What's open, what's not over the holidays
Here are holiday closings for North Pinellas County.
Federal offices: Closed Monday and Jan. 2, 2012.
State offices: Closed Monday and Jan. 2, 2012.
• Courts of the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco) will not be in session Monday or Jan. 2, 2012 except for first-appearance advisory hearings and emergency situations.
County government offices: Closed Monday and Jan. 2, 2012.
City government office closings: (Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin): Closed Monday and Jan. 2, 2012.
Pinellas County Animal Services: Closed Monday and Jan. 2, 2012. The outside animal dropoff area will remain open.
Pinellas Solid Waste Administration Building and HEC3 will be closed Monday and Jan. 2, 2012. On these days the scalehouse/landfill will be open normal hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Post offices: Closed Monday and Jan. 2, 2012.
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and DART: Holiday schedule.
Belleair: During the holidays, Monday pickup will be moved to Tuesday and Tuesday pickup to Wednesday.
Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Belleair: Residential pickup schedules will remain the same.
• Residents who contract independently with Waste Services of Florida (572-6800), Waste Management (572-8779) or another collection company should call the company for holiday schedule information.
Florida Botanical Gardens will be closed on Christmas during the day, and will open later in the day for Holiday Lights in the Gardens from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will be open on Sunday, Jan. 1.
All county regional parks and preserves, with the exception of Fort De Soto Park, will be closed Sunday. No shelter reservations for any park can be made for Dec. 25.
Home buyers can be prepared
The Pinellas County Housing Authority and the Community Service Foundation will hold a free, two-part First-Time Home Buyers seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 3 and 10. The event will be held at the PCHA's Central Office, 11479 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will gain an understanding of the various types of available assistance and programs. Participants must attend both workshops in the series to obtain a certificate. For information or to register, visit csfhome.org or call (727) 461-0618, Ext 3.