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O, Christmas tree, mulch shall you be

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 30, 2007


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COUNTYWIDE

Now that the holiday season is nearly over, Pinellas County is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees. The trees will be collected, ground into mulch and distributed free to the public. Here's how to recycle the trees:

-Clearwater: curbside collection with yard waste on regular day.

-Dunedin: curbside collection with yard waste on regular day.

-Largo: curbside collection with yard waste on regular day.

-Oldsmar: drop off collection at 107 Shore Drive W. Open from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12.

-Safety Harbor: curbside collection at 7 a.m. Wednesdays.

-Tarpon Springs: drop off collection at yard waste facility (898 S Levis Ave, minimum $5) or curbside collection starting Jan. 9.

-Unincorporated Pinellas County: drop off collection at Pinellas County Solid Waste Operations, 3095 114th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Cost is $3 per load.

For more information, call (727) 464-7500.

County offices close Monday, too

County offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of New Year's. Offices will reopen Wednesday.

CLEARWATER

Outback Bowl has beach day

The annual Outback Bowl Beach Day is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Tentative schedule:

11:30 a.m.: Beach Day begins; DJs from 93.3 FLZ and 95.7 the Beat arrive.

Noon: Wisconsin band and cheerleaders perform.

12:30 p.m.: Tennessee band and cheerleaders perform; Tennessee players arrive.

1:30 p.m.: Skydivers land.

2 p.m.: Wisconsin players arrive.

2:15 p.m.: Short program including official introductions and trivia game.

2:35 p.m.: Tug of war: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee cheerleaders.

3 p.m.: "Coopie" eating contest.

To learn more: Call (727) 562-4800 or visit www.outbackbowl.com.

CLEARWATER

Safety class keyed to older drivers

A two-part AARP driver safety class for drivers 50 and older is planned for 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 9 and 11 at the North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Cost is $10. To register, call the library at (727) 462-6895.

EAST LAKE

Night hike takes you to new year

Start the new year with a family night hike from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Brooke Creek Preserve. Staff members will discuss the unique adaptations of nocturnal animals as participants explore the Education Center Trail. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required, and a flashlight is recommended. Preregistration is required, and space is limited. Admission is free. Recommended for families with children age 10 and up. Call (727) 453-6800.

[Last modified December 30, 2007, 00:38:40]


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