Keep the kids busy during Thanksgiving break
While parents may have the day off from work for Thanksgiving and possibly the day after, Pinellas County schoolkids will have the entire week off from school. One way to keep the kids busy during the break is through the city of Clearwater's Thanksgiving camp. Four of the city's recreation centers offer affordable three-day camps at $45 with a Play Pass, $60 with a Clearwater recreation card, and $75 for noncardholders.
• Swimming is on tap for campers at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, as well as a field trip to a local skating rink, participating in a host of games, sports and activities as well as interacting with other kids.
• At the Countryside Recreation Center 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, an array of active games, team building exercises and a pre-Thanksgiving feast are on the agenda.
• Campers at the Ross Norton Recreation, Aquatic Complex & Extreme Sports Park, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., will participate in holiday-themed arts and crafts and activities, as well as games, sports and use of the skate park. Campers will have the opportunity to socialize with friends while having fun with scheduled activities.
• At the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., camp counselors are planning interactive games, art projects and activities to stimulate the muscles and the mind. Clearwater residents with children on free or reduced lunch program may be eligible for discounted rates. Space is limited.
For information, call the Long Center, (727) 793-2320; the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex, (727) 462-6276; the Countryside Recreation Center, (727) 669-1914; or Ross Norton Recreation Aquatic Complex and Extreme Sports Park, (727) 462-6025.
Library offering amnesty
All of the Clearwater library branches are offering an amnesty period for overdue materials in exchange for donation of nonperishable foods through Dec. 20. Anyone who has fines due may bring canned goods or nonperishable food items to any library branch and present them at the circulation desk with the overdue materials if available. The staff will waive any fines due and the donated food will go toward a holiday charity food drive. For more information, visit myclearwater.com/cpl or call (727) 562-4970.
Aquarium expert will talk about diagnostic imaging
On Thursday evening, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's "Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure" exhibit at the Harborview Center in downtown Clearwater will host its monthly free forum called Making Waves: An Evening with Experts. This month's presenter is Dr. Michael Walsh, who will discuss diagnostic imaging as used by the aquarium and University of Florida and the part it plays in improving data recovery and its use in guiding necropsy procedures. Dr. Walsh is co-director of Aquatic Animal Health at UF.
Here's the schedule:
6 p.m.: Welcome and refreshments
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Dr. Walsh
7:30-8 p.m.: Question and answer session
Visit SeeWinter.com to see lectures planned for this year.
Training closes health offices
Pinellas County's Department of Health and Community Services will close its offices for training at 11 a.m. Friday and will reopen on Monday. This includes all four of the department's locations.
Clearwater: 2189 Cleveland St., Suite 230
Largo: 8751 Ulmerton Road
St. Petersburg: 647 First Ave. N.
Tarpon Springs: 3015 Disston Ave.
For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit pinellascounty.org.
Two preserves have exhibits
Pinellas County's Brooker Creek and Weedon Island preserves offer exhibits that are free and give people a great reason to come in out of the heat as part of their exploration of the county's natural wonders.
The Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center features "Windows To Our Wildest Place," interactive exhibits and 22 discovery-oriented experiences that are fun for the entire family. It is located at 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs.
At Weedon Island's Cultural and Natural History Center is the permanent exhibit "Connecting People and Place," an art-inspired, hands-on exhibit that reveals the area's history, ecology and people.
Weedon Island Preserve is located at 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg.
Both centers are operated by the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department and are open Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
They are closed all Pinellas County holidays.