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Give blood, get gift card: Florida Blood Services will have bloodmobiles set up from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at Publix stores at 1600 66th St. N and at 3700 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg. Donors will receive a $10 Publix gift card. There will also be a bloodmobile from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Regal theater, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park, and donors will receive two movie tickets. Included is a check of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol. For information, call (727) 568-5433 or visit

2012 property taxes due: The deadline is approaching for Pinellas County property owners to pay 2012 property taxes. Online payments at are due by 11:55 p.m. Sunday. You can securely transfer money directly from a bank account. Credit card payments are also accepted online. Mail payments must have a March postmark date. Or you can make a drop-box payment by 5 p.m. April 1. For information call (727) 464-7777 or visit

Aqua Zumba: Get all the fun and benefit of Zumba from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Perfect for all ages and fitness levels. $5 for residents, $6 nonresidents. This class also accepts Silver Sneakers. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit

Swimming lessons: The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, is offering classes for babies 6 months old to seniors through the American Red Cross. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday. Classes are available morning and evening to fit every schedule. $40 for St. Pete Beach residents, $45 for nonresidents. For information, call (727) 636-9245 or visit

Yard sale to help teens: Clear out your garage and reserve a space for $15 to join the St. Petersburg Recreation Center TASCO Teen Council's Community Yard Sale on April 6. The sale with about 100 vendors will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crescent Lake Park, at 22nd Avenue N and Fifth Street. Goodwill donation pickup available from 1 to 2 p.m. Call (727) 893-7813 or visit

Clothing swap: Gulfport's next swap will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 in the courtyard next to the Historic Peninsula Inn at 2937 Beach Blvd. S. Bring up to five gently used garments to exchange. Items may be for women, men or children. Shoes and accessories are also accepted. Vouchers may also be purchased for $3 each. Donations of more than five garments is encouraged. All cash, donated clothing and unselected garments will be donated to Community Action Stops Abuse. Rain date is May 14. For information, call Daniel Hodge at (727) 366-4086 or email

Want to become a lifeguard? The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatics Center will offer lifeguard training to anyone 15 and older April 6-18 at the center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. $160 for residents, $180 for nonresidents. For information call (727) 363-9264 or visit

First-time home buyer assistance: This Pinellas program is available to those who have not owned a home in the past three years. It's also for veterans. You must meet income requirements, have a minimum credit score of 640 and take a class. For information, call toll-free 1-800-806-5154 or (727) 464-8210 or visit and search "home buyer."

Neighborly Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park. If you have 1 ½ hours at midday to help, you could improve someone's life. Call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.

Turtle Trot: The city of Largo and the Friends of Largo Nature Parks will hold the third annual Turtle Trot 5k at 8 a.m. April 13 at George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. The Turtle Trot is a 3.1-mile flat course through McGough and Bonner Park trails and boardwalks and through the neighborhood streets nearby. Awards will be given to the overall male and female runners, overall master male and female, and the top three finishers in each age group. Bring the kids and feed the turtles from the observation deck. Race fee is $15 by April 1, which includes a T-shirt and goody bag, $25 after. Proceeds benefit Largo Nature Parks. Registration forms can be found at or picked up at McGough park or at Bonner Park, 14444 143rd St. N. For information, visit or call (727) 518-3047.

Shredfest: Largo residents can bring their personal documents to be shredded and recycled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at the Starkey Road Recycling Center, 1551 Starkey Road. This is a drive-through event. Bring up to five file boxes of paper per car. There is no need to remove staples, tape, paperclips or rubber bands. In celebration of Earth Day, ProShred will recycle all shredded data. File boxes will be collected by the city and recycled. For information visit or call (727) 587-6760.

Things to do and know about in brief 03/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:58pm]
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