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Marriage workshops offered to help couples

By TIMES WIRES
Published July 14, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

Learning to make a marriage work can be hard, but the nonprofit group Family Resources offers workshops in June and July designed to help couples build the foundation for a successful relationship.

This workshop helps couples focus on factors they can control and offers tools to safely and effectively manage life's surprises. It is being offered:

- From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Family Resources, 5180 62nd Ave. N, Pinellas Park.

- From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 at Family Resources in Pinellas Park.

To register or for information, call Cindy Haseman at 528-5776 or visit www.youandme-we.org. For more information on Family Resources, visit www.family-resources.org.

COUNTYWIDE

Join the team to fill backpacks for kids

The Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin is teaming up with Clothes To Kids to provide backpacks filled with school supplies and a week's supply of school clothes to 100 low-income Pinellas County schoolchildren.

The Junior League says donations of $15 will help a child begin the school year with confidence as he or she enters the classroom.

Checks can be made out to the Junior League and mailed to Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, 1265 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698, Attn: Community Outreach-Back To School Fair.

Founded in 2002, Clothes To Kids, 1059 N Hercules Ave., provides free new and quality used clothing to low-income children in Pinellas County. Call 441-5050 or visit www.clothestokids.org.

PALM HARBOR

Club seeks help for Taste of Palm Harbor

The GFWC Palm Harbor Junior Women's Club is looking for restaurants, artisans and crafters to participate in its 11th annual Taste of Palm Harbor.

Proceeds from the October event benefit the club's grants and scholarship program.

This year's taste is scheduled for Oct. 7 on Florida Avenue in historic downtown Palm Harbor. Call 934-7001 or visit www.phjwx.org.

DUNEDIN

Join the Walking Club for exercise and fun

Exercise your legs with walking and your mouth with laughter with the Walking Club at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays to walk the Pinellas Trail. Call 727 298-3299.

SAFETY HARBOR

Paint Your Heart Out seeks homes to paint

Paint Your Heart Out, a group that provides house painting to five neighbors in need, is seeking candidates for houses to paint next spring. The group paints houses for people who are financially or physically in need. The group also does landscaping and minor repairs to houses. Call (727) 724-1555, ext. 406.

CLEARWATER

Support Operation Shoebox project

Support Operation Shoebox with nonperishable foods, travel-sized games and Silly String. The project, put together by Morningside Recreation summer campers, is to collect items for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Troops use Silly String, for instance, to find nearly invisible trip wires that could set off booby-traps.) Donations can be dropped off through Aug. 3 at all Clearwater recreation centers and at the Municipal Services Building, 100 S Myrtle Ave. Call 507-4065

COUNTYWIDE

County workshop on starting a business

Learn how to develop a business plan and get the necessary permits to open up shop in Pinellas County from noon to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through August at the Pinellas County Business Development Center, 13805 58th St. N, Suite 1-200. The introductory workshop is an overview of the information needed to start a business. Call 453-7200.

COUNTYWIDE

Free dental exams for kids before school

Everyone needs healthy teeth, especially kids in school. To help children avoid missing school due to toothaches or similar problems, the Pinellas County Health Department will offer free dental exams and X-rays for children age 1 to 18. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate, and many will be able to schedule followup appointments before school begins. The exams will be offered 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on:

- July 23 at the Pinellas Park Health Center, 6350 76th Ave. N, 547-7780.

- July 24 at the Largo Health Center, 12420 130th Ave., 588-4040, ext. 129.

- July 26 at the Clearwater Health Center, 310 N Myrtle Ave., 469-5800, ext. 121.

- July 27 at the Tarpon Springs Health Center, 301 S Disston Ave., 942-5457, ext. 111.

COUNTYWIDE

Print out checklist for disaster survival

Pinellas County Emergency Management has created a printable disaster survival kit that can make shopping for essential items to have on hand easier. For information on hurricane preparedness, call 464-3800 or go to www.pinellascounty.org/emergency.

LARGO

Largo High Class of 1977 plans reunion

Largo High School's class of 1977 has scheduled its 30th reunion for July 27-28 at the Don Cesar Hotel and Resort on St. Pete Beach. To register or for more information, call committee organizer R. "Reid" Decker in California at (415) 710-2791 or Reunion Celebrations of Tampa at (813) 874-9967 or visit www.ReunionCelebrations.com.

COUNTYWIDE

Arbor Day group offers pocket guide to trees

Can you spot the difference between a poplar and pine? What Tree is That?, a 72-page pocket guide to distinguishing trees is available from the National Arbor Day Foundation. For a copy send you name, address and $3 for each book to 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb., 68410 or online at www.arborday.org

COUNTYWIDE

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.