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Florida Orchestra Guild, Museum of Fine Arts to honor patrons at 'An Evening With the Arts'

'An Evening With the Arts' will honor patrons

The Florida Orchestra Guild and the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg will honor patrons Richard and Helen Minck at "An Evening With the Arts," the 45th Golden Baton Award presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the museum, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. It features dinner and an auction. Proceeds benefit the orchestra and museum. $100. (727) 244-2527.

Lawyers for Literacy to launch program

Lawyers for Literacy will launch its 2011 reading program for at-risk third-graders at a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in a St. Petersburg home. The event honors tutors, teachers, schools and other supporters. Tutors will select books for their students. Free; donations will be received. (727) 323-4020.

'Celebrate in Style' fashion show, lunch

St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary marks the hospital's 80th anniversary at "Celebrate in Style," a Friday luncheon and fashion show featuring clothing from Dillard's at 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. Proceeds benefit the new emergency center. $75. (727) 821-2078.

Queen's Court seeks volunteer nominees

The Queen's Court, which raises money for charities and civic groups through its Queen of Hearts Ball, is accepting nominations for outstanding female volunteers who live in Pinellas until Jan. 5. They must be sponsored by guilds, auxiliaries or nonprofits. Call (727) 894-7543 for an application.

Florida Orchestra Guild, Museum of Fine Arts to honor patrons at 'An Evening With the Arts' 11/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 12, 2011 3:31am]
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