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Don't forget to visit polls and vote Tuesday

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 13, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. At the top of the ballot across Pinellas County: Whether to extend, from 2010 to 2020, the Penny for Pinellas sales tax - the 17-year-old penny per dollar sales tax that funds infrastructure needs. Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs will also choose a mayor today; Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Oldsmar and Tarpon Springs will choose new City Council or City Commission members; and voters in Clearwater will decide on a pair of ballot questions, including whether to build a city-backed boat slip project downtown. To find your precinct, visit www.votepinellas.com or call 464-6108.

SAFETY HARBOR

Author to present literary collection

Novelist Marian Coe will present her seventh book, Between Us, an original collection of women's voices sharing moments from life, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Coe will also invite attendees to select a gift book from her six novels. For more information, call 727 724-1525.

LARGO

Convention looks at anime, manga

The Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, will host a free anime and manga miniconvention for Tampa Bay area teens from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 24. The convention's theme is "Metal vs. Magic". Dress-up is encouraged, but not required. The activities include Cosplay (contest), the anime film ParaPara, introduction to fan-essential Japanese and a picture station. For more information, e-mail libraryyouth@largo.com or call the library's Teen Room at 587-6715, ext. 2531.

CLEARWATER

At meeting, learn about Medicaid

Get your questions to Medicaid changes answered today from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. The event is sponsored by WellCare's Staywell/Healthease. Call (727) 669-1280.

LARGO

Workshop to teach business success

The Small Business Center of the Largo Public Library, the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives will present a free workshop on "How to Make Your Business Thrive, Not Just Survive," from 6 to 8 p.m. March 20 in Room A of the John & Rosalie Jenkins Community Wing at the library, 120 Central Park Drive. The program discusses the skills needed to grow your business. Seating is limited and reservations are necessary. Call Charlie Cronk at Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce at (727) 584-2321.

CLEARWATER

Preserve campaign kicks off Thursday

Brooker Creek Preserve advocates, led by the Suncoast Sierra Club of Pinellas County, will kick off the "Preserve the Preserve" campaign with Craig Huegel at 7 p.m. Thursday at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Trail Park Lane. Huegel formerly oversaw Pinellas County's environmentally sensitive lands, including the preserve, which is under increasing developmental pressures. Call 526-5065.