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Learn about county initiatives, effort to buy land, ems plan

The Lealman Community Association meets today. The agenda includes three guest speakers: Amanda Lampley of the County Connection Center will report on several county initiatives in Lealman. Frank Bowman of the county's Community Development department will report on efforts to purchase property to establish affordable housing in Lealman. A public information representative will speak about EMS services and how they can buy into a membership plan that will save on ambulance fees. Residents are welcome to join the community association. Residents and business and property owners in the Lealman area may attend.

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 4145 34th St. N

Info: Contact association president Ray Neri, 527-5352

Playgroup for newborns to toddlers starts soon

A playgroup for moms and children from newborn to age 3 is forming. The group will meet weekly, beginning Feb. 13, at Lealman United Methodist Church. Snacks will be provided. There is no fee to attend.

When: 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 13

Where: Lealman United Methodist Church, 4090 58th Ave. N

Info: Call 459-7956

Get ready for ACT, SAT with prep courses

The Asian/Lealman Neighborhood Family Center is offering a prep course focused on helping students develop strategies for increasing SAT and ACT scores. The course will also address improving scholarships opportunities. The eight-week course will ready students for the ACT test date scheduled for April 12 and the SAT test date May 3. The course is free but there is a $25 fee for materials and books.

When: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Monday for ACT prep; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 4 for SAT prep.

Where:Asian/Lealman Neighborhood Family Center, 4255 56th Ave. N

Info: Call 528-7891 to register

Touch-a-Truck features accident prevention

The Southeast County Connection Center, Northside Hospital, Lealman Fire Department, the Lealman Family Center and several area businesses will sponsor the third annual Touch-a-Truck Safety Day on Feb. 16. The event allows children to explore many types of vehicles from fire trucks to tow trucks and learn about safety in and around vehicles. In addition to the Touch-a-Truck portion of the event, several local agencies will be on hand to promote safety and offer information on drowning prevention, gun safety, pedestrian safety, and burn prevention. The event is free and parking will be available in designated areas.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16

Where: Northside Hospital, 6000 49th St. N

Info: Larry Thompson 526-5650


Hear what City Council candidates have to say

Meet the City Council Candidates, an event sponsored by the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce, is today at Pinellas Park City Hall. The program will include five-minute presentations by each candidate followed by a question and answer period.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. today

Where: Pinellas Park City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N


Citizen's Police Academy ready for April recruits

The Pinellas Park Police Department's 2008 Citizen's Police Academy class begins April 1. Classes will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the police department through June 24. Interested citizens will learn about the police department and its functions including the SWAT Team, community policing, communications, gang activity, narcotics, K-9 and the department's horse posse. Contact Officer Lauren McBride, 541-0861 for information.

Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to or mail it to Lorrie Lykins, Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. Deadline for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is 5 p.m. the previous Friday.