SCOTTISH AMERICAN SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ESSAY CONTEST: Seniors at Dunedin High School have the opportunity to vie for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Scottish American Society of Dunedin. The essay is about the contributions of Robert Burns to Scottish heritage and culture. Dunedin High students have until Nov. 15 to turn in their essays. The $1,000 scholarship winner and two runners-up will be honored at the Scottish American Society's traditional Robert Burns Dinner in January. For information, call Harvey Smith at (727) 784-4755
CALL FOR ARTS & CRAFTS EXHIBITORS: Lakewood United Methodist Church, 5995 MLK Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg, is seeking exhibitors for its 2015 Arts & Crafts Festival. The festival will be on Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $15. Deadline to register is noon, Oct. 19. Call (727) 867-1744 or 867-3422.
PINELLAS PARK is accepting applications for the University of Pinellas Park, a guide to local government and to becoming a better informed, more active citizen.
The UPP program will emphasize citizen engagement and how to participate in Pinellas Park government. Participants will get an inside look at the way the various departments function and will learn the skills to help them serve on volunteer boards and commissions. UPP is offered once a year from 6-9 p.m., on Wednesday, starting in February and ending in April.
The nine sessions will cover the city administration, library and cultural affairs, public safety, information services, finance, human resources, public works and recreation, and community development. There will be an orientation for the upcoming UPP class scheduled for Feb. 20 at Pinellas Park City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N.
The event is free and open to city residents and members of the Pinellas Park business community. Applications are available at City Hall; the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd Ave. N; the Tech Services building, 6051 78th Ave. N; Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd.; and at pinellas-park.com.
Class size is limited to 25 participants. For information, call Community Development, (727) 369-5618.
FALL FESTIVAL: Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church invites the community to its annual Fall Festival Nov. 19-22. The festival is in its 45th year and will be held on church grounds, 5800 15th Ave. S, Gulfport. The festival will feature rides, a midway, opportunities to win gift certificates, baskets of goodies from local merchants, food, drinks, cold beer and wine and entertainment daily. For information, call the parish office at (727) 347-9989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Flip Flop Fling: Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will be hosting this final event of the Tampa Bay Beaches social media restaurant week, celebrating local dining establishments. The event includes silent auction items available for bidding, ranging from free dinners, hotel stays, getaway vacations and more. Cost is $20 and the event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. For information and registration, call (727) 360-6957 or visit https://tampabayflcoc.wliinc23.com/events/Fall-Flip-Flop-Fling-2972/register.
SHINE COUNSELORS AVAILABLE AT THE SAFETY HARBOR LIBRARY: SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the local Area Agency on Aging. Trained volunteers can assist with Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. The library is at 101 Second St. N. To schedule an appointment, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4107, or email Outreach@cityofsafetyharbor.com.
World Ostomy Day : The Clearwater Ostomy Support Group will be honoring World Ostomy Day with hosting an event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdayat BayLife Pharmacy, 3360 East Bay Drive, Largo. This event is to help create ostomy awareness and support those who need answers to life with an ostomy. Free admission, free refreshments, door prizes and loads of camaraderie.