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Volunteers needed for Clearwater Jazz Holiday

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2007


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COUNTYWIDE

The 28th annual MarineMax Clearwater Jazz Holiday is looking for hundreds of volunteers to help with every aspect of the four-day, free music event scheduled for Oct. 18-21 at Coachman Park.

Among other things, volunteers can sell merchandise, pour beer and wine, distribute soft drinks and water and check IDs. If you have carpentry, electrical, plumbing or handyman skills, your help is needed to build and tear down the event infrastructure.

Sign up online at www.clearwaterjazz.com and click on Volunteers; or call the Jazz Holiday office at (727) 461-5200 and ask for a registration form.

COUNTYWIDE

Cancer survivor camp accepting applications

Applications to attend Camp Living Springs, a three-day camp for cancer survivors age 18 and older, will be accepted until Sept. 30.

The camp is scheduled for Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 in Ellenton. Transportation, food and accommodations at the camp are free.

The annual program is staffed and funded by the volunteer organization, Morton Plant Caring Partners, for Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.

To request an application or for more information about the camp, call (727) 461-8010.

LARGO

School launches effort to expand campus

The Pinellas County Jewish Day School has launched a capital campaign to buy and renovate property and buildings immediately next to is campus on Cambridge Avenue in Largo.

The purchase will add 11 new classrooms and a new auditorium.

The school, which has 205 students, has grown at a steady 5 percent per year over the past six years and has outgrown its existing facilities.

To learn more or support the capital campaign, call Brian Siegel, head of the school, at (727) 588-0100, or Michael Seltzer, president of the board of directors, at (727) 532-1999.

OLDSMAR

Seminar has advice on marketing plans

Take a little time to consider your marketing plan. The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is offering "Strategic Marketing Planning for Your Business" from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4052 Tampa Road. Tom Stauffer, the president and CEO of A&T Resources, a company that specializes in corporate identity, will lead the seminar. The course is especially geared for managers of businesses just starting up. In advance, the cost including breakfast and handouts is $15 for chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. At the door, the cost is $20 for chamber members, $30 for nonmembers. Visit www.utbchamber.com or call (813) 855-4233.

COUNTYWIDE

People needed as a voice for children

Nearly 1,000 children in Pinellas County need a caring person to stand up and be their voice in the courtroom and to advocate for them in the child welfare system.

The final training this year to become a certified guardian ad litem will begin Oct. 16 at the Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater.

Guardians ad litem advocate for abused, abandoned or neglected children and teens in the family courts and the child welfare system. The average time needed is four to six hours a month. As a child's advocate, a guardian ad litem visits the child every month, becomes familiar with the child's case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment.

Guardians receive ongoing assistance. To volunteer and arrange to attend a brief orientation, call (727) 464-6528. For more information and an application go to www.guardianadlitem6.org.

EAST LAKE

Brooker educational center needs help

Looking to help out? Friendly, outgoing volunteers are needed at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center as exhibit hall docents and summer camp assistants. Call 453-6800.

CLEARWATER

Friends of Libraryseeking donations

CLEARWATER - Before silverfish overrun your old paperback collection, why not donate it? The Friends of the Library Book & Gift Store in Clearwater's Main Library is seeking donations of paperback books in good condition for resale in the store.

Bring your donations to the Main Library or call Judy Bazata at 461-6272 if pickup is needed.

Proceeds from the Friends of the Clearwater Library bookstores are used to enhance the Clearwater Public Library system.

The store also needs volunteers to work certain days and hours. A short training session is required. The Friends Book & Gift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Work hours are variable, generally two hours a week. To volunteer call Rosalie Murray at 531-0667.

COUNTYWIDE

Hearing-impaired program expanded

The Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay has expanded its no-cost telephone loan services, which include amplified telephone and equipment usage, at the following locations: Largo Library, Clearwater Library, Palm Harbor Library, Dunedin Senior Center, Safety Harbor Library, the Upper Tampa Bay Library, St. Petersburg Sunshine Center, Gulfport Senior Center and the Gulf Beaches Library. Call (727) 399-9983 for dates and times.

 

[Last modified September 24, 2007, 21:03:35]


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