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SCHOOLS WANT PARENT SURVEYS BY MONDAY

Time is almost up for families that received a survey asking their preferences when choosing a school for their children. District officials would like to get the surveys back by Monday so the results can be tallied and used as a 47-member task force prepares final recommendations for the School Board early next year. Parental opinion is important as the district moves into an era in which race will no longer be a factor in school assignments, officials say. Among the questions the survey seeks to answer are whether parents prefer schools that are close to home or if they would be willing to have their children transported to a school farther away in the interest of racial diversity.

EAST LAKE

Rotary Club seeks new members

Early birds, take note. The Rotary Club of East Lake Sunrise meets at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Lansbrook Golf Club, 4605 Village Center Drive. Rotary members are part of an international organization of business and professional leaders dedicated to providing humanitarian and community service. To learn more about the group, visit their Web site at eastlakerotary.org or send an e-mail to info@eastlakerotary.org.

DUNEDIN

Learn more about Medicare plans

Get your Medicare questions answered at a seminar called How Medicare Works at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. The program will be presented by a representative of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE program. For more information, call 298-3080, ext 224.

Web site tells of holiday events

For the second year, Pinellas County is listing city and county holiday events and displays taking place through New Year's Day on its Web site. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/LightsofPinellas.

CLEARWATER

Morton Plant plans 25th tree lighting

The 25th annual Morton Plant Hospital holiday tree lighting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital's main entrance parking lot, 300 Pinellas St. For $5, residents can honor a loved one with a light on the holiday tree and support the Morton Plant Caring Partners, the hospital's volunteer organization. Wreaths also may be sponsored in a loved one's name for $100 or more.

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