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Young Eagles take flight at airpark rally

CLEARWATER — Area young people ages 8 - 17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturdayas the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 282 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N. Hercules Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.8 million young people in more than 90 countries.

Those attending the rally on Saturday are asked to be at airpark starting at 8 a.m. to register for a flight. Registration is first come, first serve basis and will continue until 11 a.m. The rally is limited to the first 50 who register. Additional information about the EAA Young Eagles program is available at or

Contestants to participate in High Heel Hike

CLEARWATER — This year’s Miss Florida contestants will participate in a High Heel Hike from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N.

The event, presented by Macy’s, will raise money for scholarships, the Children’s Miracle Network and All Children’s Hospital.

Coast Guard offers safe boating class

CLEARWATER — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 will offer the “About Boating Safely” class at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at city police headquarters, 645 Pierce St.

Certified instructors will answer questions and share their experiences on local waters. Topics will include boating emergencies, navigation, safe operation and legal requirements. All graduates will receive a state certification card. Materials cost is $35.

For information and to register, contact Manny Sosa, flotilla commander, at (727) 469-8895 or

Chamber to present Artistic Tastings event

CLEARWATER BEACH — Artistic Tastings 2014, sponsored by Bright House Networks and the Tampa Bay Times, is set for 7 to 10 p.m. June 20 at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, 301 S. Gulfview Blvd.

Artistic Tastings is the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce’s fine art and dining event. Included will be art showcases, wine and beer, and food provided by Pinellas County restaurants.

For tickets, at $100, call (727) 461-0011.

In a word, describe Safety Harbor

SAFETY HARBOR — A special project, sponsored by the city staff, is asking residents to answer the question, “How would you describe Safety Harbor in one word?”

To participate, send an e-mail with your word suggestion to with the subject line, “Safety Harbor One Word.”

City officials intend to use the words for is its budget cover for fiscal year 2014/2015. In the past, the budget cover consisted of photos of the town.

To keep up with other city projects and events, go to the city’s Facebook page or sign up for eNews by visiting,

Largo to host free home ownership expo,

ST. PETERSBURG — The City of Largo will host the 2014 HOPE (Home Ownership for People Everywhere) Expo June 28 at the Raymond James Financial Center, 880 Carillon Parkway, tower 4.

The free workshop is sponsored by federal, state, local and community-based housing agencies, Realtors, lenders and other housing-industry professionals. Registration and check-in begins at 8:15 a.m., and the seminar concludes at 3:30 p.m.

HOPE Expo 2014 is endorsed by these government, agencies and organizations: cities of Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg; Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Pinellas County Community Development; Community Service Foundation; Tampa Bay Community Development Corp.; Neighborhood Home Solutions; and the Pinellas Realtor Organization.

Make reservations by June 23 by visiting or calling (727) 446-3532.

Pinecrest Place to honor veterans

LARGO — Pinecrest Place will honor their residents who have served in the armed forces during a pinning ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

“We always try to give as much recognition to our veterans as possible,” says Karen McFarlin, Executive Director of Pinecrest Place. “I still get a thrill from seeing our former service men and women being honored by our residents, family members and associates.”

Each veteran will be presented with a pin representing their branch of service. In addition, a presentation on veteran’s aid and attendance benefits will be given by John Schumacher of the American Association of Wartime Veterans.

The event is open to the public and guest veterans will also receive a pin if they have registered to attend the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, call (727) 581-8142.

Beach motel receives TripAdvisor award

CLEARWATER BEACH — North Sunrise Motel, 669 Mandalay Ave., has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, which honors performance in the hospitality industry.

The honor goes to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on the TripAdvisor website.

For information on the North Sunrise Motel, call (727) 442-5694 or visit

Area beach motels receive lodging awards

CLEARWATER BEACH — The Superior Small Lodging Association presented the its Award of Excellence to four area hotels for passing their rigorous test.

Winners included: Camelot Beach Resort at 603 Mandalay Ave., Frenchy’s Oasis Motel at 423 E Shore Dr., and Ebb Tide Resort at 621 Bay Esplanade, all of Clearwater Beach, and Cay Pointe Villa at 514 Gulf Blvd., in Indian Rocks Beach.

Juvenile Welfare Board achieves accreditation

CLEARWATER — The Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (JWB) has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA), one of the largest child- and family-services accrediting organizations in the country.

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services.

The accreditation process involved a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The designation has been granted to only five other government entities in the state and only 47 other government entities nationwide.

“This extraordinary achievement was made possible by the commitment and hard work of JWB staff and with the support of the welfare board, community councils, funded partner agencies, and other community stakeholders,” remarked Dr. Marcie Biddleman, executive director of the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County.

The welfare board was created as an independent taxing authority by the citizens of Pinellas County in 1945 who believed all children mattered and made investments to improve their futures. Today, it invests in programs with proven results and creates innovative partnerships that benefit tens of thousands of children and families each year. These efforts not only strengthen children and families, but also neighborhoods, communities and schools.

State’s ombudsman seeks volunteers

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has advocate positions available in Pinellas and Pasco.

Volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes to ensure they’re treated with dignity and respect. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities.

Candidates need to:

• Enjoy working with seniors and those with disabilities;

• Commit to 20-plus hours per month;

• Pass a background check (paid for by the program);

• Complete certification training;

• Communicate well;

• Attend a monthly meeting.

Interested persons may visit or call (727) 588-6912 or 1-(888) 831-0404.

The local council meets on the third Thursday of each month at St. Anne’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 7012 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Meetings are to discuss the program’s current activities and give the public a chance to comment on long-term-care facility issues. The next meeting is at 10 a.m. next Thursday.

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