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Fish-a-thon, Gecko Ball, Great Bay Scallop Search all on Aug. 24;

The Youth Advisory Committee's open house: Teens can get information on Pinellas County's Youth Advisory Committee and learn how they can participate in local government. Members coordinate the Teens Behind the Scenes program that gives high school students a look at county facilities to see how services are provided. Other projects, including community service, will be planned for the school year. To qualify, students must be in high school, live in the county, have a desire to learn about county government and serve until graduation from high school. The open house will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater, in the fifth-floor Commissioners Conference Room. For information, call (727) 582-2656 or visit pinellascounty.org/yac.

The City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation and the Civitan Club of St. Petersburg will host their 65th annual Fish-a-Thon for youths and adults on Aug. 24th at Lake Jorgensen, behind the Main Library on Ninth Avenue N between 37th and 39th streets. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and official fishing begins at 9:30. There will be nine 15-minute fishing intervals, and prizes will be awarded at each fishing period. Everything is provided for the contest including cane fishing poles and bait. Personal fishing equipment is not allowed. Closed-toe shoes and sunscreen are highly recommended. Free. For information, call (727) 893-7441 or (727) 823-8383.

Antique fishing tackle show: Join Florida's most knowledgeable collectors of vintage fishing tackle and examine thousands of historic lures, reels, rods and memorabilia with some dating to the 1800s. Hundreds of items will be for sale priced from $2 and up. You can consign items to have them auctioned with free appraisals. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 23-24 at the Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Cost is $5 and there will be free admission with an appraisal. For information, call (407) 496-7940 or email at ron@luresnreels.com.

Great Bay Scallop Search: Tampa Bay Watch needs volunteer boats to participate in the Great Bay Scallop Search on Aug. 24. The event is a resource-monitoring program where volunteers snorkel to search for scallops in select areas in Boca Ciega Bay and lower Tampa Bay. The goal to monitor and document the health and status of the scallop population. Volunteers with shallow draft boats are needed. Registered scallop searchers will meet at 9 a.m. at the eastern side of the Fort De Soto Boat Ramp, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. For information, call (727) 867-8166 or visit tampabaywatch.org,

Las dog day of summer!: Bring your dog for a day of leash-free swimming and playing in the pool today at Fossil Park Pool, 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. There will be three sessions: 9 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Register at start time with proof of dog's current vaccination. Admission is $5 per dog, per session (humans free). Donations of clean towels, Nylabones, bleach, dish soap, blankets, trash bags and newspapers will be accepted on behalf of the SPCA. No humans permitted in pool. For information, call (727) 893-7732.

Gecko Ball 2013 — Saturday Night Gecko: Join the city of Gulfport at its fifth annual Gecko Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Features buffet dinner, entertainment and prizes. Attire from the 1970s is encouraged. Cost is $30 and tickets are available at Beach Bazaar, 3115 Gulf Blvd.; Domain Home Accessories & Gallery, 3129 Beach Blvd. S; and Couture'd, 5401 Gulfport Blvd. S. For information, call (727) 366-4086.

Vendor applications being accepted: The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is accepting applications for vendors for the fall season. Specialty vendors, including those selling seafood, cheese and gourmet food products are encouraged to apply. Applicants will need to submit a brief overview of what they intend to vend, pictures of their products and an outline of where they are, or have been, vending. Vendors must be properly licensed and food vendors must provide product details along with their application. The season begins Oct. 1 and runs through June. For information, call (727) 278-4285 or email gulfportmarket@gmail.com

Tae kwon do: Children 6 and older can learn this martial art that focuses on self-defense and the values of respect, discipline and self-control, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The cost is $69 per month. Call (727) 798-0220.

Stretch and Release Fitness Class: The St. Pete Beach Community Center offers this class from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays for $6 at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Yoga: Classes are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. The cost is $8 per class or $28 per month with a city Advantage card. Call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Burn & Tone: Lose weight and inches while revving up energy at this class for people 16 and older. Classes are from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $5. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

After-school care: St. Pete Beach will offer after-school care for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program is licensed by the Pinellas County Licensing Board and includes homework time, a snack, sports, crafts, games and more. Transportation is provided from Azalea Elementary and Pasadena Fundamental Elementary. The program runs from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. Cost is $150 per month. Discounts for additional children and weekly rates are available. 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. (727) 363-9245 or spbrec.com.

Zumba classes: Zumba is an easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance fitness class. Classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays. Cost is $6 per class. Join anytime. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Core fitness: Build strength through your core with this class 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. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information call (727) 692-9093 or findmyfit.me.

Go fishing: St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation has opened 19 freshwater and two saltwater lakes through Labor Day. Fishing is allowed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A license is required — except for children 15 and under, anyone using a pole without a reel in his or her home county, or Florida residents older than 65. Licenses are available at tax collector offices at 1067 62nd Ave. S and 1800 66th St. N in St. Petersburg, 13025 Starkey Road in Largo and 1663 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater. Licenses are also available from select bait and sporting goods stores. For information, call (727) 464-7777.

The Suncoast Center needs adult volunteers to serve as mentors, providing friendship and support to parents challenged in raising children. Training provided. Call (727) 543-0677.

Neighborly Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park. If you have 1 ½ hours at midday to help, you could improve someone's life. Call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.

Fish-a-thon, Gecko Ball, Great Bay Scallop Search all on Aug. 24; 08/15/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:30pm]

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