Oil painting classes INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter.
Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.
Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting. Individual creativity is emphasized.
The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary.
For more information, call 595-1083 or email email@example.com.
Ombudsman local council meeting LARGO – The local council of Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.
The local council is seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided.
All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents – who often have no one else to advocate for them – are encouraged to call 888-831-0404 or visit the program’s website at ombudsman.myflorida.com.
The local council meets to discuss the program’s current activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues on the fourth Thursdays at the Mary Grizzle Building, 11351 Ulmerton Road, Room 136, in Largo. The open session of these meetings begins at 1 p.m.
Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.
Real Moms Doing Real Life LARGO – Real Moms Doing Real Life, a moms-day-out, will be presented Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m., beginning Sept. 10 and continuing through Dec. 3, at Hope Church, 7100 142nd Ave.
Real Moms Doing Real Life will be facilitated by Lisa Hein, author and speaker, who will be guiding the study time utilizing Pastor Andy Stanley’s book, “Future Family.” Attendees may arrive early to register for the event and enjoy Hope Café, featuring Starbucks coffee.
Childcare will be available for all ages, nursery to elementary. Academic tutors will be available for home-school studies.
Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meeting SEMINOLE – The GFWC Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
The group is dedicated to serving the community, particularly through programs helping children. Club activities include providing dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg; and the SJWC’s annual “Share Our Spirit” food drive, which helps feed Seminole children during the winter holiday break.
Water arthritis classes PINELLAS PARK – Water arthritis classes are offered at Skyview Pool, 9040 54th Way N., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. Cost is $2.50 per person.
Doing arthritis exercises in the water provides added resistance for a great workout. Classes will focus on gentle stretching, balance and movements. Swimming not required. Exercises done in shallow waters. Call 369-5694 for more information.
Connections @ Park Station PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m. Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
Crafts for veterans PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., will offer a weekly craft workshop for veterans on Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Projects, which are donated by the Help Hospitalized Veterans Program, include model cars, wood projects, leatherwork, needlecrafts, poster art, beadwork and more.
The crafts aid in rehabilitation, and are designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions.
Bring proof of Military Service for free project. Work at the center or take it home.
Friday Night Dinners LARGO – Friday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo. The cost is $7.25 and includes shrimp, four-piece chicken and all-you-can-eat fried fish served with rolls, french fries and coleslaw.
Humane Society Black Friday adoption day CLEARWATER – The Humane Society of Pinellas will host a special adoption day on Friday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater.
The organization will offer 50 percent off adoption fees for all pets with any black on them – even black noses count. Instead of fighting the crowds in the stores, adopters will have an opportunity to find a new best friend.
Indoor archery lessons OLDSMAR – The city offers indoor archery lessons Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N.
The fee is $20 per month with a rec card and $30 per month without a rec card.
For more information, call 813-749-1152.
Senior center jam session ST. PETERSBURG – The Sunshine Center Country Classics band is looking for experienced musicians.
Old country music and some new will be featured in the jam session on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Audience members are welcome to sing solo or with the crowd.
The Sunshine Center is located at 330 Fifth St. N.
For more information, call 893-7190.
West Coast Swing dance lessons SEMINOLE – Free West Coast Swing dance lessons are offered on Fridays, 6 p.m., at Crystal Blue Ballroom, 10527 Park Blvd. N.
Lessons are free for anyone under the age of 30.
Call Renee at 698-0171 for more information.
Misa en Español SEMINOLE – St. Justin, Martyr Catholic Church recently added a Misa en Español every Saturday at 6 p.m.
Other Masses are presented Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. (in English); and Sunday, 7 p.m. (in Portuguese). Daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., preceded by the Rosary.
The Rev. Gerald Hendry is the Pastor.
St. Justin, Martyr is at 10851 Ridge Road in Seminole.
For information, call 397-3312 or visit stjustinmartyr.net.
Monthly bluegrass concerts PALM HARBOR – The Stump Hollow Bluegrass Band hosts monthly bluegrass concerts followed by an open jam on fourth Saturdays, now through April 23, 1 to 3 p.m., on the back lawn of the Palm Harbor Museum, 2043 Curlew Road.
Nar-Anon meeting OLDSMAR – A Nar-Anon group meets Saturdays, 10 a.m., at United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave.
Nar-Anon, a 12-step support group for families and friends of addicts, is a worldwide fellowship that offers help by sharing experience, strength and hope. The group is designed for those affected by someone’s addiction.
For additional information, visit naranonfl.org or call 1-888-947-8885.