'chocolate' fundraiser SUPPORTS BALLET
A fundraiser for the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet and the Chocolate Nutcracker is planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at a private home in St. Petersburg. The evening will feature filmmaker Warrington Hudlin, who plays the role of Uncle Al. Donations will be received at the event. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 894-8826.
Cookies galore at 'heist'
Divas 4, Parties With a Purpose, will host their annual Cookie Heist from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the first-floor common room at Vinoy Place Tower II, 555 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The event benefits Meals on Wheels. Reservations accepted through Monday by emailing email@example.com. $25.
Christmas lunch on Snell Isle
The GWFC St. Petersburg Woman's Club will host its annual Christmas luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the clubhouse, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Participants are asked to bring new toys to donate to the Christmas Toy Shop. $20. Reservations accepted through Tuesday. (727) 345-2862.
Holiday party to help teens
Girl Friends of Brookwood Florida will host the annual holiday party to benefit the residential program for abused young women. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at a private St. Petersburg home. Gifts appropriate for teenage girls and donations to Brookwood Florida will be accepted. Reservations accepted through Monday. (727) 415-5879.
Gingerbread contest at Don CeSar
The American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter will present its annual Create Your Own Gingerbread House competition sponsored by the Loews Don CeSar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18. The event includes brunch and holiday shopping. $75. redcrossgb.org; (813) 868-7669.
Quiet event for mental health
"Everybody who's anybody won't be there," the invitation from Personal Enrichment Mental Health Services Florida reads. Through Dec. 24, the nonprofit is seeking contributions for its fourth annual nonevent, the "No-Show No Snow Holiday Ball," to benefit the charity's children's programs. Credit card gifts can be made online at pemhs.org; checks may be sent to PEMHS, 11254 58th St. N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782-2213 (Attention: Dee Cash).
Mary Jane Park, Times staff writer