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By TIMES WIRES
Published September 30, 2006


About 1,200 volunteers needed for Jazz Holiday

The 27th Clearwater Jazz Holiday is looking for volunteers to help stage the free event, scheduled for Oct. 19-22 at Coachman Park. The Jazz Force is the group that spends the year organizing the four-day event, but it's only part of the equation that makes Clearwater Jazz Holiday a success. Volunteers are an integral part of the event and are needed to work short shifts helping to staff ID checking stations, soda and water stands, merchandise booths, and beer and wine pouring stations, especially on Sunday. There are perks to volunteering at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, from a souvenir pin to food provided by Macaroni Grill, along with an official volunteer T-shirt and a volunteer afterparty at Stein Mart. In all, the event will need more than 1,200 volunteers. To help, go to www.clearwaterjazz.com or call (727) 461-5200.

Meals on Wheels wants volunteers to help seniors

TARPON SPRINGS - Neighborly Care Network's Meals on Wheels program is looking for compassionate, caring individuals who can spend 1½ hours at midday to help seniors who live alone, are too poor to buy food, or too frail to shop and cook for themselves. There is an especially great need for volunteers to deliver hot meals to the homebound in the Tarpon Springs area. Meals are picked up at the Solomon Peska Center, 431 E Spruce St., for delivery. Clerical volunteers are also needed. Duties vary, and hours are flexible. For more information or to volunteer, call Pat Hofstadter at (727) 573-9444, ext. 291.

Dunedin Coast Guard Flotilla to teach boating, seamanship

DUNEDIN - Dunedin Coast Guard Flotilla 11-10 will begin a safe boating and seamanship program Oct. 23. The program meets for nine sessions from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays until Nov. 20. The program covers topics including navigation and tying knots. It is held on the second floor of the Dunedin Marina harbormaster building, 51 Main St. The $40 cost covers all materials. Most insurance companies offer boaters discounts for course graduates. Call (727) 734-0215 or (727) 595-2415 for information and reservations.

Seniors can sign up for utility bill assistance

Senior citizens unable to pay their winter power bills can receive emergency assistance of as much as $400 from the Pinellas County Human Services Department. Funds from the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco/Pinellas can help residents 60 and older who are in danger of having their power disconnected during the prime heating and cooling seasons when demand and bills are higher than normal. Eligible seniors must have received a "statement of interruption" notice from their utility company to be considered for assistance. Past-due or late-fee bills may not be accepted. Seniors also may qualify for a voucher to receive a blanket or a heater during the winter or a fan in the summer. The Human Services Department is accepting applications for the funding period that begins Sunday. Eligible seniors can receive help up to twice a year. The department staff will screen those seeking assistance to determine if they meet income limits of 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a household of one, the limit is $14,700 a year; for two people, the income limit is $19,800. Add $1,500 for each additional member of family units with eight or more members. To learn more, visit the Human Services Department, 2189 Cleveland St., Suite 230, Clearwater, or call Annie Shaw at (727) 464-8400.