Get ice cream, prizes, doughnuts on Friday
CLEARWATER — A new Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins store, which recently opened in the old telephone building at 534 Cleveland St., will have its grand opening Friday. The store will open at 6 a.m. with gift card giveaways, raffles and other festivities. It's the 14th store in Pinellas County for franchisee Vik Patel.
Building owner Jon Heneghan gutted the three-story structure, which once housed a telephone operations center, and peeled away a 60-year-old facade to reveal the original red brick fronting from 1914.
Drop off a toy, get a gift certificate
The Black Friday shopping early birds among you who might consider buying an extra toy on one of those special deals can drop it off at O'Keefes restaurant from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. for a Toys for Tots drive. The restaurant, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., will give a gift certificate to anyone who brings in a new, unwrapped toy.
Volunteers need to be advocates for children
More than 1,000 children in Pinellas County need a volunteer Guardian ad Litem. Guardian ad Litems advocate in court and the child welfare system for abused, and neglected children.
The average time needed is four to six hours a month.
A Guardian ad Litem becomes familiar with the child's case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. The next class begins Jan. 10 and meets for five Saturdays at the Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg.
To attend a half hour orientation call (727) 464-6528.
For more information and an application visit www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Adult mentors needed for kids
Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers, ages 30 and older, for its Adults Mentoring Children program. Volunteers are matched with children who need a positive role model. Many of the children are in foster care or live with a single parent who is going to school and working. Volunteers spend a few hours each visit with simple activities such as reading, fishing or baking. The agency has children throughout the county who need mentors. Call (727) 479-1800, ext. 3031.
Lots of ways
to help charities
You can help Safety Harbor and Oldsmar charities this season by attending or supporting the annual Mayors' Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at Tampa Bay Downs. There are several ways to participate. You can buy tickets ($25 each) or business table sponsorships ($250 for a party of eight), make a donation to the Sponsor a Child program or create and donate a holiday tree to be raffled off at the event. For information, call (727) 724-1555.