Fitness sites collecting donations for Goodwill
Lifestyle Family Fitness is collecting gently used shoes, clothing, small sporting goods and housewares through Aug. 31 at any of the health clubs in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Donations will benefit Goodwill Industries.
For the location of the nearest Lifestyle Family Fitness, visit lff.com or call toll-free, 1-800-543-3793.
Math text author to talk on student preparation
Dr. Ron Larson, author of the Big Ideas Math middle school textbooks, will speak from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pinellas County schools administration building, 301 Fourth St. SW, in Largo. Larson will introduce his new series of textbooks and share his approach to teaching middle school math to prepare students for advanced math studies. Call (727) 588-6127.
Kits available to help find missing children
Child Photo ID and Fingerprint kits help parents or guardians assemble identification information needed to search for a missing child.
To order a free kit, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the nonprofit Missing Children Awareness Foundation, 13094 95th St. N, Largo, FL 33773. Call (727) 585-5360 or toll-free at 1-800-741-7233.
Volunteers are needed for mentoring program
Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers age 30 and older for its mentoring program. Volunteers are matched with children who need a positive adult role model.
There is a need for volunteers to serve children of all ages. No experience is necessary, and there are no costs.
Volunteers spend a few hours a week in activities such as reading, fishing, baking, teaching a craft or visiting a park.
Call (727) 479-1841 or (727) 479-1825.
Bothered by litter? Call this new number
Keep Pinellas Beautiful has a new 24-hour litter reporting hotline residents can use to report litter problems: (727) 210-4663.
The litter hotline is designed for large-scale litter problems or those that pose a public safety hazard, such as cases where items could create traffic problems. Examples include:
• Road or environmental hazards.
• Illegal dumping.
• Areas with major litter problems, such as storm drains with shopping carts or bulky items in them, or places such as businesses with widespread litter problems.
The hotline is not for reporting code enforcement problems such as overgrown lawns or minor instances of littering.
Callers will need to provide a street address or intersection, a description of the problem and a phone number. Keep Pinellas Beautiful will coordinate with city or county departments to address litter reports. Call (727) 210-4663 during business hours or visit keeppinellasbeautiful.org.
Equipment is free for folks with hearing loss
Florida residents with hearing loss can receive amplified telephones and specialized equipment for free at the Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay.
Free hearing screenings, assistance equipment and low-cost hearing aids are also available at locations across Pinellas County.
For more information, call (727) 399-9983 or visit ftri.org for locations and information.
Buried in phone books? You can recycle them
New phone books have arrived, so recycle that old one.
Residents with curbside collection in Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo and Oldsmar can put their old phone books in their curbside recycling bin.
Other residents can go to one of 40 dropoff locations around the county. Most dropoff sites have bins labeled "phone books." If not, put the phone books in the "mixed paper" or "magazines" bins, but not in the "newspaper" bin. For a list of phone book recycling sites, visit pinellascounty.org/utilities or call (727) 464-7500.
Pinellas residents discard more than 2 million phone books annually. To reduce the number of phone books delivered to your office or house this year, call Verizon toll-free at 1-800-888-8448 or Yellow Book toll-free at 1-800-929-3556.