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Open House and Back to School Expo: The city of Largo will hold its expo at Highland Recreation Complex, the Largo Community Center and Southwest Recreation Complex from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23. You can visit one facility or all three for a facility tour, school supply giveaways, activities and more. Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., will offer a buy one, get one admission to the Highland Family Aquatic Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, will be having a volunteer drive; and the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, will be having a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon. School supplies are available while supplies last at all three locations. For information visit or call: Highland Recreation Complex at (727) 518-3016; Southwest Recreation Complex at (727) 518-3125; or the Largo Community Center at (727) 518-3131.

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Sports camps: The city of Largo is offering sports camps packed with fitness and health-related activities for children ages 6-16. Each week, campers will participate in physical activity, learn about healthy habits and participate in activities that reinforce and apply the fundamentals of team sports. Super Sports Camp will be 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the week of Aug. 11-15, at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. and is open to ages 8-14. Cost is $60 for residents and $75 for nonresidents. Indoor Soccer Camp is for ages 8-14 and will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $110 for residents and $137.50 for nonresidents. Indoor Soccer Camp will be held at the Pinellas Indoor Soccer Academy, 611 Commerce Drive. For information, visit or call (727) 518-3016.

Summer Reading Carnival: East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, is hosting its Summer Reading Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2. The event will include a bouncy house, games, face painting and prizes. Although participants in the summer reading clubs receive five free tickets, the event is open to the public, and additional tickets cost 50 cents each. For information, call (727) 773-2665.

Homeless board has positions: The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board is looking to fill two VISTA member positions. The first position will assist with building social media capacity within the organization. The second will assist with building a volunteer base and help in organizing the activities of the HLB. Members must commit to serve one year full time in the program, working alongside local nonprofit leaders trying to bring people out of poverty. Members receive a living allowance, health benefits, training and a $5,550 college education award on the completion of their year of service. The next training begins in August. Only online applications will be accepted. Those interested must apply at

Dunedin seeks volunteers: Dunedin is looking for volunteers to help with light administrative duties and to greet visitors at City Hall at 542 Main St. This is an opportunity for retirees, students in need of scholarships such as Bright Futures or residents with an interest in local government. Applications can be downloaded at For information, call (727) 298-3007.

Safety Harbor seeks volunteers: The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to greet and assist visitors, answer phones and do minor clerical tasks. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. To apply, call (727) 726-2890 or stop by the chamber at 200 Main St.

Safety Harbor Memorial: The city has spent the last year planning, designing and soliciting donations for a 9/11 Memorial that will incorporate a piece of steel acquired from the World Trade Center attack. The memorial will be on Main Street between City Hall and the Fire Station. Total cost of the memorial is just under $55,000 and to date the project has received donations and commitments of $30,359.13. To donate, make checks payable to City of Safety Harbor with 9/11 Memorial noted on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to City of Safety Harbor Attn: Fire Department, 750 Main St., Safety Harbor, FL 34695. Those wishing to see a rendering of the memorial, visit For information, contact Fire Chief Joe Accetta at (727) 724-1573 or

Volunteers needed: Save Our Strays is looking for volunteers to help foster a cat or a litter of kittens. Save Our Strays does not have a shelter facility and its foster homes are full. Foster applicants must be able to drive, have their own transportation and be available for a home visit from a volunteer prior to fostering. In north Pinellas call (727) 481-5262; in south Pinellas, (727) 871-0888. For information, email

Clothing needed: Clothes to Kids needs elementary school boys and girls clothing and shoes. The agency needs shorts sizes 4 to 16, short-sleeve shirts sizes S to XL and shoes sized kids 11 through adult. New or gently used clothing and shoes can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at two locations: 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater; and 3251 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 441-5050, ext. 22.

South Pinellas news and notes 07/23/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:56pm]
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