Candidate forum will be held monday
The Council of North County Neighborhoods will hold a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Lake Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road. The forum will be moderated by Bay News 9 anchor Al Ruechel, and candidates in attendance will be from the following districts: U.S. House District 12, State Senate District 20, State House District 65 and Pinellas County Commission at-large Districts 1 and 3. For more information, call Don Ewing, (727) 560-5586 or email email@example.com.
City Council moves meeting back
This week, the Oldsmar City Council has moved its regular meeting time from Tuesday night to Wednesday night. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the council chambers, 101 State St. W. The council will hold a public hearing on Oldsmar's budget. Council members are planning to keep Oldsmar's property tax rate the same as it's been for the last five years — $4.05 per $1,000 of taxable property value.
Join the Suncoast String Band
The Suncoast String Band is welcoming new musicians for its upcoming season. Musicians who play saxophone, banjo, accordion, guitar, violin, keyboard or drums are invited to join. The band rehearses Thursday afternoons at the Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550, 360 Douglas Ave. For more information, call Tom Barry at (727) 734-2664 or Abe Lincoln at (727) 483-9611.
Library adds early literacy program
The Clearwater East Branch Library, 2251 Drew St., will implement an award-winning early literacy program that prepares children from birth to age 3 to read and be ready for school. Parents are encouraged to bring their babies and toddlers to Mother Goose on the Loose, a free program that will meet Thursdays at the East Branch Library from 11 to 11:30 beginning this Thursday. Activities for the multisensory program include rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster children's speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence and sensitivity to others. It builds on a premise that children's curiosity helps them learn as they listen and watch their surroundings. The program, developed by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, has become an effective early literacy tool that is gaining popularity nationwide, based on research showing that children learn best through routine and repetition in a nurturing environment. For more information, visit myclearwater.com/cpl or call (727) 562-4970.