Christmas trees head for the chipper Jan. 10
City sanitation crews will pick up discarded Christmas trees on Jan. 10 and turn them into mulch.
Residential homeowners should place trees no closer than 3 feet to the garbage container at their usual pickup location.
Large apartment complexes should place trees in a central location. Managers should call Commercial Sanitation at 893-7351. Smaller complexes should place trees beside or behind trash bins to be picked up on regular collection days.
Tree stands and decorations should be removed.
For special collection after Jan. 10, call 893-7334 (press 5) or 893-7398 (press 5).
Residents can drop off trees at one of five brush sites. Brush sites are open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They are at 1000 62nd Ave. NE, 7750 26th Ave. N, 2500 26th Ave. S, 4015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S and 2453 20th Ave. N.
AARP seeks volunteers to prepare tax forms
AARP is looking for volunteers to join the Tax-Aide program. The service helps low- to middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training and reimbursement for expenses. Aides must commit at least four hours a week during February, March and early April. Basic computer skills are helpful but not necessary. E-mail Sylvia Scoble at taxaidepin firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Children need mentors to give time, attention
Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers 30 and older for its Adults Mentoring Children program. There are no costs.
Volunteers spend a few hours a week reading, fishing, baking, teaching a craft or visiting a park with a child. Call Beverly at (727) 479-1841 or Fanya at (727) 479-1800, ext. 3031.
Naval Sea Cadets is for ages 11 to 17
If you're a student between the ages of 11 and 17 and interested in learning about naval traditions through activities on and off the water, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets offers valuable life and work skills. Drills are held at the U.S. Coast Guard Clearwater Air Station one weekend a month. Cadets must have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average, be active in the community and be enrolled in school.
Visit www.suncoastseacadets.org for information or call (727) 796-7322.
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Elderly residents need advocates
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is seeking men and women of all professional and cultural backgrounds who can negotiate and advocate for elderly residents. Mileage and meal reimbursements are provided. Call 588-6912 or 1-888-831-0404 to apply for a training class.