Learn about county's plan for preserve
Learn more about Pinellas County's draft management plan for the Brooker Creek Preserve at 7 p.m. Monday at the Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd. Will Davis, the county's director of environmental management, will speak on county efforts to act as stewards of the 8,300-acre preserve at the Council of North County Neighborhoods meeting. All are welcome. For information, visit www.cncnpc.org.
These poles are made for walking
The YMCA of North Pinellas is offering a free Nordic walking class for all ages Saturdays at John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road. In good weather, the group meets at 8:45 a.m. at Shelter 1 and starts walking at 9 a.m. This Saturday, staff from Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure will talk about walking poles and techniques. Nordic walking poles help provide an upper-body workout. Poles will be provided. Call Leslie Stallings, wellness director, at (727) 772-9622.
Don your sneakers for a good cause
The Scoliosis Association of Palm Harbor will have a "Sweep across America for Scoliosis" walk-a-thon from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. today in John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road. Funds raised will benefit the association and scoliosis research. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the $10 fee includes a T-shirt, raffles, food and beverage. Business sponsors are also welcome. Send an e-mail to email@example.com or call (727) 271-0712.
Low-cost loans ease storm prep
As the official June 1 start of the 2008 hurricane season approaches, Pinellas County continues to offer no-to-low interest rate loans up to $45,000 to help residents make their homes hurricane-ready. Under the loan program, improvements can include roof bracing or replacement, impact-resistant windows and doors, storm shutters and tree removal. The home must be the applicant's primary residence and located within unincorporated Pinellas. Applicants must meet certain income level requirements. For information, call Pinellas County Community Development at (727) 464-8210 or visit www.pinellascounty.org./community.
Butterfly counters of all ages needed
Members of the Palm Harbor Garden Club will be counting butterflies from Largo to the Pasco County line May 30, and they need help. Butterfly counters can be children or adults and will receive instruction. To volunteer, call Carolyn Desmarais at (727) 942-3028.
Memorial Day ceremony May 26
Oldsmar has a yearly tradition of honoring fallen veterans with a Memorial Day ceremony. This year the tradition continues at Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive E, at 10 a.m. May 26. Lt. Col. Jennifer L. Uptmor, commander, 310 Airlift Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, will speak. American Legion Post 238 Safety Harbor color guard will march and piper Emmet Bondurant will perform. Free parking, seating and light refreshments will be provided. Engraved commemorative bricks for the memorial plaza may be purchased in advance. Call (813) 749-1260.