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pulls into the station for its third year, taking families to the “North Pole” to meet you-know-who. The Museum’s 1888 Victorian Gothic Andrews Memorial Chapel, located in Hammock Park, serves as Santa’s Headquarters. The Dunedin History Museum is located at 349 Main

Street, next to the Pinellas Trail. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. Call (727) 736-1176 or visit for more information. You can also check out the Museum’s Facebook page for event details and the latest news. ◆

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he Dunedin History Museum, the gem of Downtown’s Main Street, reopened to the public in July after a yearlong $500,000 renovation. The restored 1924 Atlantic Coast Line train station has been the Museum’s home since the 1980’s. Funding sources, in part, came from the City of Dunedin and a grant from the State of Florida. A Grand Reopening Celebration is planned for October. Visitors walk past the bronze conductor waiting for his last passengers to board, into the newly constructed Welcome Center and Museum Store featuring unique USA-made treasures plus a throwback to the 1960’s; a Mold-a-Rama machine for creating instant souvenirs. Every nook and cranny in the train station contains state-of-the-art displays, many with interactive features. Uncover the stories that put Dunedin on everyone’s radar – from hogs-gone-wild to its Scottish heritage and the 1940’s Honeymoon Island publicity stunt. Kids will enjoy putting together ancient pottery shards and filling their passport at stamping stations throughout the galleries. The Current Exhibitions Gallery houses rotating exhibits and events. Aloha Americana, on display from August 11th through November 16th, looks at our 20th Century fascination with Polynesian culture reimagined in a uniquely American way. Related cultural programming is scheduled. Celebrating the same theme, the Museum’s second Cocktails from Another Era fundraiser launches on September 8th with a luau at the Surf Club. In December, the wildly popular Dunedin Express

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your awareness, your support and your prayers as they continue their mission of educating our children in a safe environment. Also, for our recent high school graduates, this year can be very emotional as you figure out your next step: junior college or college, a year off working for some organization helping others around the area or even around the world, going to school part time while you work part time, or developing a trade by Dave Eggers or certification for employment in one of many fields Pinellas County Commissioner including manufacturing or even in a government sector. All of these industries and others need good We are deep into employees capable of contributing and learning now summer and approaching and in the near future. In many of these industries, the halfway point of Hur- current employees are aging into retirement and they ricane season. Our collec- are desperate to begin back filling jobs for the future tive hopes and prayers are of their organizations. Opportunities abound! that this county, state, our Penny IV planning is ongoing and many citnation and our commu- ies and our county are prioritizing, pricing and nity of nations escape the planning for using the funds most effectively and wrath of Mother Nature’s efficiently. We, as stewards of your monies, need hurricanes in 2018. It is to remember our promises and deliver worthwhile never too late to get yourself prepared with a safety projects identified during the “Penny Campaign” plan including supply enhancements, home pro- last year. We also need to hold our contractors tections and evacuation choices. For many of our accountable for the work they do including those kids, they have or are about contractors involved with our to start school. For our senew Sheriff and Public Safety As our kids return to school, niors, they are excited about building. They need to steptheir last year of high school please make sure you are aware up their game and do the and nervous about postright thing! graduation. Finally, please of your individual schools efforts Please study all of the get engaged in the election amendments on this years’ in implementing safety plans. process later this month and ballot, especially Amendin November; a prepared, ments 1 and 2. These two active and engaged electorate will only make our amendments have contradictory effects. Voting yes county, state and country stronger. on Amendment 1 will increase homestead exempAs our kids return to school, please make sure tions and thereby, reduce the tax income to about you are aware of your individual schools efforts in half of the residents and reduce your government implementing safety plans. Each one of our teach- income by between 5-8 percent of their budgets. ers, administrators and support personnel, along Amendment 2 involves non-homestead properties. with our Police and Sheriff Departments are deeply Voting yes on Amendment 2 will remove the cap committed to our children’s safety. They do need on increasing property values thereby, increasing

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the tax burden on individual companies and at the same time increase your government income. The amounts of both will vary, as will the effects on your local governments. Please reach out to your municipal and county governments to fully understand its benefit to you as well as a corresponding loss in services. Again, best wishes for some continued relaxation in the remaining summer months. There is a

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Digital Bills Are Now Available by Charles W. Thomas Pinellas County Tax Collector At the Tax Collector’s Office, we are strong believers in offering convenient services. We also know that watching your mailbox for a tax bill to arrive is, well, pretty inconvenient. The good news is there is an option that eliminates the risk of your bill getting lost or delayed in the mail. Pinellas County property owners can sign up now to receive future property tax bills by email. Emailed bills will be sent on November 1st, the same day we mail paper bills. To register, visit and click on the “Property Tax” tab. Aren’t sure whether you are ready to go fully digital? There is an option to receive both an emailed bill and a standard mailed bill,

great deal going on this month including the Primary Election on August 28th. Study the candidates and attend debates and forums if you can. In the meantime, if you need assistance with county issues check our website at or call our office at (727) 464-3276. ◆ Dave Eggers is available at (727) 464-3276 or by email at if you would like to test it out. Speaking of mail, the Property Appraiser’s Office mails TRIM notices this month. This is not an actual bill – final tax rates have not yet been set – so we cannot accept early payments. Your TRIM notice contains important information about proposed taxes. It also lists the dates that taxing authorities will hold public hearings to adopt budgets and set tax rates. If you want a say on how your tax dollars are spent, I encourage you to contact your taxing authorities before budgets are finalized. These public hearings are a wonderful opportunity to be heard. If you visit one of our offices this month, you may notice we are ready for the “Back-to-School” season. Our specialty plate of the month is the red apple Support Education license plate. Revenue from every education tag sold in Pinellas County supports students and teachers through the Pinellas Education Foundation. To date, this local nonprofit has raised over $140 million for education. For my final thought, I want to encourage you to be cautious on the road this month, especially in school zones. In addition to pedestrians and bicyclists, you may be sharing the roads with newly licensed teen drivers who just passed the driving test this summer. We wish you all a safe and rewarding school year. ◆ Charles W. Thomas is available at or (727) 464-7777.

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Pinellas County Property Value Trends by Mike Twitty Pinellas County Property Appraiser I am sure it comes as no surprise that property values have continued to rise through 2017 and into 2018. On average, countywide property values have returned to pre-recessionary levels, but have arrived there in a healthier way than in the cycle before the last downturn. This is predominately a function of more stringent underwriting criteria for those applying for home loans, a stronger job market and a tight supply of housing inventory on the Pinellas peninsula. The Property Appraiser’s office analyzes sales from the prior calendar year to develop property

From Your Local Officials values for the current year as of January 1st. For example, we have used 2017 sales to estimate the assessment (tax) roll values for 2018 as of an effective date of January 1st, 2018. This results in our value estimates always lagging slightly behind the current market, which benefits property owners in a rising market. Increasing values provide homeowners the opportunity to build equity, and for homesteaded owners to increase their Save-Our-Homes Cap differential; the amount a homeowner can transfer (port) should he or she decide to move to another Florida home. While taxable value rose approximately 8 percent countywide, homesteaded property owners’ assessments only rose 2.1 percent because of the Save-Our-Homes cap, which limits assessed value increases to 3 percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. Many overlook the fact that this cap effectively provides them with an additional homestead exemption that applies to all millage rates, saving them a considerable amount in property taxes. If you have questions, contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at (727) 464-3207, email or visit us at ◆ Mike Twitty is available at, P.O. Box 1957, Clearwater or (727) 464-3207.

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The Sheriff’s Beat by Bob Gualtieri Pinellas County Sheriff It’s back-to-school time, so get ready for your first lesson of the school year: traffic safety. The streets on which your children travel to school are populated by drivers on their cell phones, putting on their makeup and eating breakfast as they rush to make it to work or to drop off their own kids on time. In addition to average pedestrians’ usual dangers, like drivers’ blind spots and violations, young children’s slower walking speeds, small statures, minimal traffic experience, still-developing cognitive abilities and general impulsiveness increase the threat of an accident. So whether you drive your children to school or you send them to the bus stop, we have some back-to-school traffic safety tips for you and your students.

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1. During the school year, you can expect increased traffic in the mornings and afternoons. Allow for extra time to get where you are going to prevent rushing and making careless, dangerous mistakes.

returning their ballot to the Elections Office by mail. All eligible mail ballots are counted and included in the official final election results. Your ballot may also be dropped off at any Elections Office or one of the 12 remote ballot drop-off locations and must be received by 7pm on Election Day. To check the status of your mail ballot use the “Track Your Mail by Deborah Clark Ballot” feature at Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Do you prefer to vote early? Early voting will take place August 18th-August 26th from 10amWith the August 28th 6pm on Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday Primary on the horizon, and Sunday. Early voting will be held in all three now is the time for vot- Supervisor of Elections Offices: Largo, Clearwater ers to become prepared. and St. Petersburg. Bring current photo and signaBelow are a few reminders ture ID to avoid delays. to ensure you are election Heading to the polls on Election Day? Voters ready! must vote in the precincts in which they live. PreHave you moved re- cinct, voting districts and polling place information cently? Your residential can be found online using the “Find Your Precinct” address determines your feature at precinct, polling place and representative districts. Polls are open from 7am-7pm. To avoid Florida law requires you vote in the precinct in delays, bring valid photo and signature ID to the which you live. If you have moved within the state, polls and make sure the Elections Office has your you can update your address by completing the current name, address and signature. Voters withchange of address form at out proper identification may vote a provisional Is your signature up to ballot. date? Your signature from your For voters with disabilivoter registration application is ties, an ADA accessible voting Would you like to used to verify your identity and machine, the AutoMark, will request a mail ballot? eligibility to vote. Be consistent be available at each elections when signing official election office, early voting location and documents, including your mail ballot return en- Election Day polling place. If you need assistance velope. Signature updates can only be made on at any time during the voting process, a trained a Voter Registration Application and must be re- poll worker can guide you through the process and ceived before mail ballots are canvassed in order to answer your questions. be accepted for an election. Be informed. Be prepared. Be election ready. Would you like to request a mail ballot? You Visit to comcan request a ballot at plete your checklist and ensure you are election mailballots, call (727) 464-VOTE (8683) or email ready! ◆ Your ballot is mailed to your home, where you can vote at your conve- Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is nience. Voters are advised to allow at least a week if available at (727) 464-VOTE or

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2. It is illegal and dangerous to pass a school bus when it displays its stop signal. So unless the roadway is divided by an unpaved space of at least five feet, a raised median or a physical barrier, hit the brakes while students board and disembark the bus. 3. There is a reason that speeding fines are doubled in school zones and designated school crossings. Be alert for signs designating such areas as well as for school crossing guards who will help direct you.

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1. Stand at least three giant steps from the curb while waiting for the bus. Stay there until it comes to a complete stop and opens the doors before boarding. 2. Florida law requires children under age 16 to wear a helmet while riding a bike. Check bikes regularly to ensure they are properly maintained and remember the basic rules of the road: ride in a single-file line on the right side of the road, make a complete stop at stop signs and intersections and walk bikes across busy streets. 3. Drivers aren’t the only ones whose distractions can be deadly. While a rowdy travel-buddy, a cell phone, a video game or a forgotten homework assignment may vie for pedestrians’ attention, paying attention to the sidewalks, roads and directions from school crossing guards take priority – always. So as you ease back into the school year, make sure that with homework and afterschool activities, you add everyday traffic safety to your weekday routine. ◆ Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is available at (727) 582-6200, fax (727) 582-6459. or (727) 787-6070

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• The ad valorem property tax provides 41 percent of the revenues received • Personnel costs account for 62 percent of all expenditures • The number of employees is 1,833.5 full-time equivalent positions, an increase of .9 over last year • Franchise fee revenues continue to decline • Public safety costs for police and fire services by Mayor George Cretekos account for 48 percent of the expenditures City of Clearwater • Property and liability insurance is approximately $4.1 million of the City’s $148.1 million operating By July 1st of each budget year, the City Manager Despite efforts by all City departments to is required to present his reduce expenditures, it is apparent that expenses budget recommendation could continue to outpace revenues. Moreover, as for the fiscal year start- was previously discussed, the City’s annual strateing on October 1st. This gic planning meeting in May revealed that it would year, for the first time in be extremely difficult for the City to maintain the nine years, a millage rate current millage rate without adversely impacting increase is being request- required fund balances and ongoing operations. ed...from 5.1550 mills to Also, although the City has enjoyed growth 5.9550 mills. from new construction, rising property values and The City Council will have met in July to set annexations, the probable change to the property the tentative millage rate required for public notifi- tax exemption could reduce City revenues further. cation by Florida Statute. The first public hearing Thus, the City Council voiced support for proon the adoption of the millage viding a high quality of serrate and proposed operating vice for all residents and for All documents pertinent considering an adjustment in budget for FY 2018-2019 will be on September 6th, 2018. to the budget are available the millage rate. The rate and budget for the Nevertheless, because on the City’s website. new year will then have a seccouncilmembers are taxpayond and final public hearing ers too, it is realized that no on September 20th, 2018. one likes millage increases. Efforts are being made All documents pertinent to the budget are to control citywide expenditures to minimize tax available on the City’s website. There, residents increases and to lessen impacts on future budgetwill see the general fund’s operating budget’s ary considerations and millage rates. expenditures and the revenue streams, as well as Your understanding is appreciated, and being able to review financial impacts of the City’s remember to vote in the August 28th Primary. ◆ strategic priorities and capital improvements. Some informational highlights on these Mayor George Cretekos can be reached at (727) 562-4050 operations include the following: or by email at


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Explore Your Inner Artist by Erin Hollingsworth Branch Manager The Clearwater Public Library System is making it one of its priorities to offer the community a place where patrons of all ages can come to explore, learn and grow. We are putting more energy than ever before into our Makerspaces, offering programs that support the initiative to give our patrons the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences. The Studio @ Countryside is home to a host of technology, from a SMART TV to Mac Computers to audio recording technology for documenting oral history. We offer technology assistance to those wanting to learn something new and the Studio is also available for patron reservations for those who are interested in utilizing the space and its technology for personal projects. In addition to the technology frontier, Countryside will be offering programs which allow our patrons to explore their inner artist. We will be hosting a Paint Pouring Workshop on Sunday, August 26th at 2pm where patrons will experiment with pouring acrylic paints and tipping the canvas to create unique designs. All materials and instruction will be provided by fine arts instructor, Jill Jackson. Further into the fall season, we will also offer a Decoupage Card Making Program on Saturday, November 17th at 2pm and a Resin Petri Art Workshop on Sunday, December 2nd at 2pm. We are always open to suggestions for more art programs based on the community’s interests; so, make sure to stop by and let us know what we can offer to help nurture your inner artist.

Youth programs will be taking a brief hiatus for the month of August in order to fully prepare for an exciting line-up of fall programs, which will begin in September. Make sure to take a look at our other Adult and Teen programming highlights for the month of August.

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ADULT PROGRAMS 8/5, Sunday Afternoon Movie, 1pm. Patrons are invited to enjoy newly-released films on the library’s big screen. Call for title information. 8/15, Color My World, 10:30am. Color to promote relaxation and wellness. Materials provided. 8/26, Paint Pouring Workshop, 2pm. Explore the world of acrylic paint pouring and discover your inner artist! Space is limited. Call to register. Tuesdays & Thursdays, English for Speakers of Other Languages, 4pm. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) conversational classes are provided by the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas. No registration required. For more information call (727) 298-3080, ext. 1724 or visit COMPUTER CLASSES Mondays, Tech Training, 3:30pm. Reserve a half hour with a librarian to learn how to use Microsoft Word, library databases, eReaders, tablets and email. Registration required. TEEN PROGRAMS 8/25, College Application Essay Workshop, 2pm. Join English teacher and tutor Maria Gerakios as she returns to the library to offer helpful hints and shortcuts for writing the perfect college application essay. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 562-4970 or visit the website at The Library is located at 2642 Sabal Springs Drive.

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2018 Snowsharks trip to Steamboat Springs Colorado. winter ski trips for the upcoming season and an adventure trip to the South Pacific. The Snowsharks are a proud sponsor of Team Bay Pines and have planned several fundraising events for the Bay Pines disabled veterans. Funds raised by the club will help these veterans attend the Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass in 2019. This unique rehab clinic is held every year but due to the cost of travel only a handful of the veterans have been able to attend. Details about the club’s fundraisers, social events and the Winter Sports Clinic can be found on the club’s Facebook page or on their website at ◆


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Final Deal With Toronto Blue Jays Has Been Signed by Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski City of Dunedin I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! Some of you may be working on getting your kids ready for school as we have. Our son is in Gainesville, going to college, and working toward a degree in Architecture. But many of our friends are past that part of their lives and are spending their time traveling and enjoying what our wonderful state has to offer. Whatever you are doing, enjoy it and remember that summer is a time for rejuvenation. Speaking of summer, we tend to think about the beach and baseball. I am so proud to tell you that as of a few weeks ago, we signed the final funding agreement for the remodeled stadium and new training center for the Toronto Blue Jays. It took us four years to negotiate and finalize the deal – but it is done! The breakdown of the funding looks like this: • Pinellas County Bed Tax (paid for by tourists), $41 million • Toronto Blue Jays, $20 million • State of Florida (paid for by the sales tax that stadiums generate), $13 million • City of Dunedin Penny for Pinellas (1/3 paid for by tourists), $5.6 million In addition, the Toronto Blues Jays will be paying for all future maintenance, as well as most of the capital improvements and property tax. This works out to be a contribution of an additional $25 million over 25 years. Construction should begin in the next six months and we hope to be completed in time for Spring Training 2021! We are very pleased with this deal and thrilled that the Jays will remain in Dunedin for generations to come. But this isn’t just about what the City did to get us here. Over five years ago, the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses got involved. They saw how our local economy depended on the pres-

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Before And After School Programs by Jocelyn Brodhead Program Coordinator


esearching and choosing the right child care program is a big decision for a family. As the upcoming school year approaches, approximately 70 percent of families with elementary-age children are about to embark on this task. To help make this decision a bit easier, here are some factors for families to consider when looking for the right program: safety, committed and qualified staff, program structure, variety of activities, opportunities for social growth and open communication between staff, parents and children. The Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department understands the importance of finding the right fit and we are confident we are the place. We provide outstanding programs that embrace all of the above components and more! These licensed Before and After School Programs are provided at Dunedin,

Dunedin ence of baseball. So Lynn Wargo, the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses took it upon themselves to start an annual trip to Toronto to try to be Ambassadors for Dunedin and strengthen our once strained relationship with the Jays. These folks paid their own way to show their love for the 43 year relationship and show that Dunedin was the right place to be. We can’t thank them enough for their commitment to see this happen and for opening the door to a renewed relationship with one of our largest local business partners. This year, our entire commission, along with County Commissioner Eggers, joined our staff, the Chamber and local business owners on their 5th annual trip. We had an estimated 40 person delegation travel to Toronto, with many things on our list to accomplish. Some highlights are as follows: 1. Visited with the newly remodeled Distillery District to see how old manufacturing buildings have been converted to retail and restaurants. It is called adaptive reuse and we hope to see this type of thing in Dunedin. 2. Toured Toronto City Hall and learned about their government processes such as advisory committees, historic preservation and economic development. Just two years ago, we signed a Memo of Understanding with Toronto to promote each other, similar to what sister cities would do. 3. Visited St. Lawrence Market, an old warehouse that has been converted to a market which the City owns and operates. This is another idea we would like to see right here in Dunedin. 4. Met with the Toronto Local Control Board, the government agency that oversees their liquor stores and upcoming marijuana stores. As you know, Florida now has access to Medical Marijuana. Well, Toronto has had it for several years and just recently voted to allow Recreational Marijuana. We wanted to learn how they have dealt with these very important emerging issues. 5. Held a working meeting with the Jays. Our staff sat down with the Jays to work through the next steps of the project itself. 6. Toured Roger’s Centre, the home of the Toronto Blues Jays, as well as attended a game. We got to see their behind the scenes operations which, of course, helps us understand their operations here. 7. Traveled to see the Northern International Headquarters of the Taoist Tai Chi Center in Orangeville. As you know, we are the home of the Southern International Headquarters for the Taoist Society. As they have worked with the Marriott Autograph Collection folks to rebuild the Historic Fenway Hotel, we wanted to see what they accomplished in Canada. Other things we found really cool were their

many recycle bins along the streets and the beautiful flowers that decorated their walkways. This is definitely something we can do here. But the most exciting thing was how folks knew of Dunedin and where it was, many of whom had been here before. Thank you again to Pinellas County, the Tourist Development Council, the State Department of


WiFi Hot Spots Now Available For Check Out by Phyllis Gorshe Library Director The Dunedin Public Library now offers WiFi Hot Spots for check out sponsored by the Dunedin Public Library Foundation, Inc. Internet service is provided on T-Mobile’s network allowing library patrons access to highspeed internet service anywhere a cell phone signal can be received. Please note that if T-Mobile coverage is not available, the devices will not work effectively. These WiFi Hot Spots are great if you are taking a road trip or vacation, don’t have unlimited data with your phone plan and need to get on the internet or you do not have internet access at home and need to get online. The WiFi Hot Spots can be checked out for 14

Economic Opportunity, the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, our local business community and our residents for helping us get where we are today with Spring Training. So here’s to the boys of summer – Let’s Play Ball! ◆ Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski can be reached at (727) 298-3001 or by email at

days and up to 10 devices can be connected, with unlimited data. Not all websites are accessible and security filters are in place. Stop in the library for more information on this program. The library is also introducing a new database accessible with your Dunedin issued library card. Patrons can now access New York Times Online from their home computer or mobile devices. By visiting, you can access the daily New York Times and even complete a mini crossword.

August Highlights

8/4, Scam Busters, 10am. A forum of individuals working on the front lines of consumer fraud will present and exchange knowledge with local citizens. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation. 8/7, Lego Club, 6pm. Ages 5-12. 8/20, Beginner’s Line Dancing, 6pm. Call to register. 8/25, Dunedin Community Garden, 10am. Give your edible plants a break with biodiversity. 8/25, Saturday Stories, 11am. A great time for stories, songs, fingerplays and a special craft for our families that work during the week. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 298-3080 or visit the website at The Library is located at 223 Douglas Ave.

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8/2, Back-to-School Open House and Expo, 68pm. MLK, Jr. Recreation Center. 8/7, Purple Heart Recognition Day Ceremony, 6:30pm. Purple Heart Park. 8/11, Special Olympics Regional Qualifier, 9am3pm. Highlander Pool. 8/24, Midnite Madness, 7pm-12am. MLK, Jr. Recreation Center. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Rec Center at (727) 812-4530 or visit the website at

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Dear East Lake Community Library Patrons by Lois Eannel Library Director As Library Director, it is my privilege and honor to serve the members of this community. When things go well, I prefer to give credit to the outstanding staff and volunteers whom you see every day. However, when things don’t go smoothly, the buck stops with me. I want to address the present status of our Phase I library expansion project. The new 2,500 square foot addition to the library was originally scheduled to be completed by June of this year. Unfortunately, as the project moved forward, the HVAC subcontractor declared bankruptcy after 37 years in business. Our county contractor tried to secure the release of our air conditioning equipment; however, it seems as if that is not going to happen. As a result, we are forced to have another company custom build a new unit to the original specs, which will take an additional 12-16 weeks. In the meantime, a temporary A/C unit is keeping the new addition cool enough to finish the interior work; outside landscaping will also be completed. However, until the permanent unit is delivered, installed and inspected, no certificate of occupancy can be issued and we cannot utilize the new areas. This also impacts the renovation work

East Lake that needed to be subsequently done to create the new Children’s Room from the existing Community Room as well as the new Teen Room, which will occupy the space in the existing children’s area. We are now anticipating a grand reopening of the new areas and the renovated Children’s and Teen Rooms before the end of 2018. Since the existing Community Room is being utilized as a staff workroom, most programs have had to be cancelled, moved offsite or rescheduled during non-public hours (Thursday mornings and Friday evenings). We will continue to explore ways to offer programs and services until the new Community Room is available. Please check our online events calendar or the monthly newsletter to see what programs are being offered. We certainly plan a plethora of programs once the new addition is completed as well as more space to accommodate local groups and organizations. Our highest priority when planning for the construction phase of this project has been to minimize library closures. We will do our best to make collections, programs and services available for as many hours as possible. During the brief periods where library furniture, shelving and collections are being moved, we will need to be closed for stretches of time to ensure public safety. We encourage you to check our website at or social media before coming to the library – just in case we have to close unexpectedly. Thank you for bearing with us while we transform! If you have questions, please direct them to me at or by phone at (727) 773-2665. Lois Eannel Library Director ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 773-2665 or visit the website at The Library is located at 4125 East Lake Road.

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Principal’s Message For New School Year by Jennifer Mekler School Principal


e are excited to kick off the 2018-2019 school year at Brooker Creek Elementary! This year, at school, we are embracing the Power of Yet philosophy by working to build passion and perseverance for learning in our Bobcats. Research has shown that students who embrace learning with a growth mindset, the belief that intelligence can be developed, are more likely to succeed because they know that it is effort that makes them stronger. It is this independent student effort that leads to higher achievement. We believe that by embracing the Power of Yet, we will grow a passion and perseverance for learning in our students. We invite you to join us on our journey this year. Here are some important dates for the start of the school year.

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Thursday, August 9th 5th Grade, 2-3pm Friday, August 10th PPK, VPK and Kindergarten, 10-11am

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The Effects Of Smoking by Oscar Menendez, DDS, MAGD, FACD, FICOI Comprehensive Dental Care As a dentist, I am often asked, “How does smoking affect my mouth?” Using tobacco can harm your mouth, including your teeth and gums, in a number of ways. There is no safe form of tobacco – using it produces many problems and risk factors, from tooth discoloration and gum disease to throat, lung, and oral cancer, and, ultimately, even death. It is important to understand what happens to your mouth when you use any form of tobacco, and to discuss those effects – and how to quit – with your dentist and physician. What happens to my mouth when I smoke? Smoking reduces blood flow and the supply of vital nutrients to your gums, including vitamin C. Without the proper nutrients, you can develop gum disease, bone loss, and even tooth loss. This is because smoking triggers the accumulation of bacteria in plaque. Smoking also reduces the amount of saliva that flows through your mouth. Saliva is important for cleaning your mouth and preventing tooth decay. In addition, when you smoke, the temperature in your mouth increases and the heat kills important cells in your mouth. You also can see the effects of tobacco use. Nicotine and tar, the major ingredients of cigarettes, discolor your teeth – yellow and brown stains will appear and the sticky tar deposits will adhere to crevices. The roof of your mouth will become inflamed and turn red. You also will lose a lot of your sense of taste, and the smell of your breath may become offensive. Is smokeless tobacco safe? No! Just because you don’t smoke the tobacco, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t harmful effects. Smokeless tobacco – which includes snuff, dip, or chewing tobacco – eats away at your gums, exponentially increasing

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Thursday, August 30th 3rd Grade, 5-6pm 4th Grade, 5:30-6:30pm 5th Grade, 6-7pm Wednesday, September 5th PPK, VPK and Kindergarten, 5-6pm 1st Grade, 5:30-6:30pm 2nd Grade, 6-7pm ◆ Brooker Creek Elementary School, Jennifer Mekler, Principal, 3130 Forelock Road, Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-4600.

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eystone United Methodist Church will be hosting their 15th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, October 13th from 9am-2pm. They are looking for vendors interested in selling their crafts. Spaces are available for $40 with an additional charge of $5 for electricity. For additional information and an application send an email to Please indicate what items you plan to sell. The church is located at 16301 Race Track Road in Odessa. ◆ the chances for gum disease. You also are four to six times more likely to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco. In fact, the area of your mouth where you place the tobacco is 50 times more likely to be the site of an oral cancer. What about cigars? Cigars contain the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds that cigarettes do, and even though you might not inhale cigar smoke, cigars are not a safe alternative. Regular cigar smoking increases the risk for oral cancers, lung cancer, and larynx and esophageal cancers. What are the signs of oral cancer? Oral cancer can develop at any time. It is important to know what to look for and to tell your dentist and physician right away if you have any concerns. If you experience any sign of irritation, like tenderness, burning, or a sore that will not heal, tell your dentist or physician. Also, tell your dentist or physician if you have pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in your mouth or lips. The development of a lump or a wrinkled or bumpy patch inside your mouth also can be a sign of oral cancer. In addition, if the tissues in your mouth change color to gray, red, or white, make an appointment to see your dentist or physician. What can I do to stop the effects? The most obvious way to stop the effects of smoking and tobacco use on your mouth – and body – is by quitting. Although it can be extremely difficult to quit because the toxins in tobacco products are addictive, there are ways to stop using tobacco. Talk with your dentist and physician about treatment plans. Once you have made the steps toward quitting, it is important to improve your dental hygiene with regular brushing and flossing. I advise smokers to get a professional cleaning (scaling and polishing) every three months for a healthier cleaner mouth. More frequent cleanings will also allow for better monitoring of the soft tissues and gums for any changes that could be cancerous. If you have any questions, give us a call for an exam and consultation to design a personalized program for treatment. ◆ Oscar Menendez, DDS, MAGD, Comprehensive Dental Care is located at 2682 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 785-4461, Hours of Service: Monday-Thursday 8-4pm.

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Oldsmar Marketing Specialist Appointed To The FMCA Board


ebb Pauley Vitraelli, Marketing Specialist of Oldsmar, was recently selected to serve on the Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA) founding Board of Directors and elected as Secretary. The FMCA is a professional network of individuals providing communications leadership and support in Florida’s cities, towns and villages. The only association of its kind, the FMCA offers opportunities for communications professionals to

Oldsmar learn, share and develop innovative solutions for the municipalities they serve. “To be part of this new Association is truly an honor,” said Vitraelli. “On behalf of the founding Board, we are confident that FMCA will provide Debb Pauley Vitraelli valuable and substantive resources for communications professionals at City Halls throughout the state.” The Association will be administered by the Florida League of Cities, a long-standing association that currently provides contractual support services to seven other local government associations. For more information call (813) 749-1140. To learn more about the Florida Municipal Communicators Association visit ◆

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oin the City of Oldsmar during the Labor Day weekend for family fun, great music, carnival rides and fireworks during their 23rd Annual Celebrate Oldsmar event on Friday, August 31st from 5-9:30pm and Saturday, September 1st from 12-9pm. The fun starts on Friday night when the carnival, beer garden and food trucks open at 5pm. Stormbringer, a local favorite rock band, will entertain the crowd from 6:30-9:30pm. The carnival reopens at 12pm on Saturday. Other festivities start at 2pm including the All-In Car Show, beer garden and BBQ Wing Cook-Off. Food trucks will start serving up some great eats at 5pm and the Soul Circus Cowboys will perform

from 6:30-9:30pm. As the band finishes for the evening, one of the only Labor Day weekend firework shows will blast off over Tampa Bay with a spectacular array of colors. Celebrate Oldsmar will take place at R.E. Olds Park located at 107 Shore Drive W. in Oldsmar. Admission and parking are free; no coolers or pets will be permitted into the park. For more information visit ◆


Free Resources For Student Learning by Susan Hurley Library Director August is here and it’s back to school time again! I hope everyone had a great summer and is excited to get ready for the new school year. I wanted to take the time to highlight a few of our databases for students that you may not be familiar with. We have so many free resources you can use from home to help facilitate a successful school year. No need to rush to the library to collect information for a report or project that is due – we have a lot of resources for students to use for all those last minute projects that need to be finished. All of these can be found under the resources tab on our website at One resource that is helpful for all grade levels can be found in the Florida Electronic Library. This collection of information resources is broken down by grade level and directs students to age appropriate resources for information on history, general knowledge, literature and eBooks and articles. It is also a great resource to find information about the history of Florida and government records. Our Universal Class database is great for older students and homeschooling parents that may need additional help understanding certain subjects, particularly in Math. Courses in under-

standing the fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry are available to help any student struggling to understand the basics of these subjects. A new school year also means a new list of Sunshine State award-winning books for the Battle of the Books competition held each year. Most of these titles are available as a downloadable eBook through our Overdrive database. Simply download the Overdrive app and use your library card to download hundreds of children’s books needed for school reports and projects. eBooks through Overdrive are compatible with most tablets and desktop operating systems. It is very convenient if your child needs a copy of a book, but they cannot make it to the library to check a physical copy out. We also have plenty of resources to entertain and educate children not yet ready for school. We have a large collection of online picture books that are sure to entertain early readers. Our Sesame Street eBooks, featuring favorite characters including Elmo, Abby and Big Bird, are sure to be a hit with preschoolers. We also have Tumble Books, a great site with eBooks from popular authors that kids can read themselves or have read to them. Most of the stories have some animation included, adding an element that will help keep children’s attention. The Tumble Books database has a lot of other educational resources as well including nonfiction books, videos, puzzles, games and language learning. Some of these databases do require you to enter in a valid library card number in order to access content. If you have any problems or questions, contact the Oldsmar Library at (813) 749-1181 and we will assist you in solving any issues you may have. See you soon at the Oldsmar Library! ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (813) 749-1178 or visit the website at The Library is located at 400 St. Petersburg Drive E.

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New Fire Marshal For Palm Harbor Fire Rescue by Liz Monforti


alm Harbor Fire Rescue would like to congratulate our employees on their recent promotions. Firefighter Chris Eisenhardt and Firefighter Brian Fodor were both promoted to the position of Lieutenant during the June 2018 monthly Board of Fire Commissioners meeting. Lt. Bill Fisher was also promoted to the position of Fire Marshal and all were sworn into office by Fire

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L to R, Lt. Eisenhardt, Fire Marshal Fisher, Lt. Fodor and Fire Chief Maciuba. Chief Maciuba. Friends and family members were present for the ceremony and the new officers were pinned with their badges by their family members. Congratulations to Lt. Eisenhardt, Lt. Fodor and Fire Marshal Fisher!

Palm Harbor Firefighter Recognized By Congressman Bilirakis

Palm Harbor Firefighter Chris Zipeto was recognized by Congressman Gus Bilirakis at the 12th Congressional District First Responder of the Year Awards. Zipeto was chosen for this honor for his dedication to the department and the leadership he has demonstrated. Firefighter Zipeto organized a Holiday Community Outreach to purchase toys for local children in need. A portion of the funding came from a donation by the Palm Harbor Wal-Mart and local community toy donations. The majority of funding was covered by the North Pinellas Firefighter’s Charities. The event assisted over 50 local families. Zipeto was presented with a congressional coin and an American flag that was flown over the Capitol building by Congressman Bilirakis. ◆

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the Literacy Council. They also work at the CheckOut Desk, Adult and Children’s Services, Tech Services, the Book Store and at times serve as roving ambassadors. They also have participated on committees such as the library’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. The newest endeavor to get volunteers more by Gene Coppola engaged is the Volunteer Advisory Council. This Library Director group meets with the Library Director once a month to review the roles and tasks of volunteers and how When your Palm Har- best the library can say “thank you” to all of them. bor Library was born about Well, here’s how we say thanks: 40 years ago, it began like • Annual Volunteer Breakfast where staff makes any other new library. It breakfast for the volunteers then entertains them started out of a car trunk, with a big show. moved into a rental house, • Creation of a Volunteer Wall where photos of all then a Church (for us it volunteers, past and present, are displayed. was the “White Chapel” in • Naming of library areas for volunteers who made Downtown Palm Harbor) significant contributions such as the Jane Ashton and then onward to the Literacy Study Rooms. current 26,000 square foot facility at Nebraska Ave. • Plaques commemorating five years of service and The library also began like so many others with more. just volunteers. The normal thing would then be • And now, a monthly after-hours “social” just for for a City or County government to take over, hire volunteers. employees to run the library and the volunteers Frankly, volunteers are the lifeblood of this would assume a supporting role. library and over the years we have been fortunate Well, that kinda happened here...but not to have several hundred of them give their prereally. cious time to make the library what it is today. For those of you who live On average, there is usually in Palm Harbor, you know at any given time about 20+ Frankly, volunteers it is a bit unique. It is made staff members and about up of about 59,000 residents 150+ volunteers, however, are the lifeblood of in an unincorporated part of many of the volunteers have this library... Pinellas County. We rely on moved on leaving a big void of county services and yet the support. To those volunteers library, although the building and property are past and present, thank you! To those potential owned by the county, is not run by the county. volunteers out there, consider helping out at your Instead, we have a quasi-governmental agency library. We sure could use your help. comprised of community volunteers who oversee When you think about it, with all of the volunboth the library and parks and recreation. The teers, Palm Harbor Library is truly a “community agency reports directly to the Board of County library.” I know that may sound a bit corny but you Commissioners. I mention all that to say this... know something? It has a nice ring to it. Why not when the library made that final jump from its help us with our next 40 years? We have a place humble car trunk origins, yes, it did hire employ- just for you. ◆ ees but volunteers remained an integral part in For a complete list of monthly programs and just about all library services. classes call the Library at (727) 784-3332 or Today, volunteers serve in Board capacities visit the website at on the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency (our overall governing agency), the Advisory CounThe Library is located at 2330 Nebraska Ave. cil, Friends of the Library, Foundation Board and

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Message From The Recreation Director by Erica Lynford Director of Parks and Recreation It is so hard to believe that we are approaching the end of our summer and students will be headed back to school this month. We have had a record-breaking year with so many young people spending their summer here. We have served thousands of kids and created a summer to remember. We are extremely proud of our CSA Palm Harbor team for ensuring a safe, quality and fun program for our patrons. Zumbini starts this month on Monday, August 20th at 10am. This class was created by Zumba and BabyFirst and combines music, dance and

more for 45 minutes of non-stop bonding, learning and fun for ages 0-4 with a participating adult. Full sessions of this program will start in the fall. Come join us on Tuesday morning at 10am for Pickleball in our Palm Room. Until we get a gym here in Palm Harbor, our multipurpose room does a great job in hosting these type of programs. Three courts are also available for use from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, so don’t let the summer heat keep you from enjoying a great game that provides a great workout.

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August Highlights

8/12, 3rd Annual Bridal Show: Magical Weddings 2018, 12-4pm. This free show is a great place to meet local vendors and sign up for special giveaways. Food and beverages will be available. Harbor Hall and White Chapel, Downtown Palm Harbor. 8/31, Free Ice Cream Social, 2:30-3:30pm. Come and join your friends for free ice cream. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Centre at (727) 771-6000 or visit the website at The Centre is located at 1500 16th Street.

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Free Medicare Counseling Offered To Seniors



edicare beneficiaries, their caregivers and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn. The Area Agency on Aging will be partnering with Centennial Park Branch Library to provide Medicare counseling through the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program. On August 21st, speciallytrained volunteers of the SHINE Program will begin offering Medicare counseling on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Centennial Park Branch Library is located at 5740 Moog Road in Holiday. For an appointment call (727) 570-9696, ext. 273. Every day SHINE volunteers answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning and more. The new site at Centennial Park Branch Library will allow the program to reach more community members who may be unaware of SHINE and the benefits the program offers. SHINE volunteer counselors can even assist eligible Medicare beneficiaries to find programs that lower prescription drug costs or provide prescription drugs at no cost. For more information, call 1-800-96-ELDER (963-5337) or go online to to find other counseling locations. ◆

Graduation Set For Career Online High School Students by Lisa Kothe Library Director The Safety Harbor Public Library is proud to announce the graduation of their 2018 Career Online High School class, set for Sunday, August 26th at 3pm at the library. The public, along with families and friends, are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. Career Online High School students earn an accredited high school diploma as well as a workforce readiness certificate. The program is completely free and 100 percent online, allowing students to access their course materials from anywhere, anytime. There is no need to purchase additional

8/22 & 8/29, Drama Kids Composite Class, 45pm. The confident, articulate child finds it easier to make friends, accept new challenges and explore new directions. Ages 5-8. 8/22 & 8/29, Drama Kids Acting Academy, 5:30-6:30pm. This program is for students who want to expand their skills in acting, public speaking and performing. Ages 9-12. 8/25, Tampa Bay Bats: Show and Tell, 11am. Meet live bats and learn about how bats are beneficial. ADULT PROGRAMS 8/9, All About Traveling with Challenges, 6:30pm. Life Coach and Disability Advocate, Gloria Lepik Corrigan and Special Needs Travel Agent, Jen Rosa will share how it is possible to travel with challenges. 8/15, Poetry Workshop, 6pm. Poetry reading, critiquing and sharing with poet and essayist Richard Morea. All poets and want-to-be poets welcome. 8/23, Self-Defense Workshop, 6:30pm. Learn how to protect and defend yourself. Wear comfortable clothing. ◆

materials and unlike traditional schools, this high school diploma program was designed with the adult learner in mind. Applicants who successfully complete an online self-assessment, a prerequisite course and an in-person interview are considered for enrollment. Wondering if the program is right for you? Go online to cohs for more information. Check out the selected August events below. For a complete listing and more information visit our website at Registration is required for some programs.

August Highlights

TEEN PROGRAMS 8/16 & 8/30, Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club, 5-7:45pm. Arm yourself for an adventure! All levels welcome. 8/17, Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB), 4pm. Teen volunteers meet once a month and participate in planning and implementing programs for youth services. YOUTH PROGRAMS 8/2, Puppet Show with Connie Manson, 11am. Delight in the sights of puppets, stage, sounds and story of The Little House. Ages 2-6. 8/19, Pawsome Readers: Beginning Reading Program, 2-3pm. Practice your reading with trained therapy dogs and earn a certificate. Ages 8 and under.

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For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112 or visit the website at The Library is located at 101 2nd Street North.



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Calling All Seniors by Mayor Chris Alahouzos City of Tarpon Springs Stop by or call our new Senior Information Center located in the Tarpon Springs Public Library at 138 E. Lemon Street. The Center provides a free service offered to all of our seniors. It is a nice comfortable place where you can meet with volunteers that will help you achieve a better understanding of important benefits and services that are available. The Center has a large selection pamphlets and offers valuable online resources to assist in maintaining a healthy and independent lifestyle.

Tarpon Springs The mission of the Senior Information Center is to ensure that older adults in Tarpon Springs have a place to turn for information, resources and assistance that meet their unique needs. The Center provides information from local agencies and organizations that will help support and share ideas for seniors. All of our volunteers at the Center are great listeners and concerned about our seniors’ comfort, safety, health and happiness. We are proud of our Senior Information Center and encourage all seniors to stop by and visit. The Senior Information Center is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. You can also reach the volunteers at (727) 937-1110 during these hours or send an email to the volunteers at On another note…I have good news for our seniors. I am working with PSTA to provide senior transportation. This has been a priority for me and I am hoping it will be in place by the end of the year. I will keep you posted on this important issue. ◆ Mayor Chris Alahouzos can be reached at (727) 938-3711, by email at or at 324 E. Pine Street.

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10am, Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., 10:15am, Lutheran Church of the 11am, First Presbyterian Church, Palm Harbor. Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Point 455 Scotland Street, Dunedin. 10:30am, First Lutheran Church, Road, Palm Harbor. 5:30pm, St. Cecelia’s Church, 1644 Nursery Road, Clearwater. Tuesday Room A, 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater. 10:30am, Unity of Port Richey, 7pm, Northwood Presbyterian 7pm, Palm Harbor Presbyterian 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Church, Room 4, 2875 S.R. 580, Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., 12:30pm, Men’s Meeting, CommuClearwater. Palm Harbor. nity United Methodist Church, 7pm, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Friday 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Road, 6:45am, Central Church of Christ, Sunday Holiday. 1454 Belleair Road, Clearwater. 6pm, Morton Plant Hospital, Room A, 300 Jeffords Street, Clearwater. Overeaters Anonymous Hotline: (813) 254-4190



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Senior Transportation Event And New Library Resources by Cari Rupkalvis Library Director A Senior Transportation Event will be held on August 27th and 30th from 10am-2pm at the Tarpon Springs Public Library in support of the City of Tarpon Springs Senior Information Center. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and Tarpon Springs Senior Center volunteers will assist seniors with all of the senior transportation programs that are available to them at reduced or no cost. Get a free ride to the event by calling United Taxi at (727) 777-7777 or Neighborly Care Services at (727) 571-4384 at least 24 hours in advance, and mention that you are attending this event. This special two-day event is sponsored by the City of Tarpon Springs and PSTA. At the City of Tarpon Springs Senior Information Center, trained volunteers are available to assist seniors with questions in person, by phone at (727) 937-1110 or by email at The Center is located in the Tarpon Springs Library Conference Room. The hours of operation are Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. Visit the library website at senior-info-center to learn more about upcoming programs and resources for seniors. Beginning in August, a new online resource called ArtistWorks is being provided at Tarpon Springs Public Library and all other Pinellas Pub-

lic Library Cooperative (PPLC) member libraries through a state grant received by PPLC. ArtistWorks offers music and art instruction for adults and youth from accomplished and award-winning professors. Beginner to intermediate instruction is available for an array of instruments, singing, music theory, music scratching and art. The Morean Arts Center’s Chihuly Collection is a new partner in the PPLC Museum Pass Program. Other partners include the Great Explorations Children’s Museum, Florida Holocaust Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum Pass Program offers PPLC cardholders free family admission for two adults and up to three children under the ages of 18. Stop by the Tarpon Springs Public Library or other PPLC member libraries to check out museum passes. More museums will be added in the future.

August Highlights

8/2, Family Movie, 2pm. 8/3, Toddler Tunes, 10:30am. Ages 1-3. 8/4, Family Rock Painting Party, 10:30am12pm. 8/6, Roots Magic Genealogy Workshop, 6:308:30pm. 8/7, STEAM Crafts, 2-4pm. Ages Pre-K-12. 8/9, Classic Movie Thursday, 2pm. 8/11, Wee Sing with Mrs. Music, 10:30am. Ages 1+. 8/16, Classic Radio Show Thursday, 2pm. 8/20, Library Electronic Resources Class, 6:30pm. 8/22, CrafterSpace, 6:30-8:30pm. 8/27 & 8/30, Senior Transportation Event, 10am-2pm. 8/28, Franchising 101, 6pm. Presented by the Pinellas Chapter of SCORE. 8/29, Hellenism & Americanism, 7pm. Presented by Gus Miles. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes, call the Library at (727) 943-4922 or visit the website at The Library is located at 138 E. Lemon Street.

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he Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, September 29th from 10am-4pm. The event will start and finish at Capt’n Jack’s Bar and Grille located at 21 Oscar Hill Road in Tarpon Springs. Each team will consist of four individuals. Teams will be presented with a list of fun and crazy things to photograph throughout the City of Tarpon Springs and will have four hours to complete the challenge. Each photograph will be worth points and the top three scoring teams will win prizes. Teams will also compete for best costumes and other contests that will be held throughout the afternoon. A complimentary lunch buffet is included. Proceeds from the Scavenger Hunt will benefit the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization working to strengthen and grow the business community in and around Tarpon Springs. Team openings are available to the public, organizations or businesses. Teams can join for $100 and business sponsorships start at $250. Businesses that are interested in becoming sponsors, or having teams, may contact the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce at (727) 937-6109. Registration in advance is necessary and will be accepted through 12pm on Friday, September 28th. ◆

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ue to the overwhelming response for community events and club happenings, club and event information must be submitted each month. The deadline is always the 12th of the month for the following month’s publication. Email your information to Ongoing thru August, Nature’s Food Patch hosts free cooking classes, health seminars and special events. For a complete list of seminars and more visit Watch for their new Dunedin location opening soon. 8/3, Artists Reception, 6-8pm. The Tarpon Art Guild will be featuring artwork with the “Puppy Love” theme during the month of August. Works in pastel, watercolor, acrylics, oil and colored pencil will depict a wide variety of pets. At the reception, meet the artists and enjoy free light refreshments. Tarpon Art Guild, 118 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 744-3323. 8/4, Night in the Islands, 6-11pm. The Night in the Islands event on the world-famous Sponge Docks offers live Greek music, dancing in the streets and authentic local dining. An hour of free Greek dance lessons will be offered by the Levendia Dance Troupe at 6pm. Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Free to attend. Call (727) 937-0686. 8/7, Purple Heart Recognition Day in Dunedin, 6:30pm. Join the City of Dunedin in celebrating the 11th anniversary of Purple Heart Recognition Day in Dunedin. Purple Heart Park, 300 Main St. (corner of Main and Broadway), Dunedin. Call (727) 812-4531. 8/9, Butterfly Gardening in Central Florida, 2pm. Master Gardener Leslie Zambito will talk about which butterflies live in our area with an emphasis on what is needed to attract and keep these butterflies in your garden. Come early for a “Ribbon Cutting” ceremony introducing a new 60 drawer oak card catalog that will now be used to house the Seed Library in the main room of the library. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Admission is free, but space is limited. Register online at or call (727) 582-2603. 8/12 thru 8/18, Smoking Cessation Retreat, all day. Take part in a 7-day outpatient quit program with Smoking Cessation Wellness. Attendees that finish the program will receive a Certificate of Completion. Safety Harbor Spa Resort, 105 N. Bayshore Dr., Safety Harbor. Call Noelle Catherine, Intake Coordinator, at (727) 230-2028 or toll-free at (877) 209-5166. 8/13, Pinellas County Republican Club Meeting, 6pm. Social hour 6pm, meeting 7pm. Feather Sound Country Club, 2201 Feather Sound Dr., Clearwater. Call Charlotte Smith at (727) 539-6009 or email 8/16 & 8/30, Italian Language Classes, 5pm. The Central Gulf Coast Lodge of the Sons of Italy is accepting reservations for Italian lessons. Beginners 5pm, intermediate 6:30pm at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Advanced classes also available at the Palm Harbor Civic Center. Call (727) 787-3344 for details. 8/21, Free Medicare Help from SHINE, 10am. SHINE is a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, unbiased insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders, their families and caregivers. Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Rd., Holiday. Call (727) 834-3204, ext. 273 for an appointment. 9/4, Fall Art Classes Begin, various times. The Pasco Fine Arts Center’s new fall programs will include classes, workshops, events and exhibitions. Watch for the 3-D exhibition and competition coming up in January that is open to all 3-D artists. Call (727) 845-7322 or visit 9/5, Rock Ponds Ecosystem Restoration Project Seminar, 7pm. Dr. Brandt Henningsen and Nancy Norton, SWFWMD, will share information about their latest reclamation project. Learn how the Rock Ponds Ecosystem Restoration Project has improved water quality and wildlife on the banks of Tampa Bay. Field trip to the restoration site will be held on 9/8. Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater. Call (727) 244-0312 or visit 9/11, Palm Harbor 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, 10am. Join over 2,000 attendees including retired FDNY, retired NYPD, family members, survivors and first responders at this touching ceremony. Master of Ceremonies will be Mark Wilson and Keynote Speaker will be Joyce Ng, a 9/11 survivor. Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 789-2000.

9/15, 1st Annual All-American Charity Golf Tournament, 11am. Shotgun start 12pm. Event will include silent and Chinese auctions, contests, prizes and dinner. Co-sponsors for the event are the Pasco Federated Republican Women’s Club and the Republican Club of Central Pasco. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay and the We Honor Veterans Program at HPH Hospice. The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Cir., Land O’ Lakes. Must register by 9/1. Call Meg Merritt at (813) 428-6541 or email 9/16 thru 9/22, Smoking Cessation Retreat, all day. Take part in a 7-day outpatient quit program with Smoking Cessation Wellness. Attendees that finish the program will receive a Certificate of Completion. Safety Harbor Spa Resort, 105 N. Bayshore Dr., Safety Harbor. Call Noelle Catherine, Intake Coordinator, at (727) 230-2028 or toll-free at (877) 209-5166. 9/19, West Pasco County Genealogical Society Seminar and Meeting, 12:30-2:30pm. This month’s topic is Emigration Paths. Attendees will learn about researching emigration records from foreign countries and finding sources for U.S. immigration records. The event is open to the public. $7/non-members, $5/members. Following the presentation, a brief business meeting will be held. Non-members are invited to also attend the meeting. CARES Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Pkwy., Hudson. R.S.V.P. to (727) 271-0770. 10/13, 15th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, 9am-2pm. This annual favorite will include handmade crafts, plants, gift baskets, refreshments and a bake sale. Vendors are needed for this event. For an application email Keystone United Methodist Church, 16301 Race Track Rd., Odessa. Every 4th Monday, Central Gulf Coast Lodge #2708, Order Sons of Italy Meeting, 6pm. Meetings are open to those of Italian descent and to anyone interested in Italian culture, history and heritage. Italian language classes are held bi-monthly for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The Centre at Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 787-3344. Every 1st Tuesday, Suncoast Camera Club Meeting, 6:30pm. If photography is your hobby, this club is for you. Share your photos with other photographers. Guests are invited as the club is welcoming new members. Meets at various locations. Call (727) 784-8765. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Free Medicare Help with SHINE, 1pm. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs in which trained counselors provide free, unbiased information about Medicare options, prescription drug programs and cost saving programs for low-income seniors. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006 for a one-on-one appointment. Every 3rd Tuesday, GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club Meeting, 6-7:30pm. The GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to philanthropy and community service. The club attends to the diverse needs of the community through hands-on service, funding, education, leadership and friendship. Prospective members are invited to be a guest at a general meeting to learn more about the organization. Safety Harbor Library, 101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor. Call (727) 298-8894. Every Wednesday, Pinellas County Master Gardeners, 10am-2pm. The Pinellas County Master Gardeners offer their weekly Plant Clinic and Seed Library from January through mid-November. Get your garden questions answered and choose some vegetable and flower seeds to take home and try. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 785-0137. Every 1st Wednesday, Palm Harbor Camera Club, 10am-12pm. Fun social club for those interested in photography. Share your photos and learn more about photography. All skill levels invited. Tiffany’s Family Restaurant, 35000 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 856-1209 or visit Every 1st Wednesday, Native Plant Society Meeting, 7pm. Monthly meetings will include a featured speaker, silent auction of plants and a seed swap. Open to the public. Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater. Call (727) 244-0312 or visit Every Thursday, Dunedin Kiwanis Club, 7:30am. Join this active group and help plan events to support organizations in the local community. Mease Hospital Professional Arts Building, 8th floor Conference Room, 646 Virginia St., Dunedin. Call (727) 461-7771. Every 4th Saturday, Suncoast Genealogy Society, 2pm. Join others on your quest in finding your family history. All interested in family research are invited to attend. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 264-8525. ◆

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