Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Belle of the Ball Project distributing prom dresses

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Belle of the Ball Project: This nonprofit organization will distribute prom dresses to low-income high school girls at the Seminole Mall. Distributions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and on May 11. Distributions are open to all Pinellas and Hillsborough county high school teens. A donation is requested, but not necessary, and no appointment is necessary. Donations of dresses can also be made at the distributions. Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. For information visit belleoftheballproject.com or call (727) 386-4502.

Summer camps: The St. Pete Beach Community Center offers camps for ages 3 and up. The full-day, eight-week camp is June 17 to Aug. 9. Camps are also available the weeks before and after for an additional charge. More than 10 half-day specialty camps are also offered. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Information: (727) 363-9245 or spbrec.com.

Summer camp for the birds: Largo's McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, is offering Naturemania, a summer camp packed with nature-related activities for children who have completed grades 1-5. Each week, campers will hike on trails, hear from guest speakers, explore the nature park, head to the swimming pool and make arts and crafts. Weekly themes include Birds and Bugs, Navigating Nature, Farm Week and Wildlife Detective. Naturemania begins June 10 and runs Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. After care is available from 4-6 p.m. for an additional fee. Parents can register children for one week or for the entire summer. For information, visit largocamps.com or call (727) 518-3125 or (727)518-3047.

Aquatic membership special: The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center is offering an aquatic membership special: When you buy a six-month aquatic member you will get six months free. The offer starts today and runs through July 31. This offer is valid on the purchase of a child, adult, senior or family six-month pass. Each pass provides access to the heated pool with lap swimming, sun bathing, picnic areas, water slides and a children's splash zone. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit spbrec.com.

Writing workshop: Write that novel, memoir, children's book or the screenplay you've always wanted to and learn how to position it to sell. Class will meet on Wednesdays, May 7-28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $180. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visitspbrec.com.

Clothes To Kids needs boys shorts, and girls and boys short-sleeve tops in all sizes. Tennis shoes for children K-12 are also needed. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides free clothing to low-income children in Pinellas County. For information call (727) 441-5050 or visit clothestokids.org.

First-time home buyer assistance: This Pinellas program is available to those who have not owned a home in the past three years. It's also for veterans. You must meet income requirements, have a minimum credit score of 640 and take a class. For information, call toll-free 1-800-806-5154 or (727) 464-8210 or visit pinellascounty.org and search "home buyer."

Neighborly Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park. If you have 1 ½ hours at midday to help, you could improve someone's life. Call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.

St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: gift shop, patient care, OBGYN area, information desk, surgical waiting room and the emergency room. For information, call (727) 341-4848 or stop by the information desk at the main entrance, 6500 38th Ave. N.

Senior dining services: Senior citizens are invited to join one of 10 senior dining sites throughout Pinellas County where hot, nutritious midday meals are offered. It's also a place to socialize and enjoy a wide variety of planned activities. There's no charge for meals, however, donations are accepted. Seniors must be a registered diner with Neighborly Care Network, at least 60 years old and live in Pinellas County. Free transportation is provided to the closest dining site if needed. You must register 72 hours in advance to become a participant at the dining sites and to receive transportation. For information, call (727) 573-9444.

Summer Marine Adventures Day Camps: The Pier Aquarium and Secrets of the Sea have open registration for the week long Summer Marine Adventures. Kids from 6 to 14 can delve into the mysteries of sharks and rays; get their feet wet exploring Tampa Bay ecosystems; explore the marine habits of dolphins, whales and manatees; and even go fishing at a series of summer camps offered by the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium, beginning in June at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center. Camps include: Sharks and Stingrays: ages 9-11, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Shark and Stingray Pups: ages 6-8, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Marine Mammals: ages 9-11, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Marine Mammal Calves: ages 6-8, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Sea Sleuths: ages 9-11, June 24-28 and Aug. 12-16; Junior Sea Sleuths: ages 6-8, June 24-28 and Aug. 12-16; Angler Adventurers: ages 10-14, July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9; Estuary Explorers; ages 9-11, July 29-Aug. 2; and Lil' Estuary Explorers: ages 6-8, July 29-Aug. 2. Cost is $215 with discounts available for siblings and multiple registrations. Fees include field trips to the Florida Aquarium, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. For information, call (727) 895-7437, ext. 215.

Reclaimed-water restrictions: Through June 30, irrigation with Pinellas reclaimed water will be limited to three days per week, based on the resident's home address. House numbers that end in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. House numbers that end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A property that contains a mix of addresses or if an address cannot be determined should water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Mondays. For information, visit pinellascounty.org/reclaimed or call (727) 464-4000.

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