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Thanksgiving week camp opens in St. Pete Beach

Thanksgiving week camp: The St. Pete Beach Community Center will offer camp Monday through Wednesday with gym games, arts and crafts, field trips and more. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $90; daily rates are available. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit

Get your free tree: The city of Largo Tree Fund and the Communitree Tree Give Away program make it possible for residents to get free trees: bald cypress, crape myrtle, live oak, magnolia, red maple and winged elm. The program, for single-family residential households within city limits, is funded through the city's "tree fund.'' Residents who want a tree must register, and the trees are first-come, first-served with one tree per household. For information, visit and click on "Free Tree Giveaway.''

Senior dining network: Senior citizens can enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch, socialize and take part in activities at 10 dining sites. Programs including information on insurance issues, hurricane preparedness, senior rights and current events. Seniors must be a registered diner with Neighborly Care Network, 60 or older and live in the county. Free transportation is provided to the closest dining site if needed. You must register 72 hours in advance to participate in the dining program and receive transportation. For information, call (727) 573-9444.

Operation Attack takes donations of used clothing to give to children of low-income families. The organization also provides food to needy families in south Pinellas County. The organization needs more donations and volunteers. Donations may be dropped off Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. To volunteer or donate, call (727) 822-1187.

Holiday mail for soldiers: The American Red Cross is collecting cards that send words of encouragement and gratitude to the military. Until Dec. 7, mail cards and letters to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capital Heights, MD 20791-5456. Visit

Hospital helpers: St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers for the information desk from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848, or stop by 6500 38th Ave. N and visit the information desk.

Mainsail applications: Artists wanting to exhibit at the 38th Annual Mainsail Festival can submit applications at or The deadline is Dec. 1.

The People That Love Church And Mission provides emergency assistance for the poor. Donations of new toys, canned and nonperishable foods, and 10- to 12-pound turkeys are needed. Financial contributions are also accepted. 817 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 820-0775 or visit

Clothes to Kids has an immediate need for boys pants, sizes 6-12; boys athletic shoes, sizes 12-6; and warm jackets. New or gently used clothes and shoes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145, St. Petersburg. Cash donations are also needed for purchasing new underwear and clothing in short supply. Volunteers are needed. For information, call (727) 327-7100 or visit