Youth Arts Corps work on view at Park Station
Enjoy a showing of artwork produced by youths at Family Resources Foundation's Youth Arts Corps from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Park Station at 5851 Park Blvd. Learn about free after-school programs for kids ages 9 to 14, and meet some of the program's staff and students. Call (727) 521-5213.
Breakfast meeting on student exchange
The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will present a program about International Student Exchange at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Seminole Family Restaurant, 6864 Seminole Blvd. Featured speaker Jackie Tatsak will discuss the Aspect Foundation's mission of housing international exchange students along with the qualifications of host families and the requirements of the students. To reserve a guest spot or for information, call (727) 319-8343.
Clown show part of city's art festival
The Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, will hold the 2011 Clown Competition and Show from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The program is part of the two-month long art festival, Largo: The HeART of Pinellas. The cost is $3. For information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit-largocommunitycenter.com.
Roaring '20s Night coming Saturday
Tickets are on sale for the Knights of Columbus Roaring '20s Night, which will be held Saturday in Monsignor McCall Hall, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road. Included will be gaming with funny money, prizes, dancing and an Italian dinner with a dessert station. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7. Tickets are $15. Call (727) 458-4811 .
'Evening at the Oscars' a fundraiser for school
A fundraising dinner and evening of entertainment for Sacred Heart Interparochial School, "An Evening at the Oscars," begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. The cost is $30. Visit shsaints.org or call (727) 544-1106.
Budget roundtable discussion March 12
The city of Largo will host a Community Budget Roundtable discussion March 12. This will be an interactive workshop with Advisory Board members, Citizen Academy graduates, neighborhood partners, business owners and former elected officials who will provide input for city services and budget priorities. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Largo Public Library, Jenkins Room, 120 Central Park Drive.
City staff will present potential budget scenarios and service reductions for the 2012 budget. Seven at-large seats will be available to the public on a first-come basis. The participants will be either a resident of Largo or a property owner. To apply for a seat, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out the form at: Largo.com, clicking on Customer Service Center and then clicking the link Application for Community Budget Roundtable Discussion, or call the Office of Management and Budget, (727) 587-6740, ext. 4302.
Equipment available for the 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. For information, call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY), or visit dhctb.org.
Section 8 seminar for landlords, homeowners
The St. Petersburg Housing Authority hosts a free training seminar for landlords and homeowners who are participating in the agency's Choice Voucher Section 8 program or are interested in learning more about it. This seminar will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the authority's central office, 888 Executive Center Drive W, Suite 100. Those interested in attending should RSVP to email@example.com by Monday.
Ministry has clothes available for families
Heart for the City, a ministry that offers children's, youth and adult clothes to those in need, operates from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays at Northeast Park Baptist Church, 3737 First St. NE. To learn how to help or receive help, call (727) 896-3178 or visit the church during the ministry's operation hours.
Annual scholarship applications available
South Pasadena residents and graduating high school students who live in the city have until May 31 to apply for the annual scholarship award. Applicants must have been city residents for the past two years and been accepted at an accredited college, university, trade or technical school. Applications are available at South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S, or online at ci.south-pasadena.fl.us. Call the City Clerk's office at (727) 347-4171.
March swim lessons at Southwest Pool
Registration is open for Southwest Pool's SwimAmerica Swim Lessons, starting in March. Presented by West Florida Lightning Aquatics, organizers aim to have the children learning how to swim in four weeks. Registration will be at Southwest Pool from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Feb. 26.
The six-stage program allows swimmers to progress at their own pace, and move from group to group as they are ready. Lessons are twice a week for four weeks, totaling eight lessons per session. Sessions run March 7-30, April 4-27, and May 2-25. The cost is $85 per four-week session. A city of Largo recreation card is required to register. For information, e-mail Cashel Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org or Craig Coghlan at email@example.com or call (727) 743-7766.
It's trashy fashions time again coming April 22
Applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Trashy Fashion Show scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. April 22 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Amateur eco-fashion designers can apply to showcase their 'trashions' — fashions created from items that would otherwise have been discarded. The Trashy Fashion Show is an educational event that celebrates Earth Day.
Participants are encouraged to think outside of the blue bin to create their wearable designs of at least 75 percent recycled or discarded items. Prizes will be awarded to the best designs in four age categories: Junior Designer (kindergarten through fifth grade), Teen/Tween Designer (sixth through eighth grade), High-End Designer (ninth through 12th grade) and Adult Designer (ages 18 and over).
Participants must first complete an online application by March 21. After the application is submitted, participants are required to send a digital photo, description of their design and an environmental fact to accompany their design by April 5 for consideration in the show.
Sponsorships also are available.
Visit LargoRecycles.com or call (727) 586-7424.
Tennis, golf challenge set for 12th yearly event
The Gulf Beaches Rotary Club and the city of Treasure Island have joined forces again to present the 12th Annual Rotary Tennis and Golf Challenge, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd. The tennis challenge will be a men's and women's doubles round robin for players of all playing levels and abilities. The golf scramble will be for both men and women with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per player. The event will also be accompanied by a silent auction, which players, along with the public, are invited to participate in. Proceeds will benefit the Treasure Island Recreation Department's children's programs. For information, call (727) 547-4575.
Women's chamber fashion show, luncheon
The Women's Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Gulf Beaches will present "Refresh and Renew," a luncheon and fashion show featuring clothing from Christopher Banks and C.J. Banks, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wine Cellar, 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach. For reservations call (727) 367-8918.
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Series for Catholics wanting faith guidance
St. John Vianney Catholic Parish, 445 82nd Ave. in St. Pete Beach, is hosting a six-session series, Awakening Faith, on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 28. This series is for those who feel their Catholic faith has slipped away from daily life. If you have been too busy to pray, not attended church in a while, and/or are looking for an opportunity to explore your faith again, these classes may be for you. For information, call (727) 631-1115.
Donations will help struggling families
The Gulfport Merchants Association is collecting donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and personal items to be distributed to the Gulfport Senior Center Pantry, which helps struggling families. Donations can be dropped off at the association tent from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tuesday Fresh Market on Beach Boulevard, below 29th Avenue S.
Library friends planning annual book sale
Bibliomaniacs Friends of the Gulfport Library are preparing for their annual book sale April 2 and need music, movies and book donations. Only new or gently used and clean donations will be accepted. Rare treasures also are appreciated. Proceeds will support programs for children and youth, speakers, special collections, and Library furnishings. Donations can be dropped off at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturdays. Donors also can schedule a pickup for three or more boxes. For information or to schedule a pickup, call (727) 322-5217.