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PINELLAS PARK - As plans for the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch at Lurie Park progress, the organization is planning its first fundraiser - the Alive Ride - a 5.2-mile bike ride for veterans, set for Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The bike ride, which kicks off at Lurie Park, 5500 62nd Ave. N. in Pinellas Park, at 9 a.m., will stop at Skyview Elementary School before ending with a barbecue cookout and reception at Custom Mobility, 7199 Bryan Dairy Road, around 11:30 a.m.

Mike Delancey, the founder of the WWAR, said the ride is open to all veterans, but he hopes to especially encourage disabled veterans to participate. A Pinellas Park native who served in the Marines after high school, was left paralyzed in 2006 after being shot by a sniper in Iraq.
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PINELLAS PARK - City officials, staff and residents continue to meet to discuss the Better Block project, a pop-up event to be held in the 5600, 5700 and 5800 block areas of Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park the weekend of Oct. 10-11.

Better Block, which originated in Dallas, is an international project that promotes urban development through pop-up events and community engagement.

The event will transform the area into a walkable district with pop-up businesses, art installments, activities and other outdoor amenities.
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PINELLAS PARK - As a graduate theater student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Stephanie Leigh Rose knew she needed a part-time job while in school.

So she found work as a trade show model and quickly learned that modeling agencies often mistreat the women who work for them.

“I was just sort of fed up with how staff is treated,” she said. “There are not a lot of fair practices and a lot of b-s that goes on.”

She continued to work in the industry though, as it coordinated easily with her school and theater schedules. But she knew she’d do things differently if she were in charge.
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PINELLAS PARK - Pride in the Park, an annual citywide fall cleanup in Pinellas Park, will take place Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to clean out their garage, add curb appeal to their yard, prune their trees or perform other tasks around their property.

Eight special drop-off sites throughout the city will be open for yard waste and household trash.
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Thursday, July 2
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PINELLAS PARK - Dozens of city staff members and Pinellas Park residents turned out for the June 18 Better Block Walk and Talk, which was followed by a workshop the next morning.

They all had one goal in mind: revitalizing the 5600 and 5700 block areas of Park Boulevard, which falls within the city’s Community Redevelopment Area.

The city has made strides in the area in recent years, purchasing eight properties within the 5600 block of Park Boulevard and 21 parcels within the United Cottages area in the adjacent 5700 block. These properties have been given a facelift to help transform the area into a small business incubator and arts district.
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PINELLAS PARK - The Fallen Officer Memorial license plate, designed by students at Pinellas Park High School’s Criminal Justice Academy magnet program, is less than 150 pre-orders away from production, said Lauren Lofton, one of the students who designed the specialty plate.

As of publication, 879 license plates have been pre-ordered, she said. Once that number hits 1,000, the state will begin producing the plates. The plates cost $25 apiece.

The history of this specialty plate dates back to Lofton’s freshman year in the criminal justice program. In early 2011, three St. Petersburg police officers - Officers David Crawford, Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sgt. Thomas Baitinger - all died within a month.
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Thursday, June 11
PINELLAS PARK - Jessi’s Restaurant recently received Florida’s Restaurant Neighbor Award for its contributions to the community.

The award is presented annually by the National Restaurant Association in cooperation with American Express.

“Restaurants demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their communities in good times and bad,” the association’s website states. “Perhaps no other industry has deeper community roots. In large and small communities, people turn to restaurants each day for sustenance, support and socialization - and restaurants give back to their communities, improving the quality of life for all they serve.”
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Thursday, June 4
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PINELLAS PARK - In recent years, the city of Pinellas Park has focused its efforts on revitalizing the 5600 and 5700 block areas of Park Boulevard, which falls within its Community Redevelopment Area. Now it hopes to continue this growth by utilizing a national program called Better Block.

Better Block, which originated in Dallas, Texas, and has been used by more than 100 cities nationwide, works with cities, developers and residents to make quick, inexpensive and high-impact improvements to underused properties and neighborhoods. The program allows communities to test out ideas to see how residents and visitors interact with them.
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• Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Beef ‘O’Brady’s Trivia Night
SEMINOLE – Beef‘O’Brady’s, 1-799 Park Blvd. N., now offers Trivia Night every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. The winning team receives a $50 gift certificate. There will be a $5.49 burger with fries special every Monday night. To register a team, call Angel or Mike at 393-2880.
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Craft classes at Bay Vista
ST. PETERSBURG – Bay Vista Recreation Center, 7000 Fourth St. S., offers craft classes Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. They include paper crafts, polymer clay sculpting, felting and more The cost is $30 for four classes, plus a craft fee. For more information call 893-7124 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org.
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Senior Singles Friendship Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Senior Singles Friendship Club meets every Monday at 4:30 p.m. for dinner at a local restaurant.

Newcomers welcome.

For more information, email Estella at giterdun7571@hotmail.com.
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Wing Madness
LARGO – Sons of the American Legion Post 119 sponsor Wing Madness every Monday, 5 to 8 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo.

Enjoy chicken wings served hot, mild, BBQ, butter and garlic and spicy BBQ for $4 for six or $7 for 12. French fries and onion rings are available. Bob Swenson donates music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit All Children’s Hospital, Fisher House and the National Child Welfare Foundation.
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• Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
Military Order of the World Wars meeting
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.

Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a short program.

Military officers who are retired or are on active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. The MOWW also welcomes new members.

To make reservations or to inquire about becoming a member, call George Smith at 786-5578.
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Aquatic fitness classes
ST. PETE BEACH – The St. Pete Beach Recreation Department is again offering aquatic fitness classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 10 to Sept. 22, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

The cost is $5 for St. Pete Beach residents and $6 for nonresidents. Silver Sneakers members are welcome. Aquatic fitness provides muscle toning and a cardio workout with the benefits and support of the water.
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Book of Mormon study class
LARGO – A Book of Mormon study class is offered Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9001 106th Ave. N.

The church invites people of all ages to its free Book of Mormon Study class. The sessions will feature light refreshments along with discussions and any questions pertaining to the Book of Mormon. The group will discuss a chapter each week.

For information, call 813-362-9894.
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Business counseling sessions
OLDSMAR – The Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E., offers free small business 1-on-1 counseling sessions by the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

Counseling sessions are available the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Call 813-749-1181 to register.
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Franchising 101 – Finding a Business That Fits
PALM HARBOR – “Franchising 101 – Finding a Business That Fits” will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library, 2339 Nebraska Ave.

SCORE representative Pat Deering will facilitate the seminar, which is designed to inform anyone thinking about starting their own business. Registration is required at the Adult Services Desk or online at palmharbor.org. Click on the Events tab and then on Calendar.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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