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News and notes for southern Pinellas County

Clothes To Kids needs boys shorts, and girls and boys short-sleeve tops in all sizes. Tennis shoes for children K-12 are also needed. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides free clothing to low-income, school-aged children in Pinellas County. For information call (727) 441-5050 or visit

Children's Home benefit: Star Power, the Pinellas Auxiliary of the Children's Home 27th annual fashion show and luncheon, begins at 10:30 a.m. May 10 in the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The event features Tampa Bay area celebrity models and fashions from Georgette's Boutique & Shoe Salon, Tampa. Reservations accepted through Tuesday. (727) 515-1212.

Largo's public sale: Because of the opening of the new Highland Recreation Complex, the city staff is preparing for the move by holding a public sale of equipment in the old facility. Items will include desks, filing cabinets, folding tables and chairs. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Because of construction, use the Lake Avenue entrance. Highland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Purchases must be made in cash and carried away at the time of purchase.

The new facility will open June 2. For information, call Joan Wheaton, (727) 587-6727.

Bowling fundraiser to benefit Lighthouse of Pinellas: The Early Intervention Program at Lighthouse of Pinellas in Largo will hold a fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event, Bowling in the Dark, will be at Seminole Lanes, 8668 Park Blvd. The cost for individuals to sign up is $5 with a minimum fundraising goal of $100. Participants can go to to send out requests for pledges. For information, call Angela Pottinger, (727) 544-4433, ext. 235 or email

St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: gift shop; patient care; OBGYN; information desk; surgical waiting room; and the emergency room. For information, call (727) 341-4848 or stop by the information desk at the main entrance to pick up an application. 6500 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Reclaimed water restrictions: Through June 30, irrigation with Pinellas reclaimed water will be limited to three days per week, based on the resident's home address. House numbers that end in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. House numbers that end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A property that contains a mix of addresses or if an address cannot be determined should water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No reclaimed watering is permitted Monday. For information, visit or call (727) 464-4000.

Nursing scholarship available: The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast Foundation is accepting applications for the Col. Mildred Imogene Butler scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is for Seminole and Osceola high school seniors and St. Petersburg College students interested in attending St. Petersburg College to prepare for a health care career. Scholarship recipients will be expected to participate in the following activities: attend a Kiwanis program of the Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast, where you will receive your scholarship award; make yourself available for and encourage media interviews; maintain full-time academic studies with distinction, giving equal importance to the academic and service aspects of the scholarship; present at least two talks to Kiwanis audiences during the year. Register contact information keeping your address, telephone number and email address updated at all times. Applications can be downloaded at application at Application deadline is May 15. Please mail or drop off completed packet to: Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast c/o Lee Walters, 3562 90th Terrace, Pinellas Park, FL 33782. For information, call (727) 399-8990.

Writing workshop: Write that novel, memoir, children's book or the screenplay you've always wanted to and learn how to position it to sell. Class will meet on Wednesdays, May 7-28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $180. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or

Aquatic membership special: The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center is offering an aquatic membership special: When you buy a six-month aquatic member you will get six months free. The offer is from May 1 through July 31. This offer is valid on the purchase of a child, adult, senior or family six-month pass. Each pass provides access to the heated pool with lap swimming, sun bathing, picnic areas, water slides and a children's splash zone. The center is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information, call (727) 363-9264 or visit

Third annual Open House and Family Fun Day: The city of Seminole will host the summer opening of the Family Aquatic Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features a waterslide, super slip-and-slide, squirt tube battle zone, make and take crafts, and bubble mania. There will be hot dogs, beverages and snacks benefitting the Seminole Recreation Teen Board. Free. Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N. For information, call (727) 391-8345 or

Summer fun and water safety day: Learn to be safe around water at an afternoon of fun in the sun on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fossil Park Pool, 6739 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. The city of St. Petersburg Aquatics division is hosting a free event including in-pool swim lesson evaluations for children 2 and up, healthy cooking demos, diving demos, and prizes from the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning. For information, call (727) 893-7918 or visit

Summer Marine Adventures Day Camps: The Pier Aquarium and Secrets of the Sea have open registration for the weeklong Summer Marine Adventures. Kids from 6 to 14 can delve into the mysteries of sharks and rays; get their feet wet exploring Tampa Bay ecosystems; explore the marine habits of dolphins, whales and manatees; and even go fishing at a series of summer camps offered by the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium, beginning in June at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center. Camps include: Sharks and Stingrays: ages 9-11, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Shark and Stingray Pups: ages 6-8, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Marine Mammals: ages 9-11, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Marine Mammal Calves: ages 6-8, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Sea Sleuths: ages 9-11, June 24-28 and Aug. 12-16; Junior Sea Sleuths: ages 6-8, June 24-28 and Aug. 12-16; Angler Adventurers: ages 10-14, July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9; Estuary Explorers; ages 9-11, July 29-Aug. 2; and Lil' Estuary Explorers: ages 6-8, July 29-Aug. 2. Cost is $215 with discounts available for siblings and multiple registrations. Fees include field trips to the Florida Aquarium, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. For information, call (727) 895-7437, ext. 215.

Blood Drive: Florida Blood Services will conduct a blood drive during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The blood donation vehicle will be parked in the market area near La Cote Basque Restaurant at the corner of Beach Boulevard and 31st Avenue S. Blood and platelet donors will receive a free wellness checkup and cholesterol screening, as well as a $10 egift card. For information, call (727) 27804285 or visit