Stage reading of antiwar play will be Thursday

By Time staff
Published June 14, 2006

Pinellas Park will give away sandbags

PINELLAS PARK - The city will distribute sandbags from June 26 through July 1 at 7780 60th St. N. The distribution site will open again when weather conditions warrant, but residents are encouraged to prepare ahead of time to avoid long lines. Proof of residency is required via a driver's license or utility bill. There is a limit of 25 sandbags per residence. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. June 27-30; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 1. For more information, call public works at 541-0767.

Resource centers seek food, items for troops

ST. PETERSBURG - The St. Petersburg Police Department's Community Resource Centers are seeking food and personal items to send to troops in Iraq, Kuwait, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. Items needed include cotton swabs, microwave popcorn, cookies in tins, Slim Jims, hard candy, cups of soup, pepperoni, cough drops, toothpaste, bandannas, stationery supplies, playing cards, DVDs, hand-held games, disposable cameras and tube socks. Items can be dropped off at Bartlett Park CRC, 642 22nd Ave. S; Maximo CRC, 4815 34th St. S; Skyway CRC, 1065 62nd Ave. S; and Tangerine CRC, 1786 22nd St. S. Call 892-5039.

Workshop will be on psychology of eating

ST. PETERSBURG - Uncover your private "food story." A workshop on the psychology of eating will be held June 22 from 7:30-9 p.m. at 3015 Seventh St. N. Barbara Rhode and Annette Reiter will host the workshop. You'll learn about the "Delayed Gratification Cycle" and the neurology of unhealthy habits and complete an eating survey to determine your personal trapdoors. The cost is $45. Seating is limited. Call 418-7882 for reservations or questions.

Speaker to address Latin men's health issues

CLEARWATER - Vivia Font, an expert on issues related to the physical and emotional health of men and their families, will be the guest speaker at a Men's Health Week event Thursday at the Salvation Army Community Center, 1625 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. The event will begin with free health screenings at 4 p.m.; a free dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.; and Font will speak on "Latino Men's Health Issues" at 5:45 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 445-9734.

Amateur radio Field Day weekend is this month

ST. PETERSBURG - The amateur radio community's annual Field Day weekend will be from 2 p.m. June 24 through 2 p.m. June 25 at Bay Pines VA Medical Center, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd.

The 24-hour event is held nationwide as an opportunity for ham radio operators to practice communicating under less-than-ideal circumstances and to test the readiness of amateur radio emergency communications.

The public is welcome to attend. Call 894-1447.

Program for parents will help keep children safe

Help keep your child safe with program for parents Duracell and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have developed the Power of Parents program, a nationwide child safety preparedness program designed to help families protect their children. The program helps dispel the most common safety myths and reminds families of the importance of keeping an up-to-date photo of their child. Download the program at www.duracell.com/parents.

Teenagers can join Fire Rescue Explorers

ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Explorer Post 952 is looking for new members.

The post is recruiting young men and women interested in the field of firefighting and emergency medical services. Explorers must be 14 to 19 years old, have completed the eighth grade, maintain a C average, and pass a background check.

Meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 7 p.m. at St. Petersburg Master Station, 455 Eighth St. S. contact Lt. James Senecal at 727 522-3354.

Eckerd participating in summer food program

ST. PETERSBURG - Eckerd College is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program during June and July.

The free, nutritionally balanced meals (breakfast at 7:45 and lunch at 10:45) will be provided to all children 18 years old and younger.

The programs are approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

Eckerd College is at 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Information: Kendrick Wilson 864-7877.

Scholarship fund set up to honor school librarian

ST. PETERSBURG - A memorial scholarship fund has been established at the Canterbury School of Florida in the name of Martha Pierce Little, the school's librarian and media specialist, who died May 3. Mrs. Little was a 28-year veteran teacher and librarian at the school.

The scholarship will award financial aid for a child to attend the St. Petersburg private parochial school. For information, contact Mimi B. Krystel, director of development, Canterbury School of Florida, 901 58th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 or e-mail her at mkrystel@canterbury.fl.org

City Beautiful Commission accepts award nominations

The City Beautiful Commission is accepting nominations for the 40th annual City Beautiful Awards. The commission recognizes outstanding achievement by commercial property owners in landscaping, building design and maintenance. Properties must be within St. Petersburg city limits, and landscaping must be in place for one full year. The deadline for nominations is July 1. Forms are available at the Parks Department, 1400 19th St. N; City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N; City Hall in the Mall at Tyrone Square Mall; and online at www.stpete.org/cb. For information, call 893-7905.

Tour openings available at Kids Firehouse Museum

The Kids Firehouse Museum, 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., Largo, has openings for tours. The Firehouse has 11 antique firetrucks and a playground facility. Children learn fire safety, watch a safety video and receive free safety information. Reservations are required. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. For information, call 585-1300.

Writers, dancers needed for junior company

Bay Area Studios LLC, A Ministry of Talent, is looking for writers and dancers 21 and younger to be a part of the junior company. Meetings are 6:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at Christ Gospel Church, 2512 22nd Ave. S. For information, call 512-5483.

Juvenile board's library has helpful media to lend

Parents sometimes need help defusing temper tantrums, managing discipline issues or talking with their kids about tough topics. The Juvenile Welfare Board has a lending library of videos, DVDs and books to help. The library, at 6698 68th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, has more than 1,200 videos and DVDs related to family matters. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and the items are available free to all Pinellas County residents. To review the library's catalog online, go to www.jwbpinellas.org. For information, call 547-5670.

Project HOPE still helping Hurricane Katrina survivors

A program that originally began in 2004 after Hurricane Charley devastated areas of Charlotte and De Soto counties is offering help to Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Project HOPE (Helping Our People in Emergencies) is an outreach and referral service aimed at helping those who have moved to the area to rebuild their lives.

Programs offered include group and individual crisis counseling, and referrals of resources within the community. Special programs focus on children and seniors.

Hurricane Katrina survivors who now live in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota and De Soto counties are eligible.

Founded by the Florida Center for Child and Family Development, in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families, the program has been funded for the next two months and will likely be extended through the end of the year.

For information, call the Project HOPE Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-8255.

SPCA offers adoptions, other pet services

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay encourages residents to kick off their spring with a four-legged friend.

The adoption fee for dogs, cats and kittens is $35; puppies $50; and rabbits $15. Each adoption includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering, county license tag, microchip for identification and free obedience classes for canines.

Also, there's 10 percent off pet supplies at the SPCA Store. The shelter is at 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Or visit the online kennel at www.SPCATampaBay.org. For information, call 586-3591.