Tampa Bay Informer - Pinellas Community

CLEARWATER - The Community Learning Center (CLC), which has been offering tutoring and study skills to individuals and families throughout Tampa Bay for over 10 years is launching an exciting new program - the Community Cookbook.
The Community Cookbook is a special project to get community members to submit their very best recipes to be included in the book. The cookbook is scheduled to be released in time for Mother's Day. In addition to the recipes local businesses are being encouraged to place very reasonably priced ads in the publication.
"This will be a fun and simple way to generate a tremendous amount of community participation as well as financial resources for local non-profits and schools to continue to deliver quality programming for young people"

 

Published in Pinellas County

 Five Tips to Help You Listen

Seattle, WA – The knowledge that our children are safe, happy and emotionally sound is one of our greatest concerns. The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child – leaving them unwilling to come to us for help? 

“Children don’t seem to get as much respect as other members of society,” says Julie Scandora, teacher and author of the book ‘Rules Are Rules.’ “They experience the same emotional obstacles as adults,

Published in Pinellas County
Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:01

Call to Artists

Request for QualificationsSculpture360: Art in the Cleveland Street District , Clearwater, Florida Artist Honorarium $4,000.00 (USD) Application Deadline: Postmarked or delivered by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2008 Digital images of artwork preferred

Program Background:
Adopted by City Council in 2005, the Clearwater Public Art Ordinance aims to add to the visual identity of the City, creating memorable images for visitors and 

Published in Pinellas County
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 07:58

3rd Annual Spring Pet Fair

The Promotion Committee for the Clearwater Main Street Program, a volunteer organization concerned with downtown revitalization, held our second pet fair last May and it was extremely successful.  Clearwater has a lot of dog lovers and pet owners and we would love your participation this year.
 
A pet parade with prizes for best-dressed pet and pet/owner look-a-like, a pet training demonstration, and puppy races are planned.  The Pinellas Counties Animobile, a state-of-the-art mobile surgical unit staffed with skilled and experienced veterinarians

Published in Pinellas County
Tuesday, 12 February 2008 11:34

Take the Iron Girl Challenge

Iron Girl ChallengeJoin the Iron Girl Team for the fifth annual Aflac Iron Girl 10K and 5K Run/Walk on April 5, 2008.  The longest-standing event in the Aflac Iron Girl National Series will take athletes along a waterfront course in Clearwater, Fla., one of the world’s most-visited beach destinations.  Featuring a picturesque run over the Memorial Causeway and a turn-around point at the well-known Pier 60, this course is the perfect combination of challenge and fun.  Seasoned athletes and novices alike will appreciate the scenery and ideal racing conditions.

Published in Pinellas County

 

January 16, 2008

Parents at their wits' end, wearing long sleeves to hide bruises and bite marks inflicted by their own offspring. Psychiatrists struggling to cope with children as young as 2 who show intractable behavior problems. Drug companies ready to suggest powerful drugs that can produce marked changes in a child's behavior -- getting heavily involved in state-level determinations of which drugs should be prescribed for which conditions. And a state struggling to keep up with rapid changes that have pushed Medicaid costs for powerful anti-psychotic drugs from $9 million seven years ago to almost $30 million in 2006.

 

Published in Pinellas County
Sunday, 27 January 2008 07:40

A Drugged Nation Is Not Healthy

January 16, 2008

Most Americans are too busy in their daily lives to face the obvious: we are a society dependent on drugs. We fought only half the war on drugs. "Just Say No" should have targeted not only street drugs but all detrimental drugs including prescription ones.

There is little ethical or moral difference between a drug pusher in the school yard seducing kids into buying the latest feel good drug and the pharmacological/medical industry dispensing antipsychotic medication to children as young as toddlers. Both the street drug or the prescription drug will lead the child down the same path of chemical dependency that ends in being a taker from rather than a giver to society.


According to the national Teen Drug Survey released Dec. 11 by the White House, teenagers are turning from street drugs to prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin. The study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute on Social Research, found a modest decrease in marijuana and other street drugs and an increase in prescription drugs. John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said, "71 percent of young people have reported their source of supply is their parent's or friend's medicine cabinet." Theo Milonopoulos, "Survey Finds Teens Smoking Less Pot, But Popping More Pills," Tampa Tribune, Dec. 12, pg. 13.

 

Published in Pinellas County

Arithmetickles, the interactive math show, is on its way to Florida schools during the month of February 2008.  A national touring production performed during school assemblies and for parent/student evenings, Arithmetickles is based on the inspired concept of math plus fun.
 
Presented by ArtsEcho, a New Jersey-based theatre and musical arts production company now in its 20th year, Arithmetickles uses theatre games, audience participation, interactive math, teams of kids onstage, and stand-up comedy to help teach mathematics to children in grades K through 8.

Arithmetickles lives up to its name.  It was created by the team of Sandra and Ben Bendor, who are theatre artists and parents of three children.  Concerned by their own kids’ reluctance to learn math through traditional classroom methods, the Bendors decided to use their theatre and comedy skills to help school children appreciate the world of math. 

Published in Pinellas County

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Organization to use funds to help local students attend college

Land O’Lakes, Fla. -- Today, Wal-Mart presented a $20,000 check to Pasco County Take Stock in Children.  The donation, which will be used to help seven Pasco County students attend college, was given during a ceremony at the Land O’Lakes store, located at 21703 Village Lakes Shp/Ctr. The ceremony was attended by Florida Representative Will Weatherford and Chip Wichmanowski, executive director of Take Stock in Children.

“We are very appreciative of Wal-Mart’s donation and excited to be able to provide seven more scholarships to low-income students who may not have had the opportunity to attend college,” said Wichmanowski. “We believe that investing early in a child’s education is one of the keys to a successful future.”

The Take Stock in Children program provides an opportunity for students to make an early commitment for post secondary education. The organization has a proven record of helping low-income children stay out of trouble, graduate from high school, attend college, and become productive citizens.

“Support from local businesses, like Wal-Mart, can make a big difference in the lives of our youth,” continued Wichmanowski. “By granting a scholarship to students as early as in sixth grade, we can set the path for their future success and make sure they stay on track to complete high school and achieve their goals.” 

 

Published in Pinellas County
Sunday, 16 December 2007 16:47

Let's Help the Artists

3:00 a.m. Sunday, December 9, a tradegy occurred.  The building that housed THE IMAGO ART GROUP burned to the ground. No one was hurt, but nothing was salvagable.  The fire was caused by arson.

At least 15 artists lost artwork, art supplies and personal effects.  Some lost all their artistic creations of a lifetime and do not have the supplies to begin creating again. 

These artists need help.   Artists-In-Action is seeking to work with other art groups and artists to create a fundraiser -- concert? and auction?-- to help these artists get back on their feet.  

If you are a member of another art group and would like to work hand in hand in this effort, if you are an artist who would like to donate artwork for the auction or a performer who would to like to participate in a fundraiser contact Pat Luefan, Executive Director, Artists in Action This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Elyse Van Breemen 727 446-5400

Published in Pinellas County
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