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Neighborhood notebook

By LORRIE LYKINS, Times Correspondent
Published January 9, 2008


GULFPORT

Free tax assistance available at several county locations

Trained counselors or IRS-certified tax preparers are available to give free tax form preparation and filing at several locations around the county. The Earned Income Tax Credit EITC may result in a tax refund that can be potentially larger than the amount of taxes withheld from a qualifying worker's paycheck. Assistance is available in Gulfport at the Wachovia Gulfport Financial Center, 2001 49th St. S. Call 892-7425.

Band will perform blues at the Gulfport Casino

If you enjoy the blues and dancing, check out the Roomful of Blues performance Friday.

The eight-piece band, led by guitarist Chris Vachon, is known for its raucous vocals and blues. The band will perform jump, swing, blues, and R&B favorites at the historic Gulfport Casino.

When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.

Where: Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd.

Info:Call 274-4950.INDIAN ROCKS BEACH

Yoga classes will meet at sunset and sunrise

Yoga classes are meeting at sunset and sunrise on Indian Rocks Beach. Classes are designed for all levels of students interested in gaining flexibility, balance and calm. A donation of $6 per class is requested.

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. Saturday.

Where: On Indian Rocks Beach at 22nd Avenue.

Info: Call 365-4901.

ST. PETE BEACH

Enrollment is starting for youth basketball

It's enrollment time for the 2008 youth basketball league, which starts in the spring. The league will play at the new St. Pete Beach community center.

Young people who are residents of St. Pete Beach and surrounding communities enrolled in grades 1-9 are welcome to join.

Enrollment will be closed once teams have been filled. Register at the St. Pete Beach Community Center Gym, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, or call the Recreation Department at 363-9245 for more information.

Donations needed for troop support effort

The St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops Drive is still going strong, but volunteers say the need is great after a postholiday dropoff in donations. Personal hygiene items and nonperishable snacks are collected, packaged and sent to troops serving in the Middle East.

Money also is appreciated to help with postage, which is $8.95 per box. Donations can be dropped off in the St. Pete Beach City Hall lobby. Call Teri McMaster at 363-9220.

Annual classic offers fun run for dabblers

It may be too late to start training now for the fifth annual St. Pete Beach Classic 10K, but amblers are welcome to try out the St. Pete Beach 1-mile fun run and Kids' Dash.

When: 7 a.m. Jan. 19.

Where: Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd.

Info: Visit the race Web site at www.stpetebeachclassic.com/.

The Beaches Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to SPTimeslistings@yahoo.com or snail-mail it to Lorrie Lykins, 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.