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IMMIGRATION FOCUS OF PANEL DISCUSSION

COUNTYWIDE

A panel that includes Clearwater city auditor Robin Gomez and Sandra Lyh of the YWCA will discuss legal and illegal immigration at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. The public forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County. Call 724-6409.

PALM HARBOR

Enjoy corned beef and music Friday

The Palm Harbor Community Activities Center, 1500 16th St., is having a St. Patrick's Day dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday with corned beef and cabbage and entertainment by Royal Time Music. BYOB. Cost is $8, $7 for center members. Advance paid reservations suggested. Call (727) 771-6000.

Try a short stack, chip in for school

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake dinner served up by the Kiwanis Club of Palm Harbor from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Palm Harbor Elementary School, 415 15th St., to support the school. Cost is $10 for a family (up to six people) or $3 a person. Call 669-1156. The event is part of the Palm Harbor Elementary School Family Fun Night.

COUNTYWIDE

Guardian ad Litem volunteers needed

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. Guardians 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. Call (727) 464-6528 to sign up for an orientation, which are held Thursdays at varying times. For information, go to www.guardianadlitem6.org.

CLEARWATER

New book tells of early education

Before 1912, bears roamed the woods off Cleveland Street and schoolchildren would bring American Indian artifacts in for show-and-tell. Life in early Clearwater was much different than today and a new book by Ruth Ann Galatas-Sands compiles Clearwater education and history, including the hiring of the first paid teacher, Jennie Reynolds Plumb. The book is available for the public to see at the Plumb House, 1380 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Museum hours are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. first and third Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Galatas-Sands is Plumb's great-granddaughter. Call 442-4902.

Streetscape's first block to be opened

Clearwater will celebrate the completion of the first block of the Cleveland Street Streetscape with a ribbon cutting and ceremonial stroll at 11 a.m. Friday at Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street. After the ribbon cutting, Mayor Frank Hibbard will walk along the new block with children from the Peace Memorial Child Development Center. Specially labeled bottled water and chocolate bars with coupons for downtown restaurants, as well as free coffee, will be handed out during the event. Call 562-4044.

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