PINELLAS PARK - Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., is the latest location to join the Clearwater Dolphin Trail.
The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce, which is located at Park Station, recently unveiled Parker the Dolphin. He’s one of more than 200 6-foot dolphins, including one in Washington, D.C. The dolphins are inspired by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Winter the dolphin, star of the movies “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2.”
The chamber allowed the public to vote on the name for the dolphin, and he was named Parker. He’s designed to look like a conductor and is mounted outside Park Station by the caboose.
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park City Council unanimously approved a plan to rename a segment of 81st Avenue North that runs along England Brothers Park in honor of Dave McKay. The portion of this roadway to be renamed will be called “Dave McKay Way.”
McKay, whose real name was Steve Ehmke, was a popular radio host on country music station WQYK-FM 99.5. He was one-half of the team behind the “Dave & Veronica Morning Show” and died in his sleep early last month at his St. Petersburg home.
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park City Council will discuss the fiscal year 2016-2017 budgets at its upcoming meetings Sept. 8 and 22.
This year’s budget, which was recently sent to the council following recommendations from the Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee, boats a millage rate that’s down slightly over this current fiscal year, from 5.5862 mills to 5.49.
PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park canceled the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch “Alive Ride” scheduled for Sept. 1 due to the weather that has already started to affect the area.
City officials say that police, fire and public works employees need to be available to concentrate on keep the public and the city safe and dry.
The Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch second annual Bike Ride has been rescheduled Thursday, Sept. 8, starting at 9 a.m. The "Alive" Ride will be an 11-mile fun, easy cycle ride through the city of Pinellas Park. Starting at Quaker Steak and Lube at 10400 49th St. N. in Clearwater, this fully police escorted ride will visit local schools and businesses allowing the children and the public to thank veterans from all conflicts for their service. Many injured veterans will be taking part in the ride as part of the WWAR mission to inspire veterans to get out and be active.
PINELLAS PARK - As a robust summer of programming wraps up at Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization, which aims to enrich and educate girls, is excited for its fall offerings.
Its next big fundraiser, the annual Father Daughter Ball, is coming up Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 to 9 p.m., at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island.
The idea is to encourage the support of male role models in girls’ lives, said Kathie Michael, community development coordinator. This means that not only are fathers welcome to accompany their daughters at the event, but grandfathers, uncles, older brothers - any male that has a positive influence on a girl - are as well.
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Medical District, the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce and the city present its first-ever Back to School Family Fun Day Sunday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave.
The event will include free health screenings, free school supplies, door prizes, food trucks, bounce houses, healthy living advice, exercise and activities.
Typically, at this time of year, the chamber and medical district come together on an event for seniors. But it seemed like the perfect time to introduce an event for children heading back to the classroom, said Holly Mcweeney, who works with the chamber.
Alzheimer’s support group LARGO – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Ruth’s Promise Adult day program are sponsoring a Practical Grace in Alzheimer’s support group, meeting fourth Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., in the Prince of Peace Chapel, 455 Missouri Ave.
The group will next meet Tuesday, April 26.
Practical Grace in Alzheimer’s Care is a support system designed by Dr. Cate McCarty, dementia coach, to close the gap between maintaining meaningful faith membership while navigating Alzheimer’s and related dementias. As a follow-up to the recent Practical Grace seminar at Prince of Peace, Ruth’s Promise has expanded their ministry to offer this support group to Alzheimer’s caregivers.
The adult day program is available for respite during the meeting provided caregivers.
English classes MADEIRA BEACH – English for students of other languages is being offered by Pinellas County School Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Cost is $30 a semester.
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and to practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.
Girl Scout workshop LARGO – A Girl Scout workshop will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.
Cost is $15. The workshop includes handouts, a craft, a snack, an exclusive SPCA logo patch and the opportunity to give shelter animals’ purrs and wags along the way. Call 727-586-3594.
Daisy and Brownie Scouts earn requirements toward a Pet Badge or 3 Cheers for Animals Awards, and an exclusive SPCA Tampa Bay logo patch, at this interactive, animal-themed workshop.
Scouts will learn about respecting animal’s feelings and the basics of safety around animals, including the proper way to greet a dog and how paying attention to animal body language can keep you safe. Scouts also will learn how the SPCA helps animals and pet owners in the community, and have a tour of the adoption floor.
Isle of Palms Civic Association’s monthly potluck dinner/mixer TREASURE ISLAND – The Isle of Palms Civic Association’s monthly potluck dinner/mixer is set for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave.
City Manager Reid Silverboard and community improvement director Paula Cohen will speak on the city charter amendments and referendum questions that will be on the November ballot.
The event is open to residents and renters. Visitors are welcome.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets on the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7:15 a.m., in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.
The group features speakers from different organizations.
Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 727-319-8343 for more information.
Pinellas Geological Society Club meeting LARGO – The Pinellas Geological Society Club meets monthly September through May at the Largo Public Library on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. Annual dues are $10 and $15 for a family.
Formed in 1958, the nonprofit organization’s purpose is to promote knowledge and interest in rocks and minerals and in the sciences of geology, mineralogy, paleontology, archaeology and the lapidary arts of silver and goldsmithing, faceting, en cabachoning, channel work, beading and design, wirewrap and all types of jewelry.
For more information, call Lee Sheffield at 709-3236 or Walt Staats at 415-7867.
Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets Tuesdays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. Guests ages 18 and older are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.
This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and leaders – or those aspiring – to learn vital leadership and communication skills.
Contact Dennis Hamel at 727-374-2612 or visit www.seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org.
Understanding the Zika Virus CLEARWATER - Understanding the Zika Virus, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Room A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.
Infectious disease specialist Robert Kopec, M.D., and OBGYN Alexis Lipton, M.D., will discuss the Zika virus outbreak and how it might affect you, as well as answer frequently asked questions. To pre-register for a health seminar, call 727-953-6877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.
Walmart stores blood drive Select Walmart stores will host blood drives Sunday and Monday, Sept. 26 and 27.
Donors can share the power to save lives by giving blood and enjoy a $10 Walmart gift card. For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org/walmart or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins will be welcomed.
All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.