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Oldsmar Library accepting canned goods for overdue book fines


Canned goods Pay for overdue library books

Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E, is continuing its Food for Fines program through Dec. 19. Patrons can bring a canned good or other type of non-perishable food item to the checkout desk instead of cash to pay for overdue book fines. One food item equals one dollar. The library will accept a maximum of 10 food items for overdue fines only, not for lost books or damaged items. The program is being sponsored by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and all food goes to local families in need. Food for Fines is an Oldsmar Public Library program and other Pinellas libraries are not currently participating. Call (813) 749-1178.


Drop off cooking oil for recycling

Holiday leftovers are great, but the grease left behind by turkey fryers is not. If you use a turkey fryer to cook up this year's holiday meal, you might have leftover fryer oil and grease and not know what to do with it. Place leftover cooking greases, frying oils, meat drippings, and bacon fats into an old plastic bottle or glass jar and bring it to Clearwater's grease recycling drop-off center, 1701 N. Hercules Ave. This facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Grease Recycling Program is available to all city residents as a free service.

Meet and greet helps greyhounds

Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will hold a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at PetSmart, 2625 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. For details, call (813) 971-4732 or visit


SPCA requests holiday donations

The SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, is asking for donations for its Wish List during the holiday season. Needs include chicken or beef flavored Science Diet for dogs or cats, spray window cleaner, paper towels, dog beds, baby blankets, cloth towels and stainless steel feeding bowls. Donations are received during regular hours, Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For information, call (727) 586-3591 or visit


Workshop targets scams on seniors

Seniors, particularly individuals who are blind or visually impaired, need to know how to protect themselves from financial fraud and scam artists. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, they will have a chance to learn about services to help them identify and avoid financial schemes at the "Safeguard Our Seniors'' workshop at Lighthouse of Pinellas, 6925 112th Circle N., Suite 203, Largo. It is being presented by the state Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services. It is free and open to the public, including those who are not visually impaired. For information, call (727) 544-4433.

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