Decorate a wreath for city contest
The public is invited to participate in the Clearwater Downtown Development Board's third annual wreath decorating contest, to be held in conjunction with Miracle on Cleveland Street. Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 for first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced after a tree-lighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Station Square Park, where wreaths entered into the competition will be displayed. Wreaths must be submitted in person between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday at the park, 612 Cleveland St. They must be made from nonperishable materials, must be decorated by the person submitting the entry, and must be all-original and one-of-a-kind. They may be up to 24 inches in diameter and must weigh no more than 5 pounds. No wreaths with live greenery will be accepted. For more information, visit www.myclearwater.com/downtown or call (727) 562-4044.
Volunteers needed for Toys for Tots
Detachment 54 of the Marine Corps League is asking for volunteers to help sort toys for the 2010 Toys for Tots program the week of Dec. 13-17. The organization's goal is to provide 1,500 families in upper Pinellas County with toys for the holidays. The work will be done from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Staples warehouse at 10900 U.S. 19 N. To sign up, call Pete Kristall at (727) 392-2329 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library offers free read aloud DVDs
Share holiday stories across the miles. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone else with young relatives in another part of the country can read aloud seasonal stories in the library's Holiday Corner and receive a free DVD of the session to send to favorite youngsters. In-person registration is at the Children's Desk (choose a Monday or Tuesday time slot), 1-5:30 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. For more information, call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3018, or go to www.palmharborlibrary.org.
Register now for Citizens Academy
The city of Oldsmar is offering a Citizens Academy that is open and free to Oldsmar residents 16 years old and older beginning in January. The academy, which will be held during nine Thursday evening sessions, will address the complexities of running a municipality. The group will meet weekly for about two hours of overviews, hands-on activities and presentations from each city department. Participants will tour city facilities, examine budgets and take a look at how the city is managing growth and redevelopment. Class size is limited. Applications/brochures are available online or at City Hall. The deadline to register is Dec. 17. For more information or to register, go to MyOldsmar.com, or call the city clerk's office at (813) 749-1115.