Police looking for 'flex post' vandals
The Clearwater Police Department is seeking information about vandalism to "flex posts" on streets in Island Estates overnight Monday.
A number of the white posts used as warning devices or to direct the flow of traffic were cut off at the base, according to police. The vandalism occurred in the 400 block of Island Way and on Harbor Passage. It is against the law to damage or remove traffic control devices, but the Police Department also pointed out that the criminal mischief in this case endangers lives. Anyone with information about the destruction of the devices is asked to call police at (727) 562-4242 or text to TIP411.
Countryside gets fitness equipment
The Countryside Recreation Center and Park, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, has a new outdoor Fitness Zone made for adults. Thanks to a $20,000 Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from the Pinellas County Health Department, seven new pieces of Greenfields outdoor fitness equipment are available.
The Countryside Fitness Zone, the first in the city, includes a sit-up incline bench, a cross-country ski, a lat pull-down, a chest press, an air-walker, a leg press, and a set of combo bars for leg lifts, pull-ups and chin-ups.
The park is surrounded by ball fields, a playground and basketball courts. While kids are at baseball or basketball practice, parents can get a workout and still watch their children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 63 percent of Pinellas County adults are overweight or obese. The Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant has funded several of these free, easy-to-use outdoor fitness zones to help address the adult obesity problem in Pinellas County.
July 4 celebration needs volunteers
Volunteers are needed to rent chairs, help in the volunteer tent, sell soda and help serve food to volunteers during Clearwater's annual Independence Day celebration July 4 in Coachman Park.
Clearwater-affiliated nonprofits that would like to earn fundraising dollars are also needed to help work the entrance gates. Groups must be able to provide at least 10 to 15 participants who are 16 or older, and they must be comfortable searching patrons' bags.
To sign up to volunteer, visit myclearwater.com/parksvolunteer. For more information about signing up as a fundraising group, call (727) 562-4803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Clearwater Celebrates America" is a free event featuring the Mostly Pops Orchestra, fireworks, children's activities and food and drink concessions.
City to host event on environment
An informational session on energy efficiency and alternative energy options will be held in Clearwater at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project, Clearwater Gas System and the city of Clearwater will offer information on home weatherization, natural gas for home and vehicle use, solar energy and other efficiency measures to lower energy bills. The event is free and open to the public, and each attendee will receive a free insulated tote bag. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. at the Moccasin Lake Nature Park's Environmental and Energy Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane. To sign up, visit pce-sustainableliving.eventbrite.com. Call (727) 562-4980 ext. 7456 for more information.
Running in the middle of the night
It's too hot to run during the day, so run at midnight!
The 34th annual Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run will be held the night of July 3 and morning of July 4 on Dunedin's Causeway Boulevard.
The event consists of the 10K Midnight Run, a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run/walk. For more information about the run, call Joe Garrison at (727) 535-2257 or email email@example.com.
Library offers technology tutoring
If the kids or grandkids aren't available, the Dunedin Public Library can teach you how to operate any handheld mobile device. The library is offering one-on-one tutoring help with Kindles, Nooks, iPods, iPads and smartphones.
Twenty-minute sessions are available from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays by appointment.
For more information or to book your appointment, stop by the library circulation desk or call (727) 298-3080 ext. 1716. Be sure to indicate what type of device you will need assistance with when you make your appointment.
The library will be closed July 4.
The soon-to-be Waterfront Park
The city will "peel back the fence" and open its new waterfront land for the public to explore Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 13 acres along Old Tampa Bay extend from the Safety Harbor Marina north to Mullet Creek, behind the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. The city intends to develop a passive park on the land, but nothing has been built yet.
The first 80 people to arrive will receive free hot dogs.