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Pinellas County news and notes

Digital photography workshop: The St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, will be offering introductory digital photography workshops from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 and May 22. This workshop is designed to give complete novices a solid understanding of their compact digital camera and the fundamental knowledge needed to take photos. Cost is $10 per class and you must register by Tuesday before the class is scheduled. For information, call (727) 363-9245.

Private music lessons available: Future musicians can register for private piano, recorder and flute lessons with a former music therapist and performer at Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn music theory and various aspects of performance and composition. Classes are taught using traditional and nontraditional approaches. Weekly lessons are 30 minutes and are scheduled between 3 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Cost is $60 a month. For information, call (727) 893-7150 or visit

Animal adoption specials: Pinellas County Animal Services is offering adoption specials on cats and dogs through the end of January. The adoption fee for large dogs and cats is $25; $75 for puppies and small breeds. The fee includes a medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, and microchipping. The required Pinellas County license is also provided. You can stop at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. For information, call (727) 582-2600.

Love big trucks?: Bring the family to Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25 to climb, honk and play around in every vehicle you can imagine, including fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles, buses, military vehicles, an 18-wheeler and more. Kids can enjoy inflatables, train rides, rocket ship car rides and a food court at this annual Touch-a-Truck event. The event is free, although some attractions require a paid wristband. For information, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Toastmaster Clubs are looking to increase membership in downtown St. Petersburg with three clubs teaming up to offer open houses, workshops and speech contests during January and February to anyone who is interested in improving their public speaking. Toastmasters at All Children's Hospital, also known as TACH, is a corporate-sponsored club that is open to hospital employees as well as the public, and holds its meetings from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., every Wednesday on the first floor of the Business and Technology Building on the hospital campus, 550 Ninth Ave. S. For information, visit City Power Toastmasters Club No. 911 is open to anyone and holds its meetings from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday on the sixth floor of the Municipal Services Building, 1 Fourth St.. For information, call (727) 893-7052, or visit:

Homeless Count and Survey: The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board needs volunteers to help conduct a one-day count and survey of homeless individuals and families throughout the county. The collected data will help sustain funding for homeless services. For information on volunteering for the Jan. 23 event, call (727) 528-5832 or email

Legal help for veterans: Stetson University College of Law partners with the Community Law Program and the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation to prepare free simple wills and advance directives for low income veterans and their spouses age 60 or older. Veterans or their spouses must schedule individual appointments by calling (727) 562-7393. People who own real estate outside the state will not be eligible to participate. Walk-in appointments are not available and the deadline to schedule an appointment is Jan. 24. The program begins in February. For information, call (727) 562-7800.

St. Pete Beach Senior Excursions: The next senior excursion is a trip on Sun Line Cruises in Tarpon Springs on Friday. All excursions depart from the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Participants must register by today, for the Friday trip. The cost is $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents, which covers transportation only. All admission or lunch costs are extra and the responsibility of the participants. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit

St. Pete Beach Community Yard Sale: Spaces for the Jan. 25 event are available. The cost for a 10- by 10-foot space is $15 for St. Pete Beach residents and $17.50 for nonresidents. For information or to reserve a space, call (727) 363-9245

Pinellas County news and notes 01/14/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:16am]
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