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    Series of law classes continues at campus

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 18, 2001

    CLEARWATER -- You don't have to be a lawyer to learn about the law. The People's Law School, a series of free sessions sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association, continues through May.

    All classes will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the teaching auditorium of St. Petersburg Junior College, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater.

    People can attend as few or as many sessions as they wish. There is no homework. Seating is limited, but registration not necessary. For information, call 461-4869.

    Here is a schedule:

    Thursday: Insurance, injury law

    March 29: Employment discrimination

    April 5: Tax law

    April 19: Small business and intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright)

    April 26: Public school law

    May 3: Consumer law and bankruptcy

    May 10: Health care, hospital law, nursing home law

    May 17: Your rights under the Constitution

    May 24: State and local government law

    Help hospice libraries by buying a book

    CLEARWATER -- Several area bookstores are co-sponsoring a Books for the Hospice project to help supply libraries in hospice's four service centers in Pinellas County.

    Books needed are those dealing with end-of-life issues and bereavement. Also, the libraries are looking for books on alternative/complementary therapies to help those with chronic and serious illnesses.

    The bookstores have a list of books the hospice needs. Patrons can select the book or books they wish to purchase from the list and donate to the hospice. Stores include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23654 U.S. 19 N; B. Dalton Bookseller, Countryside Mall; and Waldenbooks, Countryside Mall and Clearwater Mall. The drive will continue throughout 2001. For information, call 586-4432.

    Firehouse museum offers kids' tours

    LARGO -- The Kids Firehouse Museum, 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., (south of Ulmerton Road at 95th Street) in Largo has openings for spring/summer tours for groups of children up to age 10. The firehouse has 11 antique firetrucks and a playground. Children are taught fire safety, watch a video and receive free memorabilia. Free admission, but donations accepted. Call 585-1300.

    Senior agency looking or volunteer drivers

    Can you drive a van? Or visit someone who needs companionship? Neighborly Senior Services, which is based in Clearwater but serves Pinellas County, is looking for volunteers to drive seniors to and from doctor appointments. NSS also needs volunteers to go into seniors' homes to socialize, read newspapers or books to them, sort mail and possibly go grocery shopping for them. To volunteer, call Pat Hofstadter, NSS volunteer coordinator, at 573-9444, ext. 291.

    Pediatric clinic open on Wednesdays

    CLEARWATER -- Every Wednesday between 9 a.m. and noon the Clearwater Free Clinic offers a special pediatric clinic for children not covered by private health insurance or government-assisted programs. The clinic's family practice nurse practitioner and a pediatrician are available at those times to see patients between the ages of 2 and 18.

    The nurse practitioner's services are made possible by a grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation.

    For a pediatric appointment, call the Clearwater Free Clinic at 447-3041.

    Clearwater food pantry needs extra hands

    The Religious Community Services Pantry needs volunteers to help sort food on Saturdays. Volunteers also are welcome during the week.

    The pantry, at 210 S Ewing St., Clearwater, receives thousands of pounds of food weekly and serves about 2,000 families. For information, call 443-4031.

    SPCA program pairs pets and seniors

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Pinellas County, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo, matches pets with senior citizens in the Pets for People program.

    Seniors ages 60 and older can take home a specially matched pet and the adoption fee and the first veterinarian visit are covered.

    For information, call 586-3591.

    Youth literacy program needs children's books

    CLEARWATER -- Children's books are needed by the Pinellas County Rolling Readers, a youth literacy program that helps youngsters in the county school system.

    Volunteers from throughout the county read aloud or tutor elementary children.

    If you can donate books or money or want to volunteer, call Jennifer Nagel, community outreach specialist, 443-7198.

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