Son of brother who saved Jews in WWII to speak
The son of one of the brothers who formed the Bielski partisan group in Poland and Belarus during World War II will speak Tuesday at the Chabad of Pinellas County, 3696 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor. The brothers were the subject of Defiance, a 2008 film that chronicled the orchestration of one of the largest rescues of Jews by Jews during World War II. Zvi Bielski, son of Zus Bielski, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult; $25 per couple. Reservations required. Call (727) 789-0408 or visit YICHABAD.com.
Boaters, start year on safer footing
United Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater has announced its 2010 schedule for safe boating programs. Courses will start with "About Boating Safely" at 8 a.m. Jan. 9 and 10 at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key, 1001 Gulf Blvd. Topics include boating emergencies, knowing your boat, getting under way, navigating, operating your boat safely and legal requirements. All graduates receive a Florida State Certification Card. For information and to register, call Ann Bennett, staff officer-public education, at (727) 469-8895 or visit http://a0701101.uscgaux.info.
MLK essay contest open to students
All elementary, middle and high school students in Dunedin are invited to enter the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest. The theme is Youth Leadership: The Key to Advancing the Dream. Using the example of King's legacy and leadership, students are encouraged to write about what contributions they as young leaders can make in promoting a greater realization of King's dream. Essays should not exceed five pages and must be submitted to teachers before Jan. 12. One essay will be selected from each school. The selected student essayists are invited to read their essays at the annual Martin Luther King. Jr. Unity Breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. For details, visit DunedinGov.com. The event is part of Dunedin's annual Diversity Week.
Community alliance to meet Thursday
The SunCoast Region of the Department of Children and Families will have a meeting of the Pinellas Community Alliance at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mary R. Grizzle State Office Building, 11351 Ulmerton Road, Suite 418D, Largo. Ongoing Alliance business in Pinellas County will be discussed. The public is invited to attend. Agendas can be obtained seven days in advance at Suite 414, Mary R. Grizzle State Office Building. Persons requiring accommodations to participate in the meeting should call (727) 588-7055 at least three days in advance to make arrangements.
A detailed list of obituaries is published in Section B.