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Public is invited to free prayer breakfast

The public is invited to the Kiwanis Club of Gulf Beaches free leadership prayer breakfast 8 a.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic Church, 445 82nd Ave. Pinellas County Commissioner Ronnie Duncan is the keynote speaker.


Volunteers needed to mentor children

Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers 30 and older to spend a few hours a week mentoring a child age 10-14 from a single-parent home or in foster care. No experience is necessary. Mentoring time can be spent with simple activities like reading, fishing, baking, teaching a craft or visiting a park. Call 479-1813 or 479-1841.


Chorale to have holiday concert on Saturday

Una Voce: The Florida Men's Chorale will perform its 2006 holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave. S. The program will include traditional holiday favorites, some with an Una Voce comical twist. Tickets are $10 and are available at the church office. For information, call 867-7961 or e-mail


Parents can order free ID kits for children

Child photo ID and fingerprint kits help parents or guardians assemble identification information needed to search for a missing child. To order a free kit, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Missing Children Awareness Foundation, 13094 95th St. N, Largo 33773. For information, call 585-5360 or 1-800-741-7233.


Elks hope to offer baskets to 50 families

Pinellas Park Elks Lodge 2217 is seeking donations to provide holiday baskets to 50 families in the Pinellas Park area. For information, call 576-3117.


Katrina aid program helps storm victims

The Katrina Aid Today Program is available to help those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The program offers referrals, counseling, support, special events and assistance with utilities, food and clothing. Contact Tamera Fontenot at Catholic Charities, (813) 210-4245; or Evelyn Dodd at St. Vincent de Paul Society, (727) 868-8160 (Pasco county).

Deadline near for shipping to military

The deadline for economically shipping packages to service personnel overseas is Dec. 11 for Priority and First Class mail and Dec. 19 for Express Mail Military Service. The U.S. Postal Service is able to make delivery confirmation for almost all of the Air/Army post offices and Fleet Post office destinations that can be accessed online at A Military Care Kit can be obtained free from the Postal Service to make it easier to ship packages to service personnel. The kit includes eight Priority Mail boxes, six of which are Flat Rate boxes; eight Priority Mail labels; 8 custom forms and envelopes; and a roll of Priority Mail tape. Flat Rate boxes can be shipped to any of the military post offices for $8.10, regardless of the weight. To order a kit, call 1-800-610-8734.

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