Pinellas by the Decades program kicks off today
The Pinellas County Historical Society will begin its 12-month program, Pinellas by the Decades, at 2 p.m. today at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. The program coincides with the county's centennial celebration and its independence from Hillsborough County. The first installment, "From Punta Pinal to Peerless Pinellas,'' will focus on early settlement along the Pinellas Peninsula from the Armed Occupation Act of 1842 through the years before independence from Hillsborough County. Visit pinellascounty.org/heritage.
Kiwanis breakfast topic: advanced care planning
The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will present an informative program about advanced care planning at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Seminole Family Restaurant, 6864 Seminole Blvd. Featured speaker Margaret Strickland, a hospice nurse, will provide information about hospice. To reserve a guest spot at an upcoming meeting, contact Lee Walters at (727) 319-8343 or e-mail [email protected]
Preschoolers program has some openings
There are openings in Southwest Recreation's Junior Rec Rompers program, held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the center, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. It is an opportunity for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2 to 3 to receive early learning skills and learn cooperative play and how to follow instructions. The cost is $15 for residents and $18.75 for nonresidents. Registration is monthly. Upcoming dates: Sept. 16-30; Oct. 7-28; Nov. 4-18, and Dec. 2-16. For more information or to register your child, call (727) 518-3125 or visit SouthwestRecCenter.com.
Service offers hearing aids at a discount
The Deaf and Hearing Connection announced a new service for hard of hearing adults in the Tampa Bay area. Effective Monday, reconditioned hearing aids will be offered for sale at discounted prices. The Deaf and Hearing Connection is a nonprofit hearing center and also offers free hearing screening and hearing aid cleaning, new hearing aids and repairs at low cost.
Call the agency for an appointment at (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit dhctb.org. The agency is also looking for donations of hearing aids no longer being worn.
Dolphin tags featured as movie comes out
Pinellas County Tax Collector offices will feature the Protect Wild Dolphins license plate in September, part of the campaign to promote a series of oceanic license plates available to Florida motorists. The promotion of the dolphin license plate coincides with the Sept. 23 release of the movie Dolphin Tale, which was filmed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Anyone who purchases or renews the Protect Wild Dolphins plate — or plates for Protect Florida Whales, Save Our Seas or Florida Aquaculture — will receive a complimentary pass to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. For more information about specialty license plates or other tax collector services, visit taxcollect.com or call (727) 464-7777 to speak to a tax specialist.
Chamber meeting set for Sept. 22
The 59th annual meeting of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will be Sept. 22 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. The breakfast event begins with coffee at 7:30 a.m. with the program from 8 to 9:30 a.m. It will feature a review of the chamber's ongoing regionalization efforts with the unveiling of a new name and logo; a presentation of the annual awards including Citizen of the Year, Small Business Leader and Silver Hammer for new construction projects; and a salute to outgoing chamber officers and recognition of its new leadership. The cost is $38 for individuals and $300 for tables of eight. Reservations are required. Call (727) 584-2321.
Registration open for evening business mixer
The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its next evening business mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hooters on John's Pass, 194 John's Pass Boardwalk W. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Register with the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce by contacting Amanda Page at (727) 360-6957 or [email protected]
Rep. Brandes to discuss legislative session
District 52 state Rep. Jeff Brandes will address the members and guests of the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. Among the topics Brandes will discuss are the accomplishment of the recently concluded legislative session and prospects for the upcoming spring session. Free and open to the public. For more information on this event and the club's activities, contact Gail Herbert at (727) 526-2492.
Fall book drive seeks donations for Christmas
The Christmas Toy Shop Project Inc. is having a Fall Children's Book Drive to collect donations of new and gently used books for kids up to age 12. Also requested are toys, both new and gently used. The books and toys will be included as part of the toy distribution to local needy children at Christmas.
Donations can be dropped at the Toy Shop, 550 16th St. N. For other locations accepting donations for the Christmas Toy Shop Project Inc., visit christmastoyshop.org.
The Christmas Toy Shop is also requesting the participation of local clubs and youth groups in the book drive. If your organization can help out with the book drive, call (727) 898-3962 or e-mail [email protected]