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No need to beg, just come to SPCA training

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 23, 2007



The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay is seeking 30 volunteer dog trainers for its Family Dog Training Program. Learn methods used by some of the top trainers in the country.

Six weeks of hands-on training will be followed by a commitment of volunteer hours. Trained volunteers make a difference by increasing adoption rates and assisting in behavior classes for the public. To learn more, call 586-3591, ext. 127, or apply at Deadline to apply is Oct. 13.

Savor the crunch, helpa bunch of young folks

Nothing says fall like the crunch of fresh apples or the smell of a pecan pie wafting from your oven.

You can order apples and pecans from the 4-H Youth Development Programs of the Pinellas County Extension. The apples are Ohio's best Crispin yellow and Empire red varieties. They may be ordered by the half-bushel for $16.50 or by the whole bushel for $30.

The Georgia pecans are sold for $8 per pound. Call 582-2528 by Oct. 1 to order. Last year, the $5,000 earned allowed 40 percent of 4-H youths to attend events and camps to develop life skills, citizenship and leadership..

Help ensure welfare of nursing home residents

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers. Experienced dietitians, pharmacists, elder law attorneys, social workers, teachers, nurses, physicians, governmental employees, accountants and retired couples of all cultural backgrounds are a plus.

The program is administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. It investigates complaints concerning the safety and welfare of residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

It also conducts annual checks to ensure that facilities are licensed and complying with state laws. Mileage and meal reimbursements are provided. Call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 to apply.


The bottom line: Some folks need tax help

AARP Tax-Aide is looking for volunteer tax counselors to prepare and electronically file tax returns for clients with low to moderate incomes between Feb. 1 and April 15. Volunteers don't have to be AARP members or retirees.

Participants receive free tax training and are certified by the IRS. Contact Diane Hernan at 544-1754 or at


Head to library for basic investing, saving tips

Learn the basics of investing in stocks, bonds and mutual funds and saving for college and retirement at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at St. Petersburg Library's Main Branch, 3745 Ninth Ave. N.

Investor Education @ Your Library is a public education seminar. Afterward, breakout sessions will be held for more individualized information. Free. To register, call 893-7724 or send e-mail to

Pet Walk is Oct. 20at North Shore Park

Attention, Tampa Bay animal lovers: Join more than 2,500 pet owners Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, for the SPCA Tampa Bay's 17th Annual Pet Walk.

The event is the nonprofit organization's largest fundraiser and aims to raise $225,000 for the food, shelter and medical care of the more than 15,000 animals that pass through its doors each year.

For more information, call 586-3591, ext. 163, or log on to


Downtown art gallery could use your help

The Florida Crafstmen Gallery needs volunteers to assist visitors in the gallery, do various administrative and office tasks, and more.

Anyone interested can pick up a volunteer form at the front desk of the gallery, 501 Central Ave. For more information, call Alicia Wegorzewski at 821-7391.

Items needed for yard sale to help animals

Pet Pal Rescue will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at 1530 Country Club Road N.

The shelter needs gently used items. Drop them off at 405 22nd St. S, No clothes, large furniture or computer equipment, please. Receipts are given for tax purposes.

Call 328-7738 or visit Pet Pal is a nonprofit, no-kill organization.

Cafe to open withsong and sustenance

Sept. 30 is the grand opening of Common Grounds Cafe, at 6745 38th Ave. N.

The night begins at 6 and will feature a concert by the Cornerstone Community choir.

Be a part of a live DVD taping and enjoy hot and iced coffee, biscotti, brownies, Italian ice and more. For information, call 343-7747.

[Last modified September 22, 2007, 23:54:18]

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