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Dunedin plans once-a-week pickup for some debris


Once-a-week pickup on tap for some debris

Starting July 4, the city will start picking up furniture, appliances, large tree trimmings and other bulk debris items once a week instead of the current schedule of twice a week. The change does not apply to automated "green" barrels or recycling containers and it affects residential customers only. The new schedule is part of the city's green initiative to reduce fuel consumption and costs. Visit or call (727) 298-3215, ext. 21 for more information.

Bike show, extras set for July 2

Motorcycle enthusiasts can roll over to Bike Night at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on July 2. The Blue Jays will be hosting the Daytona Cubs for a 6 p.m. game, but the gates open for Bike Night festivities at 3:30 p.m. The event will feature live music by Bitter Sweet and a bike show with cash prizes of up to $1,000. There's a $20 registration fee per bike. Entrants receive free admission to the game. For information, call Craig Durham at (727) 738-7014 or send an e-mail to

Dance lessons are at senior center

Feel like you have two left feet when you dance? The Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., has the answer. All skill levels are welcome at the center's ballroom dance lessons. Classes cost $10 a day or $36 a month with a recreation ID card. They cost $15 a day or $54 a month without a card. Call (727) 298-3299 for information.


Game puts focus on prostate cancer

The Clearwater Threshers and Morton Plant Mease Hospitals will host Prostate Cancer Awareness Night at 6:30 tonight at Bright House Field, 601 N Coachman Road. Wearing blue jerseys, the Threshers will take on the Daytona Cubs. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a blue replica Threshers jersey. Some players' jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off with other donated items from local businesses during a silent auction. Proceeds will be used to provide community screenings and education services. Tickets are $5 to $9. Call (727) 467-4457.

Palm Harbor

Blood drive set for Saturday at library

The Palm Harbor Library will host a blood drive in its parking lot on 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. All donors will receive a wellness checkup, including a cholesterol screening. Donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and bring personal identification. Parental consent is required for donors age 16. To make an appointment, call Florida Blood Services toll-free at 1-800-682-5663 or visit

Dunedin plans once-a-week pickup for some debris 06/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:37pm]
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