opportunities or for more information, call the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation office at (727) 825-1086 or visit StAnthonysFoundation.org. RSVP is required by April 8.
St. Pete Beach
Water safety courses offered at complex
St. Pete Beach Aquatics is offering lifeguard certifications and water safety instructor certifications. The first lifeguarding session will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from March 28 through April 1. Session two will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, from April 2 through April 21. To become a certified water safety instructor, participants must first complete a mandatory FITS class offered Friday. The certification classes are then held from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays from April 8 to May 6.
Course fees for either class are $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents; books are not included. All classes are at the St. Pete Beach Community Center and Aquatic Complex, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Interested participants can stop by to register in person or can get more information by calling (727) 363-9264.
Youth Arts Corps to hold open houses at 2 sites
Family Resources Foundation hosts two open houses for its Youth Arts Corps locations. The open houses will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Park Station location, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, and Thursday at the Wildwood location, 1000 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. Meet the staff, artists and youth already in the program. Listen to Giving Tree Music by Steve Turner and a drum circle. For information, call (727) 521-5213.
Jewish agency seeks volunteer adult mentors
Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services needs volunteers age 30 and older for its Adults Mentoring Children Program. Volunteers are matched with children who need a positive adult role model. Many of these children are living with a single parent who is going to school and working. Volunteers help one child and are provided support by agency staffers. No experience is necessary, and there are no costs. To learn how you can volunteer, call Bev at (727) 479-1841.
Technical help for the deaf, hearing impaired
The Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones, captioned telephones, TTYs and related equipment free to Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech impaired. The agency also offers free hearing screenings by appointment, low-cost hearing aids, cleaning and repairs. Call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit dhctb.org.