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Free English lessons PINELLAS PARK – Free English lessons for adult speakers of other languages are offered Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the parish hall at Sacred Heart Church, 7809 46th Way.
Everyone is welcome. For information, call 541-4447.
A Girlfriend’s Touch Boutique ribbon-cutting PALM HARBOR – A ribbon-cutting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m., at A Girlfriend’s Touch Boutique, 32728 U.S. 19 N., in the Palm Lake Shopping Center. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Ministerial Association discussion TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Ministerial Association will host a discussion among the service provider organizations and churches in the Tarpon Springs community Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m., at St. Nicholas Greek Cathedral’s Father Tryfon Community Center, 36 N. Pinellas Ave.
The Ministerial Association is an organization of pastors and clergy in Tarpon Springs. The meeting will provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to hear what each organization is now doing and what their future plans are and to share their mission and passion toward the city of Tarpon Springs.
The hope is that all will work together to better help those in need in our community. All churches and service provider organizations are expected to attend. The organizations will bring informational and descriptive materials to share with participants. Refreshments will be served.
Pasta and dancing CLEARWATER – The Italian club of Greater Clearwater will host pasta dinners each Tuesday, monthly, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Dancing also will be held on some Saturdays. For information, call 791-8698.
Pinellas Technical College open houses The Clearwater and St. Petersburg campuses of Pinellas Technical College will host open houses in preparation for the start of a new school term.
The open house on the Clearwater campus will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 6100 154th Ave. N., Clearwater.
The open house on the St. Petersburg campus will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 901 34th St., St. Petersburg.
High school seniors and the community can visit the campus and learn about the variety of career technical training opportunities available at Pinellas Technical College.
The college is a prime resource for individuals looking for a career change, an opportunity to enhance and update their current career skills or for people who are entering the job market and need technical credentials.
At the open houses, Pinellas Technical College staff members will assist potential students in choosing a career path before courses begin on Oct. 20.
Information regarding the availability of financial aid for those who meet the eligibility criteria will also be shared. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
Prenatal nutrition class ST. PETERSBURG – A prenatal nutrition class meets second Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., at St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Ave. N.
The class is free and open to the public. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the labor and delivery and post-partum units.
In a relaxed environment, the class gives practical tips on how to keep fit and healthy with good, nutrient-rich foods. The presenter will discuss ideal eating patterns, answer participants’ questions and explore the science behind which foods best benefit mom and baby.
Covering subjects like protein, antioxidants, exercise, allergies and organic diets, the material is perfect for all moms-to-be – from first-timers to those who want a refresher course on the fundamentals of prenatal nutrition.
Attendees also receive a free cookbook with staff members’ recipes.
Safe boating class ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.
The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.
For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.
This personal development program helps individuals become confident speakers in a self-paced, fun atmosphere.
Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
Staying Balanced Inside & Out LARGO – The Fall Prevention Coalition of Better Living for Seniors will host a free program, Staying Balanced Inside & Out, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.
Staying Balanced Inside & Out is an educational event with exhibits, balance demonstrations, expert speaker panels and prize drawings totaling more than $3,000 in fall prevention products, equipment and services.
“Our goal is to empower seniors and their caregivers in finding answers before the problems arise,
eliminating the crisis from hitting and causing irreversible damage,” said Christine Hamacher in a press release. Hamacher is event coordinator and chair of the coalition. “Falls can be devastating and the fear of them is paralyzing for many. Through education and trusted resources, we are showing people how to reclaim their independence and freedom and live life to the fullest despite limitations.”
The speaker panel at 11 a.m. will highlight key factors in evaluating and minimizing fall risk. This event will include refreshments from local independent living facilities. Prizes will be awarded after the speaker panel and winners will be able to select their prize if they are present.
The venue is handicap-accessible. For information, call 518-3131.
Take a Hand support group meeting LARGO – Take a Hand, a support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.
The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.
Water arthritis classes INELLAS 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.
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.
Belleair Garden Club meeting BELLEAIR – The Belleair Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m., at the clubhouse, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Susan Kern, the president of the Tampa African Violet Society, will be the keynote speaker.
The Garden Club features a monthly tea and general meeting from October through May on first Wednesdays, 1 p.m.; as well as horticulture programs, October through April, on second Wednesdays, with a tea at 9:30 a.m.
Dress is casual and guests are welcome. Annual membership is $50 and seasonal membership is $25. Call Laura Katz at 581-4153.
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.
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.
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.