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Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer boating class
CLEARWATER — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering its About Boating Safely class at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the city’s police department headquarters, 645 Pierce St.
The course is taught by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors who can answer questions and share their experiences on local waters. Topics include: boating emergencies, getting underway, navigating, safe operation and legal requirements. All graduates receive a state certification card. Materials cost $35.
For information and to register, contact Manny Sosa, flotilla commander, at (727) 469-8895 or auxboatingclass@gmail.com.
Get connected to local virtual job fair
CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay’s youth, ages 14-24, have the opportunity to search for jobs from the comfort of their home through a Virtual Job Fair running from Sunday to next Saturday.
With listings ranging from first-time jobs to jobs requiring college degrees and some experience, the online platform offers very real jobs for very real job seekers. Full-time, part-time, summer, temporary and permanent positions are available.
The job fair is simple to access and free to job seekers and employers. Details are available online at http://vjf.careersourcepinellas.com.
Organizing partners include regional workforce boards CareerSource Pinellas, CareerSource Tampa Bay, and CareerSource Suncoast. These boards are members of the Employ Florida network of workforce services.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities by calling TTY/TDD 711.
Jolly schedules re-election fund raiser
ISLAND ESTATES — A fund raising reception for Congressman David Jolly is set from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way.
The Republican representing Florida’s 13th Congressional District is seeking re-election in November to the seat that he won in March over Democrat Alex Sink. Voters chose Jolly to fill the remainder of C.W. Bill Young’s term after the longtime lawmaker’s death.
To reserve a spot at the reception, contact Rick Porter at rick@politicalcapitalflorida.com or (407) 849-1112.
4 judicial candidates qualify unopposed
Four candidates who qualified last week to run for county judge will be elected automatically in November because they face no opposition, according to Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark.
They are: Edwin B. Jagger, Group 3; James Vincent Pierce, Group 10; Robert G. Dittmer, Group 14; and John Carassas, Group 15. Unopposed candidates don’t appear on the ballot.
Statewide, the qualifying period for all federal, judicial, state attorney and public defender candidates began at noon April 28 and ended at noon Friday. Candidates for federal office, circuit judge, state attorney and public defender qualify with the Florida Division of Elections. The offices of state attorney and public defender are up for election this year only in the 20th Judicial Circuit in Southwest Florida.
For more information on Pinellas County candidates, visit www.votepinellas.com. For details on multicounty, state and federal candidates, visit the Division of Elections website at http://election.dos.state.fl.us/.
Summer memberships available at yacht club
CLEARWATER BEACH — Summer memberships are now available at the Clearwater Yacht Club.
Now through Sept. 30, memberships are available for $100 per month, with no minimum food or beverage spending requirement. Other restrictions do apply.
The club offers activities including an on site swimming pool and restaurant.
Contact Virginia at (727) 447-6000.
Largo golf tournaments rescheduled
LARGO — The 16th Annual Largo Mayor’s Golf Tournament & FootGolf Tournament, rained out last weekend, have been rescheduled for this Saturday at the Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road.
The two-person scramble golf tournament starts at 8 a.m., while the FootGolf competition is at 1 p.m. Registration will be open through Saturday.
Entry fee for the golf tournament is $45 per person. Proceeds will support the summer camp youth scholarship program sponsored by the city’s Recreation, Parks and Arts Department.
The format for the new FootGolf tournament will be “play your own ball” with two-person teams. Fee is $35 per person. Or play both tournaments for $60.
For more information or to download an application form, visit LargoGolf.com or call (727) 518-3024.
Clearwater named Healthy Weight Community Champion
CLEARWATER — The city of Clearwater was officially recognized by the Florida Department of Health as a Healthy Weight Community Champion on last month. This designation comes from the Florida State Surgeon General and recognizes county and municipal governments for the role they play in improving the health of their communities.
Clearwater is one of 37 jurisdictions from around the state that earned the designation by promoting healthy food, beverages, and physical activity environments for its residents. The city has implemented policies, practices, and programs that increase physical activity levels and nutrition among those in the community.
“Our staff works hard every day to make Clearwater the great city it is,” says Regina Novak, a city wellness specialist. “We do all we can to make Clearwater a healthy place to live, learn, work and play.”
The city offers residents and visitors five major recreation facilities, 128 parks, 27 playgrounds, 16 miles of trails, the McMullen Tennis Complex, the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, award winning athletic fields, Moccasin Lake Nature Park, the Aging Well Center, golf courses, and miles of white sandy beaches.
Play Passes and recreation cards are available to residents and non-residents. They offer reduced-rate programs and activities, early camps registration, and access to fitness centers, open gym, pool use, and park visits. The city also administers a wellness program to its employees to encourage healthy behaviors and activities to stay fit and healthy.
Largo to offer summer camps, swim exercise
LARGO — The city’s Aquatics Division is offering water-related summer camps for children ages 6-17. They are:
• All About Aquatics, which will take field trips to Clearwater Beach, the Surf Style shop to ride the FlowRider machine, Adventure Island and a kayaking adventure;
• Guard Start, which will teach American Red Cross CPR and basic water rescue;
• Triathlon, which will help beginners learn the ins and outs of the sport and get in shape to complete;
• Kayak and Paddleboard;
• Synchronized Swimming, which will introduce campers to the athleticism and creativity necessary to participate in that team sport.
The Aquatics Division also is offering a new season of water exercise for those suffering from arthritis. Classes began last week and are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Imperial Palms Apartments East Clubhouse pool, 101 Imperial Palm Drive.
The class is taught by Dawn Lewellyn, who is certified by the Arthritis Foundation, in shallow water with a step entry/exit. No swimming skills are necessary, however, participants should be comfortable in waist-deep water. A lifeguard will be on duty during all classes.
Interested persons may try their first class for free. The monthly fee is $36 for residents and $45 for nonresidents. Each participant also must have a Largo Recreation Card, which can be purchased at the Largo Community Center or Highland Recreation Complex. There are no drop-in fees or punch-card access for this program.
For more information, call (727) 518-3016 or visit LargoPools.com.
Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, offers full-day camps for children ages 5-14. They’ll participate in themed activities, play sports, hear from guest speakers, swim in the pool and make crafts.
Southwest camps kick off on June 9 and run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. After and before care are available for an additional fee. Parents can register children for one week or the entire summer. Limited scholarships are available.
The Southwest complex also offers My First Camp, dedicated to a school readiness curriculum that develops social and creative skills for ages 3-5. Weekly themes include “Jungle Safari,” “Under the Big Top,” “World Travelers” and “The Olympics.” The half-day sessions have a maximum enrollment of 15 children per week.
For more information on Largo summer camps, visit LargoCamps.com or call (727) 518-3125 or (727) 518-3126.
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