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Professionals on hand during housing event

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 30, 2007


CLEARWATER

Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services is bringing instructors, counselors, lenders and other industry professionals together for the first ever "Homeowner Creation Day," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Greenwood Recreation Complex, 900 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The free event includes interactive courses, a catered continental breakfast and networking lunch. Preregistration is required. Call Gerry Mingione at 727 442-4155.

TARPON SPRINGS

Workshops show uses for preserve

Brooker Creek Preserve is holding a series of free workshops for parents of home-schooled children on how to use the education center as a teaching tool. The first will be Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road. A quiet game and activity corner will be provided for children while parents attend the workshop. Preregistration is required. For additional information, call (727) 453-6800.

PALM HARBOR

Group to discuss incorporation plan

The Greater Palm Harbor Community Coalition will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. Coalition members and guests will discuss the legislative action necessary to allow citizens to vote for incorporation of Palm Harbor. For more information, contact coalition spokesman Jim Kleyman at (727) 798-6645 or intlexp@myrapidsys.com or jimk@acemedical.com

COUNTYWIDE

Make Halloween a happy day for pets

Pinellas County Animal Services is offering tips on how to keep your pet happy and safe this Halloween:

- A constant barrage of strangers and loud noises can spook any pet. Furnish your furry friend with a safe place inside your home, away from the holiday commotion.

- Play low music like soft jazz or classical music to mask Halloween noises.

- No treats. Sugar, caffeine and candy wrappers are dangerous to pets. Chocolate is especially dangerous.

- If you dress up your kitty or pup, remove the costume if it's causing distress. Some pet costume designs fail to address an animal's need to pant, drink and stretch.

- If you take your pets trick-or-treating, use a leash and a reflective collar with proper identification.