Hospital celebrates with Lights of Love
The 27th annual Lights of Love Celebration at Florida Hospital North Pinellas will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the hospital at 1395 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs.
The Lights of Love Celebration features holiday entertainment, a tree-lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa, all polished off with a mug of hot cocoa and cookies.
This year's celebration will also feature a salute to veterans and service members with a full honor guard ceremony led by VFW Holiday Post 10167.
For 27 years, the Lights of Love celebration has offered the community the opportunity to commemorate loved ones during the holiday season through the purchase of a special ornament to adorn the Lights of Love tree, located in the hospital's main lobby. This year, the hospital auxiliary is also offering a special ornament to commemorate veterans and loved ones in the armed forces.
For more information and to make a donation, contact the Florida Hospital Auxiliary at (727) 942-5072.
Manga Book Club to meet at library
If you like manga, graphic novels and anime, the Manga Book Club is the place for you. Hang out and meet other teens who share your interests at the Tarpon Springs Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Members will also enjoy watching popular anime episodes.
The Manga Book Club meets every first and third Monday of each month and is for teens ages 12 and up.
The library is located at 138 E Lemon St. in Tarpon Springs.
Homeless Emergency Project opens doors to potential donors
There is Black Friday. Cyber Monday. And now, #Giving Tuesday, a national movement to encourage people to give back to their communities and worthy nonprofits.
To mark the occasion, the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater is inviting the public and potential donors to visit the nonprofit's 8-acre campus between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday. Please RSVP to Ashley Chango at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Monday to reserve a spot on the campus tour.
HEP provides food, housing and support services for homeless men, women and children who have nowhere else to go. It is located at 1120 N Betty Lane in Clearwater.
Pinellas Paws Cause raises money for animal welfare
Pinellas County Animal Services will celebrate the holidays with the Pinellas Paws Cause festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The pet-friendly event is being held to support the Animal Welfare Trust Fund and will feature entertainment, demonstrations, vendors, food and more.
Pets and their owners can get their picture taken with Santa Paws for $5 from 10 to 1:30 p.m. in the shelter lobby. Photographer Ron Grecco will donate the proceeds to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund.
New this year is a silent auction. Bidding on vendor prizes and donated items begins at 10 a.m. The bidding will close at 1 p.m.
A pet parade through the Florida Botanical Gardens, led by Captain Barky, begins at 11 a.m. Free registration for the costume contest begins at 10:30 a.m. Rescue dogs will join the jaunt and secret judges will award prizes for best and cutest costumes. Each pet will receive a doggy bag for participating.
Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy Robert Cahoon will offer police dog demonstrations at 12:30 p.m.
Pet portraits will be painted on the Pinellas Paws Cause Mural at Animal Services by Anne Fields of Murals for Mutts for a special event price of $75, with $25 donated to shelter animals through the Animal Welfare Trust Fund. Free raffle drawings will be available throughout the day.
SPCA Tampa Bay, the Humane Society of Pinellas, Pet Pal, community pet partners and dozens of rescue groups will have dogs and cats available for adoption.
Animal Services will offer adoption specials, which include spay/neuter, immunizations and a county license. Gift baskets are being prepared for those who adopt a shelter pet at the holiday event while supplies last.
Proceeds from the Pinellas Paws Cause benefit the Animal Welfare Trust Fund, which directly benefits shelter pets by providing creature comforts such as toys, more comfortable kennels and specialized food.
Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The facility is closed all Pinellas County holidays.
For information on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices, or call (727) 582-2600.