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'Simplicity Parenting' author Kim John Payne to speak in Clearwater


Expert advises Simpler routine for parents

Sometimes less can be more, as in less racing around, less clutter, less scheduling. Parents can hear expert Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids, at two workshops Friday and Saturday at the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. He will discuss his strategies for turning down the volume and creating a pace that fosters "calmness, mindfulness, reflection and individuality in children." A free lecture — registration is required — will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Octagon Center. Child care will be provided for $5. An in-depth workshop with Payne, who also served as a school counselor for 18 years and a private family counselor-therapist for 15 years, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The Saturday workshop is $40 per adult or $50 per couple. Child care will be provided for $10 on Saturday. For information and registration, visit or call (727) 786-8311. Sponsored by the Suncoast Waldorf School.


Target cashier accused of theft

A cashier at a big-box department store in Clearwater is accused of helping himself to money from his drawer on at least three occasions over the past few weeks, according to arrest reports. Morgan B. Massey, 24, of 1025 Clearwater-Largo Road in Largo, was charged Tuesday with two counts of petty theft and one count of felony grand theft. According to arrest reports, Massey told investigators with the Clearwater Police Department that he stole about $2,500 over the last three to four weeks from the Target at 2747 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. Police said Massey took between $50 and $500 from his cash drawer on several occasions, putting the money into his pocket. On Wednesday afternoon, Massey was being held in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,500. Massey does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


Two-day training for safer boating

This weekend the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin will teach the "About Boating Safely Class," a two-day training session designed for both experienced and novice boaters, personal water craft owners and their families. The classes will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the U.S. Coast Guard Dunedin Classroom on the second floor of the Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St. Graduates will receive a Florida Boater Safety Certification Card. Cost for materials is $35 with a $5 discount per each student if two or more attend. Reservations are required. Call (727) 736-1191 or visit


Downtown library needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed at the Main Library in downtown Clearwater. Flexible hours are available and training is provided. Share your interests and skills with others. To learn more about becoming a volunteer or to schedule an appointment, call Diane McKeever at (727) 562-4970, ext. 5037 or visit

'Simplicity Parenting' author Kim John Payne to speak in Clearwater 04/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7:42pm]
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