Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

A shopper's op, nature tours and talks, gem and bead show and more

Small Business Saturday: Shop at small businesses starting Tuesday and then take your receipt to the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber's St. Pete Beach headquarters, at 5500 Gulf Blvd., from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday to redeem for a $25 American Express gift card. First come, first served, with limited quantities.

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before- and after-school programs for grades K-8 at 11 locations. Full-day activities are provided during days when public schools are not in session, plus spring, winter and fall breaks. Call (727) 893-7441 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for Business of the Year awards. Categories are nonprofit, women/minority owned, small business (one to 20 employees), medium business (21 to 100) and large business (more than 100). To download a form, go to tampabaybeaches.com and click on "events." Fax it to (727) 360-2233 or email to [email protected] by Dec. 6. The awards presentation will be Jan. 9 at Tradewinds, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. For information, call (727) 360-6957.

'Salty Topics, New Geologic Discovery at the Florida Middle Ground': Chris Reich, a 22-year geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, will talk about his various research projects such as hydrogeological investigations. Free; registration required. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6522; weedonislandpreserve.org.

Weedon Island guided hike: Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 453-6500 or visit weedonislandpreserve.org.

Guided tram tours: Learn about history, alligators, gopher tortoises, birds and wildflowers at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. The tours are at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with an added 10 a.m. tour Saturday. Cost is $2. 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Information: (727) 893-7326 or stpete.org/boyd.

Clothes to Kids needs girls and boys pants and shorts, sizes 6 to 16, tops, and shoes sizes 12 to 5 ½, and young men's shorts sizes 18-38. Drop off clothing and shoes from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145, St. Petersburg. Monetary donations can be mailed to 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater, FL 33765 or dropped at the store. Information: (727) 441-5050 or clothestokids.org.

Last call for 2014 Gecko Ball theme: Choose "Gecko Sock Hop," "Gecko Mardi Gras" or "Roaring Geckos" by Saturday. Go to facebook.com/geckoball and post your choice in a comment. Or email your choice to [email protected] The winning theme will be announced in December.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic call for volunteers: An orientation session will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 and at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at 863 Third Ave N. Assignments can be short or long term. Email Angel Schumaker at [email protected] or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.

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