Whole Foods to open with front-door promotion
Whole Foods Market's debut location in Pinellas will hold its grand opening Sept. 24, the company announced this week.
The health food grocery chain's newest location will occupy 38,000 square feet in the lower level of Sears at Westfield Countryside Mall on U.S. 19.
The grand opening will kick off with a ceremony in front of the store. The first 500 customers in line will receive a gift card with a mystery value between $5 and $50, with one receiving a gift card worth $500.
Whole Foods has been hiring about 200 workers for the Clearwater location, which will be the chain's third store in Tampa Bay. The company has 21 in Florida.
Countryside library breaks ground today
The public is invited to a ground-breaking ceremony for the Countryside Library's new location at 8:30 a.m. today.
It will be next to the Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive.
The $7.1 million price tag will be funded by Penny for Pinellas sales tax dollars.
The current library on State Route 580 will remain open during construction, which is expected to take about a year.
For more information, visit myclearwater.com/cpl or call 562-4970.
City's pools will stay open longer next year
The city has decided to keep its four outdoor pools open longer next year.
Clearwater maintains outdoor pools at Clearwater Beach, Morningside, North Greenwood and Ross Norton. They're open all summer but shut down when the school year starts.
Next year, pool hours will be extended to weekends through September. The cost is estimated at $10,000.
The City Council also decided to open the Clearwater Beach Library for three mornings a week beginning in October. Its new hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Police to offer tips for avoiding crime
The Clearwater Police Department will hold a session designed to help residents avoid becoming crime victims. The session will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Clearwater Aging Well Center at 1501 N. Belcher Road.
Detectives will discuss how residents can keep their property safe by cutting back trees and bushes, installing motion-detector lighting, closing garage doors, and locking vehicles.
For more information, call (727) 724-3070.
Army Field Band to give jazz performance
The Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will stop in Pinellas on Sept. 7. The 19-member ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, 1411 Gulf Road. The performance is free, but advance tickets are recommended. Order tickets by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tarpon Springs High School Band Boosters, attn: Jazz Ambassadors, P.O. Box 642, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-0642.
For more information, call Judy Amorello, (727) 560-0035.
Pet overpopulation targeted with grants
Pinellas County Animal Services, SPCA Tampa Bay and the Humane Society of Pinellas have been awarded $25,000 each by Florida Animal Friend Inc., an organization aiming to help end pet overpopulation.
Animal Services will use its funds for residents in south and central St. Petersburg, while the SPCA will serve Pinellas Park and Largo, and the Humane Society will focus on low-income areas throughout the county.
Dog and cat owners who qualify will be asked to pay a minimal fee — as low as $15 per animal — for surgery. Owners must have proof of rabies vaccinations and license tags, or pay $25 for those services. To qualify, residents will need to provide proof of their participation in certain public assistance programs. For the list of programs and other information, visit pinellascounty.org/animal services, spcatampabay.org, or humanesocietyofpinellas.org.
Times staff writers Mike Brassfield and Piper Castillo contributed to this report.