Barks for Books INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Children who need help reading can get help from Agape and reading therapy dog and his friend Belle at Barks for Books Wednesdays, 1 p.m., at the Indian Rocks Beach Library, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. Call 596-1822.
Book of Mormon study CLEARWATER – A course of study in the Book of Mormon will run Sept. 16 through Dec. 9, at 3303 Belcher Road.
The study will meet Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m. The Clearwater Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will host the course. Attendees will learn about the Book of Mormon and discover what the book teaches about Jesus Christ.
Brooker Creek night hike TARPON SPRINGS – A night hike will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 25, 7 to 9 p.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.
Hikers can join the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve for a one-mile hiking experience along the Education Center Trail at night. These special hikes are open to the public and limited to 20 people per hike. Experienced guides will lead the group. A $3 per person donation is requested and registration is required.
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.
The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.
Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.
Food drop TARPON SPRINGS – The Citizens Alliance for Progress will host a food drop Wednesday, Nov. 25, 5 p.m., at Union Academy Family Center, 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
One hundred bags of groceries will be provided. The food drop ends at 6 p.m. or when supplies are gone.
Largo Toastmasters meeting LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Madeira Beach Open Air Market Madeira Beach Open Air Market, Wednesdays through the end of April, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway.
Rotary Club of Palm Harbor meeting PALM HARBOR – The Rotary Club of Palm Harbor meets Wednesdays at noon at Leo’s Italian Grill, 33286 U.S. 19 N.
For more information, contact Tara Still at 577-8145.
Stroke, cardiac support group meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The Stroke and Cardiac Support Group meets fourth Wednesdays, 3 p.m., in the Sheen Conference Center, Salon A, at Bayfront Health, 701 Sixth St. S.
This free support group is for stroke and cardiac survivors, family members and caregivers. For information or to RSVP, call 895-3627.
Youth woodworking classes ST. PETERSBURG – The Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N., is offering a summer woodworking class for youth ages 11-15 Wednesdays, noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $30. Call 893-7150.
Participants will learn the use of carpentry hand tools including saws, drills and sanders. Each participant will complete an individual project by following a design, cutting the wood materials, assembling the parts and applying finishing touches with instructor mentoring.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.