Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

Briefs: Recycle Christmas trees into mulch

Recycle your Christmas tree: The following municipalities offer Christmas tree recycling where trees are processed into useful mulch. Gulfport: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 893-1089. Indian Rocks Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 595-6889. Largo: Today is the last day for curbside collection with yard waste. For information, call (727) 587-6760: Madeira Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 391-9951, ext. 229. Pinellas Park: Drop off at 12950 40th St. (residents only). For information, call (727) 541-0711. St. Petersburg: Drop off at a St. Petersburg brush site, 1000 62nd Ave. NE, 7750 26th Ave. N., 2500 26th Ave. S, 4015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, or 2453 20th Ave. N. Another option is curbside pickup on Saturday. If your tree has not been picked up by Saturday, please call (727) 893-7398: Treasure Island: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 547-4575, ext. 253. Residents of cities that do not offer tree recycling or those living in unincorporated areas of Pinellas County can recycle a tree by dropping it off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. The cost for six or more trees is $37.50 per ton. Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500, or visit pinellascounty.org/utilities.

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum seeks volunteers: As a volunteer you will receive special benefits, invitations and rewards for committing 6 hours a month. Training is provided at the museum where volunteers learn to help touring visitors and assisting in the gift shop. The goal is place volunteers into activities they will enjoy. Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is at 115 10th Avenue in Pass-a-Grille. For information call (727)458-4058 or email [email protected] Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, 115 10th Avenue in Pass-a-Grille.

Hospital helpers: St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers for the information desk from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by 6500 38th Ave. N and visit the information desk.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic: New volunteer orientation is the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. and again on the third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. The clinic needs intake and medical records volunteers in the Health Center. Free Clinic We Help Services also needs volunteers for client interviewers, food packers and food stockers. The Food Bank needs USDA interviewers. The Free Clinic's Community Kitchen needs cooks and servers. Volunteer assignments can be short term or long term. 863 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Contact Angel Schumaker, Director of Volunteers and Special Events, at [email protected] or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.

Lifeguard, water safety instructor classes: The St. Petersburg Aquatics Division offers training Saturday through Jan. 20 at North Shore Aquatic Center, 901 North Shore Drive NE. Lifeguard classes are open to anyone 15 or older. Call (727) 893-7727 or visit stpeteparksrec.org/lifeguard-training.html.

St. Petersburg preservation lunchtime walking tours: This lunchtime tour is a shortened version of the group's popular Saturday morning downtown tour. The lunchtime tours will take varying routes through St. Petersburg's Downtown National Register Historic District, allowing participants to see some of the best of downtown's historic buildings and architecture. The first lunchtime tour will be at noon Friday and leaves from the front of Central Cafe & Organics at 243 Central Ave. Free for members and $5 for nonmembers. (727) 824-7802 or visitstpetepreservation.org.

St. Petersburg Republican Club will host Pam Dubov, Pinellas County property appraiser at 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Dubov will discuss many issues that affect property owners in Pinellas County. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. Free. St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 864-0312.

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