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Pinellas news briefs

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR AREA SENIORS: The Senior Care Group Foundation is recognizing Senior Citizen Day by holding a drive for clothing and necessities for seniors. Wish list items include: New or gently used clothes and shoes; slip resistant socks; sealed packages of adult disposable briefs; pill boxes; walkers; canes; wheelchairs; razors and art supplies. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: Baywood Nursing Center, 2000 17th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; Laurellwood Nursing Center, 3127 57th Ave. N, St. Petersburg; Gracewood Rehab & Nursing Center, 8600 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park; Harbourwood Health & Rehab, 549 Sky Harbor Drive, Clearwater. For information, call (813) 341-2771.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD: First Unity Church will be holding auditions for its newly formed Makin' Waves Women's Ensemble. Women ages 18 and older who love to sing are welcome from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Aug. 25 at 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, email:

HOLISTIC CARE FOR COLD AND FLU SEASON: With cold and flu season quickly approaching, the Safety Harbor Public Library will host De'Nicea Hilton, of Hilton Holistic Health, to discuss the holistic approach to the flu season. Hilton will discuss the prevention and promotion of healing from a cold or flu through acupuncture and oriental medicine. 6:30 p.m., Thursday at 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. For information, call, Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 4112.

THE SUNCOAST CENTER is seeking parent aide volunteers to share their life experiences and skills with another parent through a nationally recognized mentoring program. Parent Aide mentors provide friendship, support and advice to parents challenged in raising children in today's society. Volunteers will receive training, guidance and support from program staff. For information, contact Colleen Walker, program coordinator, at (727) 543-0677.

SHINE COUNSELORS AVAILABLE: SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the local Area Agency on Aging. Trained volunteers can assist with Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N. To schedule an appointment, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4107, or email

PINELLAS TRAILS INC., will hold a work meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The topic of discussion will be the upcoming 25th anniversary celebration in December, plus other important topics. Meeting is open to the general public. For information, email or visit

COMMUNITY SHREDDING DAY: The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce will host a community shredding day. American Document Destruction, a green Safety Harbor company, will have shredding trucks on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Main Street and Second Avenue N for on-site, drive-up shredding. You can bring up to five banker's boxes, or approximately 150 pounds of paper per car can be brought and safely disposed of for free. All shredded material will be recycled, and a Certificate of Destruction will be issued if desired. Free hotdogs and drinks will be provided by Truly Nolen Pest Control. For information, call (727) 726-2890.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Pinellas County Animal Services is offering reduced adoption rates through August. As part of the monthlong celebration, the adoption fee is reduced to $25 for large dogs and for cats and $40 for puppies and small breeds. The required Pinellas County license is included. Pinellas County Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. For information, visit, or call (727) 582-2600.