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Clearwater names artists for Sea-Blues Festival

Saved by strangers, Wish has a home  Wish strikes a pose on a perch in its new cage at Moccasin Lake Nature Park. The bald eagle was moved there after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the park the requisite permit. Barb Walker of the Clearwater Audubon Society says the bald eagle was injured on Jan. 19 in Tarpon Springs and spotted by a mail carrier. She got down in a ditch with the eagle, covered it with her jacket and sat with it while making phone calls. The Sheriff’s Office sent two deputies, and Walker met them. The deputies were in the ditch protecting the eagle with their jackets when she arrived. Despite hopes it could be returned to the wild, the eagle suffered from problems with a wing. During the bird’s time being cared for at Busch Gardens, it required a partial amputation. Released from the hospital into rehab, the bird became a display or education bird. Donations for the care of Wish can be made to the Clearwater Audubon Society at P.O. Box 97, Clearwater FL 33757, with a notation that the donation is for Wish. Clearwater Audubon is looking for volunteers also. Moccasin Lake Nature Park is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Saved by strangers, Wish has a home Wish strikes a pose on a perch in its new cage at Moccasin Lake Nature Park. The bald eagle was moved there after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the park the requisite permit. Barb Walker of the Clearwater Audubon Society says the bald eagle was injured on Jan. 19 in Tarpon Springs and spotted by a mail carrier. She got down in a ditch with the eagle, covered it with her jacket and sat with it while making phone calls. The Sheriff’s Office sent two deputies, and Walker met them. The deputies were in the ditch protecting the eagle with their jackets when she arrived. Despite hopes it could be returned to the wild, the eagle suffered from problems with a wing. During the bird’s time being cared for at Busch Gardens, it required a partial amputation. Released from the hospital into rehab, the bird became a display or education bird. Donations for the care of Wish can be made to the Clearwater Audubon Society at P.O. Box 97, Clearwater FL 33757, with a notation that the donation is for Wish. Clearwater Audubon is looking for volunteers also. Moccasin Lake Nature Park is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clearwater

City lines up musicians for Sea-Blues Festival

Clearwater has announced the names of the artists who will perform at the Eighth Annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival scheduled for Feb. 15-16 in Coachman Park.

Co-headliners are the Robert Cray Band and Vintage Trouble. The five-time Grammy Award-winning Robert Cray Band is touring after the release of its album, Nothing But Love.

Vintage Trouble released its first album, Bomb Shelter Sessions, in 2011, and has appeared on all the major late-night talk shows. The band has opened for Bon Jovi, the Who, the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews. Their growing fan base calls themselves "trouble makers."

Other nationally known acts scheduled to perform at the Sea-Blues Festival include Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds, Ana Popovic, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Eric Lindell, Marquise Knox and Samantha Fish.

More artists are expected to be announced. Event schedules and information are subject to change.

A list of participating seafood restaurants and vendors will be announced soon.

Admission to the event is free with limited reserved seating and VIP tickets available soon. For more information, visit clearwaterseablues.com. For sponsorship information call Kris Koch at (727) 562-4805.

Researcher on aging to speak on brain fitness

The Clearwater Aging Well Center at 1501 N Belcher Road, will host a program on brain fitness led by nationally known University of South Florida School of Aging researcher Jerri D. Edwards.

The program will be at noon Monday and is open to the public without charge.

Edwards will discuss her ground-breaking work that shows that cognitive abilities do not necessarily need to decline as we age. Given the appropriate training, often referred to as "brain games," older adults can avoid or delay functional difficulties as they grow older, thereby maintaining their independence and quality of life. The training extends to many practical applications, including the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

"We are honored to host this program by Dr. Edwards," said Kerry Marsalek, manager of the city's Office on Aging. "Her work stands to have far-reaching ramifications for many older adults who may find their independence compromised by diminishing cognitive abilities as they age."

Attendees are encouraged to preregister. To sign up or receive more information, call (727) 724-3070.

Students must apply soon for Japan sister city trip

The deadline is nearing for Clearwater middle school students to apply to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Clearwater's sister city, Nagano, Japan.

Clearwater Sister Cities Inc. is selecting a small group of middle school students for the program. Students will see cultural attractions, attend Japanese schools and live with a Japanese family during the visit.

The trip will be in June 2014, but the deadline to apply is Sunday. For more information, visit myclearwater.com or send an email to felicia.leonard@myclearwater.com.

Donations to We Care Fund help needy with utility bills

Clearwater is seeking donations for its We Care Fund, which helps pay utility bills for the needy.

To make a contribution or get more information, call (727) 562-4600.

Countywide

PSTA on holiday bus schedule

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Thanksgiving and on a normal schedule for Black Friday.

Riders are encouraged to use PSTA's new Real Time Bus Information (www.ridepsta.net) system to track when their next bus will arrive at their stop.

The PSTA offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, but riders who need help with trip planning can use the Google Trip Planner on the PSTA website, www.psta.net, 24 hours a day.

Safety Harbor

Fundraiser helps local families

The 2013 Mayors' Breakfast, hosted by Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub and Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis, will be held Dec. 6 at 7:30 a.m. at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. The breakfast raises money to help local families in both communities.

Tickets are $25 each.

Table sponsorships start at $250 and include eight tickets. The mayors are also seeking donations of door prizes and small, decorated holiday trees from local businesses.

If you would like to make a donation, become a sponsor, purchase a ticket, or get more information about the Mayors' Breakfast, call (727) 791-8255 or email jhooper@shnfc.org.

Dunedin

No trash pickup on Thursday

There will be no residential garbage and recycling service in Dunedin on Thanksgiving. Thursday customers will receive service on Friday, and Friday customers on Saturday.

Clearwater names artists for Sea-Blues Festival 11/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 6:36pm]
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