Say goodBye to chief Klein at reception
A farewell ceremony and reception to honor retiring police Chief Sid Klein for his 29 years of service to the department will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St. Law enforcement agencies from across the Tampa Bay area will be represented there to express their thanks to the retiring chief. The public is invited to attend. The city's new police chief, Tony Holloway, was sworn in last week. He had spent 22 years with the Clearwater department before leaving it in 2007 to become chief of the Somerville, Mass., Police Department.
Kids can enter library contest
The Clearwater Public Library System is hosting its first Sunshine State Book Talking Video Contest. Pinellas County students in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to submit a creative video talking about their favorite Sunshine State book from the 2009-2010 school year. The top three winning videos in elementary and middle school categories will win prizes and their efforts will be posted on the library's Web site before the Battle of the Books Finals in May. First place wins a $75 gift card; second, a $50 card and third, a $25 card. Only one prize will be awarded per video entry. All entries must be in by April 16. Winners will be notified and announced on the site by May 13. A full list of contest rules and guidelines can be found by visiting www.myclearwater.com/cpl. For information, call (727) 562-4970.
Churches team up for a Lent fish fry
St. Patrick and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic churches are showing a cooperative spirit this Lenten season. The two churches are sharing deep-fat fryers for their Lenten fish fries by holding the events on alternating Fridays. The industrial fryers are used to cook fish, hush puppies and French fries. That, along with cole slaw and a sweet treat, make up the weekly meal. St. Catherine Siena, 1955 S Belcher Road, Clearwater, is serving dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 12 and 26. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children. Call (727) 531-7721. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo, will serve its fish fry from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 5 and 19. Cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for kids 14 and younger. Visit www.stpatrick-largo.org or call (727) 584-2318.
Greek culture exhibit opening
A new permanent exhibit, "The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs,'' will open tonight at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. A public ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. with Greek Consul General Antonios Sgouropoulos, former U.S. Rep. Mike Billirakis and Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverly Billiris. A series of public programs will enhance the exhibit in coming weeks. Call (727) 942-5605.