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North Pinellas news briefs for Oct. 9


Jazz Holiday wants you

Organizers of the 34th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday are looking for volunteers to help with the four-day music event slated for Oct. 17-20.

Jobs include selling merchandise, distributing beverages and helping with parking. Help is also needed with setting up the event as well as tearing it down.

Visit or call the Jazz Holiday office at (727) 461-5200 for a registration form.

Coachman Park goes Latin on Sunday

Latin music will fill the air when the Hispanic Heritage Concert returns to Clearwater's Coachman Park on Sunday. Internationally known musical performers will bring an array of styles to the stage including salsa, merengue and reggaeton.

Latin Grammy nominee Victor Manuelle is known for his salsa-infused vibe that appeals to a broad audience. Hector "El Torito" Acosta brings a history of performing salsa music from his days as a member of Los Toros. N'Klabe is a chart-topping salsa group whose hit single La Banda reached No. 1 on Billboard's Latin Tropical chart last year.

If you haven't heard of reggaeton, it's a cultural beat growing in popularity across the United States. Reggaeton is a popular dance style of music that fuses a mix of Jamaican reggae with traditional Latin music with a twist of hip-hop. J Alvarez and the musical duo Zion y Lennox will showcase their versions of reggaeton, which has been popular in Latin cultures since the 1970s.

Rounding out the genres is the Puerto Rican group Limi-T 21 offering a spin on traditional merengue music by incorporating blues, R&B and hip-hop into their sound.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on Sunday. Children 10 and under are free. VIP tickets are $70 in advance and $75 on Sunday. Gates open at noon and the first act starts at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to or call toll-free 1-888-695-0888.

Lawn chairs, blankets and one bottle of water per person are permitted. No pets (excluding assistance animals) grills, open flame, glass containers, coolers, food, drinks, tents or canopies, recording devices or fireworks permitted at this event. For parking information, visit and search "Downtown Parking."


Lend a hand for Halloween

The city of Dunedin's parks and recreation department is looking for volunteers for this year's "Halloween Happenings" event from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Highlander Park behind the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

Assistance is needed with carnival games, tickets and Halloween activities like "the Haunted Hayride" and "Boo in the Zoo." For more information, email Devyn Wilson at or call (727) 812-4530.

Tarpon Springs

Christmas-themed show seeks vendors

Tarpon Springs is seeking vendors to participate in "There's Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs."

The Dec. 6 event, which attracted an estimated 20,000 people last year and will be held on Tarpon and Safford avenues from 4 to 9 p.m. in the old downtown, will include snow and reindeer, Christmas hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa.

Among other items, vendors will have Christmas-themed food, jewelry and arts and crafts. Vendors can rent a 10- by 10-foot space for $75; restaurants and food trucks can set up for $100.

For information, email

Palm Harbor

Support breast cancer awareness

The Palm Harbor Library is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month by holding several programs throughout October. Staff have set up the Pink Giving Tree in the library, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Patrons are invited to make a donation to receive a ribbon to hang on the tree. The library is also selling pink wrist bands for $3 and piggy banks for $5.

Coming up is a visit by Women's Mobile Medical Services of Orlando from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 25, which will be offering free mammograms. In order to receive the mammogram, however, women need to register in advance with a prescription from their physician. To register, visit or call (407) 349-2007.


Community prayer breakfast is Oct. 29

Register now for the North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the Centre, 1500 16th St., in Palm Harbor.

Entertainment includes Palm Harbor High's a cappella group the After School Specials.

Speakers will include clergy from more than eight churches in northern Pinellas County. Individual tickets are $15.

To register visit or call (727) 771-6000.

Help promote education about the ban on texting

The Florida Department of Transportation and AAA are partnering to reduce distracted driving on Florida's roadways by educating the public about the new Florida law banning texting while driving.

The state ban went into effect Oct. 1.

The state DOT and AAA want to help promote safe driving and address critical issues related to distracted driving in Florida. The law specifies that a person may not operate a motor vehicle in motion while texting (described as manually typing into a wireless communications device), emailing or instant messaging (non-voice).

Events are planned and information is being shared across the state during October. This includes participation at high school assemblies, radio public service announcements, collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, and a variety of electronic notices along highways and turnpikes.

Organizations interested in helping promote the new law can visit their local AAA office for information.

Officials estimate that sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving, at 55 miles per hour, the length of an entire football field, blind.

North Pinellas news briefs for Oct. 9 10/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 6:27pm]
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