Hospice event offers support for caregivers
The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast will host an event for caregivers, "Caring for Parents, Home and Self," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast's community service center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Building 100, Clearwater. Share experiences with fellow caregivers and discuss ways to take care of yourself while caring for others. Free. Refreshments will be served. For information and to register, call 523-4138.
Advocates needed for more than 1,200 kids
More than 1,200 abused, abandoned or neglected children and teens in Pinellas need a volunteer guardian ad litem to advocate for them in court and the child welfare system. The average time needed is four to six hours a month. Guardians visit the child monthly, become familiar with the case and make recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, stable environment. They are trained and backed by a professional staff and lawyers. The next class starts Feb. 17 and meets 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays for five weeks at the Criminal Justice Center, 14250 49th St. N, Clearwater. Call 464-6528 or visit www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Program offers free dental care to children
The annual Give Kids a Smile program sponsored by the Pinellas County Dental Association is Feb. 6 at various Pinellas County Health Department locations. To be eligible for the free dental care, children must be Medicaid-eligible. Screenings and X-rays will be offered to children ages 3 to 18 with followup appointments on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 for children who need additional services. The parent or guardian must fill out paperwork authorizing dental treatment and must remain at the clinic with children and provide transportation. Appointments are necessary and are first-come, first-served. Call 210-4222 to ensure your children are eligible, find the clinic nearest you and to make an appointment.
Annual event will offer adoptable pets Feb. 28
Get Rescued seeks local sponsors and vendors for the fifth annual pet adoption event scheduled for Feb. 28 along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. The event will feature adoptable pets, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music. Proceeds benefit animal rescue groups that attend. For information, call 322-5217 or check getrescuedingulfport.com.
AARP to offer free tax help starting Feb. 1
The AARP will offer free tax preparation and assistance Feb. 1 through April 15 for households with low to moderate incomes of all ages. But the emphasis will be on taxpayers over age 60.
Taxpayers must bring Social Security cards for all persons listed on their tax returns as well as picture ID and all pertinent records.
Free electronic filing is available at all sites. For additional information, call 595-7408.
Tax service will be offered at the following sites:
• Bank of America, 8181 54th Ave. N.
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
• St. James United Methodist Church, 845 87th Ave N.
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday.
• St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.
Exception: Hours 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesdays Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15.
• Sunshine Center, 330 5th St. N.
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
Gulfport and beaches
• Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach.
Hours: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
• Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
• Pinellas Park Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N.
Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Seminole Library at St Pete College, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N.
Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.
The City of Seminole Recreation Division announces the ninth annual Fit Over 50 Health and Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. The expo will host 50 vendors and is free. For information, call Duane Crandall at (727) 391-8345.