Brooker Creek demystifies
Life-sized vulture replicas, a hands-on vulture model, even a video of two talking vultures — all are part of the Brooker Creek Preserve's new vulture exhibit debuting Saturday. The preserve will hold an opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with refreshments from 1 to 3 p.m. A live vulture from Lowry Park Zoo will also be on display. The interactive exhibit is designed to give a closer look at black and turkey vultures and the ecological role they play in Florida. The event is free and reservations are not required. Call (727) 453-6800.
Cretekos likely next vice mayor
Clearwater Councilman George Cretekos is moving up in the ranks. Council members Thursday are expected to name him the new vice mayor, a mostly ceremonial appointment with a cool title. City charter says the five-member council must appoint a new vice mayor every April. It's not mandatory that members rotate, but they typically do. The vice mayor fills in for the mayor during council meetings and ribbon-cuttings and delivers the occasional speech. John Doran currently holds the position. Before him, Carlen Petersen served for a year. Cretekos joined the council in March 2007, filling the remaining year of Hoyt Hamilton's term. He was up for re-election to a three-year term on Jan. 29, but automatically won since no one came forward to challenge him.
Take classes in coastal navigation
Flotilla 11-1 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer an eight-lesson program on basic coastal navigation starting Thursday and ending April 28. Participants will meet 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Clearwater Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Blvd., on Sand Key. The program is open to adults and youths and costs $75. Call (727) 469-8895 or visit a0701101.uscgaux.info.
Pick up your paddle and race
The sixth annual Safety Harbor Canoe and Kayak Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. April 12 at the Safety Harbor Marina, is accepting early registration from paddlers of all skill levels. The cost for individual racers is $25 before April 9 and $30 after April 10. Registration for tandem racers is $30 before April 9 and $40 after April 10. Pick up a form at Safety Harbor City Hall, 750 Main St.; Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Avenue S; visit cityofsafetyharbor.com; or call (727) 724-1572.
Burke, Eileen D.
Cenerino, Violet C.
Clark, Georgia A.
Coddington, Audrey M.
Coffey, Joseph C.
Couturier, Adjutor Joseph
Deufel, Emroy (nee Fryk)
Hancock, Betty Jane
Jenner, Elizabeth Martha "Betty"
Pilipzeck, Paul Jr. "Stixman"
Salanco, Alexander Sr.
Steel, William L.
Sullivan, Mary Elizabeth "Beth"
Sutherland, Thomas M. "Tom"
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.