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UNCLAIMED CLOTHING SALE: Clothes will be sold at deep discounted prices from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Nov. 7 at the PARC Thrift Store, 5825 66th St. N, St. Petersburg. Thousands of freshly cleaned items, unclaimed by customers and donated by Sun Country Cleaners, are $5 per item during the sale. Items available include business suits, dresses, men's shirts, sweaters, sport shirts, skirts, ties, trousers from sizes XS through 4X.

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY FLOTILLA 7-8 will hold a 12-week repeating cycle of safe boating program meetings at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach. You can start at any point in the cycle of programs. Arrive the first time at 6:30 p.m. to register. The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th Edition. All materials will be included in the $45 fee, for $60, couples can share the materials. For information, call Jim at (727) 360-4846, Warren at (727) 321-7801 or Phil at (727) 865-2226.

THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU is holding its annual "Secure Your ID Day" on Nov. 6 at Cadence Bank, 36301 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Area residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection. Individuals can bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.

WINE TASTING WORKSHOP: In connection with the city of Safety Harbor's annual Wine Festival, the Safety Harbor Public Library will host a wine tasting workshop with Jon Marshall, who worked for the largest winery in the world and spent a significant amount of time touring and tasting throughout Europe. The workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. Space is limited and registration is required. A $5 fee is required to secure your spot upon registration. Must be at least 21 to attend. 101 Second St. N. For information call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.

VETERANS TOWN HALL MEETING: The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, in collaboration with the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office, will host a quarterly veterans town hall meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., in room 215.

VA Outreach services and special program representatives will also be available from 4 to 6 p.m. to assist veterans. Services available will include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance, and patient advocate services. The outreach portion of the event will feature a disability Claims Clinic where veterans and survivors will be able to file a claim for compensation, submit evidence, check the status of an existing claim or appeal, and speak to a VA claims processor. Veterans and their families, veteran service organizations, and other community partners are invited to attend.

During the town hall, VA leaders will provide updates on operations and improvement initiatives regarding VA health care and benefits. Veterans and their families will have an opportunity to comment publicly about programs and services. Information, (727) 398-9531.

FALL FESTIVAL: Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church invites the community to its annual Fall Festival Nov. 19-22. The festival is in its 45th year and will be held on church grounds, 5800 15th Ave. S, Gulfport. The festival will feature rides, a midway, opportunities to win gift certificates, baskets of goodies from local merchants, food, drinks, cold beer and wine and entertainment daily. For information, call the parish office at (727) 347-9989 or email

SCOTTISH AMERICAN HERITAGE WEEK: Gov. Rick Scott and the Pinellas County Commission will declare the week of Nov. 8 as Scottish American Heritage Week. The Scottish American Society will celebrate its 35th anniversary while showcasing the newly redecorated Scottish Hall at 3 p.m. on Nov. 12. Guests will be invited to tour the Scottish Hall for a ceremony presenting the proclamations and a plaque honoring the organization's founding members. The public is invited to enjoy performances by bagpipers and Highland dancers along with a taste of Scottish food, an anniversary cake and traditional Patte Punch. The Scottish Hall is at 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin. For information, call (727) 784-4755 or email;

Pinellas news briefs 10/29/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 11:02am]
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