Monday, November 20, 2017
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WHEELCHAIR RACE AND FUN DAY: Therapeutic Sports Ministries will be holding a "No Borders — No Boundaries Event," with a day of wheelchair races and activities on Nov. 21. Paralyzed veterans, people with impairments, children with disabilities/special needs and Special Olympics organizations are invited to join this community event to help raise awareness of paralympic sports. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Fort DeSoto Park, at the east beach at shelters 13-15. There will be a Kids Zone area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with food, games and music. Various organizations will be on hand with literature to share with the community. Cost is $4 per child for ages 3 to 16 and $8 each for ages 17 and older. For information or to volunteer, call (727) 822-0443 or contact Coach Cece at [email protected]

VETERANS TOWN HALL MEETING: The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, in collaboration with the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office, will host a quarterly town hall meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., in room 215.

VA Outreach services and special program representatives will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. to assist veterans. Services available will include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance, and patient advocate services. A disability claims clinic will help veterans and survivors file claims for compensation, submit evidence, check the status of an existing claim or appeal, and speak to a VA claims processor. Veterans and their families, veteran service organizations, and other community partners are welcome. Information, (727) 398-9531.

FANTASTIC FRIDAY! Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave S, St. Petersburg, is hosting Fantastic Friday, a weekly night for youth in grades two to five from 7 to 10 p.m. Starting today, kids can have fun with diverse and innovative activities including sporting games and tournaments, DJ playing the latest music for dance, game room with video games and creative art projects. Cost $6. For information, call (727) 893-7744.

NATURAL HISTORY SPEAKER: Want to find out why amphibians are one of the most important biological indicators of environmental health? Professor Tagan McMahon from the University of Tampa discusses some of the biggest effects on amphibian decline, including pesticides and diseases from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Learn what you can do to help reverse this process. Boyd Hill Environmental Education Center, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7326 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill.html.

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Start the Christmas season with St. Petersburg's Mayor Rick Kriseman as he flips the switch that turns on the downtown Christmas tree and lights. The event includes entertainment, interactive games for kids, and food concessions will be able. Blanket seating. Free, 5 to 7 p.m., Nov. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Presented by city of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation in North Straub Park. For information call (727) 893-7441.

WALK FOR HOPE IN HAITI: Walkers are invited to participate in 10th annual "Walk for Hope in Haiti" at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 21. Proceeds will be used to support a walk-in clinic operated by Partners With Haiti, a clean drinking water project, and a 1,000-student school aided by the ministry. The $25 registration fee includes a T-shirt, refreshments and entertainment. Walkers will meet behind St. Paul's Church, 1800 12th St. N, St. Petersburg. The walk is about 2 miles: to Crescent Lake, once around, and back to the church for refreshments and entertainment. For information, call (727) 452-1239 or email [email protected] or visit www.partnerswithhaiti.com.

THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU is holding its annual "Secure Your ID Day" today at Cadence Bank, 36301 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Area residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for protection from identity theft. Individuals can bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.

TARPON SPRINGS BOAT PARADE: The city will hold its 26th Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Dec. 4. Decorated boats of all sizes are invited to participate in this free event and trophies will be awarded for the best decorations. The parade route will begin at 7 p.m. from the Landing on the Anclote River and proceed down the River to Whitcomb Bayou and then to Spring Bayou. Registration forms may be picked up at The Landing and other local marinas, at www.tsrdonline.com, or from the Tarpon Springs Recreation Division office at 400 S Walton Ave. For information, call (727) 942-5628.

THE CLEARWATER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will be holding its annual fall fundraiser with a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ross Norton Park Recreation Center, 1426 S Martin Luther King Ave., Clearwater. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Proceeds will go to the renovations the society is making to the old South Ward Elementary School in order to transform it into the new Clearwater historic museum and cultural center. For information, call (727) 442-9011.

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