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Digest

Get yourself tested, educated about HIV

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 6, 2007


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CLEARWATER

Get educated, get tested, get involved. Free HIV testing and prevention education will be offered Wednesday from noon-6 p.m. at the Mt. Olive AME Church, 600 Jones St., Clearwater. Free gifts for all who get educated and tested. Get your results and receive a $20 gift certificate. For more information call 824-6964.

COUNTYWIDE

Clear your pipes with community chorus

The Palm Harbor Community Chorus is looking for male voices to join its group, which meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Global Family Fellowship Church on Hercules Avenue. Preparations are under way for our spring concert series. Call 709-5818

PINELLAS PARK

Toastmasters can help you get over jitters

Do you feel like you're in a freeze frame the moment you're about to make a speech before an audience? Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping members improve their public speaking, communications and leadership skills. Speak Easy Toastmasters Club 4698 meets each Monday at the King Buffet Restaurant, 7610 49th St. N. in Pinellas Park. The club will hold a public speaking workshop beginning February 19 from 6:15-8 p.m. The fee is $20 and will last for six sessions. For information and registration call Jim Martin at 536-3392.

COUNTYWIDE

Hearing-impaired program expanded

The Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay has expanded its no-cost telephone loan services, which include amplified telephone and equipment usage, at the following locations: Largo Library, Clearwater Library, Palm Harbor Library, Dunedin Senior Center, Safety Harbor Library, the Upper Tampa Bay Library, St. Petersburg Sunshine Center, Gulfport Senior Center and the Gulf Beaches Library. Call (727) 399-9983 for dates and times.

COUNTYWIDE

Hellenic association offers scholarships

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association has applications available for more than $5,000 in high school and college scholarships awarded by AHEPA's Pinellas Chapter No. 356 and the Daughters of Penelope, Pelias Chapter No. 186. Applicants must be 2007 high school graduates or current college students. Applicants do not have to be of Greek descent, but they must be a family member of a current member of the Order of AHEPA or the Daughters of Penelope. Call chairman John Tsagaris at (727) 791-1040 for an application or visit www.ahepad2.org or www.ahepa.org.

COUNTYWIDE

Bothered by litter? Call this number

Keep Pinellas Beautiful has a new 24-hour litter reporting hotline residents can use to report litter problems: (727) 210-4663.

The litter hotline is designed for large-scale litter problems or those that pose a public safety hazard, such as cases where items could create traffic problems. Examples include:

- Road or environmental hazards.

- Illegal dumping.

- Areas with major litter problems, such as storm drains with shopping carts or bulky items in them, or places like businesses with widespread litter problems.

The hotline is not for reporting code enforcement problems such as overgrown lawns or minor instances of littering.

Action to remove the trash/litter is taken by Keep Pinellas Beautiful Staff or coordination with the appropriate city or county department.

Callers will need to provide a street address or intersection, description of the litter problem and a contact phone number. Keep Pinellas Beautiful will coordinate with the appropriate city or county departments to address litter reports.

For more information, call (727) 210-4663 during regular business hours or visit the Web site at www.keep pinellasbeautiful.org.

COUNTYWIDE

Teen volunteer guide is now available

In an effort to promote youth volunteerism and help students complete service projects, the Volunteer Action Center and 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has published the Pinellas County Teen Guide to Service Learning.

The guide lists 26 agencies in Pinellas that have volunteer opportunities for teens who need to complete 75 hours for the Bright Futures scholarship or for other programs.

For a free copy of the guide, call 211 or visit www.211tampabay.org. The 211 information line has information on health and human services in Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties. To reach the information line from a phone that's blocked from making three-digit calls, call 210-4211.

TARPON SPRINGS

Try losing that extra weight with hypnosis

Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 Alt. U.S. 19, is offering a seminar on losing weight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The first 45 minutes of the session is a free orientation. If the participant feels comfortable with the program, he or she pays a one-time fee of $69. This fee includes a hypnotic session, behavior modification booklet, home reinforcement audiocassette tape (CD's are available), and unlimited free repetitions of the hypnosis, if needed.

No reservations are required. For more information call 1-800-848-2822 or visit www.easywillpower.com

LARGO

Largo's Celebrity Showcase guests set

Largo's 2007 Celebrity Showcase features composer, comedian and TV personality Cahal Dunne on Feb. 22 and Branson, Mo., entertainer Doug Gabriel on March 22. Advance tickets are $11 plus tax, $13 plus tax at the door. Group rates are available. For more information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit www.largo.com.

[Last modified February 5, 2007, 21:57:25]


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