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Learn how to make landscaping that lures birds


Learn how to make landscaping lure birds

Coax feathered friends to your surroundings with environmentally friendly plants, shrubs and trees in a program on the beach deck at 2 p.m. Sunday at Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. The event includes a native plant sale and is presented by the Florida Native Plant Society. Free, but registration is preferred. Call 391-2473 or check


Church flea market is set for Saturday

Lakewood United Methodist Church, 5995 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, will hold its annual United Methodist Women's flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Clothing, household goods, small appliances, furniture, linens, books, antiques, collectibles and food will be for sale.


Church to commission man as missionary

Suncoast Cathedral, at 2300 62nd Ave. N, will commission church member Simon Bennett to serve in its international missions program during Sunday's 10:30 a.m. service. Bennett will work with Assemblies of God missionaries in Krasnodar, Russia. He will leave in April. As a volunteer with Assemblies of God World Missions, he will work with orphanages, help build a new church and teach English.

Northside Hospital needs volunteers

Northside Hospital and the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, 6000 49th St. N, needs ambitious, enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to help in the gift shop, front desk, surgical waiting room and patient care. For more information, call 521-4823 or stop by the front desk at the main entrance to pick up an application.


Items are needed for troops serving abroad

Items and cash for postage are being collected to send to U.S. troops. Donations can be dropped off at the Army recruiting office in Seminole Mall; VFW Post 4256, John's Pass; VFW Post 9272, Seminole; and at Extra Storage Space on Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Money to pay for shipping can be sent to "Postmaster" and mailed to Joe Tapp, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. Requested items include candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter or cheese crackers, small canned fruits, canned meat, tuna and beef jerky, powdered drink mix, small microwave products, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, resealable plastic bags and cotton swabs. Call 432-1057.


Volunteers are needed to help plant trees

Volunteers are needed to help plant red maple, sweetbay and Florida elm trees at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. This tree planting is the 16th Super Bowl Urban and Community Forestry Tree Planting Initiative. The park is at 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. The trees were donated by Home Depot. Call 893-7326 or check


Center collecting old cell phones for seniors

The Sunshine Center is collecting unwanted cell phones for seniors to dial 911 in an emergency. Phones can be dropped off at the Office on Aging, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Call 893-7102.


Preschool collecting ink cartridges, phones

First Baptist Preschool, 5495 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, is collecting empty laser and inkjet printer cartridges and used cell phones for recycling. Money earned will help finance preschool programs. Drop off or mail items to the preschool. For more information, call Miss Tammy at 544-9465.


Festival accepts clown school applications

The St. Petersburg Festival of States is accepting applications for its Clown Alley Clown School starting Feb. 26 and running for five weeks. The program has been a tradition since 1972 and is sponsored by All Children's Hospital. Christine Davison, a graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown School, teaches participants character definition, makeup, costuming and performance techniques. Children and adults are welcome, and graduates will participate in the Festival of States Illuminated Night Parade and the Festival Day Parade. Classes are held at All Children's Hospital Education Conference Center, 710 Fourth St. S., St. Petersburg from 6 to 7:15 p.m. $17 per person, $5 for each additional family member. For applications, call 821-9888, e-mail, or visit


SPCA to offer free spay/neuter surgeries

The SPCA will offer free spay/neuter surgeries Feb. 24 through March 3 to pets of the first 100 qualified applicants with limited incomes. The service includes vaccinations and rabies shots. Pet owners must apply in person with a recent 1040 form, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SPCA, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Pets do not need to be present during the time of application. In addition, the SPCA offers free spay/neuter surgeries to pit bull and pit bull mixes year round. Call (727) 586-3591 or visit


Zumba party benefits Relay for Life Feb. 14

The city of Treasure Island Recreation Department will hold a Zumba Benefit Party on Feb. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. The cost is $5. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of the Gulf Beaches event scheduled for April 17-18. For more information, call Ana Cano at 278-4585 or the Treasure Island Recreation Department at 547-4575, ext. 237.

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