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Post-holiday options for your Christmas tree

As you begin to pack up your holiday decorations, you may be wondering what to do with your live Christmas tree after the holiday. Several free options are available to all Hillsborough County Solid Waste customers, including free curbside pickup, free disposal at a county yard-waste facility or recycling and reusing the tree as mulch in landscaping.

Curbside pickup of live Christmas trees is available to customers who follow these steps: remove all decorations, lights and tinsel; cut the tree into sections no larger than four feet in length and six inches in diameter; and place everything curbside on your regular yard-waste collection day.

After today, you can skip the hassle and work of cutting your live Christmas trees into smaller pieces for curbside pickup by taking it directly to the processing center at 13001 U.S. 41 N., Gibsonton, Monday through Saturday, from 7:30 to 5:30 p.m. Make sure to take your current tax bill and proper identification for access to the facility. You must be able to unload the tree yourself. All decorations, lights and tinsel must be removed. Artificial trees are not accepted.

Another way to dispose of your live Christmastree is to chop or grind it for use as mulch around trees, shrubs and flower beds.

For more information, call Lynn Barber at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54105.

Come join the show

The Pelican Players of Kings Point will host open auditions Jan. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the play, “Sylvia” by A. R. Gurney. It’s a comic tale of rescue, discovery, conflict, personal growth, crisis, change and distrust – for the dog lover in all of us.

The group needs four highly skilled actors to play six roles:

• Sylvia, a rescued dog, to be played by a young, perky, very physical actress with plenty of attitude and charm.

• Greg, a husband in transition who falls hard for Sylvia the minute she leaps into his lap in the park.

• Kate, Greg’s wife who is not thrilled with Sylvia or her husband’s obsession with his new pet.

• Tom, Phyllis and Leslie, all to be played by one male actor, aged 35 to 65.

Contact the director, Judy Michael, at: [email protected] to schedule an interview/audition.

For details about the audition process, call Donn Keith at (813) 999-5178.

Council accepting grant requests

The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center will be accepting grant applications through Jan. 31 for its fall grants cycle. The two-page, grant application forms and additional information about the council can be found at www.interfaithcouncilofsuncitycenter.com.

Applications postmarked no later than Jan. 31 with appropriate federal ID numbers and budget information may be mailed to The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center, P.O. Box 5342, FL 33573. You may also call (813) 633-7217 for additional information.

The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center is entirely funded by profits from The Nearly New Shop, a thrift store located in back of the Sun City Center Plaza. Last year, the council gave $150,000 to local organizations that support health, human services and education in the South Shore area. In addition, it awarded 83 scholarships to students at East Bay and Lennard high schools and the South County Career Center.

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