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Come touch a truck, see clowns at Central Park

Come out to Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, on Saturday for the 16th Annual Touch-a-Truck and Florida Clown Day. Bring the whole family out from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to climb, honk and play around in a variety of vehicles. This year, Touch-a-Truck will feature tethered hot-air balloon rides from noon to 4 p.m. Kids of all ages also can enjoy inflatables, train rides along Largo Central Railroad, and a rocket ship car ride. Uptown Clown Alley will feature 100 clowns from across the state. The event is free; balloon rides are $10 per person. Limited on-site parking is available, and there will be shuttles offered from Largo High School. The parking lot at Largo Middle School also will be open. Call (727)587-6740, ext. 5014.


Books will sell for a song at local library

The Friends of the Largo Library will hold a weeklong book sale from Jan. 23 to Jan. 30. The sale includes books for all ages. Children's books will start at 25 cents; all other items will be $1.

The sale will be in the Jenkins Room of Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive, and will be during regular library hours. However, on opening day, the Friends of the Largo Library will begin at 10 a.m., before the rest of the library opens.

Call (727) 587-6715.

St. Petersburg

Higher education event is free at Eckerd College

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College hosts the next installment in the ASPEC Public Forum Series, "Higher Education, Not Just a Profession," presented by Dr. Margaret Sullivan, at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis House on the Eckerd College Campus, 4200 54th Ave. S.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (727) 864-8834 or visit

St. Petersburg

Vendors sought for first J. Weldon Johnson Fest

Vendors are sought for the first James Weldon Johnson Festival, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 26, in the parkland behind the James Weldon Johnson Branch Library, 1059 18th Ave. S. Vendors from area businesses, agencies and organizations are invited to apply for a display space at a cost of $25 for each 10 by 10 space. Vendors supply tables and chairs. A vendor application, general release form and a $25 check, made payable to the Friends of the Johnson Branch Library, should be mailed to: Friends of the Johnson Branch Library, P.O. Box 1061, St. Petersburg, FL, 33731.

Forms and fees must be received by Feb. 28. The $25 fee is waived for any interested nonprofit organization. For more information, or to obtain the required forms, visit or call the Johnson Branch Library at (727) 893-7213, or contact Kevin Johnson at (727) 342-2235 or

St. Pete Beach

St. Alban's hosts free classical music recital

Edward Crader, American tenor and pianist, presents a recital of classical music and show tunes at 3 p.m. today at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 330 85th Ave.

Joined by his students from the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall, the sounds of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim will fill the church. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. Call the church office at (727) 360-8406.

Belleair Beach

League of Women Voters' forum is Tuesday

The League of Women Voters will moderate a Candidates Forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Belleair Beach Community Center, 444 Causeway Blvd.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the public to submit questions for the two candidates, Kathy Mortensen and Stan Sofer.

The election is March 8. For more information, call (727) 595-4646.

Tampa Bay Area

One-act plays sought for annual festival

West Coast Players have extended an invitation to novice, emerging or accomplished playwrights to submit one-act plays to be performed at the Annual One Act Festival, July 8, 9 and 10.

All plays must be original (no adaptations), require minimal staging and not previously staged in the Tampa Bay area. Blatantly adult themes and/or language are only acceptable when the play reading committee considers it vital to the plot. Approximately eight plays will be chosen. The entry fee is $5. A portion will be awarded to three playwrights whose scripts are designated as favorites by audience vote.

Send one copy of the script, typed in standard format (no e-mails) postmarked no later than April 1 to: West Coast Players, Attn: One-Act Play Producer, P.O. Box 5022, Clearwater, FL, 33758. Be sure to include street address, telephone number and e-mail. For more information, call (727) 437-2363.

Tampa Bay Area

Hard-of-hearing can get free equipment

The Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones, captioned telephones, TTYs and related equipment free to permanent Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. Equipment is available by appointment Monday through Friday at the main office in Seminole, 7821 Seminole Blvd., and other satellite location throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough. The agency also offers free hearing screenings by appointment, low-cost hearing aids, cleaning and repairs. Call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit


Dixie Hollins alumni plan multiclass reunion

Dixie Hollins alumni are planning a multiclass reunion for the classes of 1970 through 1974 for the weekend of June 17 to 19 at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach.

Organizers are having trouble contacting some alumni. Any alumni who have not been contacted and who are interested in attending should contact Sherry Brock at or (727) 347-9662.


St. Patrick school hosts Winter Luau on Jan. 22

Tickets are on sale for the Winter Luau hosted by St. Patrick Catholic School from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

There will be authentic island cuisine and entertainment. Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for kids 14 and younger.

Tickets can be purchased at the rectory at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. (727) 687-5415.


Gowns, services sought as prom season nears

Thousands of teens can't afford a dress as prom season approaches. The Gathering of Women Inc. has sponsored the Prom Dress Drive for three years.

The organization seeks donations of gowns and accessories including shoes, jewelry and makeup purses in like-new condition.

Hair salons, florists, dry cleaners and limousine services also are needed to make prom a memorable day for local teens. For information, call (727) 321-8825.


Donate food, toiletries to help overseas troops

Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwavable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandanas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags, and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage at 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL, 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.


Charity seeks warm clothes for boys

Clothes To Kids needs warm clothes for boys. These items, along with any other clothing donations, can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two Clothes To Kids locations:

• St. Petersburg, 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145

• Clearwater, 1059 N Hercules Ave.

Cash donations are also welcome. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit

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