SPC Event helps with financial aid application
St. Petersburg College is sponsoring FAFSA Nights, an event aimed at helping students and their parents quickly complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so they can qualify for the most college financial aid possible. To get one-on-one help filling out the 2013-14 application, visit Boca Ciega High School on Tuesday, Dunedin High on Feb. 19, Lakewood High on Feb. 26 or Largo High on March 12. FAFSA Nights are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Want more information? Go online to spcollege.edu/fafsanights/ or call (727) 302-6802.
Forums to explore prison reform
St. Petersburg College's Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions will host the first in a series of four forums on prison reform on Wednesday. The forum titled "Does Incarceration Reduce Crime?" features five experts in academia and law enforcement. Panelists will explore the questions of effectiveness, taxpayer costs, emerging public safety research and practices, and the extent to which incarceration succeeds in reducing crime. Future programs in this series will address pretrial decision-making, juvenile justice and citizen oversight of the criminal justice system. The forum runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Seminole Campus Digitorium (UP 160), 9200 113th St. N, Seminole. The series is free and open to the public.
Center offers free health screenings
The Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., offers free monthly health screenings. Manor Care performs blood pressure checks the first Tuesday of each month. On second Tuesdays, St. John's Hearing Institute provides hearing tests and ear wax removal. The Eye Institute of West Florida offers vision and glaucoma screenings on the third Tuesday of each month. All services start at 9 a.m. Call (727) 298-3299 for information.
Workshop teaches herb gardening
Improve your chances of success with organic herb gardening by attending the Dunedin Community Garden Association's free monthly workshop at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Jackie Rhea, a certified horticultural professional and board member of the Pinellas chapter of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscapers Association, will teach attendees what kind of soil, water and nutrients herbs like, as well as the pests they detest and how to shoo them away without harming the environment. Rhea will also teach how to start herbs using seeds or transplanting. Herb seeds will be given away and one person will win a bag of worm castings. Visit DunedinCommunityGarden .com or call Debby Sheldon at (727) 734-3185.
Get help from computer techs
Adults who need assistance using computers, e-readers and the Internet may meet with computer technicians at 4 p.m. Monday at the North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. You can use the library's laptops or bring your own. No registration is required.
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