Belleair public hearing for first ordinance reading

By Times Staff
Published October 4, 2005

BELLEAIR - The Town Commission will hold a public hearing for the first reading of a historic preservation ordinance at 5:30 p.m. today at Town Hall, 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd. A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Wristbands available for Largo's Halloween event

LARGO - A Spooktacular Halloween will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.

Wristbands will be on sale now through Oct. 27 at Largo recreation facilities for $3 with a Largo recreation card, $4 without a card and $5 for everyone at the event. Wristbands allow unlimited play in a children's toy land with more than 30 inflatables, rock climbing walls, a haunted trail, and a costume parade.Shuttles will pick up participants from Largo Middle School, Pinellas County School Board and Largo High School. Additional parking will be available at Largo Central Elementary School.

Call 587-6775 or visit www.largo.com

Dunedin club for children meets to explore nature

The Investigators of Nature kids club meets Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. The club for children ages 6 to 12 explores nature through hikes and hands-on projects. Cost is $1 with Dunedin rec card, $2 without. Call 298-3271.

Excel at public speaking with Toastmasters club

Overcome that frozen-in-time feeling and conquer the difficulties and fears associated with public speaking. Join the STAR Toastmasters and receive coaching, encouragement and supportive feedback in a friendly environment. The club meets every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the MTF building of the Concurrent Technologies Corp., 7935 114th Ave. N. For information call or e-mail Rob Mason at 549-7246 or masonr@ctc.com or visit www.Toastmasters.org

Fun Fair, flea market at St. Patrick Catholic

St. Patrick Catholic School, 1501 Trotter Road, Largo, is planning its 40th annual Fun Fair, Thursday through Sunday. The school is asking the community to clean out closets for the fair's flea market which will be held throughout the weekend. The Fun Fair committee is also looking for volunteers to help throughout the weekend at game and food booths. There are also community sponsorship packages available ranging from $15 to $2,000. For information, call Tricia Hash, 545-0586 or Sue Petrilyak, 596-1861

Forum on long-term care scheduled for Wednesday

Mid and South Pinellas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council and Florida Silver-Haired Legislature, Area 5, will host a public forum from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Digital Auditorium, St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. The event will cover issues ranging from long-term care resident privacy and visitation rights to decisionmaking and grievance processes in long-term care settings. Speakers include state Rep. Frank Farkas, elder advocate and state long-term care ombudsman Brian Lee and LuAnne Reese, a local nursing home director of planning and advocacy with Bon Secours Maria Manor. Parking and attendance are free. Reservations recommended but not required. Call (727) 588-6912 or (727) 595-4707.

Donate cell phones for seniors' emergency use

Unused cell phones can be lifesavers for seniors. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc. and its Senior Victim Advocate Program are collecting used cell phones to distribute as 911 emergency or "Safety Phones" to seniors who are at risk. The cell phones are free to seniors and can only be used to access 911 in case of an emergency.

The agency has added two more distribution and collection sites for the Senior Safety Phone Project in Pinellas County, the Mainlands on U.S. 19 and Mainlands Boulevard in Pinellas Park, 217-0967, and the Senior Resource and Referral Center at 1281 Court St. in Clearwater, 442-7772. For information about the Senior Safety Phone Project or other distribution and collection sites call (727) 570-9696, ext. 279.

Transit committee has several openings

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has several openings on its Transit Advisory Committee. This group meets once a month at its headquarters at 14840 49th St. in Clearwater.

The committee of transit users and interested citizens provide input to the PSTA board of directors and staff regarding service, fares and infrastructure improvements.

Such input is intended to increase ridership and improve service. To apply, call 533-4301.