Celebrate Autumn Harvest at Boyd Hill

Autumn Harvest at Boyd Hill, Curbside Recycling in St. Pete, Naturalist Reading Group, Breast Cancer 5K Walk and Patch Newsletters are five things you need to know today.

1. Step back in time as you walk through a general store, visit an authentic print shop, an operating sawmill & blacksmith shop at the annual Autumn Harvest at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 3130 31st St. S. On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy old time fun including hayrides, bobbing for apples, sack races, horseshoes, a pumpkin carving contest and patch, a farmer’s market, and carnival games. For more information, call 893-7234. Admission is free and open to all ages. Donations accepted. Entry for the pumpkin carving contest is $5 with a $25 cash prize.

2. Curbside recycling is back in St. Petersburg. On Monday a new contractor began offering voluntary curbside recycling to St. Petersburg residents. Waste Pro, Inc. will be offering the service for just $3.75 per month, paid on an annual basis. Residents who sign up will be able to place newspapers, cardboard, metal and aluminum cans, glass and plastic at the curb for weekly recycling. Containers will be supplied by Waste Pro. For information, call Waste Pro at 727-873-0800.

3. The first meeting of the new Naturalist Reading Group series at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way South, is from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., starting Oct. 11. The group will read and discuss works of important naturalists such as Leopold, Thoreau, Rawlings, Carr, etc. This month’s reading will be a short selection from A Sand County Almanac entitled Thinking like a Mountain. The selection can be found online as a PDF and copies are also available at the front desk at the preserve. Joining is free and recommended for ages 12 and up. For more information, visit www.stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill.html

4. Thousands of Pinellas County residents, breast cancer survivors, business and community members will join together and put on their pink bras at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk to fight breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Vinoy Park, located at 701 Bayshore Drive NE in Saint Petersburg.The walk will begin at 9 a.m.

5. Do you subscribe to the Old Northeast Patch Newsletter? Each morning we'll send you an email with the top local stories straight to your inbox. Not signed up? Scroll to the bottom of any page on Patch; click "newsletters" beneath the "goodies" title. Then, enter your email address to receive the Patch newsletter.


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