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Carolers will sing to help clinic, First Night

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 14, 2007



Dust off those vocal chords, get out your jingle bells, don your reindeer antlers and join fellow yuletide revelers Dec. 8 at North Straub Park for the second annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition to raise funds to support the work of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and First Night St. Petersburg.

Teams of carolers will raise pledges from family, friends and co-workers, then compete in either the Wild and Wacky or Traditional Choral categories. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, contact Rebecca Russell-Gootee at 821-1200, ext. 114.


Contest marks season with big greeting cards

Help decorate the downtown waterfront and be a part of the winter holiday festivities.

If you have an idea for a giant greeting card, submit an entry on two 6- by 12-inch white poster boards in a color, vertical format. Judging will be based on originality, execution, overall appearance and verse/concept.

If selected, you will be asked to reproduce the drawings on two, 4- by 8-foot plywood panels provided by the city of St. Petersburg Recreation Department.

These giant greeting cards will be displayed along Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg for one month during the winter holiday season.

The deadline for entries is Friday. Call Polly at 892-5874 for more information.


Fitness clinic will be today and Oct. 21

A free Obesity and Fitness Clinic is today and Oct. 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at 175 62nd Ave. N. Roy Taylor will talk about the importance of exercise and diet. For more information, call 521-9030.


Participants are sought to clean up area waters

Keep Pinellas Beautiful welcomes all by land or by sea to help clean up the water around the area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Participants will get a free T-shirt and water. Locations are Indian Shores, Redington Shores, Gulfport Clam Bayou (east of Gulfport Marina), Pass-a-Grille/St. Pete Beach, Upham Beach/St. Pete Beach, Tierra Verde 1 (just north of the bridge), Tierra Verde 2 (Tampa Bay Watch just before Fort De Soto Toll), Gandy Causeway, Pinellas Point Park, Coffee Pot Bayou Park, Grandview Park, Jungle Prada/Ambercrombie and Lassing Park.

For more information, call 533-0402 or check the Web at


Halloween benefit is for dogs, their owners

Don't miss out on the "Barkoween Party" of the yearOct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Belleview Biltmore, 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater.

Dogs and their human counterparts are invited to help benefit SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Together).

The night starts with a costume contest. Categories include scariest, funniest, most original, cutest and the best look-a-like costume.

Cover is $10 and includes entry into the costume contest and a trick or treat doggie bag. RSVP online at or call 545-3463 for more details.


Charity accepting applications for help

The Salvation Army will accept applications for Christmas assistance from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Nov. 2 at 3800 Ninth Ave. N.

Each family head of household must bring photo identification, Social Security cards for each family member, proof of South Pinellas county address, and proof of income. For more information, call 822-4954.


Canine Good Citizen Test scheduled for Oct. 24

The SPCA's ongoing Canine Good Citizen Test will take place Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo.

This certification program rewards dogs that have good manners at home and in our community. The SPCA is especially focusing on well-behaved pit bull or pit bull mixes.

In addition, for every certified pit bull or pit bull mix, the Animal Farm Foundation will make a $150 donation to the SPCA's homeless pets. All dogs that pass the 10-step test receive a certificate from the AKC. The testing fee is $10.

Interested pet owners must schedule an appointment by logging on to or by calling 586-3591, ext. 167.


Annual Pet Walk plannedfor Saturday at park

Tampa Bay area animal lovers can join more than 2,500 pet owners Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, for the SPCA Tampa Bay's 17th annual Pet Walk.

The event is the nonprofit organization's largest fundraiser and aims to raise $225,000 for the food, shelter, and medical care of the more than 15,000 animals that pass through its doors each year.

For more information, call (727) 586-3591, ext. 163, or log on to


Baptist church marks its 84th anniversary

Bethel Community Baptist Church, 2901 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, is celebrating its 84th anniversary this month. The theme of the celebration is "God Is Doing a New Thing."

The congregation has planned several services to mark the anniversary.

On Monday, the Rev. Robert Peak of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will preach.

The Rev. Frank Peterman of Rock of Jesus Missionary Baptist Church will give the sermon Tuesday.

On Wednesday, it will be given by the Rev. Wayne Thompson of First Baptist Institutional Church.

Each service begins at 7 p.m. Anniversary services will conclude with a message from Bethel Community's pastor, the Rev. Manuel L. Sykes, during the 10 a.m. service on Oct. 28.

[Last modified October 14, 2007, 01:52:02]

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