Chili cookoff at Fergs: The Second Time Arounders' fifth annual chili cookoff takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ferg's Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The event is a fundraiser for music education in the Tampa Bay area. $10 to attend. To enter: secondtimearounders.org; (813) 335-5256.
Senior excursions: The St. Pete Beach Community Center hosts trips every Friday through March 29. There are getaways planned to Ybor City, the Florida State Fair, the Florida Aquarium, Hard Rock Casino and more. Excursions leave at 9 a.m. from the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, and return by 4 p.m. Each trip is $12 for city residents, $15 for nonresidents. For a list of trips, visit spbrec.com or call the center at (727) 363-9245.
Learn Zumba: Classes are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. $6 per class. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.
Water safety instructor classes: A course for those 16 and older is set for Feb. 1-16 at North Shore Aquatic Center, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 893-7727 or visit stpeteparksrec.org/lifeguard-training.html.
Book drive: A drive to collect books for Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program starts Friday and runs through March 15. To donate new or like-new books for children 2 to 5, attach a note indicating they are "for BookWorks" and drop them off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site. To volunteer for BookWorks, call Goodwill Community Relations toll-free at 1-888-279-1988, ext. 1013 or 1976. For information, call toll-free 1-888-279-1988 or visit goodwill-suncoast.org.
Valentine dinner dance: The Italian-American Society of St. Petersburg will host its annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Treasure Island Community Center, 144 107th Ave. The four-piece band Pleasure will play, and there will be dance partners for the ladies. The event includes a three-course dinner with free wine and a silent auction. Hors d'oeuvres begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and music at 7. Cost is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For reservations, call (727) 224-8731.
2013 Pinellas Recycling Directory: The directory is packed with information about how to recycle in Pinellas County. Residents can pick up a free copy at local libraries, Sweetbays, Nature's Food Patch or Pinellas dropoff recycling centers. Or view online at pinellascounty.org/recycle.
Art scholarship: The Pinellas Park Art Society Scholarship, valued at $1,500, is open to all Pinellas high school seniors and college students enrolled in a visual arts program. Complete and submit the application at pinellasart.com or download the form and mail it along with attachments. The scholarship is for the fall 2013 semester. The deadline to apply is March 15; the winner will be notified by May 1.
Bridal dress and accessories giveaway: The Gathering of Women will sponsor a giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Harbordale YMCA, 2421 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Many of the dresses are new or slightly used. For information, call (727) 433-1352.
Learn the art of yarn spinning: Learn to spin yarn from fiber during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market in February and beyond. Students will be taught one on one for $15 per hour from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Feb. 5. Registration is required. Call (813) 428-2484 or email [email protected]
'Experience Lourdes:' The Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church is hosting "Experience Lourdes: A Virtual Pilgrimage Experience" at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at 430 90th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Guests will receive a bottle of Lourdes water. For information, call (727) 576-0400 or (727) 432-9252.