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Mentoring Programs
Gulf Coast Community Care is in dire need of volunteers to spend 2-4 hours a week with a child as a "special friend" or "adopted grandma/grandpa." Volunteers serve as mentors and role models, and provide the children with someone to talk to and share quality time with. Call 727-538-7460, ext. 3019, 3013, 3192 or 3031.

PALS Volunteers Prevention, Advocacy, Leadership and Service (PALS) of the Child Abuse Council, a group of young professional adults who provide financial and volunteer support for CAC's programs, seeks volunteers to help prevent the ever-growing problem of child abuse. Call 813-673-4646, ext. 223.

Parent Aide Volunteers
Help A Child Inc. seeks volunteers willing to share their life skills with a parent. Provide friendship and emotional support, information on discipline techniques, stress reduction, nutrition, budgeting and more. Contact Patricia Measel at 727-544-3900, ext. 170.

Part-Time Grandmas and Grandpas
Are you 50-plus years old with two or four hours to spare each week? Make a difference in a child's life by volunteering for Gulf Coast Community Care's Adopt-A-Grandchild program. Ages range from infant to 16 years. Call 727-538-7460, ext. 3013 or 3192 for more details.Health & FitnessArthritis Aquatic Program The Arthritis Foundation and Water Wellness team up to offer gentle pool activities designed to help relieve pain and stiffness. Swimming skills are not necessary, and classes take place at Water Wellness, 429 Loch Devon Drive, Lutz. For times, fees and registration, call 813-948-3080. Mon.-Sun.

Day Hike
The Florida Trail Association leads a day hike in the hilly Croom section of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Hikers are asked to meet in the parking lot of the McDonalds located on Route 50 just east of I-75 in Brooksville. Bring lunch, water and any other items you may require. For more info, call the hike leader: 813-935-6260. Thu., Dec. 19.

Guided Hike
Tour one of Florida's few remaining natural areas. Brooker Creek Preserve's 8,000 acres are home to bobcat, foxes, deer, and a variety of endangered plants and animal species. The hike is free and takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday. Reservations required. Brooker Creek Preserve, Lora Lane, Tarpon Springs. 727-943-4003.

Hash House Harriers
This outdoor social group meets at various locales throughout the Bay area, has a few beers, then sets off on a walk/jog of 2 or 3 miles. The route is set by a hare, a volunteer frontrunner who leaves a trail of clues, drinking mandates and adult jokes. For more info on the group's bi-weekly events, email [email protected] or 813-244-4795.

Medical Equipment Donations
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic's newly opened Medical Equipment Closet seeks donations of new and used wheelchairs and shower seats for needy individuals. Items of all sizes are needed. Donations can be brought to 863 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-821-1200, ext. 600. Mon.-Sun.

Registration Opens for St. Anthony's Triathlon
Anyone interested in competing in the 20th St. Anthony's Triathlon ought not waste any time registering. The race sold out last year in a record 32 days. The elite competition is one of the premier multi-sport events in the country and the number of racers is capped at 2,000. Registration opens Dec. 1. Visit www.satriathlon.com or call 727-825-1271 to request an entry form. Daily.

Say No to Drugs
Race The 14th annual Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic includes 5K, 10K and 1-mile races. All participants get a color T-shirt and giveaway bag. Sat., Dec. 21, 8 a.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. 727-562-4800.

SWAMP Rides *
SWAMP (South West Association of Mountain Bike Pedalers) offers guided weekly rides at a number of area trails. Riders need bring their mountain bike, helmet, adequate water (two liters) and meet at 9 a.m. at the designated ride spots. For a complete schedule of rides, trail maps and directions to trails, visit: www.swampclub.org. 813-689-5109.

Ultimate Frisbee
Bay area ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts are looking to start a league, if they can attract enough players. For now, there are pickup games Wednesday nights on both sides of the bay: from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Coquina Key Park in St. Petersburg; and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the USF Intramural Fields. For more info, visit: http://www.bayareaultimate.com. 813-390-1690.Lectures & SeminarsAsher Dance Eclectic Asher Dance Eclectic is a dance company that integrates dancers in wheelchairs possessed of upper-body mobility with able-bodied dancers. Wheelchair ballet technique classes are offered weekly. Performances typically incorporate jazz and modern choreography. M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa, 4004 Santiago St., Tampa. 813-786-6291.

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