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Singing competition set for Saturday

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 20, 2008


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PALM HARBOR

Palm Harbor University High School will host the semifinals of the 2008 International Championship of High School A Cappella singing competition Saturday night.

This competition features the top six high school a cappella choruses in the southern United States, among them a chorus from Palm Harbor University High.

The competition takes place in the auditorium at the school, 1900 Omaha St. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Singing starts at 7. For information, call Jane Rakestraw at (727) 455-7702.

Literacy council seeks volunteers

The Palm Harbor Literacy Council seeks volunteers to help adults, many of them recent arrivals to the United States, learn to read, write and speak better English.

The literacy council provides free one-on-one tutoring for residents of Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Oldsmar and Tarpon Springs, though no one is excluded for living outside the immediate area.

The council has more than 100 certified tutors but needs more for students on its waiting list.

After training and certification, it is recommended that tutors spend two 90-minute sessions each week with their students.

For information or to volunteer, call (727) 784-3332, ext. 211 or sign up at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

Countywide

Online program helpsparents keep kids safe

Duracell and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have developed the Power of Parents program, a nationwide child safety preparedness program designed to help families protect their children. The program helps to dispel the most common safety myths and reminds families of the importance of keeping an up-to-date photo of their children. To download the program, visit www.duracell.com/parents.

Upper Pinellas

Literacy council can help improve English

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas has certified tutors available to teach individuals who wish to learn English or those who need to improve their reading and writing skills.

Sessions are free and hours are flexible. For information, call the Literacy Council at the Dunedin Public Library, (727) 298-3080, ext. 242.

Use Guide to Giving directory to give back

The Girls Guide to Giving is a directory of nonprofit agencies throughout Pinellas County offering volunteer opportunities.

Groups of young women can participate in projects such as peer interaction, service learning and "how to" projects.

The guide lists agencies, contact information, group capacities and minimum age requirements and is available online at www.211tampabay.org or by calling (727) 210-4233, ext. 4557.

[Last modified February 20, 2008, 09:38:10]


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