Meet emergency personnel, get blood screening
In conjunction with National Emergency Medical Services Week, Clearwater Fire & Rescue will provide free blood pressure screenings to Clearwater residents today through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Citizens are invited to meet the paramedics and emergency medical technicians, who provide day-to-day lifesaving emergency medial services. The emergency medical services personnel are specialists trained to handle life-threatening illnesses and give injuries immediate attention. EMS week helps publicize safety and honor those who provide emergency medical services. The screenings will take place at all Clearwater Fire Stations, except Fire Station 48, which is closed for renovations. For a complete list, visit www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/fire/stations.asp.
Prepare pets now for storm season
Learn common sense tips on how to prepare your pet for storm season. Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater, will host "Preparing Your Pets for a Hurricane'' at 2 p.m. Tuesday. For information, call (727) 562-4970.
SPCA in need of pet supplies
The SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo, is in need of donations for the large number of kittens and puppies they are handling. The organization currently has 70 kittens and 50 puppies living in volunteer foster homes. Requested donations include newspapers, sheets, blankets, towels, potty training pads, baby gates, crates, cribs, cleaning supplies including bleach, laundry detergent and dish soap. Hours for dropoff are: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (727) 586-3591 or visit www.spcafl.org.
Fundraiser to help with treatment
The family and friends of Kristen Kennedy are holding a fundraiser throughout the day Friday at Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 49th St., Clearwater. Kennedy is a Largo woman being treated through the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for several illnesses including hypoglycemia, hypotension, type-2 diabetes and dumping syndrome, a digestive ailment. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., when Quaker Steak patrons present a benefit coupon when ordering a meal, 15 percent of the meal price will go toward Kennedy's medical expenses. A 50-50 raffle is also being held on the night of the event with the drawing at approximately 10:30 p.m. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win. To request coupons or raffle tickets, call Jody Kennedy, (727) 480-4732.