Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

Things to do in southern Pinellas County

Florida Blood Services will conduct a blood drive during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The donation vehicle will be parked in the Fresh Market area near La Cote Basque Restaurant at the corner of Beach Boulevard and 31st Avenue S. Blood and platelet donors will receive a free wellness checkup and cholesterol screening, as well as a $10 e-gift card to a location of their choice, redeemable at the Florida Blood Services/OneBlood.org site.

Summer volunteering for teens: Students ages 12 through 17 can serve Heritage Village by being a junior docent. The organization is looking for young adults from the community who enjoy learning about Pinellas County and Florida history. Teen volunteers donate their time to researching and presenting guided tours, participating in special events and festivals, and helping with living history activities to visitors. Hours spent volunteering can be used towards the Bright Futures College scholarships program. A docent training session is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 8 at Heritage Village,1909 125th St. N. For information email [email protected]

Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its tourism lunch on Tuesday at the Sheraton Sand Key, 1160 Gulf Blvd. Clearwater. This year's discussion will be on tourism trends and the forecast with a panel including: Carol Dover, CEO of Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association; Will Seccombe, CEO of Visit Florida; Stephen Fitzgerald, vice president of Hotels Americas; and Bill Lupfer, CEO of Florida Attractions Association. Check-in and networking starts at 11 a.m., followed by the program and lunch at noon. Cost is $40 per member or $50 per nonmember. For information call (727) 360-6957 or [email protected]

Vacation Bible School: Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church will be holding Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon from June 10-17. This year's program is "Kingdom Rock," which blends a variety of activities with Bible learning experiences. Youngsters from age 3 through the fifth grade may participate. Registrations begins today and the cost is $40 per child or $60 per family. 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. For information, (727) 360-5508.

Writing workshop: Write that novel, memoir, children's book or the screenplay you've always wanted to and learn how to position it to sell. Class will meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Wednesdays, this week through May 28. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $180. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Water Aerobic Classes: Water aerobics offer a great muscle-toning and cardio workout with the benefits and support of the water. Classes will be offered from 10:15-11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $5 for residents and $6 nonresidents. This class is free for all SilverSneakers members. For information, call (727) 363-9245

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market continues its program of offering one free vendor space each week for community nonprofit organizations. Groups may use the space to provide free information, promote and sell tickets to upcoming events, offer community outreach, raise funds, or sell items for fundraising. Any items to be sold must be approved by market managers. All funds raised in any manner must be for the benefit of the nonprofit organization. The free space is being scheduled and any qualified nonprofit groups may apply. For information, call (727) 278-4285 or e-mail [email protected]

Swimming Lessons: The city of St. Petersburg will be hosting an afternoon of fun in the sun at the Summer Fun and Water Safety Day on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fossil Park Pool, 6739 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. This free event includes in-pool swim lesson evaluations for children 2 and up, healthy cooking demos, diving demos and more. For information, call (727) 893-7918 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Aquatic membership special: The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center is offering a special: When you buy a six-month aquatic membership you will get six months free. The offer runs through July 31. This offer is valid on the purchase of a child, adult, senior or family six-month pass. Each pass provides access to the heated pool with lap swimming, sun bathing, picnic areas, water slides and a children's splash zone. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Gain confidence by learning to speak to the public: The public is invited to visit City Power 911 Toastmasters club every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building at 1 Fourth St. N, Room 600, St. Petersburg. Learn the secrets of how to give good presentations and keep your audience's attention, plan and organize successful meetings, craft your public speaking skills and become a competent leader. Everyone learns at their own level. Free. For information, call (727) 893-7918.

St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: gift shop; patient care; OBGYN; information desk; surgical waiting room; and the emergency room. For information, call (727) 341-4848 or stop by the information desk at the main entrance to pick up an application. 6500 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

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. No watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Mondays. For information, visit pinellascounty.org/reclaimed or call (727) 464-4000.

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