St. Petersburg Catholic High School will hold its Sixth Annual Baron Gala, "Treasures of the Sea," at 6:30 p.m. March 1 at the St. John Bosco Center for the Arts, 6333 Ninth Ave. N. Dinner will be provided by Lee Roy Selmon's. Then dance to the steel drum of Joseph Braccio. A live and silent auction will be held. Reservations are required. Tickets are $100 per person. They can be purchased at www.spchs.org. No tickets will be sold at the door. Donation of items for the live and silent auctions also are being accepted. For more information, visit www.spchs.org. or call 344-4065, ext. 237.
Jewish series to mesh beliefs and meaning
The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will offer a new, six-part series, "Beyond Belief."
- In St. Petersburg, it will be offered at the Chabad Jewish Center, 6151 Central Ave., beginning Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
- In Palm Harbor, it will be held at Chabad of Pinellas County, 3696 Fisher Road, beginning Monday at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The fee is $80, which includes a textbook and access to online resources. The course is designed to help students take a closer look at how their beliefs can bring meaning to their lives and guide their choices.
To register, go to www.myjli.com or call (727) 344-4900 in south Pinellas or (727) 789-0408 in North Pinellas.
'Financial Peace U'is signing up students
Financial Peace University, a 13-week program that teaches families and individuals how to handle their money, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1800 12th St. N. The program uses a kit, which includes a book, CDs for 13 classes, software and a cash envelope system and costs $93. One or two people can use the kit. Contact Tom Baggett at (727) 894-8302 or TBaggett@pscufs.com.
Preschool recycles ink cartridges, old phones
First Baptist Preschool is participating in the Funding Factory Recycling Program. Don't throw out those ink jet and laser printer cartridges or used cell phones. Drop them off or mail them to the church at 5495 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33781. Money earned will finance preschool programs. Companies can participate free in the program's business support option. Funding Factory will send each supporting business free, postage-paid shipping boxes for sending cartridges and cell phones. Call 544-9465 for information.
People needed to help with school applications
The Pinellas School District seeks people to help African-American parents with the application process for magnet programs and fundamental schools for the 2008-09 academic year. A training session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. Volunteers will help in one or more small information fairs for black parents that coincide with the application period for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs, Feb. 11-22.
The fairs will be held at Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary School, John Hopkins Middle School, and Gibbs and Lakewood high schools.
Call Jim Madden, district superintendent for student assignment, at 588-5186, or Sami Leigh Scott at 204-9755 for information.
Open Air Market offers breezy choice of goods
Shop amid sea breezes at the Treasure Island Open Air Market each Friday in February and March from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place, off 106th Avenue. Fresh produce, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, food and beverages will be available. Want to be a merchant? Booth fees are $20 a week or $100 for all weeks. For information, call 360-4121.
SPCA is referral source for spaying, neutering
February is National Spay/Neuter month. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay is the referral source for free or discounted spay/neuter services all over the Tampa Bay area. Interested pet owners can access information at www.SPCATampaBay.org to research these services, or call 586-3591.
High school journalism workshop offered
The 2008 Writers Workshop, a journalism program for Florida high school students and teachers, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16. at the Poynter Institute, 801 Third St. S. Tuition is $30. To get information and to register, go to poynter.org/highschoolwriters or call 456-2332.
Help probe complaints about elderly folks
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs seeks volunteers for those living in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to investigate complaints about residents' rights, funds, food, drug regimens, abuse or neglect. Mileage and meal reimbursements are provided. Call 1-888-831-0404 to apply for the next training class.
Siberian Husky Rescue needs foster homes
The Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida needs foster homes to save more Siberians from neglect, abuse, abandonment and illness. If you have experience with the breed and can open your home to one dog, or if you're willing to volunteer at information booths at events and expos, call Peggy at 391-8934 or visit www.siberrescue.com.