Give your Christmas tree a new purpose
Recycle your Christmas tree so it can be processed into useful mulch. Remember to remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights. Keep the tree loose, not in a bag or trash can. If you live in an apartment or condo, place your tree near the garbage bin, without blocking access to it. The following cities offer Christmas tree recycling:
Belleair: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 588-3769, ext. 401.
Clearwater: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 562-4920.
Dunedin: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6. Residents without curbside yard waste pickup can plan a pickup day with their association. For information, call (727) 298-3215.
Largo: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9. For information, call (727) 587-6760.
Oldsmar: Drop off at 107 Shore Drive W, across from Park Boulevard. Open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 13. For information, call (813) 749-1262.
Safety Harbor: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 724-1550.
Tarpon Springs: Drop off at the yard waste facility at 898 S Levis Ave. for a fee, or put out for curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 943-4837.
Residents of cities that do not offer tree recycling or residents living in unincorporated Pinellas can recycle a tree by dropping it off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. The cost for six or more trees is $37.50 per ton. Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Art center's winter classes start soon
The Dunedin Fine Art Center's Gladys Douglas School of the Arts is registering for winter classes. Instruction is available for children, teens and adults, with discounted tuition rates for art center members. A limited number of adult scholarships are available. The Winter I session is Jan. 9 through Feb. 19. The Winter II session is Feb. 20 through Apr. 1. Daytime, evening and weekend classes as well as one-day to weeklong workshops in a variety of media are available. Call (727) 298-3322, go to www.dfac.org, or visit the center at 1143 Michigan Blvd. to register.
Christmas garden reuses old things
The trippy home of artists Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda was featured on MTV's Extreme Cribs. For Christmas, they and their artist friends have created Holidazzle, an interactive, illuminated Christmas garden made from repurposed items. Trash never looked so good. Park along the street and walk up. Donations will go to the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center building fund. The display will be up every night from 6 to 9 p.m. It's free, but donations are accepted. Whimzey, 1206 Third St. N, Safety Harbor. For more information, visit www.kiaralinda.com. For more events, see Things to Do on Page 4.