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Make your yard irresistible to winged beauties

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 7, 2007


DUNEDIN

Start your butterfly garden in one easy lesson. A program on raising butterflies, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dunedin Nature Center, 1910 Ed Eckert Drive, will teach the novice how to grow plants from seeds and cuttings, what butterflies are in the area and what they eat. The course will also cover nectar and larval food plants and how to hatch butterflies indoors. Registration is necessary and costs $2 with a recreation card or $3 without a card. Call 298-3271.

COUNTYWIDE

Help fill closets of needy children

Clothes to Kids is seeking volunteers to work on marketing and development, and cash donations to help stock the store with shorts, shoes and other summer clothes. Committee members meet monthly and distribute information about clothing drives, projects, volunteer opportunities and other organizational needs. Founded in 2002, Clothes to Kids provides new and quality used clothing to low-income children in Pinellas County, free of charge. It is located at 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to P.O. Box 184, Dunedin, FL 34697 or dropped off at the store. Call (727) 441-5050 or visit www.clothestokids.org.

SAFETY HARBOR

Traffic zigzags around road work

To make way for streetscaping improvements, Main Street's intersections at Seventh and Eighth avenues will be closed today through Wednesday. Traffic will be detoured at Ninth Avenue S and Sixth Avenue S and directed to Second Street S. Call 647-0418.

TARPON SPRINGS

What's for dinner? Sample ideas here

Sherri Patterson will talk about One-Dish Recipes and One-Dish Meals at the Cook's Shelf Cookbook Club meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. Participants are welcome to share their favorite recipes or samples. The group will also review several Crock-Pot and casserole cookbooks. Call 943-4922.

Gain appreciation for art at program

What do you see when you look at art? Learn about the sculpture Homo Ominous by Vladimir Yoffe at noon Wednesday during the "On the Easel" program at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road. The monthly program is designed to introduce attendees to museum artwork and is included in the cost of museum admission. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children. Call 712-5762.

EAST LAKE

Trace land's path, learn its history

Take a walk through time from 9 to 11 a.m. each Saturday in May along the three-quarter-mile trail at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road. See how the land changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints those changes made. Sturdy closed-toed shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Call 453-6800.