Christmas trees can be recycled, become mulch
Ready to take down your holiday decorations? Consider recycling your Christmas tree to keep it out of the waste stream and have it processed into mulch. Tips: Remove 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, put the tree near a trash bin, without blocking access to it. For a list of municipalities that provide recycling services, see Page 9.
Contact info helps out in emergencies
Give your loved one the gift of peace of mind for the holidays by registering emergency contact information with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The Emergency Contact Information program allows licensed drivers and identification card holders to submit two contacts to notify in the event of an emergency, such as a vehicle crash; the information can be accessed only by law enforcement officers in an emergency. The registration process can be completed in a state or a tax collector-operated driver's license office or online at www.flhsmv.gov/eci. There is no cost to register your contact information.
Tax-help program needs volunteers
The AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to prepare federal taxes. The volunteer-run tax preparation service serves low- to middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training and reimbursement for mileage. A minimum commitment of four hours a week during February, March and early April is required. For further details or to sign up, visit aarp.org/taxaide.
Drum circle to help welcome new year
The Countryside Library will host a Community Drum Circle to help ring in the new year at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event will feature Steve Turner from Giving Tree Music. All ages are welcome to attend the free program. The library is at 2741 State Road 580. For information, call (727) 562-4970.
Auditions set for dance competition
The Arthur Murray Dance Studio will hold auditions for Dancing with the Palm Harbor Stars, which will take place during the Palm Harbor Citrus Festival in March. The studio, at Fountains Plaza, 34930 U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor, will hold the auditions from 1 to 10 p.m. Jan. 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8. No dance experience is necessary. If you're selected, the studio will provide you with a professional dance partner, choreography and six free lessons to prepare for the competition. The Citrus Festival is scheduled to take place March 18-21 at Florida and Georgia avenues in historic downtown between Alt. U.S. 19 and Omaha Street. Registration is required to audition; call (727) 786-2224 .
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