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Published Jul. 30, 2015

SAFE BOATING CLASS: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Gulfport, will be presenting a "About Boating Safely" education course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. This course meets the requirements for a Florida boater safety ID card. Student keeps all books and handout materials. Upon completion of the course and exam, students receive a certificate, wallet card, and "Bobber Card" issued by the Florida Wildlife Commission. Cost is $40. Reservations required. USCG Auxiliary Building, 3120 Miriam St. S, Gulfport. For information, call (850) 420-3105 or e-mail

THE BAY PINES VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM in collaboration with the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office will host a quarterly veterans town hall meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office in room 215. VA outreach services and special program representatives will be available prior to the event, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Services include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance, and patient advocate services. Veterans and their families, congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations and other community partners are invited to attend. For information, call 1 (888) 820-0230.

ANIMAL RESPONSE TRAINING: Animal lovers can learn the first steps in helping animals during emergency situations. The Human Society of Pinellas is seeking volunteers for its Animal Response Team. Orientation will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 8 at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. Upon training, this team of volunteers will assist in animal emergencies in Florida and beyond, provide assistance with Pinellas County's Pet Friendly Shelter, and disaster assistance at HSP. To reserve a spot, email

ST. ANTHONY'S HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER RESOURCES will be hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Fair from 2-4 p.m on Wednesday in the main lobby, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The hospital is seeking volunteers for many areas including the information desk, gift shop, patient discharge and the Patient Assistant Liaison program. Volunteers are being sought to make a commitment of at least one four-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months. Applications will be available at the event. For information, contact the Volunteer Resources office at (727) 825-1548 or visit

AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE OFFERED: The Safety Harbor Library at 101 Second St. N, will hold an AARP Driver Safety Course from 1 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 28. Drivers ages 50 and older gain the skills and tools that they need to drive safely on today's roads. Continued driver education reduces your chances of receiving traffic violations, accident involvement, and may qualify you for an insurance discount. There are no tests to pass. Registration is required. For information, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4107, or visit

PASSPORT FAIR: The Clearwater Main Post Office at 100 S. Belcher Road will be holding a Passport Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 29. Appointments are not required, however, customers are encouraged to arrive early for applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

To obtain a passport, applicants need to bring proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. Note that a hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable.

Plus you'll need a recently issued U.S. passport; a recently issued naturalization certificate; a recently issued certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver's license, government ID or military photo ID. Bring a photocopy of proof of identity. Each applicant must bring a photocopy of the front and back of the ID that will be presented at the time of passport acceptance. The passport application requires a recent color passport photograph of you (2-inch by 2-inch). The Post Office will offer passport photo service for $15. To save time, customers should download the passport application at and complete beforehand, however do not sign the application.

All applicants must appear in person, including minors. Minors under the age of 14 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required. Each passport for an adult must be accompanied by a check or money order for $110, made payable to the U.S. Department of State and a $25 acceptance fee made payable to USPS. Costs for children under 16 are $80, payable to the U.S. Department of State and $25 payable to USPS. The cost to expedite processing at the U.S. Department of State is $60 paid per application, in addition to required fees.

For information, visit or call toll-free 1-877- 487-2778.

THE PINELLAS COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10, at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. PCREC is open to all registered Republicans and meets on the second Monday of each month. For information, call (727)-539-6009.

HAUL PASSES AVAILABLE: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is offering a summer pass that offers unlimited rides for youth 18-years-old and younger now through Aug. 31 on local PSTA and Jolley Trolley routes (excludes Routes 100X and 300X). Passes are available at all PSTA terminals and on the PSTA website for $35. A PSTA Youth ID card, middle or high school ID, or government-issued photo ID showing age is required. For information, visit

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS: Tarpon Springs is accepting applications for individuals to join the Board Adjustments and Appeals. The board reviews requests for variances from the requirements of the building code such as setbacks of buildings, parking requirements and boundaries and works with the Planning and Zoning Department. Members serve three-year terms and the board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Applicants must be residents of Tarpon Springs. Applications are available at at or call (727) 942-5614 for information.

VACANCIES FOR THE LEALMAN CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Applications are being accepted for nine appointments to the newly formed Citizen Advisory Committee for the Lealman Community Redevelopment Area. The committee advises the Community Redevelopment Agency for the Lealman CRA about the development of the community redevelopment plan, any proposed amendments to that plan, and on issues and policies within the CRA. Applicants must be residents, business and/or property owners or other stakeholders from within the Lealman Community Redevelopment Area. Applications can be found at and must be received no later than the close of business on Aug. 12. The County Commission will review applications and make their selections at the Sept. 10 meeting. For information, call (727) 464-3849

FLORIDA WEST COAST ORCHID SOCIETY will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 for an educational class. After the class, speaker Louis Del Favero and will discuss "Collecting Orchids in the Bahamas." The meeting will be held at the Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Largo. For information, call (727) 420-7230 or (727) 550-7993.

AS PART OF THE BREAST FEEDING AWARENESS MONTH, join new moms and moms-to-be as St. Petersburg General Hospital hosts a "say bye-bye to the baby bottle." Participants will bring in a baby bottle and in exchange will receive a sippy cup. This children's training cup features a spill proof screw-top lid, with easy to grip handles on each side. It holds up to 5 ounces and is BPA free, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act certified and US Food and Drug Administration approved. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 8, in front of Macy's at Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 341-4907.