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Pinellas cold shelters open tonight and tomorrow

Pinellas cold shelters open tonight and tomorrow

Pinellas County, FL -- The cold night shelters will be open for the homeless in Pinellas County tonight and tomorrow night.

The shelters accept adult men and women throughout the night, starting between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m.

Shelter guests are provided with a hot evening meal, a warm safe place to spend the night and breakfast the following morning.

Supplies such as paper products, coffee, twin-size blankets and sandwiches are always needed.

Hyatt Regency Beach Resort to help homeless project

Hyatt Regency Beach Resort to help homeless project

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- The newest hotel on Clearwater Beach marks its inaugural year Thursday giving $15,000 to the Homeless Emergency Project in Pinellas County.

"We are honored to give back to our community, particularly to an organization like HEP that betters the lives of local children," said Brian Kramer, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.

"Hyatt's spirit of community service allows the company and its hotels to make a positive impact on our future generations, and we are honored to participate in that effort by supporting such a worthwhile cause and organization right here in Pinellas County," he said.

The donation will fund the project's Keep Encouraging Youth to Succeed Children's Program. The program provides academic enrichment to in-school learning among homeless and low-income children.

Photo exhibit celebrates 100+ years of the Epiphany

Photo exhibit celebrates 100+ years of the Epiphany

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- This year's Epiphany celebration may be over, but you can relive it--and many others--through photos.


An exhibit entitled "A Leap of Faith: 105 Years of Ephiphany" runs through Jan. 29th at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center.


The exhibit features photos from St. Petersburg Times photojournalists--from the 1940's to today.  The collection was created and funded by the St. Petersburg Times in 2005 to celebrate Tarpon Springs' Centennial Ephiphany.

Gulfport sponsors free Clothing Swap to benefit CASA

Gulfport sponsors free Clothing Swap to benefit CASA

GULFPORT, FL - Gulfport's next free clothing swap will take place at the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clothing swap will be held in the Fresh Market area, near The Outpost on 3007 Beach Blvd. South.  Participants are invited to bring up to five gently used garments to exchange for vouchers that may be used to select clothing brought in by other participants.  Clothing may be for women, men or children.  Please provide hangers for all garments to be used in the swap.  For anyone interested, vouchers may also be purchased for $3 each.  

Donations of clothing above the 5-garment limit will be accepted.  All additional donations should be contained in bags or boxes.  All cash proceeds, donated clothing, and non-selected garments at the end of the swap will be donated to Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA). CASA is a local non-profit organization providing services to survivors of abuse or violence. In case of rain, the clothing swap will be rescheduled for Tuesday, February 8th.

"Healing of Magic" program coming to Largo children's center

"Healing of Magic" program coming to Largo children's center

Largo, Florida - Kevin and Cindy Spencer of the Spencer's Theatre of Illusion will perform a special program called the "Healing of Magic" in the Children's Center at The Palms of Largo on Wednesday, January 20 at 10 a.m.

The Children's Center is located at 499 Alternate Keene Road, Largo 33771.

According to the city, the "Healing of Magic" is a carefully designed, systematic approach to the therapeutic use of simple magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation.

The Spencers say they have greatly expanded upon the concept of using magic as a tool in rehabilitation medicine. They add that through their efforts, new treatment modalities are being explored and used to effectively improve everyday skills of people who have experienced strokes, accidents, spinal cord or head injuries, learning or developmental disabilities, visual deficits, psychosocial disorders, and those who have problems with alcohol, drug abuse and many other diagnoses.

Mid-town remembers Paris Whitehead-Hamilton

Mid-town remembers Paris Whitehead-Hamilton

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The community came together in mid-town St. Petersburg today to remember a young girl killed when her home was sprayed with 50 bullets.


Paris Whitehead-Hamilton would have been 10 years old today.


The street she lived on was renamed from Preston Avenue South to Paris Avenue South after her death.


Last week, one of the men arrested in her death pled guilty to 2nd degree murder. Tonight, there was a celebration of her life as well as a candlelight vigil.


Paris' aunt says she's forgiven the suspects, saying she uses the tragedy to help other kids learn to read and enjoy books like Paris did.

Vigil for Paris Whitehead-Hamilton's birthday

Vigil for Paris Whitehead-Hamilton's birthday

Saint Petersburg, FL -- Paris Whitehead-Hamilton would have been 10 years old today, but her life was taken away by senseless violence.

A candlelight vigil will take place today, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. at 771 Paris Ave. S.