Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas news briefs

Clothes to Kids seeks donations

Clothes To Kids needs elementary school boys t-shirts and collared shirts (M-XL), pants and shorts (6-16), shoes (11-6) and belts. Gently used and new donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at either the St. Petersburg (2168 34th St. S) or Clearwater (1059 N Hercules Ave.) locations. Cash donations are also needed to purchase clothing in short supply, new underwear and socks. For information or to schedule an appointment to shop, call (727) 441-5050 or visit www.clothestokids.org.

Tarpon Springs Recreation Department hosts basketball camps

Tarpon Springs' Recreation Department is hosting three basketball camp sessions for youth ages 6-15, led by Coach Jerry Woodka and the Tampa Swish Basketball Academy. Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and costs $100. Participants will be divided into divisions determined by age and skill level. Participants may bring their lunch or purchase on site.

Session 1: June 13-16

Session 2: June 20-23

Session 3: July 11-14

To register, call (727) 943-4900, ext. 2134

Pinellas County joins AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

Pinellas County received its AARP Age-Friendly designation at a recent County Commission meeting. With this designation, Pinellas joins a network of over 400 communities around the world. Age-Friendly communities have the goal of promoting and active, happy and healthy lifestyles for people of all ages through outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; community support and health services. Pinellas County has added two more domains: emergency management and security and safety. The county and its partners will work on information gathering through community surveys, listening sessions and research with the goal of completing a countywide action plan.

Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Legislative Wrap Up

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion with state legislators on May 18 at 9 a.m. at Madeira Beach City Hall. The discussion will recap new state laws and what transpired during the 2017 legislative session. Rep. Kathleen Peters (R-South Pasadena), Rep. Larry Ahern (R-Seminole) and Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St.Petersburg) are confirmed participants.

Florida Department of health to offer free hepatitis testing

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will mark National Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19 with screenings and education at its St. Petersburg and Clearwater centers. From 8:15 a.m. to noon, the St. Petersburg (205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N) and Clearwater (310 N Myrtle Ave.) will offer free testing and education.

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