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DEAR COUNCIL HOPEFULS: TIME TO GET MOVING

Want a say in how the city spends your tax dollars? Qualifying for the City Council election on March 13 begins Monday and runs through Dec. 15. To run, you must be 18, live in the city continuously for the past year and be registered to vote in Clearwater. To start, prospective candidates must designate a treasurer and open up a campaign account. Then stop by the City Clerk's Office (third floor, Clearwater City Hall) and pick up 250 petition cards, which must be signed by registered city voters. Prospective candidates also must pay a $100 filing fee and a $177.35 elections assessment fee. Up for grabs is a one-year term for Hoyt Hamilton's old seat (No. 3) and three-year terms for Bill Jonson's seat (No. 5) and Carlen Petersen's seat (No. 4). Jonson can't run because of the term-limit rule, and Petersen is expected to seek re-election. So far, seven folks have designated treasurers and opened campaign accounts. The City Clerk's office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DUNEDIN

Nature program looks at Red Tide

It's called Red Tide. It's smelly, toxic and leaves a mess on our beaches. Ever wonder what causes it? Find out how it affects animals and people; when, where and why it occurs; and the role pollution plays at the Discover Nature Around You Nature Program for Adults from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dunedin Nature Center, 1910 Ed Eckert Drive. Those wishing to attend must RSVP at (727) 298-3271.

Events will unite people of all ages

Dunedin's annual Intergenerational Week is part of the city's commitment to the "Communities for a Lifetime" initiative. This week brings public awareness to the value of intergenerational relationships by creating programs that bring together people of all ages. Events include building an intergenerational float for the holiday parade; a grandparent/grandchildren library program; a nursing home and after-school program partnership with social and crafts activities; and an intergenerational trivia game night and a pizza party for teens and adults. To learn how to participate in this unique event and for a complete schedule of events, call Barbara Fidler at (727) 298-3010.

LARGO

Photographer Moran to speak

The St. Petersburg Audubon Society and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host a "Holiday Conservation Celebration" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Environmental exhibits, a book signing and a silent auction of environmentally themed holiday gift items will be highlights. The featured speaker will be John Moran, whose book and photographic program, Journal of Light, powerfully document the essence of Florida. Call (727) 544-7341.

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