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
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.
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
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.
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.