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Free Depression
Screening at USF
Thursday, Oct. 11

Screenings include a questionnaire, individual and confidential consultation with a clinician, information and referrals. Scheduled one month after the Sept. 11 attacks, the screenings aim to help those having severe symptoms of depression, uncontrollable crying, anger or an overwhelming feeling of despair. USF free screenings offer three different times and locations. Call 813-974-3332.

Get into the Loop
Saturday, Oct. 13
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Loop for Lupus Fundraising Event features a motorcycle rally, three-mile beach walk, run or crawl, raffles, a silent auction, entertainment from Busch Gardens, a few professional wrestlers, Happy the Clown, a block Party with Oldies Radio U92 and Doo Wop Dou, Precious and Few and more. Help raise funds for the Florida Chapter of the Lupus Foundation. Takes place at the St. Petersburg Lions Club Beach House at 9300 W. Gulf Blvd., Sunset Beach. Call 727-447-7075.

People United for Peace Picnic
Sunday, Oct. 14
2-6 p.m.

Come together and celebrate with neighbors in your community to gain support and begin the healing process in Tampa Bay. The Peace Picnic is a day to eat, share ideas and have fun. Bring a dish to share, picnic blanket and drinks. Picnic is held at North Shore Park at 13th Avenue North in St. Petersburg. Look for the peace signs. Call 727-896-8224 or e-mail [email protected]

Volunteers Wanted at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Thursday, Oct. 18
6-8 p.m.

This annual jazz event needs some helping hands to distribute drinks, food and merchandise as well as floaters to help in various areas. Various hours and times are available; work alone or in groups. Takes place through Sunday in downtown Clearwater's Coachman Park. Contact Karen Vann at 727-461-5200 to enlist.

Walk to 'd'Feet' ALS
Saturday, Oct. 20
8-10 a.m.

The first annual benefit for ALS Association, Florida Chapter. A three-mile walkathon for patients and families to help fight ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), a rapidly progressive neurophysical disease. All walkers are welcome. No registration fee is necessary but donations are welcome. The walk takes place at Carillon Office Park in St. Petersburg. Call Holly Walker at 727-579-9511 for directions or information.

Tampa seeks volunteers to help the Meals on Wheels organization. Donate just 90 minutes of your day to help feed Tampa's elderly population. Adopt a Route program needs your help and your wheels. Call for more info in Tampa at 813-238-8410, or St. Petersburg at 727-573-7773.

—Compiled by Sandra Jones

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