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Turtle nesting on Florida's gulf coast begins, so dim the lights


turtle nesting begins, so dim those lights

Sea turtle nesting season begins Tuesday and ends Oct. 31. Because newly hatched turtles find their way to the sea by following the natural light reflected by the water, city ordinances determine specific lighting requirements for beach parking lots, streets and promenades. If you live near the beach, make sure you shut off or dim your lights at night. This precaution can reduce the amount of artificial light that reaches turtle nests and will help hatchlings reach the water safely. The Tampa Bay area averages about 120 nests each season, and each nest can contain an average of 100 to 110 eggs. If you're lucky enough to see a turtle nest on the beach, don't disturb it. If the nest is unmarked, pleas notify the Clearwater Marine Aquarium at (727) 441-1790.

'Willy Wonka' at Calvary Christian

Calvary Christian High School is launching its biggest musical this week as its production of Willy Wonka Junior runs Thursday and Friday nights. There are 32 students in the cast. The school hired a director and rented set design. The production, which is open to the public, will be at the school, 110 N McMullen-Booth Road. "We are so excited to bring this lighthearted, family-friendly production to the community," said Calvary Christian's fine arts director, Hazmin Flynt. Tickets are available online at Tickets for opening night, at 7 p.m. Thursday, are $15 and include an array of desserts. The final performance will be a dinner theater format at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets for that show are $20 and include dinner.


Teens sought for Humane Society

The Humane Society of Pinellas is recruiting volunteers ages 16 to 18 for the summer session. Opportunities are available in the cat and dog adoption areas and medical center. Volunteers must commit to working a standard schedule for the entire session, June 10 through Aug. 18. Interested teens should RSVP for one of two information sessions: 4:30 p.m. May 10, or 11 a.m. May 12 at the Humane Society, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. For additional information and registration, call Bobbie Bauwin at (727) 797-7722, ext. 237, or email

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Community Center needs assistance

The Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St., is undergoing a renovation and is in need of companies and individuals to contribute materials and redecorating expertise. Needed items include office partitions, a couch, coffee table, office furnishings, artwork for walls, window treatments, fabric for re-covering 35 chairs, card tables, several kitchen appliances as well as financial donations. Receipts for tax purposes are available upon request. Before dropping off donations, please call (727) 771-6000.

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