raffle will help cat-rescue group
Three businesses at the Sponge Exchange are collecting donations and sponsoring a raffle for the Little Cats' Rescue in Elfers, a nonprofit organization that advocates a "trap, neuter, release" program for strays. Donations can be made and tickets can be bought at Joey's Boutique, Art on the Docks and Danielle's, at 735 Dodecanese Ave. The raffle, with prizes donated by Sponge Dock merchants, will be held Dec. 13 at Joey's Boutique. All donations go directly to the Little Cats' Rescue. The fundraising efforts are in honor of Stormy Girl, a stray taken in by Joey's Boutique owner Joey Balmer in 2004. Merchants who want to donate prizes, call Balmer at (727) 934-4482 or June Middleton at (727) 709-5086. Palm Harbor
Oct. 14 date for 2008 Women's Symposium
Women's Symposium 2008, presented by Women in Networking, Pinellas, will be 5 to 9 p.m., Oct. 14 at HCA Patient Account Services, 31975 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The event will include classes on parenting, finances, career-related subjects and blogging.
The event is open to the public. The cost is $10. Proceeds will benefit Healthy Start of Pinellas County and the American Cancer Society.
For registration, go to www.eventinginc.com. For information, call (727) 773-9830 .
Jazz Holiday needs all sorts of volunteers
Organizers of the 29th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday are looking for volunteers to help with every aspect of the four-day, free music event slated for Oct. 17-19.
Jobs include selling merchandise, pouring beer and wine, distributing soft drinks and water and checking IDs.
If you have carpentry, electrical, plumbing, or handyman skills, your help is requested in the site services building along with tearing down the event infrastructure. Sign up online at www.clearwaterjazz.com and click on Volunteers; or call the Jazz Holiday office at (727) 461-5200 and ask for a registration form.
Club will award grants to area nonprofits
The GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club will be awarding grants up to $1,000, to nonprofit organizations in the North Pinellas area who have demonstrated positive service to the community.
Applications are available through the GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club Web site, www.clearwatercwc.org/GrantApplication.htm. The awards will be distributed in March.
SPCA has cats that need loving homes
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo, is inundated with felines looking for homes.
SPCA officials attribute the influx to difficult economic times, said Marissa Segundo, the organization's public relations manager.
To encourage adoptions, the SPCA has reduced the adoption fee for cats (older than 1 year) to $12.50. The organization is also offering free cat food for one month to new adopters.
Hours are: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
For information, go to www.SPCATampaBay.org or call (727) 586-3591 .