Toys for Tots prep meeting is Wednesday
The Morris F. Dixon Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League is gearing up for the 2009 Toys for Tots campaign with a goal to provide 1,500 families in the upper Pinellas County area with toys. In the past, this mission of collecting, sorting and distributing toys has been accomplished with help from the U.S. Postal Service, local businesses and communities, members of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs at area high schools, and dedicated volunteers. Additional volunteers are always welcome and are encouraged to attend a Toys for Tots planning meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Marine Corps League quarters at VFW Post 2473, 1401 N Hercules Ave. Call Pete Kristall at (727) 392-2329, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.mcleagueclearwater.com.
Register now for boat parade
The 35th annual Memorial Holiday Boat Parade, sponsored by the Island Estates Yacht Club, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Rain date is Dec. 13. The boat parade, one of the largest and most popular marine events in the Clearwater area, celebrates the spirit of the holidays and is the club's memorial tribute for members who have died. The decorated boats will assemble at 6 p.m. in Mandalay Channel, between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach. At 6:30, the boats will set sail through many of Island Estates' canals, arrive at Coachman Park at 8 p.m., proceed under the Memorial Causeway Bridge, turning into the Clearwater Marina Channel and then to the Clearwater Yacht Club judging stand. There is no entry fee. To register, call Joel Briskman at (727) 688-3144 or (727) 461-1147 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Cecelia school holds open house
St. Cecelia Interparochial School, 1350 Court St., will host an open house Tuesday for students entering prekindergarten through eighth grade. A presentation by principal Mary Beth Scanlon begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by tours of the school until 2 p.m. Call the Admissions Office at (727) 461-1207.
Group explores East Lake plans
The Council of North County Neighborhoods will host a public meeting to discuss proposed legislation to protect the East Lake area from involuntary annexation by nearby cities at 7 p.m. Monday at Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Call Don Ewing Jr. at (727) 560-5586 or visit cncnpc.org.