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News and notes for Pinellas County

Volunteers needed: Daystar Life Center, 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg, is looking for volunteers to help provide for families and individuals in times of crisis. Volunteer information sessions are at 1:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The next session will be Tuesday. For information, call Kitty Rawson at (727) 498-8794 or email

Fine arts and craft show: The Beach Art Center of Indian Rocks Beach is hosting its fine arts and crafts show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This annual event draws 60 artists and craftsman who offer original fine art and crafts including original paintings, fiber/textiles, drawings/graphics, pottery, glass, photography, woodwork, hand-crafted jewelry, sculptures and creative crafts for sale. Kolb Park, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., (between 15th and 16th avenues off of Gulf Boulevard) Indian Rocks Beach. For information, (727) 596-4331 or visit

Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2014 Frank T. Hurley Tourism Person of the Year Award. Deadline to submit an application is April 11. Nomination forms can be found at and should be emailed to or faxed to (727) 360-2233. The winner will be announced at the sixth annual tourism luncheon on May 8 at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel. For information or to register for the lunch, call Jennifer McKenney at (727) 360-6957.

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans: Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host Stand Down for Homeless Veterans from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event features a range of services available for homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless, including access to medical care; free meals, toiletries, hot showers and clothing items; VA health care, benefits and housing information; employment assistance; and more. Veterans interested in attending the event should bring a copy of their DD214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," birth certificate, Social Security card and two documents that can verify their mailing address. Veterans who reside in a shelter are also encouraged to furnish a copy of their shelter statement. Rain or shine. The event is scheduled to take place in the courtyard near Building 37 at the medical center campus, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Seminole. For information, call (727) 398-6661, ext. 7552.

Munchies with Mascots: Here's a chance to take the kids to meet local mascots at Highland Recreation Complex's Munchies with Mascots. You can enjoy dancing, interacting with local mascots from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 12. Munchies and refreshments will be served. Cost is $6 in advance per child, $9 at the door and adults are $2. 400 Highland Ave NE, Largo. For information, call (727) 518-3016 or visit

Cuts for Cops: Bill Hume, owner of Billy's Corner Barber Shop, 2031 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, is hosting the shop's fourth annual Cuts for Cops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Hume donates 100 percent of all proceeds to the Fallen Officer Fund at Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities. This event features the Gibbs High School jazz band. Kids can enjoy a fair that includes an alligator and a tour of a fire truck. There are free blood screenings. For information, call (727) 512-5305 or email

Senior Hall of Fame: The Office on Aging is seeking nominations for the Senior Hall of Fame, which honors volunteers over the age of 65. Nominees must live in Pinellas County and have dedicated their service to benefit the St. Petersburg community. Deadline for applications is April 10 and the awards ceremony is May 21 at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. For information or an application, call (727) 893-7102 or go to for an online application.

Want to know more about the Pinellas County budget?: Commissioners and the county administrator will answer budget questions from 7 to 8 p.m. April 9 during Pinellas County's 2015 eTownHall public meeting. Residents can interact with officials through a blog, Twitter or by watching live streaming video online. Those wishing to attend the meeting can go to the St. Petersburg College Seminole campus at 9200 113th St. N, St. Petersburg. There will be an opportunity to meet with the commissioners and administrator from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in an informal setting. Those who want to live stream and blog can visit The blog opens at 9 a.m. on April 9. You can Tweet questions using #pinellasetown or call toll-free 1-888-409-5380 to listen and ask questions. Finally, those who want to watch the meeting on television can tune into PCC-TV (Bright House Channel 622, WOW Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44). For information, call (727) 464-4600 or visit

St. Petersburg Free Clinic calls for volunteers: The next orientation session will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and at 3:30 p.m. on April 15. Assignments can be short-term or long-term. 863 Third Ave. N. Email Angel Schumaker at or call (727) 821-1200, ext. 114.

Learn to line dance: Participants will learn a series of choreographed steps, lines, turns and corners to music. Classes are at Bay Vista Recreation Center, 7000 Fourth St. S, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Cost is $7 for one session, $24 for four. No partner needed. For information, call (727) 893-7124 or visit

Robby's Pancake Breakfast: The Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce, along with the Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce and Middle Grounds Grill, is hosting the second annual Robby's Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday. Meet former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Michael Clayton, who will be selling and signing his new book, Chasing My Rookie Year. Cost is $10 and includes a pancake and sausage breakfast with a free Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Avenue. For tickets, call the Treasure Island chamber at (727)360-4121.

Spring yard sale: A spring community yard sale will benefit TASCO teen programs. This sale has more than 100 vendors. The event is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 10 at Crescent Lake, on the corner of 22nd Avenue N and Fifth Street, St. Petersburg. The cost for vendors to reserve a 10- by 10-foot space is $15. For information, call (727) 893-7813.

News and notes for Pinellas County 04/01/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:35am]
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