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Digest

Guardians ad litem needed for children

By TIMES WIRES
Published June 14, 2007


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COUNTYWIDE

More than 1, 000 children in Pinellas County need someone to be their voice in the courtroom, and the county's guardian ad litem program hopes that could be you.

You can learn about becoming a guardian ad litem by attending a one-hour orientation held each week on Thursdays. The time of the orientation is varied to accommodate the schedule of prospective volunteers.

Guardians ad litem speak on behalf of abused, abandoned or neglected children in Pinellas County courts. As a child's advocate, a guardian ad litem becomes familiar with the child and case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. Guardians ad litem receive training and ongoing supervision to help them make a positive difference in the lives of children.

Call 727 464-6528 to sign up for an orientation. The next training for guardians ad litem is scheduled for July 10. For information, go to www.guardianadlitem6.org.

Put on your dancing shoes and audition

Auditions for one of Tampa Bay's largest community dance productions, The Chocolate Nutcracker, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg.

The 10th anniversary production welcomes dancers in all styles and genres. Contact Life Force Cultural Arts Academy at (727) 216-3519 or e-mail lifeforcechocolate@yahoo.com.

Life Force Cultural Arts Academy is based at 1606 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 481-8091 or visit www.lifeforceculturalarts.com.

Group petitioning Congress to help pets

Defend Our Pets is seeking pet owners to sign a petition that will be presented to Congress before the summer session is over in hopes of passing a bill to protect pets through tougher laws and regulations concerning the quality of pet food sold in the United States. For information, visit www.defendourpets.org or e-mail attorney Jay Edelson at jay@blimlaw.com.

CLEARWATER

Variety of summer exhibits at library

The library is for more than books. The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., has a variety of exhibits on display through the summer:

-Read stories of local foster children aged 8 to 16 and see professional portraits that feature faces, voices and stories at the Progress Energy Heart Gallery. The exhibit runs through Aug. 10.

-Self-portraits drawn by Clearwater young people are in the About Face exhibit until Aug. 28.

-Collectables and unique beads by Maryann Larson are in the Awesome Bead Hats exhibit until Aug. 28.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (727) 562-4834, ext. 5284.

EAST LAKE

Hike to learn how the land changed

Take a walk through time from 9 to 11 a.m. each Saturday in June on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Learn how the land has changed over time in the three-quarter-mile walk. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Call (727) 453-6800.

DUNEDIN

Fine Arts Center offers classes for all ages

Free your creativity with classes at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. Daytime, evening, one-day to weeklong workshops in a variety of media are available for children, teens and adults through July 15 at the center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Call (727) 298-3332.

[Last modified June 13, 2007, 22:26:15]


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