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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


Senior Hall of Fame nominations are open

The city of St. Petersburg's Office on Aging is accepting nominations for the Senior Hall of Fame, which recognizes senior citizens for outstanding contributions to the community.

Nominees must be over the age of 65 and a Pinellas County resident for at least three years. Those who wish to nominate someone may complete an application, or submit a paper with the nominee's name, address, phone number, birth date and a 200-word summary of the nominee's community service that has benefited the city of St. Petersburg.

Those submitting nominations should also include their name, address and phone number. Nominations must be received by the office by April 13, and may be mailed to Senior Hall of Fame, Office on Aging, P.O. Box 2842, St. Petersburg. The awards ceremony will take place May 16 at the Sunshine Center. For information, or to request an application, call 893-7102.

America's Youngest Jazz Band is looking for kids

Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band seeks child musicians under the age of 13 to play saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, bass or piano, or sing. For information, call 725-1788.

Recycled cans, newspaper benefit program

St. Paul United Methodist Church offers a newspaper and aluminum can recycling depot at the church's Christian Life Enrichment Center, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. The bins will be located on the northeast corner of the Rosery Road and Highland Avenue intersection. Proceeds from recycled materials will benefit Handicapable Ministry, a non-profit outreach program for developmentally disabled persons. For information, call 584-8165.

Area Agency on Aging offers free job training

Free job training and job placement assistance is available for seniors older than 55 through the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc.

Interested seniors must make less than $8,350 annually for singles or $11,250 for a family of two, excluding Social Security earnings. Courses to be offered include computer literacy, clerical work, medical coding and billing and home health care. Pasco and Pinellas county residents who are interested may call (727) 570-9696, ext. 237 or ext. 281.

Housing for low-income disabled, seniors available

Goodwill Industries Suncoast housing corporation is currently accepting applications for HUD rent-subsidized apartments for people with physical disabilities and for those ages 61 and older. The apartments are in Pinellas Park.

All applicants must meet HUD limited income criteria.

For apartment availability in Pinellas Park, call 541-6620.

Foster care, adoption orientation is March 28

The Children's Home, a private non-profit residential treatment center for abused or neglected children, will offer a "Foster Care and Adoption Orientation" at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at the home, 10909 Memorial Highway, Tampa. Individuals interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent will have the opportunity to view the Children's Home and learn about the fostering and adoption process. For more information, call (813) 855-4435, ext. 2037.

Aluminum can recycling helps build homes

Habitat for Humanity International has teamed up with the Aluminum Association to help needy families. Aluminum Cans Build Habitat for Humanity Homes raises money to build homes through aluminum can recycling.

Five local recycling centers are located throughout Pinellas County. The list of recycling sites can be obtained by calling the Pinellas Habitat for Humanity office at 894-1522.

Flags available through Department of State

Both State of Florida and United States flags are available through the Department of State. Costs vary according to size and materials used. You may also have your flag flown over the Florida Capital at no charge. Call (850) 488-1802 or write Wilma Shouse, Florida Department of State, Bureau of General Services, 430 E Gaines St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250.

YouthBuild offers training program for youths 16-24

YouthBuild St. Petersburg offers an eight-month program for youths ages 16 to 24 who reside in St. Petersburg that includes GED training, leadership development and training in the career field of construction, among other support services. To be considered for admission, call 893-1573.

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