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TIME TO RESERVE SPACE FOR FESTIVAL OF READING

ST. PETERSBURG

The 15th annual St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading will be Oct. 27 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

For those interested in reserving a booth in the book market or volunteering for the event, log on to www.festivalofreading.com.

MADEIRA BEACH

'Christmas in July' event is 6-9 p.m. today

Walt'z Fish Shak at 224 Boardwalk Place in Madeira Beach will hold "Christmas in July" from 6-9 p.m. today.

Enjoy the food and music, and help the Clearwater Aquarium. Every dollar will go toward the aquarium's rehab and turtle nesting programs.

Raffle tickets that cost $10 also will be available for various area restaurants and retail stores such as Salt Rock Grill, Caddy's, Guppy's, Bronze Lady, Bluewaters and more. For more information, call (727) 395-0732.

COUNTYWIDE

Vendors can sign up for SPCA Pet Walk

The 17th annual SPCA Pet Walk is Oct. 20. Vendors interested in supporting homeless animals and exhibiting their products and services to more than 2,000 pet lovers should apply as soon as possible.

The early bird deadline to register booths is Aug. 11 for $175. After this date the fee will increase to $225. Festivities run 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event is not just for animal-related businesses. For more information or to register, visit www.petwalk.org or contact Janet at 586-3591, ext. 163.

ST. PETERSBURG

Back-to-School Care Fair offers medical exams

Getting the school year off to a good start is important to students and their parents. That's what the Junior League of St. Petersburg's Back-to-School Care Fair is all about.

That tradition continues Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center, 1344 22nd St. S. Free medical exams, immunizations, vision checks, dental screenings and backpacks filled with school supplies will be available to at-risk children in St. Petersburg's Midtown and Childs Park areas.

All children receiving services and supplies must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For more information or to make a donation of school supplies, call the Junior League of St. Petersburg at 895-5018.

LARGO

If you sing like the King, then this is your thing

Calling all Elvis Presley impersonators: You won't want to miss the opportunity to showcase your talents to an enthusiastic audience of Elvis fans in an evening of nostalgic entertainment in celebration of Elvis' birthday, Jan. 6, 2008, at the Largo Cultural Center.

If you consider yourself a top Elvis impersonator, then send your press kit, including a DVD with bio and photos, to the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, P.O. Box 296, Largo, FL 33779-0296, or drop it off at the administrative office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The entry deadline is Sept. 30. No phone calls, please.

COUNTYWIDE

Animal agencies will host bird adoption event

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Tampa Bay and Safe Haven Avian Placement Services will host a Bird Adoption Sunday noon to 4 p.m. at 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.

Dozens of exotic birds - from perfect parakeets to caring cockatoos, to marvelous macaws and everything in between - will be looking for new homes.

Safe Haven provides rescue, education and permanent placement services for homeless companion birds. Potential adopters should be able to commit several hours a day to interaction with the birds.

Bring completed applications with proof of an appropriate-size travel carrier.

For more information or to fill out an application, log on to http://www.safehavenfl.org or www.SPCATampaBay.org, or call (727) 586-3591.

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