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Pinellas County news and notes, Aug. 4 and upcoming


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Help celebrate veterans at Dunedin's fifth annual Purple Heart Recognition Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Purple Heart Park, downtown at the corner of Main and Broadway streets. The morning's keynote speaker is Sgt. Maj. William "Billy" Waugh from MacDill Air Force Base. Bricks honoring Purple Heart recipients will be available for purchase at the ceremony. For additional information about the ceremony, please call the parks and recreation department at (727) 812-4531.

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Community jazz band is starting

The city's Cultural and Civic Services Department has finalized plans to create a community band under the direction of internationally known arranger-composer Dan Fox. The repertoire consists of jazz and dance music from the 1920s and early '30s, including Fox's transcriptions and arrangements of famous jazz recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and other legendary musicians and orchestras of the era. The band will consist of three reeds, three brass, four rhythm with the addition of violins and singers as available. Interested musicians and singers should contact the city at or call (727) 937-0686. Auditions and rehearsals begin in September.


Checkups, more for kids today

The Back to School Health and Wellness event for children in the North Greenwood community from 8 a.m. to noon today offers physical exams, dental checkups, immunizations and backpacks, services provided by community churches, more than 20 community organizations and some 100 volunteers. The North Greenwood Community Coalition's seventh annual event is at the Aquatic Center, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Big Brothers Big Sisters get a treat

Who knows swimming better than a three-time Olympic gold medalist? Champion swimmer Brooke Bennett shares her expertise with children and mentors enrolled in Pinellas County's Big Brothers Big Sisters program during a private "Wet & Wild Water Safety" event today at the Clearwater YMCA. Bennett will speak to the 150 attendees about setting goals, being a successful athlete and her Olympic experiences before leading several interactive safety lessons.

Real estate listings

The Times has suspended publishing real estate listings for the next few weeks as we transition to a new data provider. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to the return of the listings in the near future.

Pinellas County news and notes, Aug. 4 and upcoming 08/03/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 8:05pm]
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