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    North Pinellas notebook

    By Times staff
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published June 9, 2002

    Palm Harbor graduates get GFWC scholarships

    PALM HARBOR -- The GFWC Palm Harbor Junior Women's Club has awarded its annual $1,000 scholarships to Lauren Beth Murphy and Jamie Lynn Floyd, both of whom graduated last week from the International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High School.

    Murphy belonged to the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society and worked more than 700 community service hours at organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Teens for Aids Prevention. She also founded the school's eating disorders awareness program.

    Floyd founded and was president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters club at Palm Harbor University High, only the second club of its type in the country, and volunteered as a big sister. In recognition, she also was named the youth volunteer of the year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County.

    The club also recently gave out $12,000 in grants to 13 community organizations, including the Old Palm Harbor Partnership, Palm Harbor Optimist Club, North Pinellas YMCA, Palm Harbor Library, Children's Dream Fund, Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, Humane Society of North Pinellas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County and Boy Scouts.

    Money for the grants and scholarships was raised through the club's major fundraiser, A Taste of Palm Harbor. This year's taste is scheduled for downtown Palm Harbor Oct. 6.

    Auxiliary seeks volunteers at Helen Ellis hospital

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary seeks year-round volunteers to work at the information desk, gift shop, snack bar, emergency room, X-ray department and outpatient surgery department, and to help raise funds and work in various offices. In addition, the hospital is looking for volunteers with experience in gift shop buying, merchandising and display.

    A volunteer orientation is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25 in the blue room of the hospital. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required, along with an interview before June 21. Call auxiliary coordinator Miriam Pace at (727) 942-5072 to register.

    Employment program sets open house for June 19

    PALM HARBOR -- The AARP Foundation/Senior Community Service Employment program will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon June 19 at its new offices, 1550-A 16th St., next to the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center.

    The program finds work and provides employment assistance to low-income seniors 55 and older. It has two offices in Pinellas and one in Pasco. About 90 clients are served from the Palm Harbor location. For information, call (727) 785-1309.

    Pop Warner programs hold registration Saturday

    PALM HARBOR -- Registration for the Palm Harbor Youth Football Association's 2002 Pop Warner football, flag football and cheerleading seasons is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Putnam Park, 799 Riviere Road.

    Participants must have two current wallet-sized photos, an original birth certificate and three copies, results of a physical within the past year, a parental consent form, copy of a full-year school report card, physician and insurance information and copy of a Social Security card.

    E-mail questions to

    Bloodmobile hits Oldsmar, Palm Harbor Wal-Marts

    A Florida Blood Services bloodmobile will be at the Wal-Mart at 3801 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at the Wal-Mart at 35404 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor from noon to 6 p.m. June 16 and 17.

    Donors will receive a baseball cap, cholesterol screening and a coupon for 50 percent off admission to Busch Gardens or Sea World.

    Generally, healthy people 17 or older who weigh at least 100 pounds can donate blood. Identification is required prior to donation.

    Florida Blood Services provides blood for patients at Tampa Bay area medical facilities and requires more than 600 donations a day to keep up with demand. Call toll free 1-800-682-5663 or check

    Four legislators to speak at chamber gathering

    OLDSMAR -- The Oldsmar/Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold one of its most well-attended meetings of the year Wednesday.

    State senators Jim Sebesta, R-St. Petersburg, and Victor Crist, R-Tampa, and representatives Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, and Chris Hart, R-Tampa, will be the featured speakers at the 2002 legislative luncheon.

    Mark Wilson, senior vice president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce will also talk about which legislators are friends of business issues and who falls short.

    The luncheon will start at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway.

    Reservations are required, call (813) 855-4233.

    Country club swim team hosts annual kids triathlon

    EAST LAKE -- The East Lake Woodlands Country Club Swim Team will host the 2nd annual Kids Tri-Woodlands Triathlon race starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. The race is open to adults as well as children. Races will be held at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 Woodlands Parkway.

    "Due to the overwhelming interest we had last year, we opened it to adults this year," said race coordinator Jill Carbonelli. "This is a great opportunity for novice racers and for those who want to race with their children."

    Registration will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club pool. A triathlon clinic will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday for all racers.

    At 7 a.m., athletes over 15 will compete in a 1.1-mile run, a 4.8-mile bicycle ride and a 250-meter swim.

    At 8 a.m., children 11 to 14 will compete in a 1.1-mile run, a 3.2-mile bicycle ride and a 250-meter swim.

    At 9 a.m., children 6 to 10 will compete in a half-mile run, a 1.6-mile bicycle ride and a 125-meter swim.

    Proceeds from the race will go to the swim team and the Vincent Reid Foundation, a non-profit organization for physically and emotionally challenged children.

    Entry fees are $20 for ages six to 14, $25 for racers 15 and over.

    Call (727) 639-5713.

    YMCA offers one-day swim lessons Saturday

    EAST LAKE -- The YMCA of North Pinellas will offer one-day swim lessons for children 3 to 12 starting Saturday.

    Classes for children ages 3 to 5 will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Classes for children ages 6 to 12 will be held 11 to 11:45 a.m.

    The cost is $6 per child, per class.

    Call (727) 772-9622.

    Harmony House Chorus meets every Monday

    DUNEDIN -- Harmony Harbor Chorus meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Dunedin Community Center on Michigan Avenue.

    Harmony Harbor is a four-part female a capella barbershop singing organization and is open to women 16 years and older. It is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. The chorus is directed by Denise Helbig. Call (727) 938-7464.

    Historical museum seeks volunteers

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Historical Museum, at Curlew and Belcher roads, will begin a class 10 a.m. Wednesday for anyone interested in volunteering at the museum as a docent, doing gardening, helping with filing, cataloging or research, or teaching classes such as quilting, basket-making or making fish nets.

    The museum's exhibit of the citrus industry in Pinellas County and Florida is now complete.

    Call (727) 724-3054.

    Pet of Florida spaghetti dinner set for Monday

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Project Pet of Florida will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ahepa Hall, 20 W Tarpon Ave., just east of Spring Bayou. Cost is $6. Proceeds benefit displaced dogs. Call (727) 423-3006.

    Summer bingo continues at senior center

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., continues summer fun bingo from noon to 3 p.m. on June 20. Lunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for $4.

    The center's schedule for June includes:

    Line-dancing lessons Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon. The fee is $2 for senior center members and $3 for nonmembers.

    A country breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. today. Admission is $4.50, $4 for center members and $2 for children under 10. The menu includes pastry, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, orange juice and coffee.

    A spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 24 with baked ziti, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert and live entertainment. Reservations required. Tickets are $7, $6 for center members and $3.50 for children under 10.

    A free ice cream social sponsored by Roy Raven of Raymond James Financial Services from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. June 28.

    Classes offered at the senior center include introduction to computers, computer literacy, introduction to Windows, MS Works, digital photography, tai chi and chi kung, personal life history writing, intermediate bridge, ceramics, wheelchair exercise and beginning and intermediate Spanish. For class times and fees, call (727) 771-6000.

    Sunset Beach concerts continue on Thursday

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The next concert in the Sunset Beach concert series is the acoustical group Dog and Pony Show at 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Other upcoming concerts, also starting at 7 p.m., are:

    July 25: Big Picture, contemporary.

    Aug. 22: Tarpon Strings Trio, easy listening.

    Sept. 19: Clam Bayou Jazz Band, Dixieland and swing.

    Oct. 17: Noel Cooney, Irish music.

    Nov. 21: Buddy Verdi Orchestra, big band and pop.

    To reach Sunset Beach, take Alt. U.S. 19 to Tarpon Springs, turn west on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive just south of downtown, veer left at the end of the street onto Whitcomb, curve to the right around the bay to Gulf Road, then go west all the way to the end of Gulf Road (you'll pass Tarpon Springs High School on the left) to Sunset Beach. Entry and parking are free. Restrooms are open during the event, and covered pavilions by the road are available.

    Guided hikes available at Brooker Creek Preserve

    EAST LAKE -- Guided hikes through the Brooker Creek Preserve are offered from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday. The preserve is located at 1001 Lora Lane. Reservations are required.

    Call (727) 943-4003.

    New touch screen voting machines on view

    Pinellas County's new touch screen voting machines will be on display:

    Today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

    Today, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 750 San Salvador, Dunedin.

    Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

    Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the AMC Woodlands Square theaters, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Movie admission required.

    June 18, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Palm Lake Village clubhouse, 1515 County Road 1, Dunedin.

    Mexico exchange seeks participants

    Friendship Force of the Florida Suncoast, a chapter of Friendship Force International, is looking for 10 people who would like to be part of a cultural exchange Sept. 1-14 in Altotonga and Puebla, Mexico. Participants stay in private homes to learn more about communities and their culture.

    Friendship Force International, a nonprofit international cultural exchange organization based in Atlanta, was founded with a single mission: create an environment in which friendships can be established between people of different cultures. It is active in more than 60 countries, promoting friendship and good will through an extensive program of home-stay exchanges.

    Later this year, the local chapter will be host to 15 to 20 people from Russia and 15 from Somerset, England.

    For information about the trip to Mexico and the local program, call (727) 785-2342.

    Resource center offers personal growth classes

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Resource Center for Women offers free parenting, career development, personal growth and computer training classes at the Union Academy, 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. A women's support group meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Intake interviews are required for all classes. Call (727) 586-1110.

    Palm Harbor chorus is accepting new members

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Community Chorus is accepting new members during rehearsals every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Global Fellowship Church, 2289 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater.

    No auditions and no dues are required. The chorus performs Broadway show tunes and songs of famous 20th century composers. Call Nancy Whitmer at (727) 781-4424.

    -- If you have news or photos about North Pinellas schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, fax it to (727) 445-4206, e-mail or mail material to North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

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