Naples Botanical Gardens Day Trip: Register now for the Oct. 29 bus trip to the 170-acre gardens to stroll the tropical paradise with cultivated gardens of Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean and Florida, plus walking trails, natural habitats. Deadline to register is Oct. 14. 7:30 a.m. $68, $58 members, plus food costs. Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 551-3102.
Candidate forum: The Disston Heights Neighborhood Association will hold a St. Petersburg mayoral and City Council candidate forum on Tuesday. The Supervisors of Elections Office will provide mail ballot request forms, voter education information and more. Those who need to update their voter registration will be able to do so from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N. For information, visit disstonheights.org.
Downtown update: The Downtown Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Dave Goodwin, director of planning and economic development for the city, will present the initial findings, and seek feedback, on the Urban Land Institute panel report on the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan. For information, visit stpetedna.org.
St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before- and after-school programs from kindergarten through eighth grade. Camps are Monday through Friday at 11 locations through June 4. Participants are supervised by trained staff and coaches, and sign-in and sign-out procedures are used. Youth enjoy a choice of planned activities and special events, with indoor and outdoor rotating activities. Full-day activities are provided during days when Pinellas County public schools are not in session, plus spring, winter and fall breaks. For information, call (727) 893-7441 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.
Free Educator Workshop: The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program will present two free workshops for Tampa Bay educators. Reading, Writing, and Everglades History with educator and author Tom Tufts will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Auditorium, 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Based on Tufts' latest novel, The Dynamite Days of Middle School, this workshop will focus on incorporating the Common Core standards into your classroom and will feature free copies of the novel and vocabulary-building board game for participants. Registration is required. For information and registration, visit tampabay.com/nie.
Enjoy Oktoberfest: The Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church will have its 37th annual Oktoberfest from Oct. 17-20 with rides, games, opportunities to win gift certificates, bingo and entertainment daily. 5800 15th Ave. S, Gulfport. Information: (727) 347-9989 or mostholyname.org.
St. Raphael's Fall Festival: Bring the family and enjoy rides, games, bingo, great food and music. Presale tickets, ride passes, session passes are available now until Oct. 17. The festival is from noon to 11 p.m., Oct. 18-19 and from noon to 9 p.m. on Oct. 20. For presale tickets visit tinyurl.com/buyridetickets. St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St Petersburg. For information, call (727) 821-7989 or visit st-raphaels.com.
Autumn harvest: Step back in time at the old-fashioned festival and farmer's market at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, gate 2, St. Petersburg. The event includes bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving contest, crafts, games and hayrides. Visit the historic living museum, blacksmith shop, saw mill, sugar cane shed, print shop, pole barn, old gas station and more. Free admission, $2 hayrides. Donations accepted. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 19. Call (727)-893-7326 or visit stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill-pioneer-settlement.html.
2013 Pinellas County Coastal Cleanup: Keep Pinellas Beautiful needs volunteers at more than 20 locations for a countywide event on Oct. 19. Cleanups will continue until Oct. 26. Those interested can email [email protected] and put "coastal cleanup application request" in the subject line.
Homecoming dresses: The Belle of the Ball Project offers 3,000 dresses, plus shoes and purses, to low-income high school girls. No appointment is needed. A donation is requested but not required. Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 19 and 26 at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. For other sites and information, call (727) 386-4502 or visit belleoftheballproject.com.
Pancake breakfast: The Men's Ministry of Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast with pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $5. Buy beforehand at the church office or at the door, at 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. Information: (727) 360-5508.
Showcase of Services: The Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition is presenting its 17th annual Showcase of Services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Pinellas Technical Education Center, St. Petersburg. More than 40 social services agencies will be present. Some of the resources that will be available are educational assistance, mobile medical unit, information and referral, resume help, Department of Motor Vehicles, voter registration, clothing referrals and employment assistance. Free. 901 34th St. S. For information, call (727) 341-3736, (727) 344-1611, ext. 414 or (813) 233-2530.
Walk for Hope in Haiti: Partners With Haiti of St. Paul's Catholic Church will hold its eighth annual walk to benefit the work in Lagonav, Haiti, including education, pure water and the Good Samaritan clinic. Register at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the church, 1350 20th Ave. N. The walk begins at 9 a.m., to Crescent Lake and back. Cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt and refreshments. Information: Jim Stitt at (727) 452-1239 or Bob Rehl, (727) 525-2364, or partnerswithhaiti.com.
The Pinellas County Commission is accepting applications for two appointments to the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. Each will serve a three-year term. Applicants must be registered voters and cannot be an employee or member of any governing body of a Pinellas County library. To apply, submit a brief biography or resume by Wednesday through pinellascounty.org/forms/board-app-library.htm. Or request an application from [email protected] and return it by email or mail or deliver it to Board of County Commissioners, Pinellas County Courthouse, Fifth Floor, 315 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756.
Tae kwon do and tai chi: Learn martial arts and self-defense and develop confidence and discipline. Classes for ages 5 and older are 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Treasure Island Community Center at Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. For information, call (727) 510-5122.
Burn and Tone: This class, designed to help people 16 and older lose weight and inches and rev up their energy, is offered from 7 to 7:45 a.m. weekdays at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The cost is $5. For information, call (727) 363-9245.