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Palms & Poinsettias set for Saturday

Enjoy children's craft activities, holiday music, decorations, lighting the palm tree and Santa in the gazebo at Palms & Poinsettias from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Ulmer Park, 301 W Bay Drive. The event is free. Photos with Santa are $3. Parking is available at the Pinellas County School Board. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.


String quartet, pianist to perform

Bayside String Quartet, four principal players of the Florida Orchestra, and guest pianist Dr. Scott Behler will perform holiday selections and favorites by Purcell, Mozart, Vivaldi, Corelli, Mendelssohn and Chopin for the annual "Christmas at the Plaza" 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday outside the plaza at 100 Indian Rocks Road N. Free with refreshments.

From 5 to 9 p.m. the same evening, internationally acclaimed artist Glen Tarnowski will attend the opening reception of his show at the Plaza Gallery.

Call 581-4448 for information on the concert and 588-2626 for the exhibit.


Clearwater holiday parade set for Friday

Clearwater's annual holiday parade will kick off at Crest Lake Park at 7 p.m. Friday. More than 100 units in this year's parade will proceed down Cleveland Street and turn on Myrtle Avenue, the end of the route this year.

Kits available to help with missing 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 the nonprofit Missing Children Awareness Foundation, 13094 95th St. N, Largo 33773. Call 585-5360 or toll-free 1-800-741-7233.


Volunteers sought for two centers, museum

Tarpon Springs officials are looking for people to assist at its Performing Arts Center, Cultural Center and Safford House museum.

The Performing Arts Center needs ushers and backstage assistants. The Cultural Center seeks front-desk receptionists, hosts and gallery assistants to help with exhibits, programs, performances, special events and in the gift shop. The Safford House, an 1883 National Register historic house museum, is looking for volunteers as docents, collection assistants, researchers, and gardeners. Call (727) 937-0686.

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Guardians ad litem needed for children

About 1,800 children in Pinellas County need someone to be their voice in the courtroom, and the county's guardian ad litem program hopes that could be you. You can learn about becoming a guardian ad litem by attending a one-hour orientation held each week on Thursdays. The time of the orientation is varied to accommodate the schedule of prospective volunteers. Guardians ad litem speak on behalf of abused, abandoned or neglected children in Pinellas County courts. As a child's advocate, a guardian ad litem becomes familiar with the child and case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. Guardians ad litem receive training and ongoing supervision. Call (727) 464-6528 to sign up for an orientation. For information, go to