High bacteria levels found at Sunset Beach
Officials issued a swimming advisory for Sunset Beach on Thursday after recording high bacteria levels. Test results released by the Pinellas County Health Department showed that the water quality was in the "poor" range. Water with high bacteria levels can pose increased risks of disease, infection or rashes. Another sample will be taken on Monday.
Darden Rice to talk to Democratic club
Darden Rice will be the featured speaker for the Aug. 22 meeting of the Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas. The meeting will be at the Golden Corral, 1005 Ulmerton Road. The social gathering and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed at 12:15 p.m. by Rice's speech and a short business meeting. Rice is the current president of the St. Petersburg Area League of Women Voters. She is also Florida director of the Gulf District Network, co-founder of the Pinellas Green Expo, an appointee to the St. Petersburg Charter Review Commission and a former longtime clean energy advocate for the national Sierra Club. Rice will speak and take questions on voter suppression, fair districts and the upcoming Aug. 30 public hearing in Largo on redistricting. For more information, call Mary Freeman at (727) 581-4630.
Nominations open for Scouts' award
Do you know a woman who exemplifies extraordinary civic, professional and/or philanthropic commitment and achievement through gifts of time, talent and treasure, making her community a better place? The Girls Scouts of West Central Florida announce an open call for nominations for their prestigious Women of Distinction recognition. Women do not have to be Girl Scouts to be nominated but must live within the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida's geographic boundaries (Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties). Visit www.gswcf.org to download a nomination form; all nominations are due by Sept. 12. Those selected as the 2012 Women of Distinction will be honored at a luncheon on March 13, 2012, at A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa. For more information, call (813) 262-1769 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy skin to be topic at free event
The public is invited to a free program on maintaining healthy skin at 2 p.m. today at Lexington Club at Renaissance Square, 1200 S Missouri Ave. Rebecca Reynolds, a certified nurse practitioner who specializes in family practice and dermatological procedures, will be the guest speaker. The event will include a lecture on skin safety and highlight the importance of annual screenings. A full skin evaluation with no out-of-pocket cost to attendees will follow. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. To reserve a seat, call (727) 773-6445.