The Northeast Park Neighborhood Association is hosting a mayoral debate at 7 p.m., Monday, at the Masonic Home of Florida, 3201 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. Those in attendance will be incumbent Mayor Bill Foster and candidates Kathleen Ford, Rick Kriseman and Anthony Cates. The moderator is from the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. For information, call, Scott Willis at (727) 215-8619 or email [email protected]
Stop the madness: Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center has partnered with the city of St. Petersburg to provide the IQuit Smoking Now program, at J.W. Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays running Aug. 14 through Sept. 18. Anyone 18 years and older that is interested in quitting tobacco can participate and will be provided with a free and optional supply of nicotine replacement therapy including patches, gum or lozenges. This free program is funded by the Florida Department of Health. Seating is limited. To register and for information, contact Nicole Kelly (813) 929-1000 ext. 204 or email [email protected] For other classes and location, visit ahectobacco.com/calendar.
Friends of the St. Petersburg Republican Club welcomes Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O'Shea at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N. O'Shea will discuss the Common Core Curriculum and following her presentation there will be a question and answer session. Free. For information, call (727) 864-0312.
Adult coed volleyball league: Parks and Recreation Athletics Office, 1400 19th St. N, Building A, St. Petersburg. For those interested in playing volleyball, Wednesday league play begins on Aug. 21 at Willis S. Johns Recreation Center, 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. An Advantage card is required. Cost is $15 a year for city residents and $38 per season or $125 a year for nonresidents. For information, call (727) 892-5223 or visit stpeteparksrec.org/adult-leagues.html.
Pier design architect to be guest speaker: The Business and Professional Women/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, announces that Lisa Wannemacher, local architect for the Lens pier design, will be the guest speaker at the group's next membership luncheon. Wannemacher is a principal in the firm of Wannemacher Jensen Architects, and member of the Lens design team for the new St. Petersburg pier. Luncheon begins at noon Thursday at 400 Beach Drive Seafood and Tap House, St. Petersburg. Cost is $21 for nonmembers and reservations are required. For information, call (727) 272-8514 or email [email protected] or visit bpwstpetepinellas.org.
Purses & Passion — Back in Fashion: YWCA Tampa Bay announces the return of its signature event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Friday. Included are a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated luncheon, silent auction and presentation of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award to Linda Marcelli, community philanthropist and vice president of Sunrise Sun-Ripened Tomatoes. Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $50. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. For information, call (727) 896-4629 or visit ywcaoftampabay.org.
St. Petersburg Job Corps Education and Training Center, 500 22nd St. S, is accepting students ages 16 to 24. Job Corps students receive hands-on training in more than 100 fields; the program also provides eligible low-income students with room and board, counseling and mentoring services, living allowances and basic medical care. To learn about the program or to contact a center, call toll-free, 1-800-733-5627, or go online to recruiting.jobcorps.gov or facebook.com/doljobcorps.
After-school care: The city of St. Pete Beach will offer after-school care for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program is licensed by the Pinellas County Licensing Board and includes homework time, a snack, sports, crafts, games and more. Transportation is provided from Azalea Elementary and Pasadena Fundamental Elementary. The program runs from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. Cost is $150 per month. Discounts for additional children and weekly rates are available. 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. (727) 363-9245 or spbrec.com
Tourist Development Council Vacancy: Applications are being accepted for an appointment to the Pinellas County Tourist Development Council. This appointment runs until Oct. 31, 2016. The council and staff of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater are responsible for making recommendations to the County Commission on matters relating to the Tourist Development Tax. Applicants should have direct involvement in the industry and have demonstrated an interest in tourism development but not be an owner/operator of a hotel or motel. Members of the council must be registered voters in the county. Interested parties should submit an application along with a brief biography or resume outlining their eligibility. Applications are available online at tinyurl.com/m7huv6v . Applications must be received no later than the close of business Friday. Email applications to [email protected] or mail to Linnie Randolph, Special Projects Manager, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, 13805 58th St. N, Suite 2-200, Clearwater, FL 33760.
Gecko Ball 2013 — Saturday Night Gecko: Join the city of Gulfport at its fifth annual Gecko Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 24. Festivities will be held at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Features buffet dinner, entertainment, prizes. Attire from the 1970s is encouraged. Cost is $30 and tickets are available at Beach Bazaar, 3115 Gulf Blvd.; Domain Home Accessories & Gallery, 3129 Beach Blvd. S; and Couture'd, 5401 Gulfport Blvd. S. For information call (727) 366-4086
St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers in the gift shop weekends from 4 to 8 p.m.; in patient care, flexible hours; in the OB/GYN department, flexible hours; and at the information desk, weekends with both morning and evening hours available. The hospital is at 6500 38th Ave. N. For information, call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848.