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Things to do in Pinellas County

Swimming lessons: Registration is under way at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, through the American Red Cross for babies 6 months old to seniors. Classes are Monday through Thursday and run in two-week sessions of 30-minute classes. Classes are available morning and evening. Cost is $40 for residents, $45 for nonresidents. Call (727) 636-9245 or visit

Public speaking: Visit City Power 911 Toastmasters club from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Municipal Services Building at 1 Fourth St. N, Room 600, St. Petersburg to learn how to give good presentations and keep your audience's attention, plan successful meetings and become a competent leader. Everyone learns at his own level. Free. Call (727) 893-7918.

Spring tennis festival: Learn all the different ways tennis can be played and about the new adaptive equipment from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Free. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit

Yard sale to benefit teens: The sale with about 100 vendors is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Crescent Lake Park, 22nd Avenue N and Fifth Street. Goodwill donation pickup available from 1 to 2 p.m. Spaces still available for $15. Proceeds support city of St. Petersburg TASCO Teen Programs. For information, call (727) 893-7813 or visit

Belle of the Ball Project: This nonprofit organization will distribute prom dresses to low-income high school girls on five Saturdays this spring at the Seminole Mall. Distributions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and April 13 and 20 and May 4 and 11. Distributions are open to all Pinellas and Hillsborough county high school teens. A donation is requested, but not necessary, and no appointment is necessary. Donations of dresses can also be made at the distributions. Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. For information visit or call (727) 386-4502.

Interested in becoming a lifeguard? The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatics Center will offer lifeguard training to anyone 15 and older Saturday though April 18. 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $160 for residents, $180 for nonresidents. Call (727) 363-9264 or visit

Clothing swap: Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market's next free clothing swap will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the courtyard next to the Peninsula Inn at 2937 Beach Blvd. S. Bring up to five gently used garments to exchange. Items may be for women, men or children. Shoes and accessories are also accepted. Provide hangers for all garments to be used in the swap. Vouchers may also be purchased for $3 each. Donations of clothing above the five-garment limit are accepted. Rain date is May 14. For info, call Daniel Hodge at (727) 366-4086 or email

St. Anthony's Hospital invites the community to learn more about aneurysm and heart disease. Surgeon Paul Collins will provide an overview of who is at risk, how to identify the symptoms and the surgical treatment options available at noon April 11. Free. St. Anthony's Hospital, Auditorium, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Fashion show benefit: A fashion show to benefit the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. April 20 at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave. S. Fountains residents will model styles by Bon Worth, and local retailers will offer accessories for purchase. A donation of $5 is requested. For reservations, call (727) 381-5411.

'Earth Care' Event: A day of workshops, interactive exhibits, kids activities, gardening demonstrations, music and more is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 527-6694 or visit

Photography and essay contest: The Sunshine Center is sponsoring a photo and essay contest for St. Petersburg residents with $1,000 in cash and gift prizes. Prizes will be given to the top three submissions. The photo must be of a jacaranda tree in full bloom, and the essay must be in relation to the title The Life of a Tree and not longer than one page and no more than 250 words. Photos will be judged on composition, clarity, beauty, size and juxtaposition to the tree's surroundings. Photos must represent the natural setting of the tree. No alterations. To enter, submit a matted 8- by 10-inch photo with your contact information and the tree location along with the essay to the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701. Deadline is April 25. Winners will be announced May 9. Call (727) 893-7190 or email

Bon Secours anniversary: A Mass and reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 17. The public is invited. Mass will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. After Mass, there will be a reception and the unveiling of a display that presents the history of Maria Manor and the Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System. 10401 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. If you are interested in attending the Mass and reception, call (727) 568-1025 or email

Reclaimed-water restrictions: Through June 30, irrigation with Pinellas reclaimed water will be limited to three days per week, based on the resident's home address. House numbers that end in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. House numbers that end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A property that contains a mix of addresses or if an address cannot be determined should water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No reclaimed watering is permitted Monday. For information, visit or call (727) 464-4000.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Pinellas Opportunity Council will host its annual volunteer recognition luncheon and 35th anniversary celebration at 11:30 a.m. April 16 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St Petersburg.

Things to do in Pinellas County 04/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:45pm]
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