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News Roundup

North Pinellas news briefs for March 26

Clearwater

Dolphin Tale teen will make appearances at two venues this week

Cozi Zuelsdorff, the 15-year-old star who portrays Hazel in Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 and provides singing voices for characters in Disney Jr.'s Sofia the First, will make appearances at Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure in downtown Clearwater and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Island Estates on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Attendance is first-come, first-served and is included in the regular admission price. In some appearances, Cozi will take questions or be available for photographs. In others, neither photographs nor autographs will be allowed.

For information about times, locations, admission costs and what will be allowed, visit seewinter.com/adventure/about, or call (727) 724-4115.

Palm Harbor

Calling all youth artists: Here's your chance

Attention kids: Begin preparations to compete in the Crystal Beach Youth Art Show, which will be held on April 5 in conjunction with the Crystal Beach Arts and Crafts Festival.

Organizers have issued a "call for art'' from youth ages 6 to 18. Participants do not have to be Crystal Beach residents.

Drop off up to two pieces of artwork between 5 and 7 p.m. April 3 at the Crystal Beach Youth Center, 520 Crystal Beach Ave., for a chance to win a prize. Entrees can include paintings, sketches, prints, photographs or sculpture.

The judging will be held at an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at the center. The winning entrees will be displayed at the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce from April 9-21. To enter, visit crystalbeachfamily.com. For more information, call (727) 771-7228.

Countywide

Some taxpayers can get AARP's help

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is available free for those households with low or moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older.

Taxpayers must bring a Social Security card for all individuals listed on the return, photo identification and tax records such as a W-2 and form 1099.

The program will take place at the following locations:

• Mondays and Fridays, noon to 4 p.m., Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St.

• Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

• Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Clearwater Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater.

• Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

• Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Centre at Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St.

• Tuesdays 3 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E.

For more information, call toll-free 1-888-227-7669 or visit aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide.

Subtract fees when you add to the family

Pinellas County Animal Services is offering a spring special on adoption fees and rabies shots.

Through April, the adoption fee will be $25 for large dogs and cats and $75 for puppies and small breeds during normal shelter adoption hours.

The fee includes a medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control and microchipping. The required Pinellas County license is also provided.

Rabies vaccines will be offered at a reduced fee of $5 with the purchase of a Pinellas County license for $20.

Pinellas County Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and services include adoptions.

Rabies vaccinations are administered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. through the end of April and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tarpon Springs

There's a book club just for you, and they even serve snacks

The Tarpon Springs Public Library offers several book clubs to serve readers with diverse interests.

The Expand Your Horizons Book Club meets on a Wednesday afternoon each month and discusses fiction or nonfiction in a variety of genres. The next meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. April 9 and the book is Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle.

The Mystery, Murder and Mayhem Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is April 16 and the book choice is A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie.

The Manga Book Club for ages 12 and older will appeal to those who like manga, graphic novels and anime. The group will discuss those genres and also watch popular anime episodes. The next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. April 21.

All groups meet at the library, 138 E Lemon St. Light refreshments are served at the meetings.

 
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