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Students can get a head start on college

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 9, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

Interested in starting college while still in high school? Administrators have scheduled two information sessions this month for students to learn more about the Early College Program. The program will serve about 250 11th- and 12th-graders who are dual-enrolled at St. Petersburg College and their assigned high school. Students will attend classes at the college's Clearwater campus, taking a combination of high school and college courses. They will graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree. The program is open to Pinellas students in public or private schools as well as those who are homeschooled. Students wishing to enroll in the program must submit an application, a high school transcript and SAT or ACT results. Administrators will use a lottery if there are more applicants than spaces. The sessions will be 6 to 8 p.m. May 24 and May 30 in the teaching auditorium at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. For more information, call program director Jeff Cesta at 791-5970.

Hear about safety vs. civil liberties

Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, will speak at the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club's dinner meeting on Thursday. Simon is scheduled to discuss how much authority citizens are prepared to turn over to the government on the premise of keeping them safe. The meeting is at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Doors open at 6 p.m., buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost $15. For reservations or information, call 360-3971.

DUNEDIN

Celebrate 50 years of bagpiping

The city will celebrate the 50th anniversary of bagpiping in Dunedin on Saturday. The free event will feature the Dunedin Middle School, Dunedin High School and city of Dunedin pipe bands from noon to 6 p.m. in Edinburgh Hall at the Dunedin Community Center at 1920 Pinehurst Road. Past band directors, principals and band members will be there.

PALM HARBOR

Kids can fish and help the YMCA

The Greater Palm Harbor branch of the YMCA of the Suncoast invites kids 6 to 12 to participate in a fishing challenge at Wall Springs Park at 3725 DeSoto Blvd. on Saturday. The catch and release tournament is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include rod and reel, bait, T-shirt, lunch, arts, crafts, and activities. It's $10 for all that minus the fishing equipment. The money goes to provide scholarship assistance to those who can't afford YMCA services. Call 787-9622 for tickets.

SAFETY HARBOR

See 'The Great Outdoors' outside

The city will show the movie The Great Outdoors, starring John Candy, at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Safety Harbor Middle School track, 901 First Ave. N. Admission is free and concessions are available for purchase. Call 724-1545.