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Seminole Notebook

By BY LORRIE LYKINS Times Correspondent
Published July 18, 2007



Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke will speak at Thursday's Seminole Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Burke will update the membership on his responsibilities managing all Pinellas County courthouse records, a budget of nearly $58-million and about 640 employees.

When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Where: Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. N.

Info: Gretchen Cain, Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 392-3245. Reservations and advance payment $12 per person are requested.

Community library hosts variety of youth activities

A variety of weekly events and activities for teens are offered at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. Preregistration for the Thursday activities is required. Call the library's Youth Services Department, 394-6913. Upcoming:

Harry Potter Party: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Take part in the Sorting Hat Ceremony and find out if you are a Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or Gryffindor. Dressing in costume is recommended but not required.

Looking for teen writers, photographers and artists: Youth in grades 6-12 may submit work and a registration form by July 25. For guidelines and information, call or stop by the Youth Services Department.

Learn ballroom dancing at classes on Thursdays

Seminole Recreation is offering beginning social ballroom dance for kids ages 8 to 12 and adults. The basics of social, standard, swing, cha-cha and more will be taught. The fee for each four-week session is $36. Youth classes are 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and adults are 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday night. For more information, call 391-8345 or visit

Recreation center presents new programs

Seminole Recreation is offering new programs including tai chi, scrapbooking, beginning ballroom dance, clown school for teens and adults, Pilates, and Zumba. Contact the recreation center at 391-8345.

USEM-CA on hiatus during summer months

The Unincorporated Seminole Community Association (USEM-CA) usually meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Seminole Community Library. However, the group will not meet during July and August but will reconvene in September. The group is open to residents of the greater unincorporated Seminole area. Boundaries run roughly from Ulmerton Road south to Tyrone/Bay Pines Boulevard and from the east, Belcher Road west to the Intracoastal Waterway.


Reading program looking for volunteers

The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast is looking for volunteers to be part of its preschool reading program. This is a volunteer opportunity for youth, seniors and couples who enjoy reading to others. For information on the preschool reading program, contact Lee Walters at 319-8343 or e-mail

County program offers loans for home repairs

Pinellas County is offering homeowners assistance with home repairs through its Home Repair Loan Program. The program provides homeowners with zero percent to low interest loans up to $45,000 to help make county residents' homes hurricane-ready for the 2007 season. Improvements can include roof bracing or replacement, impact-resistant windows and doors, and storm shutters.

The home must be the applicant's primary residence and be in Pinellas County, excluding Belleair Shores, Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg. To be eligible, the value of an individual or family's single-family detached home, townhouse, villa, cooperative or condominium cannot exceed $151,000.

Contact Pinellas County Community Development at 464-8210 or visit

The Seminole Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to SP Times or snail-mail it to Lorrie Lykins, Seminole Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. The deadline for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is 5 p.m. the previous Friday.

[Last modified July 17, 2007, 21:39:27]

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