City, Largo Police to play ball for charity
This year's seventh annual Charity Softball Challenge between the Clearwater and Largo police departments will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday at Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road. Proceeds from the game will help with the mounting medical bills faced by Clearwater police Officer Nick Giordano, who has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Brugada syndrome, also known as sudden unexpected death syndrome. Giordano was on a cruise when his heart stopped. He spent 10 minutes without a pulse before being revived. Giordano was 2008 Officer of the Year along with three others, after they rushed into a burning home and saved a family. Tickets are $16 and include all you can eat and drink from 5-8 p.m. and admission to the Clearwater Threshers vs. Lakeland Tigers immediately after the charity game. There are also games for children and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling the Clearwater Police Department at (727) 562-4304. For more information about making a donation visit clearwaterpolice.org or copsforthecause.org.
Learn skills to live with depression
Learn problem-solving skills for living with depression at the workshop Opening My Toolbox of Recovery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gathering Place, Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. The workshop, presented by certified adult peer specialist and author Les Ambush, will focus on dealing with depression and processing shame, fear and anger. It will be followed by a group discussion. For reservations, call (727) 822-3480 or e-mail les@FBAO.org.
Shred-A-Rama set for Saturday
The Rotary Club of Dunedin North and Secure On-Site Shredding are hosting a Shred-A-Rama from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the corner of Alt. U.S. 19 (Bayshore Boulevard) and Main Street in downtown Dunedin. Bring your old papers and files and watch them destroyed before your eyes. A donation of $5 per file box (12 by 15 inches) goes to help support local charities and community projects. Call Bill Coleman at (727) 433-2300.
Collection will take stuff you can't toss
Pinellas County residents can dispose of household hazardous waste by participating in a free mobile collection offered by Pinellas County Utilities. The program will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Waste items can be dropped off at Tarpon Springs High School, 1411 Gulf Road. Items that will be accepted include televisions, computers, paints and paint thinners, motor oil, rechargeable batteries and fluorescent bulbs. For information, visit pinellascounty.org/utilities or call (727) 464-7500.