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Beaches notebook: Audubon Society needs guardians for parks' birds


Audubon Society needs guardians for parks' birds

The St. Petersburg Audubon Society seeks volunteers to act as bird stewards at Fort De Soto, Egmont Key and Shell Key during the nesting season. The stewards are needed to help protect the birds because of the volume of beach visitors and the locations of bird colonies. If you're interested in volunteering, e-mail Barb Howard at or call 343-1272.

Ham radio operators to share hobby, service

Ham radio operators will give demonstrations and show off their emergency capabilities during an amateur radio event June 28 and 29 at Fort De Soto Park. Thousands of ham radio operators nationwide are expected to participate in the event, which will highlight the role ham operators have played in providing critical communications during emergencies including the California wildfires, Oregon and Michigan storms, and Hurricane Katrina. Radio operators will exhibit and demonstrate the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and good old Morse Code. The public is encouraged to come out and meet the hams.

Info: Mike Anderson, 823-4251, or e-mail


Play hoops, use skate park, swim a bit longer

There's a lot happening at the St. Pete Beach Community Center this summer including free use of the gym, pickup basketball games, a skate park and extended evening hours at the swimming pool. Check out all the offerings by stopping by or calling the community center.

Where: 7701 Boca Ciega Drive

Info: Call 363-9245 or 363-9264

Open house for adults interested in mentoring

Interested in helping out a child in need of a friend? Gulf Coast Community Care will host an open house for adults on Friday at the St. Pete Beach Library. Stop by for information and refreshments.

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Where: St. Pete Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave.

Info: Call Susan Ryan, 479-1800, ext. 3038.

Jane Austen fans meet through the summer

The St. Pete Beach Library is continuing its Jane Austen Book Club, which has been going strong since January, through the summer. Austen's novel Northanger Abbey is the next title up for discussion on June 26 and 28. The book club meets the fourth Thursday of the month and the following Saturday.

When: 2 p.m. June 26 and 10:30 a.m. June 28

Where: St. Pete Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave.

Donations sought for July Fourth fun

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and the city of St. Pete Beach have joined forces to provide fireworks on July Fourth behind the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort. The chamber is accepting donations to help defray the cost. Call 360-6957 to make a contribution.

Parkside Gallery event will honor late artist

A reception and exhibit to honor local artist Yvonne Grace, who died this month, will be held in the Parkside Gallery of the Don Vista Cultural Arts Center on June 29. Grace's final work titled Legacy of Love and Laughter will be exhibited.

When: 4 to 6 p.m. June 29

Where: Don Vista Cultural Arts Center 3300 Gulf Blvd.

Info: Call Nancy Doyal at 363-2144.


Trip the light fantastic at ballroom dance event

Interested in ballroom dancing? Check out the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dance Association dance at the Gulfport Casino. The evening includes lessons, dance hosts and a show at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers.

When: 7 to 10:15 p.m. June 30

Where: Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S

Info: Call 576-1206


Old cell phones, printer cartridges for shelters

The Indian Shores Police Department is collecting old cell phones and discarded printer cartridges to benefit an area domestic violence shelter. The donated cell phones are refurbished and distributed for use in emergencies — only 911 calls can be made. The discarded ink cartridges are recycled and money collected from the recycling also benefits the shelter. Please drop unused cell phones and ink cartridges at the Redington Shores Town Hall, 17425 Gulf Blvd.

Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to or mail it to Lorrie Lykins, Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. Deadline for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is 5 p.m. the previous Friday.

Beaches notebook: Audubon Society needs guardians for parks' birds 06/18/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 11:19am]
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