Public Life

Drilling Education
Tuesday, Nov. 27
7 p.m.

Sierra Club offers a forum to learn more about the offshore drilling that is threatening Florida's environment, economy and way of life. Learn what's being done to stop the drilling and preserve Florida's marine life and coastlines. The forum is in the Dendy McNair Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-824-8813.

Loving Service
Wednesday, Nov. 28
5-6:30 p.m.
St. Pete Free Clinic's volunteer orientation explains how you can help care for people in the community who need assistance. SPFC has been helping people in the community for over 30 years. Orientation is held at 863 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call Kelli at 821-1200, ext. 118.

School Volunteers Needed
Pinellas County Schools need your help to work one hour per week as tutors and mentors for struggling students. Schools most in need are located in North and South Pinellas, and include Belcher Elementary, Oak Grove Middle, Northeast High and Westgate Elementary. For a list of all schools in need of help, call the Community Involvement office at 727-588-6405.

Homes for Pets
The Humane Society of North Pinellas introduces its first Light the Way Home holiday lighting ceremony to help homeless animals find a home in time for the holidays. Honor the Humane Society and help the pets by purchasing lights for $15. A lighting ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and lights are available for purchase throughout the holiday season. Contact Amy Edwards at 727-796-3581 or stop by the shelter at 3040 S.R. 590, Clearwater.

Teachers Seminars
Florida Center for Teachers in St. Petersburg offers an all-expense-paid summer seminar. Each weeklong seminar offers hands-on, experimental programs exploring a wide variety of topics. The seminars are sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, and open to all Florida teachers with a minimum of three years' experience. Call 727-553-3801 or visit www.flahum.org.

Food for the Community
Since Sept. 11, charitable efforts have been focused on the New York area and, as a result, food donations for Bay area organization are running dangerously low. Bay area Kash n' Karry and Publix stores, as well as First Union Bank and Bank of America branches, are accepting non-perishable food donations through the end of the year to ease the shortage. For more information, call 813-274-0918 or go to www.unitedwayhc.org and click on the Community Food Crisis icon.

—Compiled by Sandra Jones and Kelli K

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