HUMANE SOCIETY TACKLES ANIMAL CRUELTY IN CLASS
In an attempt to reduce animal cruelty, neglect and illegal animal fighting, the Humane Society will present "Animal Cruelty 101,'' from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday at the SPCA, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. For information visit www.spcatampabay.org.
Free full-body skin cancer screenings
To encourage earlier detection of skin cancer, Morton Plant Mease's Turley Family Health Center, 807 N Myrtle Ave., Clearwater will provide the community with free skin cancer screenings. Physicians and nurses will perform free, full-body screenings from 1:30-4 p.m., Thursday. About 60 appointments are available, call (727) 462-7500.
Family gathering at Sponge Docks
Local merchants are planning a family-friendly weekend event in December to draw tourists, pump up the local economy and bring the community together. The festival, which organizers hope to turn into a weekly or monthly event, is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 13-14 at the Sponge Docks. Sponge Dock business owner George Billiris, who is chairing the effort, is seeking restaurant, retail and service vendors, and entertainers from throughout Tarpon Springs to participate. For information, call Billiris at (727) 938-0787 or (727) 688-0964.
Community invited to holiday parade
The city's Parks and Recreation Department invites schools, businesses, organizations and church groups to participate in the annual Holiday Parade. This year's theme is "Winter Holidays Around the World." The parade will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 13. Marching bands, twirlers, street performers and floats are sought to join the event. This year's route will be along Douglas Avenue from Dunedin Stadium north to Pioneer Park and is co-sponsored by the Dunedin Youth Guild. A concert by the Dunedin Highland Middle School band will follow in the park. For information call Jorie Peterson at (727) 812-4536.
AARP seeks tax return helpers
AARP is looking for volunteers to join the Tax-Aide program for low- to middle-income taxpayers. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training, reimbursement for expenses. Minimum commitment is four hours a week during February, March and early April. Basic computer skills are helpful but not necessary. E-mail Sylvia Scoble at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Wards of the court need holiday cheer
Wards of the court have no family or money to pay for clothing, toiletries or personal items. Public guardians look after them at no charge. The guardians have created tags for each ward's needs and wishes and put them on Christmas trees at Bealls stores in the Seminole and Largo malls. All items should be returned by Dec. 5. For information call (727) 397-4768.