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AchieveHERS present negotiation seminar for women
CLEARWATER — AchieveHERs Women Sharing Wisdom Series will present “He Said, She Said: How Men & Women Negotiate Differently” next Thursday.
The session is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd.
Attendees will learn how to get what they want at work, how to handle a “no” response, how to frame their past and future, and how to advocate for themselves.
Fee is $35 for Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce members and $45 for others. For details, call (727) 461-0011.
Pinellas County’s GOP executive committee to meet
CLEARWATER — The Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee will meet June 9 at the Twisted Martini, 13563 Icot Blvd.
The new and prospective member orientation is at 6 p.m. and the general meeting follows at 7. All registered Republicans are invited to attend.
Summer camps offer exciting experiences
CLEARWATER — New events, outings and experiences are being offered during the summer camps at the Countryside Recreation Center.
Elementary school-age campers may choose camps with day trips that include Legoland, Buccaneer Bay and Pump it Up. Middle school kids may sign up for camps that include a zip lining adventure, a trip to a local television station or Extreme Fun Center.
A new, educational element added to the elementary camps is a visit from Bricks 4 Kidz. Using Lego bricks, campers will build models and learn about robotics and concepts related to physics, engineering and architecture.
“Our goal is to provide parents an affordable camp option for their kids that enriches, entertains, educates and fascinates them so much, they’ll be begging to come back next year,” said David Wilson, Countryside Recreation Center Supervisor.
Camp orientation will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, near Westfield Countryside Mall. The cost of the camp starts at $75 per week.
For information or to register, call (727) 669-1918.
PCS and SPC launch new elementary education teaching program
Making sure future teachers are better prepared for the classroom is a priority for Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego and St. Petersburg College President William D. Law. The concept is the catalyst behind the education entities’ partnership to launch a newly designed compendium of courses called the “Elite Educator Program” to be offered at the SPC College of Education beginning in August. The program consists of four years of teacher training with courses focused exclusively on elementary education. Pinellas County Schools plans to distinguish the district from others in the Tampa Bay area by offering participants monetary incentives in exchange for a successful internship and employment once they earn their education degree. The Elite Educator Program is one of several initiatives the district has employed to attract and retain quality teachers, including recently increasing the starting salary for new teachers. For more information about the Elite Educator Program, contact the SPC College of Education at (727) 712-5888 or (727) 712-5410, or visit
County agency recognizes PCS health educators
The Pinellas County Health and Physical Education Association has announced the Outstanding Health and Physical Education Teachers for 2014.The association, which annually honors teachers who serve as positive role models and use innovative teaching techniques, has recognized these educators: Jason Wood, Lakeview Fundamental Elementary; Mark Bender, Fairmount Park Elementary; George Postans, Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy; Linda Rouisse, New Heights Elementary; Helen “Crissy” Stanney, Orange Grove Elementary; Carol Tuorto, Starkey Elementary; Kelly Ellis, Clearwater Intermediate School; Brenda Brown-Hall, Boca Ciega High School; Jessica Hoag, Seminole High School; and Erin Phelps, St. Petersburg High School. Additionally, the organization recognized Mark Sprecher, head plant operator at Osceola High School. For details about the accomplishments of these individuals, go to
Class of 2014 set to walk
The Pinellas County School District is poised to celebrate an estimated 6,500 members of the Class of 2014 as graduation season gets under way Monday. Visit for the graduation schedule and information about each high school’s valedictorian and salutatorian. For graduation story ideas, contact Demorris Lee in the Office of Strategic Communications at (727) 588-6575.
Largo schedules full slate of activities for June
LARGO — Here’s a rundown of what the City of Largo has planned in June:
• Free genealogy/family history classes, 60 to 90 minutes, Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Call (727) 587-6715. Topics include using and, and searching the National Archives. No registration is required. For a class schedule and other details, visit; e-mail Bob Bryan at; or call (727) 595-4521.
• Bay Area Singles and Couples Dance, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday and June 8, 15, 22 and 29, Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road, (727) 518-3131. The dance has been offered since 1997, and some 150 singles of all ages show up for each event. Entry is $8. For details, visit or call (727) 518-3131.
• Community garage sale, tables go on sale Monday for the event, set from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 23 at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. Rental is $9 per table, and there’s a limit of two per person. For details, call (727) 518-3125.
• Swing Dance Fridays, 7 to 11 p.m. June 6, 13, 20 and 27 at Largo Community Center. Free lessons are offered the first hour. Admission to the dance is $8.
• Train Weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 and 8, Largo Central Park, free, donations accepted. Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend of every month. Call (727) 587-6740, Ext. 5014 for details.
• Southwest Neighborhood Summer Kick-off, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7, Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Admission is $2, $3 and $6. A hot dog lunch and bottled water will be available while supplies last. Enjoy underwater exploration with Discover Scuba; ages 17 and younger require a parent’s signature. Door prizes will be given away. For more information, visit or call (727) 518-3126.
• First day of summer camp is June 9 at Largo Community Center, Highland Recreation Complex and Southwest Recreation Complex. For details, visit
• Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays, 7 to 9 a.m. June 10, 17 and 24, Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave N.E. Admission is $3. Middle and high school students can catch up with their friends and visit Splash’s Snack Bar. For details, go to or call (727) 518-3016.
• Hot Hula Bash, June 14, Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave N.E. The two-hour event is for beginning to advanced hula dancers. Prizes will be awarded and healthy snacks will be served. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (727) 518-3016.
• Itty Bitty Pool Parties, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 20, Highland Family Aquatic Center. Mom’s clubs are welcome. Children who aren’t potty trained must wear a vinyl swim diaper under their bathing suit. Vinyl reusable diapers are available for $3.
• Food Truck Family Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m. June 20, Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Besides local vendors, the event offers swimming, games, rafts and music. Call (727) 518-3126.
• Teen Basketball Night, 7 to 11 p.m. June 21, Highland Recreation Complex. Teenagers will get four hours of open play with games, prizes and concessions. Admission is $5 for residents, $6.25 for nonresidents and $9.25 for guests. For more information, visit or call (727) 518-3016.
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