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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 6, 2000
CLEARWATER -- Bayview Gardens, a 36-acre retirement community operated by Morton Plant Mease Life Services, Inc., will have a Christmas parade and dedication in honor of Pearl Harbor Day on Thursday at the complex, 2855 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. The parade, which falls on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, is dedicated to the veterans of all wars. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and a 21-gun salute at 1 p.m., with a "jazz session" for residents and the public. Entertainment will be provided by the Buddy Verdi Orchestra and the 23 Skidoo Jazz Band; refreshments will be sold. The parade starts at 2 p.m. on the complex's 1-mile circle. Parking for the public is available at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2905 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., and Clearwater Mall. For information, call 797-7400.
The VA Medical Center at Bay Pines teams up with the Pinellas County Health Department to offer free hepatitis C screenings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the center, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Veterans, their family members and the general public, who are county residents and over 18, are invited to participate in free testing, risk evaluation and counseling. Hepatitis C strikes nearly 30,000 annually, and it is believed that nearly 4-million Americans are infected with this virus that is transmitted through contact with infected blood. For more information on hepatitis or the free screening, call the Health Department at 824-6932.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and local veterinary clinics are working together during "Help Me Home" week to prevent owners from losing their pets. All week long, owners can purchase microchip IDs for their pets for $20 at participating clinics throughout the Tampa Bay area. Microchips are implanted in the animal and when a pet is lost and brought to a shelter, a scanner is used to identify the pet and owner. To find a participating veterinarian or clinic, call the Humane Society at (813) 876-7138.