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    North Pinellas briefs

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published November 6, 2000

    Free guide lists county youth service programs

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A free guide listing more than 70 Pinellas County non-profit agencies is available to young people interested in performing a service learning project for the Bright Futures scholarships.

    Students who need to fulfill service-hour requirements for high school graduation also may request a copy. The guide, available through the Volunteer Action Center of Pinellas Cares Inc., gives a description of each agency, contact names and telephone numbers.

    For a free copy or for information on youth volunteer opportunities, call the Volunteer Action Center at 550-4035.

    Humane Society starts Web site to display pets

    CLEARWATER -- To help alleviate overcrowding and give potential pet owners a chance to see the available pets via a computer,the Humane Society of North Pinellas Inc. has gone high-tech.

    People now can view more than 150 adoptable dogs and cats by visiting the society's Web site,, then selecting Clearwater, FL.

    The Web site will be updated regularly, said director Rick Chaboudy, to show pets that are available, which ones have been adopted and more. There also are helpful hints on how to care for pets and various resources available to pet owners.

    The Clearwater shelter also is offering half-price adoptions for some pets. For information, stop by the shelter, 3040 State Road 590, or call 797-7722.

    Volunteers needed to help children

    CLEARWATER -- Gulf Coast Community Care, a non-profit and non-denominational organization, is seeking volunteers 30 or older to work with abused and neglected children. In its Permanency Support Program, the agency places volunteers with children ages 3-11 who live in state-sanctioned foster homes.

    Volunteers are asked to spend between two and four hours a week with one child. The volunteer and child might participate in activities such as reading, fishing and baking. Both male and female volunteers are needed, particularly in mid and south Pinellas County.

    For information, call the agency at 538-7460 and ask for Nancy Friedman at ext. 3018 or Polly Fisher at ext. 3014.

    Italian-American Club holds dinner-dances

    CLEARWATER -- The Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater at 200 McMullen-Booth Road presents a pasta dinner and dancing every Tuesday. The club opens at 5 p.m. for dinner, followed by dancing until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

    The club also puts on dinner-dances from 5:30 to 11 p.m. every other Saturday. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For information or to purchase tickets, call 791-8698.

    Barbershop group seeks full range of male voices

    Harbor Men's Barbershop Chorus is expanding its membership and is looking for tenors, leads, baritones and basses who enjoy barbershop harmony.

    The group meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Palm Harbor Senior Activities Center, 1500 16th St.

    For information, call 784-8052 or 532-6126.

    Residence offers housing for low-income seniors

    DUNEDIN -- Milwaukee Grove House, 753 Scotland St., Dunedin, has a few openings for low-income seniors who can care for themselves but no longer wish to live alone.

    The residence also needs volunteers to read, visit with residents, play cards and do yard work. For information, call 736-6632.

    Gift, craft shop features work of senior citizens

    CLEARWATER -- More than 100 senior citizens make the unique handcrafted gifts sold at the County Senior Citizens Crafts and Gifts Shop, 940 Court St. The cooperative gift shop is sponsored by the Senior Citizens Services Inc. of Pinellas County.

    Among the items for sale are baby clothes, woodcrafts, quilts and afghans, and kitchen and household gifts. There also is a year-round Christmas section. For information, call 442-4266.

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