Quit smoking seminar: Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center is joining the city of St. Petersburg to provide the IQuit Smoking Now program. A seminar, "Tools to Quit," will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S. on Dec. 12. Anyone interested in quitting tobacco use can participate and will be provided with a supply of nicotine replacement therapy items including patches, gum, or lozenges. Seating is limited and participants must be 18 years old. For information and registration, call (813) 929-1000 ext. 204 or email [email protected]
Holiday basket silent auction: The Friends of the St. Pete Beach Library is accepting bids on its annual holiday book basket silent auction fundraiser until 5:59 p.m., Dec. 13. There are thirteen holiday baskets with an initial bid as low as $15. Basket themes are children's books and toy baskets; Hanukkah mysteries; Florida authors, which includes several autographed books; Civil War, World Wars I and II, holiday books and cookbooks. Stop by the St. Pete Beach Library, 353 75th Ave., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For information, call (727) 363-9238 or visit stpetebeach.org/city-departments/public-library.html
St. Petersburg Republican Club welcomes Seminole mayor Leslie Waters at its next meeting. Waters will give a presentation on "Enhancing Democracy; With Mayors and Councilors in Somalia and East Africa." She will also administer the oath of office to the members who were elected to serve on the club's executive board for 2014. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. 7 p.m., Dec. 11 at the St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. For information, call (727) 864-0312.
Cantorial Shabbat: Guests are invited to enjoy a full-course Shabbat dinner while professional cantor Rabbi Levi Kaplan inspires with songs and stories Dec. 13. The event begins at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $12 for children. Chabad Center, 4010 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 344-4900 or visit chabadsp.com.
St. Petersburg Free Clinic needs volunteers. Orientation sessions will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday and again at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at 863 Third Ave N. Assignments can be short term or long term. Email Angel Schumaker at [email protected] or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.
DaystarLife Center needs volunteers: This local nonprofit provides the basic needs for families and individuals in times of crisis. For those interested in volunteering, the next information session will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 at 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, contact Kitty Rawson at (727) 498-8794 or email [email protected]
Wee-Time at Weedon: A fun way to introduce preschool children ages 3 to 5 to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Free; registration is required. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 453-6500 or visit weeedonislandpreserve.org.
St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Ave. N, needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: gift shop, patient care, ob-gyn, information desk, surgical waiting room and emergency room. For information, call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848.
Help stock the senior pantry: The Gulfport Merchants Association is collecting nonperishable food, toiletries and personal needs for the Gulfport Senior Center pantry. Bring donations to the Gulfport Merchants Association tent from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays during the fresh market on Beach Boulevard below 29th Avenue S. For information, call (727) 366-4086.
City Power Toastmasters: Discover your ability to lead, give good presentations and plan meetings from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Municipal Services Building, 1 Fourth St. N, Room 600, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7918.