More than 1,000 abused, abandoned or neglected children and teens in Pinellas need a volunteer guardian ad litem to advocate for them in court and the child welfare system. The average time needed is four to six hours a month. Guardians visit the child monthly, becomes familiar with the case and make recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, stable environment. They are trained and backed by a professional staff and lawyers. The next class starts Jan. 10 and meets 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for four Saturdays at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg. Call 464-6528 or visit www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Early voting begins Monday at 8 a.m.
Early voting for the November election begins at 8 a.m. Monday and continues through Nov. 1. Voting is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at all Supervisor of Elections offices: Election Service Center, Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo; Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater; County Building (Annex Conference Room), 501 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Voters should bring picture and signature identification. People without valid IDs can cast a provisional ballot. Visit www.votepinellas.com or call (727) 464-6788.
Hospice to host candidate's forum
Hospice of the Florida Suncoast will host a state legislative candidates' forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at its community service center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Call Katrina at (727) 523-3417 to RSVP.