Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Life a bore? Here are events galore

Free tax preparation: Households with low to moderate incomes, with an emphasis on people over 60, can take advantage of free tax preparation and help from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Bring Social Security cards for all people on the return, picture IDs and all records such as W2s and 1099s, and a copy of last year's return if available. Free electronic filing is available. Services available through April 13. Call (727) 893-1074.

Prom for all: The Gathering of Women needs prom, bridesmaid and evening dresses, accessories, shoes, jewelry and shawls for high school girls who cannot afford prom attire. The organization is also asking beauty salons, barbershops, nail salons, dry cleaners, florists and limo companies to donate their time or discounted services to the seniors. Call Samantha at (727) 321-8825.

Trashy Fashion applicants: Amateur eco-fashion designers can apply to showcase their "trashions" at the Trashy Fashion Show on April 21 at the Largo Cultural Center. Designs must be at least 75 percent recycled or discarded items in this event celebrating Earth Day. Apply online by March 25 at LargoRecycles.com or call (727) 586-7424. Then send a digital photo, description of design and an environmental fact to accompany the design by April 1.

Scholarship: College juniors and seniors majoring in political science, public or business administration, journalism or mass communications at an accredited Florida college may be eligible for a $1,200 scholarship from the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. Applicants must be registered voters who have lived in Florida at least two years and have maintained a C average or above during the last year. Other requirements and applications are at votepinellas.com. Apply by 5 p.m. March 19 in any Pinellas supervisor of elections office. For a mailed application, call (727) 464-6108.

Talk with Tomalin: The Friends of Mirror Lake Library will host a book talk featuring Tampa Bay Times outdoor/fitness editor Terry Tomalin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 280 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Tomalin will discuss his new book, Everyday Adventures: A Florida Outdoors Guide. A reception with refreshments is at 5:30 p.m. Call (727) 893-7268.

Play at the park: Play! Unplugged, Just What the Doctor Ordered will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Hands-on games and play stations will dot the park as parents learn the benefits of free play. Largo Recreation will hand out Play! Unplugged calendars filled with events and ideas. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Books and art unite: Tickets are on sale for the Greater Largo Library Foundation's Art Hop and Taste Fest from 6 to 8 p.m. March 24. "Hop'' between local downtown businesses and the library enjoying food and drink while celebrating art and literature. $30 in advance; $35 at the door; $100 each for VIP, $150 for couples. Buy tickets at the circulation desk, 120 Central Park Drive. Call (727) 587-6715.

Collection for the troops: Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwaveable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office, 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach; American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are needed to cover shipping. Make checks payable to UPS Store and mail to Joe Tapp, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For info, call Tapp at (727) 432-1057.

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