School has role in movie about injured dolphin
A production crew for Dolphin Tale, the 3-D Hollywood flick being filmed in Pinellas County over the next two months, spent Wednesday afternoon shooting at Largo's Mildred Helms Elementary School. The film is based on the true-life saga of Winter, the bottlenose dolphin with a prosthetic tail that's the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's star attraction. The production was announced to parents in advance of the shoot, and nine students were selected by casting directors to serve as extras, said Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn. Filming took place after regular school hours, and no classes were disrupted. Zahn said location scouts and the school district's real estate department selected Mildred Helms because "they were looking for a certain type of age of school conducive to the movie; age and architecture." Perhaps there was another reason. The school website boldly proclaims, "Mildred Helms Elementary: Home of the Dolphins."
Firefighters to honor Alstott
Safety Harbor firefighters will honor former Tampa Bay Bucs star Mike Alstott and the Mike Alstott Family Foundation tonight during the Sun Coast Osteopathic Foundation's Annual Founder's Dinner. The dinner, which will be held at Sandpearl Resort, 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater, is a celebration of the life and work of Dr. Alan Snider, founder of the foundation. Alstott is being honored for working with firefighters toward helping Andrew Hall, a crash victim, receive a handicapped accessible van. Hall lost his leg as a result of being struck by a drunken driver. Together, the Mike Alstott Family Foundation and the Sun Coast Osteopathic Foundation, raised the final $20,000 needed. The dinner will start at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Cost: $100. Call Greg Ward at (727) 483-0661.
Tickets on sale for award dinner
Tickets are on sale for the Jewish Community Center Suncoast 27th annual Humanitarian Award Dinner, which will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Dr. Bruce and Amy Epstein will be honored. Cost: $180 per person. Call (727) 321-6100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drivers needed to aid cancer patients
The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery Program is in need of volunteers throughout Pinellas County who are willing to drive cancer patients to and from cancer treatments. Training is provided to those who want to volunteer their time. Requirements for volunteering include having a good driving record, a valid driving license and a vehicle that is in good working condition. For more information, call (813) 319-5919.
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