Sunday, April 1, 2012
Busy week? Allow us to catch you up on some of the highlights.
1. New Fishing Center Set to Open. A new fishing center in Largo, which will serve as a base camp for fishing clubs in the Pinellas County Schools, has a soft-opening on April 2. 2. City Plans Improved Pinellas Trail Access. An engineering study will explore connecting downtown Largo with the Pinellas Trail. 3. Brown Bag Lunches Help the Homeless. A Largo woman's idea has spawned a non-profit, which provides brown bag lunches for the homeless in Pinellas County. 4. Local Vet Provides In-Home Services for Dying Pets. Gentle Pet Passings provides a comfortable setting at the end of your pet's life. 5. Egg Hunts. Ready to hop on the bunny trail? Just around the corner are several Largo area options for egg hunts, including a green egg hunt, a…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Beach Community Food Pantry serves people from Largo, Seminole and the beaches. The number of people served has increased since the holidays.
About 727 people get their groceries each month at the Beach Community Food Pantry in Indian Rocks Beach. That number represents a five percent increase from the number of people served during the holidays, said volunteer Chuck Pond, who coordinates personnel at the pantry. "I find it rewarding giving back to the community. I feel like we are dong something worthwhile," Pond said. Running the pantry takes a devoted team of 35 volunteers. The team serves at the pantry and helps get the food. Once seasonal residents head back home, the pantry will need more volunteers, Pond said. "I like to serve. It helps me be grateful for what I have. I like helping people," said volunteer Pam Mirabal as she checked expiration dates on boxes and cans of …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Teen volunteers planned and hosted a special frog-filled program for children at the library.
A giant green frog, lily pads, and tiny jumping tadpoles were part of the Leap Day celebration at the Largo Public Library on Feb. 29. Teen volunteers from the Teen Library Council planned the special event for children ages 5-12. Participants could pick from launching tadpoles onto lily pads, tossing gold coins into a frog's mouth, listening to stories on frogs, or creating their own frog craft creations. "I love working with kids. I love making them happy. It's always nice planning something for someone else and having them enjoy it. I love doing things for my community," said volunteer Dylan Harvey, 18. The Teen Library Council started about six years for volunteers ages 13-18. "The council started to get kids to help work with their …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A local dance troupe will host a fundraiser so they can perform this summer for the United States military troops stationed in Europe.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
A local non-profit dance troupe will host a black tie benefit at the Armed Forces History Museum. "A Night at the Museum" is on March 3 from 6:30 until 11:30 p.m. The Tutterow Dancers have been invited to Europe this summer to perform for the United States military troops stationed overseas. As part of the trip, dancers will also perform at the Euro Disney theme park in Paris, and participate in dance education activities presented by the Paris Ballet Company. "These dancers will have a unique opportunity to perform and showcase their techniques and love for the art of dance while showing their support for our nation's service men and women," said Brandy Miller, gala chair for A Night at the Museum. "A Night at the Museum" will feature a …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Come help cleanup the Largo Central Park Nature Preserve on Saturday morning.
Join the community cleanup at the newly re-opened Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, 150 Highland Ave. SE, Saturday morning (Feb. 18) from 9 a.m. until noon. Scouts and volunteers will help cleanup the waterways, remove debris, trim bushes and mulch the park. A butterfly garden will be replanted as well, said Largo City Parks Superintendent Greg Brown. Scout Pack/Troop 404 and the City of Largo are helping with the cleanup but community volunteers are needed. Please bring gloves and garden tools. A limited number of tools will be available. A hot dog lunch courtesy of Pinch a Penny in Largo will be provided after the cleanup, at noon. The front part of the nature preserve reopened to the public in early February. The park was closed for …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A group of second and fourth graders held a lemonade and brownie sale to help fund childhood cancer research.
A simple online search led to a Valentine's Day fundraiser. Eight children in an after school book club at Country Day School checked the Internet for a recipe to make lemonade. In their research they came across the story of Alex's Lemonade Stand and they were inspired to hold their own lemonade stand fundraiser. The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation originated from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott. In 2000, the four-year-old decided she wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Although Alex passed away in 2004, the foundation with her name has evolved into a national movement to fund cancer research. "It was nice of her to help other people …