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Motown in Midtown, orchid sale and other events

Motown in Midtown: The Arts Conservatory for Teens presents a tribute to the legends of Motown, including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops and others. Thursday to Saturday at Harbor Hall at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 1000 Third St. S. $10-$25. VIP reception, $50. For a schedule and tickets, visit motowninmidtown2014.eventbrite.com or call (727) 346-8223.

Orchid sale: The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will hold its annual sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 14 at Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd. For information, call Bill Nunez at (813) 918-4546, email at biddison22@aol.com, or visit fwcos.org.

Parenting the Cyber Generation: Guest speaker Katie Koestner will present this program that allows parents to find out exactly how tech smart they are. It teaches parents and children how to avoid the drawbacks of having personal information on social media. The free program will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 384-5500, ext. 233.

'59 reunion: Northeast High School Class of 1959 is looking for alumni to attend a reunion picnic on March 15. For information, call (727) 360-4693 or (407) 469-4628.

Chili Cookoff: The Grand Central District Association will host its annual Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. This fundraiser will be on the 2400 and 2500 blocks of Central Avenue. There will be music, food vendors and arts and crafts. Admission is free; chili tasting tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the event (based on availability). Tickets include samples of all chili entries and one vote in the People's Choice category. Tickets can be purchased at grandcentraldistrict.org. Registration for chili entrants is open, and sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities are available. For information, call Grand Central District Association at (727) 828-7006 or email chilicookoff@grandcentraldistrict.org.

ART-repreneurship for teens: Forward Thinking Initiatives is partnering with St. Petersburg Greenhouse to help foster youth entrepreneurship. The kickoff program will be ART-repreneurship. This program is designed to help teens who aspire to become artists by backing up their artistic abilities with business skills that will support their passion. The program kicks off from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and all other days will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. until March 27. It will move to various locations throughout the program. Cost is $260. For more information, call (813) 760-7860 or visit stpetegreenhouse.org/event-registration.

1960s memories: The St. Petersburg Main Library is looking for residents who lived in the area during the 1960s who have an interesting story about St. Petersburg to share for an upcoming film. The St. Petersburg Main Library is filming a compilation of stories from the decade of peace, love and harmony and that will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the St. Petersburg Main Library. The stories will be filmed at the Main Library at 3745 Ninth Ave. N on Feb. 22. Those interested in telling their story can call Kelly Malizia at (727) 892-5003

Nursing assistant program scholarships: Through a partnership between the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, the St. Petersburg office of the American Red Cross has been selected to receive 10 nurse assistant training program scholarships. Students must be 18 or have a high school diploma or GED. They must either be a wounded veteran, an immediate family member or the veteran's caregiver. Students who successfully complete the training course are qualified to take the state exam to become a certified nurse assistant. For information and to be considered for a scholarship, call (727) 898-3111, ext. 7562.

Illegal tree removal: As a reminder to St. Petersburg residents and businesses, permits are required before removing any protected tree species with a trunk at least 4 inches in diameter. The requirement for a permit applies regardless of whether the tree is healthy, diseased or dead. Protected trees include: ash (prickly/wild lime), bay (red), buttonwood, cedar, cypress, dogwood, elm, hickory (pignut), holly, magnolia, maple, oak, palm (royal or cabbage ), pines, plum (chickasaw or flatwoods), mulberry (red), sea grape, sugarberry, sweet gum, sycamore, tupelo and willow. Also, nonresidential property owners need a permit to remove trees that were installed as part of the required landscaping when the site was developed. To obtain a tree removal permit, email trees@st.pete.org or call (727) 893-7471. To report an illegal tree removal, call the Codes Compliance Assistance Department at (727) 893-7373. Reports can be given anonymously.

Private music lessons: You can register for private piano, recorder and flute lessons with a former music therapist and performer at Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn music theory and various aspects of performance and composition. Classes are taught using traditional and nontraditional approaches. Weekly lessons are 30 minutes and are scheduled between 3 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Cost is $60 a month. For information, call (727) 893-7150 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Gulfport wants art: The Gulfport Merchants Association is seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation adjacent to the Gulfport Casino. For 2014, the GMA is awarding $8,000 for the project, to include all associated costs. Artists wishing to submit proposals can download an application at gulfportma.com. The deadline for receiving proposals is Feb. 14. Owen Pach, vice president of the GMA and president of the Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport, is the liaison for the application process. For information, call Pach at (727) 320-4051 or (727) 623-4920 or email owenpachglass@gmail.com.

Tutoring assistance: This class will focus on homework help, test preparation and confidence. The instructor is a 10-year teaching veteran who is a certified learning disability specialist and teacher. Classes can be scheduled Monday through Thursday at Shore Acres Recreational Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. Class times vary depending on scheduling. The cost is $15 per 30-minute session. For information, call (727) 893-7758.

Child care: St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before- and after-school programs from kindergarten through eighth grade. Camps are Monday through Friday at 11 locations through June 4. Participants are supervised by trained staff and coaches, and sign-in and sign-out procedures are used. Youth have planned activities and special events, with indoor and outdoor rotating activities. Full-day activities are provided on days when Pinellas County public schools are not in session, plus spring break. For information, call (727) 893-7441 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Volunteers needed: Neighborly Care Network, which oversees Meals on Wheels in Pinellas, needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Schedules are flexible. Call (727) 573-9444, ext. 3221.

Free nonprofit vendor space: The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is offering one free vendor space each week for nonprofit organizations to provide information, sell tickets to events or sell items for fundraising. Any items to be sold must be preapproved. For information, email Laura Garrison at gulfportmarket@gmail.com.

Motown in Midtown, orchid sale and other events 01/30/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:44am]

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