Published Oct. 4, 2007|Updated Oct. 9, 2007


The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will offer a docent training course on Fridays from Friday to Nov. 9. The course will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Fine Arts auditorium on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. St. Petersburg College art history instructor Michaela Oberlaender will teach the course, which focuses on 20th century art from Impressionism through Post-modernism.

Prospective docents will receive additional training from the museum's staff after Oberlaender's course.

For information and to register, contact education coordinator Patti Buster at (727) 712-5226. The museum is just west of U.S 19 at 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs campus of St Petersburg College.


Free homecoming dresses available

Susan Schwartz, the unofficial fairy godmother for the Belle of the Ball Project, is providing free homecoming dresses - new and barely worn - to high school girls in need. The giveaway will be held Saturday and Oct. 13 at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N , next to Bealls department store. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information visit


SPCA seeks volunteers to be dog trainers

Animal lovers interested in becoming dog trainers have their chance as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay seeks 30 volunteers for its Family Dog Training Program.

These individuals will have the opportunity to learn training methods implemented by some of the top trainers in the country at no cost. An intense, six-week, hands-on training will be followed by a commitment of volunteer hours.

Trained volunteers will make a difference, increasing adoption rates by building a foundation for good behavior for homeless pets and assist in behavior classes for the public.

Call (727) 586-3591, ext. 127, or apply online at The deadline to apply is Oct. 13 and space is limited.


Jewish school plans art auction Saturday

The Pinellas County Jewish Day School will hold a "Hidden Treasures" art auction from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday and will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Meridian Concourse Center at 4400 140th Ave. across the street from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater.

The auction will include professional work from local artists as well as donated work, with prices beginning at $5. Admission to the event is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Wine, beer, cocktails, assorted soft drinks, and light appetizers will be provided. This is an adult's only event.

The rummage sale will include a variety of items priced 50 cents, with many items in the $1 to $5 range. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Pinellas County Jewish Day School. Organizers are seeking donations at this time, especially artwork, as well as toys, books, hats, belts, purses, jewelry, electronics, sports equipment, CD's and videos, shoes, luggage, furniture, houseware items, musical instruments and outerwear.

For information on where to donate items, as well as to volunteer or make a reservation to attend the "Hidden Treasures" Art Auction, call outreach coordinator Mindy Solomon at (727) 588-0100.


Master gardener plant sale set for Saturday

A master gardener plant sale is scheduled for Saturday at the Pinellas County Extension and Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Come early. Botancial gardens members receive early admission. The variety of plants includes numerous native Florida plants, herbs, butterfly-friendly plants as well as shrubs, trees, and seeds. Master gardeners and horticulturists will give tips about plant selection and planting guides.


Clothes to Kids needs helpers for jobs at store

Clothes to Kids needs volunteers to work weekdays and Saturdays in its store at 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Volunteer opportunities include working with clients, answering phones, data entry and re-stocking the store floor.

Clothes to Kids provides new and quality used clothing for free to low-income children in Pinellas County. For information about volunteer opportunities or the organization, call the store at (727) 441-5050 or visit .