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WORK THE NIGHT SHIFT AND NEED A LIFT? Residents of Pinellas County at a transportation disadvantage will be able to take advantage of a pilot program between PSTA and Uber called TD Late Shift. This program, funded by the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, is aimed at helping low-income, unemployed residents overcome transportation barriers to employment. With this new program, riders can request up to 23 free rides per month between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Rides must be to a place of employment or residence. This pilot program is funded for one year. For information, call PSTA at (727) 540-1900.

PARENT AIDE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Suncoast Center Inc. is seeking Parent Aide Volunteers to share their life experiences and skills with another parent through a mentoring program. Parent Aide mentors provide friendship, support and advice to parents challenged in raising children in today's society. Parent Aide volunteers receive training, guidance and support from program staff and personal satisfaction by assisting another parent. For information, call Colleen Walker, Program Coordinator at (727) 543-0677.

FREE HOMECOMING DRESS: Belle of the Ball Project will provide homecoming dresses and accessories to in-need, low-income high school girls on four Saturdays this fall, starting this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., girls can got to 1210 Holt Ave. in Clearwater to pick out a gown for their dance. Additional dates are Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22. Donations of dresses and accessories can also be made at the site, dates/times listed. For information, call (727) 386-4502.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR JOHN'S PASS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: Volunteers are needed for the 2016 John's Pass Seafood Festival on Oct. 27-30. Volunteer positions include beer truck servers, ticket sales, tending to VIP areas, setup on Thursday morning, tear down on Sunday evening. All shifts are four hours and volunteers receive a t-shirt, personalized name badge, and 15 food tickets. For information, visit or call Mallory Marsico at (727) 386-2702.

OPENSTREETS: This pedestrian-friendly celebration closes the streets of St. Petersburg to vehicular traffic for a celebration of cyclists, pedestrians, runners, skaters, and all forms of people-powered movement and active transportation. Activities will be offered throughout the day, including fitness classes, bike safety, obstacles, music, food, and games. OpenStreet will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 and follows the route from Mirror Lake to Williams Park. Call (727) 599-4427 or visit