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St. Patrick's Day with a little patchwork

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 17, 2007


DUNEDIN

It's St. Patrick's Day, but it's also National Quilting Day. Catch some of both at events today in Dunedin. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at American Legion Post 275, 360 Wilson St., Dunedin. Starting at 1 p.m. there will be live music and, for $7, corned beef and cabbage with the trimmings. Call 733-8153. Meanwhile, quilter Melba Rilott will be giving quilting demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Call 298-3080, ext. 224.

COUNTYWIDE

Camps focus on nature-loving kids

Looking for a summer camp with something more for your child? Pinellas County offers fun for outdoor-loving youngsters at six summer camp locations with more than a dozen programs led by nature experts. Registration has begun at Brooker Creek and Weedon Island preserves. Registration at Heritage Village also has begun. Registration for Wall Springs, Sawgrass Lake and Boca Ciega Millennium parks begins April 2. For more detailed information on Pinellas County summer camps, visit www.pinellascounty.org/summercamps.

LARGO

Family campout planned next week

The staff at George C. McGough Nature Park will host a two-day family cookout and campout next weekend. You need only bring a tent and a bit of cash. The event - from 7 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday, March 24 - will include an evening filled with crafts, a cookout, games, a night hike, campfire with s'mores and songs and you can meet JR, the resident Great Horned Owl. Continental breakfast will be served. Staff members will be at the park, 11901 146th St., to assist with tent setup at 6 p.m. Friday for beginners. The cost is $8 per person. All must preregister by Tuesday. For details, call 518-3047.

Firehouse museum offering tours

The Kid's Firehouse Museum, 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., offers tours Monday through Thursday for groups of 10 or more. The museum teaches children about fire safety and has 12 antique fire trucks, memorabilia, a movie theater and a playground and picnic area. Admission is free but donations are accepted. To book a tour, call 585-1300.

CLEARWATER

Club to award six scholarships

Six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded by the Clearwater Junior Women's Club. The scholarships are awarded to qualifying students who overcome adversity, or turn their life around and need help staying on the right track. Since 1988, the group has awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships. Call 725-1414, or visit www.clearwaterjuniors.org for an application.

PALM HARBOR

Food pantry needs grant writer

An experienced, volunteer grant writer is needed for the Food Emergency And Services Team in Palm Harbor. FEAST is a nonprofit, nonsectarian food pantry that serves more than 1,600 families each month. Call 789-5275.