Mark your calendar for these local activities coming in February:
Note: The Feb. 6 Citizen Advisory Committee meeting for the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) for South St. Petersburg has been rescheduled for Mar. 6.
1. Sat. Feb. 3. Community Youth Program Expo. 10 a.m. to noon. Childs Park Recreation and Fitness Center, 4301 13th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Free and open to the public. The event will bring together local non-profits who work with at-risk youth, community leaders, organizations, parents, and local youth. Join non-profit and community leaders for a panel discussion on how to get young people more engaged and ways to combat the dangerous trend of car thefts in Pinellas County. Includes activities for kids, teens, and parents. Learn more about programs and activities available for Pinellas youths, their parents, and community leaders. Childs Park Rec Center, 727-893-7463.
2. Sat. Feb. 10. Legacy 56 Sankofa Series Presents THE JOURNEY HOME! 7 p.m. USF St. Petersburg, 140 7th Ave. S. Free community event, an evening honoring the legacy of Kenny Leon. Legacy-56 Inc. presents its first honoree of its Sankofa Series. The West African word sankofa means “reach back and fetch it.” The Sankofa Series will invite natives from St. Petersburg, who have made a national impact – to deposit a legacy in the youth of our city. Kenny Leon is a Tony Award-winning, nationally-acclaimed actor, director and producer. We will share his story and highlight his work. Kenny Leon is currently founder and artistic director of the True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA. Free admission with registration, legacy56honorskennyleon.eventbrite.com
3. Mon. Feb. 12: Youth Grant Review Committee Members Needed. The City is seeking interested St. Petersburg residents to fill eight vacancies on the Youth Development Grant Review Committee. The City will be accepting resumes until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 12 and expects to have all appointments approved by the Mayor. The term of service will be for one year that ends in 2019. All appointees will be eligible to serve another one-year term. Successful Applicants must attend a mandatory Review Committee orientation on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. For more information about the Youth Development Grant Committee, contact Leah McRae, Esq., Director of Education and Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Tues. Feb. 13. Feeding Tampa Bay food distribution. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Parking lot of Tangerine Plaza, 1794 22nd St. S. In need of food? Come to a Tampa Bay Mobile Pantry! Because no one should go hungry. St. Petersburg Police Community Service Officers help distribute food. Open to the public. Held the second Tuesday monthly through April. NOTE: March's distribution will include a Community Resource Fair sponsored by Amerigroup.
5. Thurs. Feb. 15. Youth Development Grants. Potential applicants must attend a Mandatory Pre-Application Instructional Session on Thurs., Feb. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. N. City officials are offering funding amounts from $1,500 up to $25,000 to eligible, non-profit local organizations to develop programs for at-risk youth in St. Petersburg. Applications for the Youth Development Grants are available online at stpete.org/MBSK. Printed copies are available at City recreation centers and libraries.
Note: Fri. Feb. 23. Youth Development Grant Applications Due by 5 p.m. For more information about the Youth Development Grants, contact Leah McRae, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at Leah.McRae@stpete.org.
6. Mon. Feb. 19: Give Kids a Smile No-Cost Dental Day. The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation's Give Kids a Smile event provides no-cost dental services. Eligible children and teens ages 4-18 will be provided with exams, X-rays, cleanings and sealants, all at no cost to their families (services are available to children and teens receiving Medicaid or have no insurance). No pre-registration is required; however, children and teens will be seen on a first come, first serve basis until all slots are filled. A parent or guardian must be present at the time of service. The three Department of Health-Pinellas clinics will open at 8 a.m on Monday, February 19 at the following locations: in St. Petersburg at 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N. (9th St. N.) Two other Pinellas locations are Mid-County at 8751 Ulmerton Road in Largo; and in Clearwater at 310 N. Myrtle Ave. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 of 5 children aged 5 to 11 have at least one untreated cavity. The good news is cavities are preventable with daily oral health routines and access to dental care.
7. Tues. March 6. Citizen Advisory Committee for the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area. Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. at City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. Agenda and materials will be available by Wednesday prior to the meeting. Visit www.stpete.org/CRA and look for the section, Upcoming Public Meeting Schedule. Future CAC meeting dates for 2018 will be April 3, June 5, Aug 7, Oct 2, and Dec 4. Contact: Rick D. Smith at 727-893-7106 or Rick.Smith@stpete.org.
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