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Clearwater briefs: Public libraries to be closed Tuesday

COUNTYWIDE

Sea turtles' pal

is honored as point of light

Ken Baker, a volunteer at Dunedin's Honeymoon Island State Park, was honored by Gov. Charlie Crist as a Point of Light last week. Baker is active in the park's sea turtle nesting operation and also helps train new staff and volunteers in the procedures. Baker helps with locating nests, putting protective cages over the nests and evaluating the nests after the hatchlings emerge. The Point of Light awards recognize Florida residents who demonstrate exemplary service to the community. For information, go to VolunteerFlorida

Foundation.org.

Guardian ad Litem classes start soon

Pinellas County is looking for volunteers to serve in the Guardian ad Litem program and help represent the more than 900 children who need someone to be their advocate in court and the social welfare system. The average time needed is four to six hours a month. Volunteers must undergo 30 hours of training to become certified. The next class starts May 6 and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. for five weeks at St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in south St. Petersburg. To volunteer and arrange to attend a 30-minute orientation, call 464-6528. For information, a complete training schedule and an application go to guardianadlitem6.org.

CLEARWATER

Public libraries to be closed Tuesday

All Clearwater public libraries will be closed Tuesday in order to convert to a countywide automated catalog system. The book drop will be available for the return of library materials. Libraries will reopen Wednesday for regular operating hours. The Pinellas Automated Library System will allow patrons to search all county libraries for needed materials, which can then be delivered to their local library for pickup. For information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclear water.com/cpl.

Kittens and pups need foster homes

The Humane Society of Pinellas needs volunteers to serve as foster parents for kittens or puppies. Food and medical supplies are supplied by the society. A volunteer introduction session is planned for May 5, to be followed by a foster class May 21. For information, call the volunteer coordinator at (727) 797-7722, ext. 237, or e-mail bobieb@humane

societyofpinellas.org.

Walk to Defeat ALS raises $125,000

More than 700 people participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Clearwater on April 12. The fundraiser raised about $125,000, which fell short of the goal to raise $185,000. However, they surpassed the goal of 600 participants. The sluggish economy is making it difficult to raise money, said Kamden Alexander, spokeswoman for the ALS Association's Florida Chapter. There is no cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which paralyzes those who have it. Donations are still being accepted at alsafl.org.

DUNEDIN

Apply now to serve on city boards

The city of Dunedin is accepting applications for the Local Planning agency, the Sign Code Board of Appeals and the Youth Advisory Committee. If interested, call the city clerk's office at (727) 298-3035 or visit dunedingov.com.

Clearwater briefs: Public libraries to be closed Tuesday 04/19/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:39am]
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