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Register now for Morton Plant triathlon

Registration is now open for the sixth annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon that features a 1/3-mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 13-mile bike ride over the Sand Key, Belleair Causeway and Memorial Causeway bridges, and a 3.1-mile run finishing in Sand Key Park.

The triathlon starts at 6:50 a.m. June 26 at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater.

Registration fees are $75 for individual competitors and $90 for relay teams. On June 1, fees will increase to $80 for individuals and $100 for relay teams. A $4,000 prize purse will be divided and distributed to the top five male and female finishers. All race finishers receive custom medals.

Volunteers are needed to assist with athlete registration, distribution of water along the race course and assisting at the finish line.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer or for information on the triathlon, call (727) 953-9198. Register at

David Fine, a specialist in podiatric medicine and surgery, will conduct free foot and ankle screenings from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Reservations are required.

Call (727) 943-3600, anytime.

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Free cholesterol and diabetes screenings will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Medicine Shoppe, 938 Patricia Ave., Dunedin. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, call Cholestcheck toll-free at 1- 800-713-3301.

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March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Approximately 50,000 people died from colon cancer in 2010, according to the National Cancer Institute.

General surgeon Thomas Tirone will speak on colon health and disorders of the intestine at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Aging Well Center, Grand Room, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. Dr. Tirone will also discuss the importance of colon cancer screenings and the latest advances in medical and surgical treatments for colon cancer.

Light refreshments will be served.

To register, call (727) 953-6877.

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Seminars, classes, support groups

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church Educational Building, second floor, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail or visit

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RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at the following times and locations: 1 p.m. Mondays, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 785-4506; 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, Tarpon Springs, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585 or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

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ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. Visitors welcome. (727) 787-1837.

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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 781-2597; 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin, (727) 733-6858; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., (727) 784-3375. Free. Open to everyone.

Register now for Morton Plant triathlon 03/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:09pm]
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