Bring your dog to Blast Friday
Turn your Christmas tree into mulch
Recycle your Christmas tree so it can be processed into useful mulch. Remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights. Keep the tree loose, not in a bag or trash can. If you live in an apartment or condo, place your tree near the dumpster, without blocking access to it. The following cities offer Christmas tree recycling:
Belleair: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 588-3769, ext. 401.
Clearwater: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 562-4920.
Dunedin: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day through Jan. 9. Residents without curbside yard waste pickup can plan a pickup day with their association. For information, call (727) 298-3215, ext. 1321.
Oldsmar: Drop off at 107 Shore Drive W, across from Park Boulevard. Open through Jan. 11. For information, call (813) 749-1266.
Safety Harbor: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 724-1550.
Tarpon Springs: Drop off at the yard waste facility at 898 S Levis Ave. for a fee, or put out for curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 943-4837.
Unincorporated Pinellas County: Drop it off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. Hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See Outback Bowl dolphin sculptures
Two local dolphin sculptures are on display this week. The University of South Carolina Gamecock dolphin may be seen in the lobby of the Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. The University of Michigan Go Blue dolphin is at the outside entry to the Sheraton Sand Key, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. These 6-foot-tall dolphins stand ready to welcome the school bands to their respective hotels. On Sunday, the dolphins will be on display for Outback Bowl Beach Day in the sand behind the Hilton Clearwater Beach. On Jan. 1, they'll be at Raymond James Stadium for the 27th Annual Outback Bowl.
Detailed obituaries can be found in Section B.