Wishes For Wellness: Healthy Hanukkah Party An interactive educational program geared toward providing health and wellness information to adults that want to stay active and healthy during the holiday season. 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Fri., Dec. 22, $3 general (free to members). Golda/Meir Kent Jewish Center, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater, 737-736-1494.
Menorah Madness A short service is followed by a pot luck dinner and live music by the Pittard family. Attendees are encouraged to bring a menorah and candles to light, and a dish to share. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 22. Congregation B'nai Emmunah, 3374 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. For more information, call 727-726-8626.
Vodka Latke 2006 A holiday fundraiser for the Young Adult Division of the Tampa Jewish Federation. Sun., Dec. 24. $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Gaspar's Grotto, Ybor City. For information or to RSVP, call 813-769-2103 or e-mail [email protected].
VOLUNTEERING AND HOLIDAY DRIVES
RCS Food Bank The Religious Community Services Food Bank — which serves 4,000 clients each month and has approximately 60 distribution sub-sites throughout Pinellas County — seeks volunteers to help with office work, sorting food, delivering and picking up supplies, interviewing clients and more during the holiday season. Donations of baby food, cereal, formula, juices, after school snacks, boxed and canned food items, powdered milk, and plastic and paper grocery bags are also needed. To volunteer or make a donation, call 727-443-4031.
Holiday Toy Drive Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers ("HAWL") seeks donations for USF's Kinship Care Center, which provides a variety of support services to grandparents and other relatives raising their family members' children. Unwrapped gifts or gift cards should be delivered before December 12 to: Nancy Hutcheson Harris & Associates, P.A., Barrister's Building, 505 E. Jackson St., Suite 306, Tampa. For more info, call 813-281-1900 or 813-223-5421.
Metropolitan Ministries MetMin feeds thousands of homeless and poverty-stricken locals each month and you can lend a hand by volunteering at the holiday center where donations are received, sorted and distributed. For more information, call 813-209-1000. Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Center is located on the 2100 block of N. Florida Avenue in Tampa, and is open through Dec. 24.
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS
New Year's Eve with Donna the Buffalo Presented by WMNF-88.5 FM; a B.Y.O.B. event. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31. $35 in advance/$45 at the door. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
First Night 2006 The 13th annual New Year's Eve Celebration of the Arts takes place at 35 different venues throughout downtown St. Petersburg, and features an assortment of alcohol-free, family-oriented activities and diversions including live music and entertainment, dancing, games, art, fireworks and more. 2 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31. $8 adults in advance/$10 day of; $5 ages 6-12 (kids 5 and younger enter for free). Call 727-823-8906 for more information.
Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-898-2100, mahaffeytheater.com.
Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-822-3590, mypalladium.org.
Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-791-7400, rutheckerdhall.com.
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, downtown Tampa, 813-229-7827, tbpac.org.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-953-3366, vanwezel.org.