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Lectures, exhibit celebrate African-American heritage

America's African-American Culture Lecture Series and Heritage Exhibit will be presented at the Sunshine Center in downtown St. Petersburg starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday and running through Feb. 22.

Eight lectures will offer information on a variety of topics that are often not mentioned in American or African-American history books. The lectures include several audio tapes on black politicians, economic pioneers, religious leaders, notable characters and historic communities.

Much of the information for the lectures is taken from the Norman E. Jones Papers and Audio Tapes. Jones was recognized as an authority on black history and culture. Some of his memoirs were donated to the Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2001.

The culture of black St. Petersburg before integration is one of the highlights of the Heritage Exhibit. The exhibit also include government documents and material about African-American history tours, politics, music, journalism, maps and games.

The introductory session on Jan. 4 is free and open to the public. A $20 fee gains admission to all subsequent lectures and exhibits.

The Sunshine Center is at 330 Fifth St. N. For information, call Norman E. Jones II at (727) 895-4126 or the Sunshine Center at (727) 893-7101.

Animobile schedules Pinellas Park visits

Pinellas County Animal Services' mobile veterinary vehicle, the Animobile, will be at the parking lot of the Pinellas Park Health Department, 6350 76th Ave. N., on Tuesday and Thursday and on Jan. 7, 11, 13, 14 and 18 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free spaying or neutering will be available for pets of residents receiving public assistance. Rabies vaccinations will also be available from 1:30-3 p.m. for $1 with the purchase of a county pet license. To schedule a surgical appointment call 582-2600. No appointment necessary for vaccinations or license.

Lawn Bowling Club offering free instruction

The St. Petersburg Lawn Bowling Club, 536 Fourth Ave. N, will hold free instruction and general information each Wednesday during January from 9 a.m.-noon for those interested in learning about this low impact sport. The Lawn Bowling Club is the oldest in Florida and the 10th oldest in the United States. The first national tournament was hosted by the club in 1926 and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Call 823-8143.

Christmas trees can be recycled into mulch

St. Petersburg residents can find a second use for their Christmas tree by allowing the city to recycle trees into mulch. The mulch is free to residents. Sanitation crews will provide on-site pickup of discarded trees in the neighborhoods starting Jan. 5.

+ Residential houses: Place the tree no closer than 3 feet beside the garbage container in the usual location.

+ Large apartment complexes: Place the trees in a central location. When trees accumulate, apartment managers should call Commercial Sanitation at 893-7351 and a crew will be sent.

+ Smaller apartment complexes: Place trees beside or behind the large metal trash bins.

+ Residents who want to dispose of their tree immediately can do so at the following locations: 1000 62nd Ave. NE, 7750 26th Ave. N, 2500 26th Ave. S, 4015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, and 2453 20th Ave. N. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Plastic tree bags, tree stands and all decorations and lights should be removed before discarding. Call 893-7334 or 893-7398.

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