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Clearwater Marine Aquarium will offer free presentation on otters


Free event at Aquarium will focus on otters

The free Making Waves Educational Series continues Thursday evening at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium with "All About Otters." The presentation will focus on how the aquarium's staff and volunteers rehabilitate and train rescued North American river otters; it also will include a discussion about otter behavior in the wild. Marine mammal trainer Cindy Farber and education director Joe Malo will lead the presentation. There will be updates on the aquarium's otters — Webster, Cooper and Oscar — and an introduction to Ernie, a new otter pup. The presentation, open to all ages, will start with a reception at 6 p.m. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. in the aquarium's theater. For more information, visit


Items for children available at library

The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County will unveil the Mary K. Bennett Infant Toddler Lending Library and Resource Room on Thursday evening in the Roosevelt Boulevard area. The library will feature more than 1,500 items, including children's books, educational toys and musical instruments focused on children from birth through age 2. Pinellas County "school readiness" child care providers will be able to borrow items for up to two months, as well as use the resource room's laminator, book binder, die cut machine and resource books for free. All child care providers who attend the grand opening, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at 5735 Rio Vista Drive, are eligible to win door prizes. The first 100 who arrive will receive a special gift.

Student athletes can get physicals

Morton Plant Mease physicians, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists will provide Pinellas County high school student athletes with free athletic physicals from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Morton Plant Hospital, Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Suite 101, Clearwater. The exams will include checks of height, weight, blood pressure, vision, lungs and musculoskeletal system. The Morton Plant Mease Lung Center will also offer students information on managing asthma symptoms. If a student is found to have a medical condition that needs additional treatment, the student will be referred to a Morton Plant Mease specialist at a later date. The exams are complimentary; however, some schools may require a fee to support their booster clubs. Student-athletes who plan to attend without a parent will need to bring a signed parent consent registration form. For more information, call (727) 953-6877.


Award luncheon will honor seniors

The city will honor new inductees into the Dunedin Senior Hall of Fame on May 18 at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. The annual award honors longtime residents age 75 or older who have significantly contributed to the community. The award luncheon, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature live entertainment. Call (727) 298-3299 by May 13 to reserve a seat.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium will offer free presentation on otters 04/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 7:47pm]
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