Monday, February 19, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas events, May 9 and looking ahead

Teens can learn the basics of scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking in one camp: Registration is under way for the city of Largo's Under and Over Aquatics Camp for kids ages 12 and over. It will be held June 11-15 at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Participants will learn the basics of scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. The camp also includes a field trip to Busch Gardens' Adventure Island. Participants are required to bring their own mask, fins and snorkel. Sunshine Scuba is offering a special discounted price to registered camp participants for the snorkeling gear. The cost is $110 for residents and $137.50 for nonresidents. For more information, call (727) 518-3126 or visit LargoPools.com.

Rays watch party: When the Rays are out of town, catch the game on the beach at a family-friendly watch party with a giant screen set up on the sand at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The Rays Street Team will also be on hand with giveaways. Free admission. $10 parking on site. Food and drink additional. For more information, call (727) 367-6461 or visit www.justletgo.com/rays.

Mother's Day belly casting workshop: Belly Bliss will show expectant mothers how to work with a partner to transform their growing "baby bump" into a unique Mother's Day gift and maternity keepsake from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Thank You Mama, 1511 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $40; or $20 if you bring your own materials. For more information, call (813) 789-9097.

Prom dress distribution: Needy young women can get a prom dress for $1 at the Belle of the Ball Project dress distribution from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. $1 donation appreciated. For more information, call (727) 386-4502.

Mango Momma Wine for Mother's Day: Treat Mom to award-winning fruit-based and sparkling wines, cool and creamy wine-based smoothies and hors d 'oeuvres at a Mother's Day sampling from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Florida Orange Groves Inc. and Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Adults only, please. Free, but registration is required. For more information, call (727) 347-4025 or visit www.floridawine.com.

St. Petersburg Audubon Society: Get a close look at an island rookery while on a boat trip. Meet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday by the bait house of the Pier in St. Petersburg, 800 Second Ave. NE. Bring binoculars and a hat. To make reservations and for information, e-mail [email protected]

Chamber Business Leadership Breakfast: "How to Get There from Here: A Pinellas Transit Update" is the topic of the Business Leadership Breakfast presented by the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Largo Medical Center, 201 14th Street SW. The program will feature updates on regional transportation projects and initiatives, including an overview of Ulmerton Road reconstruction and other projects, in addition to reports on mass transit and airport operations. The cost to attend is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmember guests. For more information, call (727) 584-2321.

Operation Blood Donation: Outback Steakhouse has teamed up with Florida Blood Services for Operation Blood Donation. Every blood or platelet donor who donates at least twice between now and August 31 will receive a voucher for a free steak dinner and be entered into a drawing to win "Outback for a Year" and a suite package from the Tampa Bay Rays. Donors receive a checkup focusing on blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count and a cholesterol screening each time they give blood. Generally, healthy people ages 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. For more information, call 1-800-682-5663 or visit fbsdonor.org.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg was announced as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project finalist and award recipient. More than 200 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in an online voting campaign. Over a two-week period, more than 450,000 votes were cast, and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg was among the finalists. With the award of $3,500, the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg will launch LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors become physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal lives or their "new normal." This research-based program offers those living with, through and beyond cancer a safe, empowering environment to participate in activities focused on strengthening the whole person. For more information, contact Tiffany Faykus at (727) 895-9622 or [email protected]

Hazardous waste mobile collection: Collect hazardous waste items from your home, office or garage and properly dispose of them at the upcoming mobile collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., and at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place. Drive up and drop off your hazardous and unwanted electronics and chemicals as part of this free service by Pinellas County Solid Waste for county residents. For more information, contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or visit pinellascounty.org/utilities.

3rd Annual Walk For Williams: As a part of Williams Syndrome Awareness Week, a Walk for Williams will take place in more than 45 locations throughout the country. Locally, a walk will be held with registration at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Saturday Morning Market in Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone. It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities. These occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. Williams syndrome affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide. For more information about the walk, call (727) 424-0101. Preregistered walkers will have baked goods and coffee before the walk.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: On Saturday, residents can join the U.S. Postal Service and its letter carriers to combat hunger by leaving food at their mailboxes. Residents are encouraged to leave nonperishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery. Letter carriers will collect these donations and take them to their local food bank or pantry. For more information about the annual food drive, visit www.helpstampout hunger.com.

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