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Neighborhood news: community sale, babysitting camp in Largo; detours in St. Petersburg

Vendors wanted: Reserve a table for Largo's Community Garage Sale and Health and Wellness Expo scheduled for Aug. 18 at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. The cost is $9 for the garage sale area and $15 for the expo area. For information, call (727) 518-3125.

Babysitting camp: The city of Largo will hold "Babysitting Above and Beyond,'' a summer camp for youths ages 11-13. The program teaches skills needed to become a certified babysitter. The camp follows the nationally recognized Safe Sitter Course curriculum with hands-on practice, interactive learning and role-playing.

The weeklong camp will be held June 18-22 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. From 9-11 a.m., campers will learn diapering, feeding, first aid, rescue breathing and proper babysitting procedures. By the end of the week, children will earn their Safe Sitter certificate of completion. The camp costs $65 for residents; $81.25 for nonresidents. Registration is available at the Largo Community Center, Highland Recreation Complex or Southwest Recreation Complex. For information, visit or call (727) 518-3125.

Celebrate summer: Southwest Pool's Summer Kickoff Event is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy access to the Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo, along with floats, inner tubes and diving boards for recreational use. There will be scuba diving demonstrations and free chair massages. The cost is $2 per person for residents, $3 for nonresidents and $6 for guests. For information, call (727) 518-3126 or visit

Railroad work detours: St. Petersburg residents will soon experience a smoother ride around Tropicana Field. CSX crews begin removal of railroad tracks and signal equipment between Third Avenue N and First Avenue N and 16th Street and 13th Street this week. All work will occur while the Tampa Bay Rays are on the road.

Motorists will be directed to alternate routes via message boards and access to local businesses will be maintained. Rail removal is expected to run through July 9 on the following schedule:

Today through Friday, Burlington Avenue N and Second Avenue N between 15th and 16th streets will be closed to traffic.

On Friday afternoon to Monday, crews begin work on 13th Street north of First Avenue S, with traffic rerouted to 11th Street.

From Saturday to Monday, First Avenue S will close to traffic with detours in place for Fifth Avenue S and Central Avenue.

June 18 through June 22, Central Avenue will close to traffic with detours to First Avenue N and First Avenue S.

June 23 to June 25, First Avenue N will close with traffic rerouted to Fifth Avenue N and Central Avenue.

For more information, call at (727) 893-7295.

Deal for swimmers in St. Pete Beach: In June and July, the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center is selling yearly pool passes for 50 percent off. St. Pete Beach residents and nonresidents are both eligible to purchase child, adult, senior or family year pool passes at the discounted rate. A family of four could save over $250. Each pass provides year-round access to the pool with lap swimming, sun bathing, picnic areas, water slides, a children's splash zone and more. Each membership purchased comes with two free passes to a Dive-In Movie at the pool this summer. Stop by the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, any day in June or July to purchase passes. For information, call (727) 363-9264.

Free band concert: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Peter Harris, presents a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Home, 320 First St. NE. For information call (727) 584-1391.

Neighborhood news: community sale, babysitting camp in Largo; detours in St. Petersburg 06/05/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:44pm]
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