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  1. Registration for Dunedin Summer Camps opens March 9 and must be done in person at the Dunedin Community Center or MLK, Jr. Recreation Center. “Camp Dunedin” begins on May 31 and offers a variety of full-day and half-day options for kids ages four to 17. Specialty camps are also available and include tennis, theater, acting, dance, golf, baseball, basketball, and more. Scholarships are available to Dunedin children and teens whose families are in need of financial assistance for their children to participate in summer camps and other recreational programs. All registration forms can be found online. (Dunedin Patch |Camp Dunedin Brochure)
  2. The Dunedin Fine Art Center is hosting its annual “Trashy Treasures” event between March 4 and March 6. For those unfamiliar with the event, it’s an artsy garage sale made up of donated artworks and art supplies. This year, select items have been put on sale by silent auction, which ends at the Best of Trashies pARTy on March 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. For a $10 admission fee, the party will feature art, cash bars, and live music. The Trashy Treasures event continues over the weekend where you can browse items for sale on Saturday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM or Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. (Tampa Bay Newspapers)
  3. A Childhelp backpack drive is taking place outside of Starbucks at 1785 Main Street in Dunedin every day this week between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Childhelp is one of the largest and oldest nonprofit organizations in the United States, dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect, at-risk children, and families experiencing financial hardship. It raises awareness through programs like “Speak up be Safe,””End FiveTooMany,” and “Childhelp Backpack Drives,” which raises money for thousands of backpacks for kids. The backpacks are especially important to foster kids who have to leave behind their favorite toys, school supplies, and other comfort items when they move to a new foster family or group home. Read the full article to learn more about how you can help. (News Break)
  4. Dunedin Parks & Rec is offering a Wreath Making Class on February 28 at 1:00 PM for beginners at the Hale Senior Activity Center. For a $22 fee, learn to make a “St. Patrick’s Day” or “Welcome” deco mesh wreath. More classes are scheduled for March 14 where participants can make an “Easter” or “Spring” wreath and on April 25 for those interested in making a “Summer” wreath. Each month, you’ll be able to learn a different style and go home with a new decorative piece. Wreaths begin at 14-inches and end up 16-20 inches when completed. Register online now if you’re interested in participating! (Dunedin Patch)
  5. As construction at the entrance to Honeymoon Island continues, visitors should expect additional traffic. The contractor recently removed the existing third lane in preparation for the new tollbooth and added lanes. As a result, there will only be two inbound lanes for a few months, causing more congestion. Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-June. (Dunedin Patch)

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  • The Dunedin High School Falconaires Ensemble earned straight superiors at their competition Saturday. Not only did they earn the highest possible ratings for their performance, but they were also selected as the critic’s choice by judges and qualified for state competition! You can watch their outstanding performance online on YouTube. (Facebook | YouTube)
  • Is your teen looking for a great work experience? Dunedin Parks & Recreation is seeking responsible, energetic teen volunteers ages 13 to 16 to work alongside camp leaders during summer camp sessions. They will also be part of the city’s Teen Leadership Program. Those interested can apply online by March 25. (Facebook | Application)
  • Dunedin Chamber of Commerce invites local residents and brands to reserve their seats or sponsor any of their upcoming events. These include an International Women’s Day Luncheon on March 7, State of the City Luncheon on March 24, the Mangos & Marley Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 7 and more! See details on the website. (Facebook |Chamber of Commerce)

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