State, federal offices to close for MLk Jr. day
Don't expect to do much business with the government Monday. All federal, state and city government offices will be closed because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All courts also will be closed. Here's a look at how the holiday will affect other community services:
Garbage collection: Clearwater's Monday garbage pickup will be made Tuesday, and Tuesday's collection will be made Wednesday. Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor and Oldsmar will have regular pickup.
Buses: All PSTA buses will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
Mail: All post offices will be closed, and no mail will be delivered.
Schools: All Pinellas County public schools will be closed. Administrative offices will be open.
Libraries: All library branches will be closed.
For Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in the area, see Page 4
History Comes Alive at cemetery
Graveside actors in period costumes will lead the Dunedin Historical Museum's annual "History Comes Alive" event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dunedin Municipal Cemetery at 2400 Keene Road. The actors, representing late Dunedin residents like naturalist W.S. Blatchley, women's suffrage activist Elizabeth Skinner Jackson and newspaper publisher Dr. Jason Edgar, will speak with visitors, share scrapbooks and display historical artifacts. A $2 donation per adult visitor is suggested. Call (727) 736-1176 for more information.
Humane Society event is Saturday
The Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater, is holding "Big Dog, Cool Cat, Sassy Rabbit Day" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Included in the event will be discussions on responsible pet ownership, the organization's Special Pets In Need program and a Microchip Clinic, designed for pets who have a valid rabies vaccine and license. For information, call (727) 797-7722.
Experts to discuss beach preservation
Clearwater Marine Aquarium will continue its free speaker series Thursday with the program Saving Our Beaches and Coastal Ecosystems. The presentation will include information about our local barrier island and beach ecology. Several local experts will explore what we can all do to preserve our ecosystems, the human impact on our beaches, the role our beaches play on local sea life and the importance of local beach cleanup efforts. It will begin at 6 p.m. with presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.SeeWinter.com to see speaker series lectures planned for the entire year.
St. Petersburg Opera director Mark Sforzini will discuss "The Essence of Opera: How It All Got Started" 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall. An incorrect date was listed in Saturday's North Pinellas Times.