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South Pinellas news briefs for Aug. 22

Chamber luncheon: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its August Learn @ Lunch on Thursday at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Ave. There will be speakers from Orangetheory Fitness and Max Muscle Sports Nutrition. Check-in and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Cost is $15 for TBBCoC members and $25 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. For information, visit tampabay or contact Jennifer McKenney at (727) 360-6957.

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Project Sleep will be celebrating sleep health and sleep disorder awareness at 9 a.m. on Aug. 31 at the TradeWinds Island Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Participants are recommend to bring beach walking shoes and there's a suggested $5 donation. Those participating will meet at the SeaBreeze Terrace. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Public parking is available just south at St. Pete Beach access or north at Upham Beach. For information, call Jessica Davenport (727) 798-0174 or email

Volunteers needed: Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to advocate for residents in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities. For information, call (727) 588-6912.

Volunteers needed: Learn how to assist the elderly with health insurance needs by becoming a SHINE volunteer. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers offer free counseling and assistance to seniors and those with disabilities on topics related to Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, supplemental insurance and more. Comprehensive three-day training is provided. Costs for transportation are reimbursed and meals are refurnished. For information, call Sue Samson at (727) 570-9696, ext. 234 or visit to fill out an online application.

Instructional soccer program: Kids will learn skills through instruction and games at the Highland Recreation Center in Largo. Program includes 45 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of game time. Registration is under way and games begin Sept. 6. Cost is $45. 400 Highland Ave. NE. highland; (727) 518-3016.

Quit smoking: The IQuit program is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Petersburg Leisure Services, 1400 19th St. N. Participants will be provided with a supply of nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gum, lozenges and a workbook, while supplies last. This program is sponsored by Gulfcoast North AHEC and by the Florida Department of Health. Participants must be 18 or older to attend. Seating is limited and registration required. Contact Nicole Kelly at (813) 929-1000, ext. 204, or

Fishing classes: Offered by Largo Recreation, this four-week class is an opportunity to learn fish identification, angler etiquette, knot tying, casting, types of equipment and more. Choose between classroom sessions at either Southwest Recreation Complex or Highland Recreation Complex. Classes at Southwest Rec will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting Oct. 7. Classes at Highland Rec will be from 7 to 8:30 starting Oct. 8.

Once complete, the class will board the Double Eagle for a deep-sea fishing trip on Nov. 2. Participants must have a valid Largo Recreation card. This program is for ages 8 and older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied through the class and on the excursion by a registered legal guardian. Cost is $56 for residents and $70 for nonresidents and includes class, outing, poles and bait. Southwest Rec is at 13120 Vonn Road. Highland Rec is at 400 Highland Ave. NE. Contact Christina at (727) 587-6740, ext. 5008;

Kids instructional volleyball program: Area residents can register their kids for Highland Recreation's volleyball program where they will learn the skills of volleyball through instruction and games. The program is for ages 9-15 and includes 45 minutes instruction followed by 30 minutes of game time. Games begin Nov. 1 and are from 2-3:15 p.m. Cost is $55. Highland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave NE. For information, visit or call (727)518-3016.

South Pinellas news briefs for Aug. 22 08/21/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:58am]
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