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Briefs: Boaters should be ready for inspections


Boaters should be ready for inspections

Taking the boat out today? Be ready for a chat with the Pinellas County sheriff's marine unit. Deputies will conduct a boating safety awareness program from 2 to 11 p.m. on local waterways. Sheriff's officials say warmer temperatures and longer days means more people will take their boats out of storage. Deputies will be on the lookout for impaired boaters or anyone operating a vessel in a reckless manner. All vessels stopped will get a safety inspection, with deputies checking for life jackets, a flotation cushion that can be thrown, a working fire extinguisher, and a whistle, horn or other soundmaking device.

Lilies and cats are not a good match

Easter lilies can kill cats, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals warns. So think twice about bringing any plant in the genus lilium into your home if you have a cat or about bringing gift lilies into the homes of others who have cats. Other common lilies that are toxic include tiger lilies, rubrum lilies, Japanese show lilies and daylilies. Within a few hours of ingesting part of the plant or its pollen, a cat may vomit, become lethargic and lose appetite. Without prompt medical treatment, its kidneys may fail.


Veterinarian to talk all-around pet care

A nutrition and holistic pet care seminar will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SPCA Tampa Bay training center at 9099 130th Ave N, Largo, just south of Ulmerton Road off Starkey Road. The program will be presented by Dr. Gregory Todd, who is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and practices holistic veterinary medicine at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin. He will talk about preventive health care, the importance of exercise, what foods are good and nontraditional therapies. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (727) 586-3591 or visiting


Chili, live music ... put your shoes on!

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and listen to country music at Oldsmar's Country Western Chili Cook-off Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. The music at the free event includes James Taylor Curtis and the Silver Eagle Band. Call (813) 749-1260.


Nordic walking class starting

The YMCA of North Pinellas is offering a new Nordic walking class Saturdays at John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road. Nordic walking poles help provide an upper-body workout. The group will meet at 8:45 a.m. at Shelter 1 in good weather and start walking at 9 a.m. The free class is for all ages and abilities. Poles will be provided, as well as instruction. Call Leslie Stallings at (727) 772-9622.

Briefs: Boaters should be ready for inspections 03/15/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:39am]
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