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Volunteer opportunities, mud run registration, MLK Battle of the Bands and other events

Volunteer opportunities at Daystar Life Center: Daystar welcomes all who are interested in learning more about the agency's services and who may be interested in volunteering. An hourlong information session is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 498-8794 or email kitty.rawson@ daystarlife.com.

Art scholarship: Applications are being accepted for the Pinellas Park Art Society Scholarship, valued at $1,500. The scholarship is based on artistic abilities and fulfillment of the application requirements. The scholarship is open to all Pinellas County high school seniors — public, private or homeschooled — or to college students enrolled in a visual arts program. Download the application form and mail it along with attachments, or complete and submit the application online at pinellasart.com. The scholarship is for the fall 2013 semester. The deadline to apply is March 15 and the winner will be notified by May 1.

Food pantry opens warehouse: The members of Pinellas Community Church will open a new warehouse for its FEED St. Pete food pantry at the church's campus. The ceremony take place today from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Mayor Bill Foster and other community leaders will be present. Pinellas Community Church has partnered with Feeding America Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Families, homeless people, single parents, the elderly and anyone without food can receive free groceries, produce and bakery items every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. 5501 31st St. S. For information, call (727) 866-1184 or visit feedingamericatampabay.org.

Register now for a messy, fun run: The city of Largo's Recreation, Parks and Arts Department is hosting "Play Dirty Adventure Run,'' at the Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, 150 Highland Ave. SE, at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2. This is a 5K, entry-level race that will feature obstacles including a mud pit, mud crawl, mud slide, spider web and hay tunnel. The event is for adults only and is limited to 300 runners. Cost is $30 for preregistration before Jan. 30; $50, day of the race. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 male and top 10 female finishers. Register at Highland Recreation Complex, the Largo Community Center or Southwest Recreation Center by Jan. 29. For information, call Mandy, (727) 518-3016 or email mpeterse@largo.com.

Track program set: Kids ages 5 to 18 interested in track and field are invited to sign up for Largo's Youth Track program, which will be held on Wednesdays starting this week from 6 to 7 p.m. The program includes three practices at Largo High and one meet per month that will require travel for competition against other city teams. Cost is $55 for Largo residents and $68.75 for nonresidents. For information, visit largosports.com or call (727) 365-0044.

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum seeks volunteers: Volunteers receive benefits, invitations and rewards for committing six hours a month. Training is provided at the museum where volunteers learn to help visitors and assist in the gift shop. Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is at 115 10th Ave., Pass-a-Grille. For information, call (727)458-4058.

Battle of the Bands: The 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Battle of the Bands and Drum Line Extravaganza is at 4 p.m. Jan. 20, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. College and high school marching bands are featured. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event and $15 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster; the Tropicana Field Box Office, 1 Tropicana Drive; Looking Good Men's Fashion in St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Tampa; the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; and Norvell Quick Market, 2930 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For information, visit mlknational parade.org.

Hospital helpers: St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers for the information desk from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by 6500 38th Ave. N and visit the information desk.

Looking to train a puppy? The Willis S. Johns Recreation Center at 6635 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, is offering a six-week course on basic dog obedience techniques. The course is offered from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays through Feb. 14. The dog must be 6 months or older and the cost is $65. For information, call (727) 893-7918 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Senior dining network: Senior citizens can enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch, socialize and partake of activities at 10 dining sites. Programs include information on insurance issues, hurricane preparedness, senior rights and current events. Seniors must be a registered diner with Neighborly Care Network, 60 or older and live in Pinellas County. Free transportation is provided to the closest dining site if needed. You must register 72 hours in advance to participate in and receive transportation. For information, call (727) 573-9444.

Story time at the Dalí: Story Time for Families is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and features selected books from the Dalí Museum library and store. 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the education classroom. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 823-3767 or visit thedali.org.

Volunteer opportunities, mud run registration, MLK Battle of the Bands and other events 01/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 5:39pm]
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