Pinellas news briefs

Published October 29 2018

RCS Pinellas and Springfield College partner to address domestic violence

RCS Pinellas and Springfield College announced a partnership to create a program addressing domestic violence. “A Circle of Women: Healing the Invisible Wounds of Domestic Violence” is a program that is offered as a series of 90-minute sessions as an ongoing component of the already established Haven of RCS program. Through the use of dialogue and ritual, women are coached to reframe the experience of victimization. RCS’s mission is to feed the hungry, help families facing homelessness return to self-sufficiency and empower survivors of domestic violence. Over 130,000 Pinellas County individuals are served annually to accomplish this mission through the Food Bank, the Grace House, Affordable Housing, The Haven, thrift store partnerships, energy assistance and other needs.

Lake Haven Mobile Home Community’s Hobby Club hosts annual craft sale

The Lake Haven Mobile Home Community’s Hobby Club will sponsor its 8th annual Arts & Crafts sale on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Paradise Island Section Clubhouse, 1415 Main St, Dunedin.The club donates a major portion of sales revenue to the Dunedin Cares Food Pantry and the Bay Area Pregnancy Center and to purchase gifts for their annual Christmas toy drive.

Clearwater Business SPARK hosts free workshop

Clearwater Business SPARK invites small business owners, business enthusiasts and the public to a networking and business workshop. The free event features three guest speakers who are business experts and Clearwater Business SPARK partnership. It will be held at the Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College, 13805 58th St. N, near Pinellas Park, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14. Register by visiting or call (727) 443-0217. Participants can attend all three sessions or select one or two of the topics. The first 100 people to register by Friday will be entered into the evening’s drawing.

The featured speakers are:

  • Dr. Cynthia Johnson, director of the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development, who will present Strategic Succession Planning.

  • Albert Lee, president and chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation, who will present Small Business Financing Options.

  • David Outlaw, chair of Pinellas County SCORE, who will present The Importance of Creating a Lean Strategic Business Plan.