Boy, 17, shoots self in accident, police report
Police are investigating what appears to be an accidental shooting. A 17-year-old boy was taken to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg after shooting himself in "the lower portion of his body" shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, according to Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. The boy, who was not identified, sustained an injury that does not appear to be life-threatening, Watts said. According to Watts, the boy said he was holding the gun for a friend, and it accidentally went off as he was putting it into his pocket or waistband. The shooting took place inside a home at 510 N Washington Ave. "It doesn't appear to be intentional," Watts said.
Youth symphony to perform Feb. 12
The Pinellas Youth Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Under the direction of Lei Liu, second assistant concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra, soloists in the Serenade Strings Orchestra, the showcase string orchestra of the Pinellas Youth Symphony, will perform string repertoire from Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann, Haydn, Beethoven and Hindemith. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call (727) 438-3149 or visit pysmusic.org.
Literacy Council needs more tutors
Help a student learn to read and write in English. Registration is under way for the next tutor training session through the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. For more information or to register, call (727) 298-3080 ext. 242
Appraiser's office adds Web services
Homeowners can now file online for homestead and other property tax exemptions by visiting the Pinellas County Property Appraiser's Office website at pcpao.org. Previously, owners were required to apply at one of four office locations. While on-site applications are still accepted, using the online application allows homeowners to file any time. Before going online, each applicant needs to gather identification such as a driver's license, Social Security number and car registration. For more information, visit the website or call the appraiser's office at (727) 464-3294
Jazz bands looks for new members
Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band, started in 1978, is need of new players to replace graduating members. Children 13 years old or younger who play trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, drums, trombone or guitar are invited to audition. Practices are at Bayside Community Church, 3380 State Road 580, Safety Harbor, three times a week. Vocalists who play an instrument are also invited. For more information, call (727) 725-1788 or visit sonnylarosa.com.