Sea turtles affected by oil spill treated
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium received four sea turtles Thursday that were victims of the gulf oil spill. The juvenile Kemp's ridley turtles, among the smallest sea turtles, arrived at Tampa International Airport via the Coast Guard from the Louisiana coast and were taken to the aquarium's rehabilitation facility, said spokeswoman Krista Rosado. The new arrivals, which already have been de-oiled, are being evaluated and prepared for future release. This is the second batch of de-oiled sea turtles for the aquarium, Rosado said. The first six turtles arrived in early August and were released successfully in South Florida earlier this month.
Boat navigation course offered
Registration is under way for the Weekend Navigator course put on by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Clearwater Flotilla 11-1. The eight-session program will instruct participants in how to safely navigate, chart and operate boats. Starting Oct. 4 it will be held at Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key, 1001 Gulf Blvd. Call Ann Bennett at (727) 469-8895.
Mentors needed by GoodGuides
Goodwill's GoodGuides, a youth mentoring program, is looking for volunteers. GoodGuides, which serves the entire bay area, helps youth ages 12 to 17 who are facing school failure, family violence and other challenges. The adults, who spend one hour a week mentoring, provide a supportive ear and offer guidance to help the youth finish school and build career plans. The program has mentors working in Clearwater; however, more help is needed throughout North Pinellas. To learn more about becoming a GoodGuides mentor, call Joshua Bean at (727) 423-1379 or e-mail email@example.com.
Vendors sought for garage band event
Vendors are needed for the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce Battle of the Garage Bands. The event is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Craig Park, 1 Library Lane, Tarpon Springs. Fourteen bands will compete for cash prizes on the band shell stage. They will perform songs from the '60s and '70s. For more information, call Cindy Corbett at (727) 937-6109 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.