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Senior excursions: The St. Pete Beach Community Center offers a trip July 19 to Tampa Bay Downs and Aug. 16 to the Hard Rock Casino. Excursions depart at 9 a.m. from the center at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive and return by 4 p.m. Register by the Wednesday before each trip. $12 for residents, $15 for nonresidents. Information: (727) 363-9245 or spbrec.com.

Surfers for Autism: For the third year, children and young adults with autism and related disabilities spend the day being pushed into waves by expert instructors. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Treasure Island Gulf Front Park. For information, call (561) 315-0407.

Aquatic special: Through July 31, when you buy a six-month membership to the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, you will get six months free. Valid for a child, adult, senior or family pass with access to the heated pool with lap swimming, sunbathing, picnic areas, water slides and a children's splash zone. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Yoga: Classes are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg. Cost is $8 per class or $28 a month with a city Advantage Card. Call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Tampa Bay Home Show: Meet the area's top home improvement experts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 19, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 20, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21. Free. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive. Visit tampabayhomeshows.com.

Want to help the needy? Daystar Life Center will host an hourlong information session on volunteer opportunities at 1:30 p.m. July 17 at 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. Call Kitty Rawson at (727) 498-8794 or visit daystarlife.com.

Achieving Great Things Community Spelling Bee: The YMCA and St. Petersburg Public Library System will host the bee from 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 25 at the Childs Park YMCA, 691 43rd St. S. Event is for students in grades K-6 (in the 2012-2013 school year). Every child will get a medallion; winners will also receive trophies. To register, call (727) 209-9622 or visit stpeteymca.org.

Fitness class for kids: BayCare Wellness Centers will offer children 8 to 14 a six-week class, Play It Forward, that will teach kids more than 100 exercises they can perform anywhere for life. The program runs through Aug. 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Carillon Wellness Center, 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, from 6 to 7 p.m.; Cheek-Powell Wellness Center, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater, from 6 to 7 p.m.; and Palm Harbor Wellness Center at 32672 U.S. 19 N from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $35 for children of Wellness Center members, $45 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call (727) 953-9877.

Summer meals for kids: The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg offers nutritious meals and snacks and fun activities through Aug. 16. Open to kids 18 and under. For information, call (727) 895-9622 or visit ymca.net/summerfood.

Lunch for seniors: People at least 60 who live in Pinellas can enjoy a hot meal at 10 dining sites where they can also socialize and enjoy planned activities. Donations are accepted. Seniors must register with Neighborly Care Network 72 hours in advance for dining and free transportation to the closest site. Call (727) 573-9444.

Neighborly Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park. If you have 1 ½ hours at midday to help, you could improve someone's life. Call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.

Gulfport Gecko Ball: Dust off that polyester leisure suit and the go-go boots for the fifth annual Gecko Ball, which will evoke the 1970s disco era from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Call (727) 366-4086 or email dan@igc.orgs.

Classes, fun events, volunteer opportunities 07/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:22pm]
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