Participants to join 'Hands across sand'
North Pinellas communities will be among about 200 in Florida and more than 700 across the world participating today in "Hands Across the Sand." It's an environmental effort aimed at raising awareness about the threat that offshore oil drilling poses to Florida and other states with coastlines. Participants are asked to meet at the beach at 11 a.m. today and link hands at noon for 15 minutes. Walk, bike, take public transportation or carpool, if possible. Participants are encouraged to wear black or red, white and blue. North Pinellas locations include Belleair Beach, Clearwater Beach, Crystal Beach, Dunedin Causeway beach, Honeymoon Island and Fred Howard Park beach in Tarpon Springs. For details, visit www.handsacrossthesand.com or contact Cathy Harrelson at (727) 415-8805 or firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Coast Guard rescues boaters
The U.S. Coast Guard and Clearwater Fire & Rescue came to the aid of three men 5 miles off the coast on a sinking vessel Thursday night. The Coast Guard rescued the three boaters, who were not identified, about 9 p.m., west of Clearwater Pass. No one was injured. The men called 911 about 8:30 p.m. after their 25-foot recreational vessel began taking on water. The boat lost a pump and all electronic communication, according to Clearwater fire officials. The men were transferred to the Coast Guard's Sand Key station. The boat was towed.
Triathletes will be out in force
If you're out and about Sunday morning, beware of the fifth annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon. It kicks off at 6:50 a.m. Sunday with a 1/3-mile open-water swim at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. From there, participants will bike 13 miles through Clearwater Beach, over the Memorial Causeway and through Clearwater. The final leg is a 3.1-mile run in Sand Key Park. For more information, visit www.mpmtriathlon.org/triathlon/home.asp or call (727) 953-9198.
Feeling crafty? This is for you
The eighth annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is free. As a result, the Dunedin Summer Saturday Market is closed this week. The festival is put on by Main Street Dunedin. Visit www.artfestival.com/events/visitorsShow/111 or call (954) 472-3755.
Artists wanted for December festival
The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from artists who wish to participate in the 36th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in historic downtown Palm Harbor. For an application or more information, call the Palm Harbor Chamber at (727) 784-4287 or e-mail email@example.com.