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    North Pinellas notebook

    By Times staff reports
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published July 7, 2002

    Vendors sought for 6th Taste of Palm Harbor

    PALM HARBOR -- Organizers of the sixth annual Taste of Palm Harbor, scheduled for Oct. 6, are seeking arts and crafts vendors for the one-day event.

    Last year, more than 15,000 people attended the event and sampled food from more than 30 local restaurants. This year's Taste of Palm Harbor will be on Florida Avenue in downtown Palm Harbor and is sponsored by the GFWC Palm Harbor Junior Woman's Club.

    The club also is seeking restaurants that want to take part in the event.

    To receive an application, call (727) 787-9803, e-mail or fill out an application online at

    Doughnut shop hosts bloodmobile on Saturday

    PALM HARBOR -- A Florida Blood Services bloodmobile will be at the Dunkin' Donuts, 33420 U.S. 19 N, from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday.

    Donors will receive a cholesterol screening, a coupon for a free dozen doughnuts and a 50 percent discount coupon to Sea World or Busch Gardens.

    Generally, healthy people 17 or older who weigh at least 110 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

    Community Center offers experienced bridge game

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., offers social bridge for experienced, adult players at 9 a.m. Mondays. The cost is 50 cents per session. Call (727) 942-5628.

    'Dearly Departed' to open Friday

    OLDSMAR -- The OPAL Players will present the comedy Dearly Departed Friday through Sunday, July 14.

    The play is the story of the late Bud Turpin, who dies in the first scene in a Bible Belt town somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Turpin's wife gathers the family to mourn and the situation becomes increasingly chaotic.

    Performances will be at the Oldsmar Cultural Arts Centre, 402 St. Petersburg Drive. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. July 14. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $3 in advance and $4 at the door. Children 5 and younger are admitted for free.

    Call (813) 855-6223.

    Your kids ready for some football? Better register

    PALM HARBOR -- Registration for the Palm Harbor Youth Football Association's 2002 Pop Warner football, flag football and cheerleading seasons will continue through Aug. 1.

    Palm Harbor's Pop Warner league is in its first season, and has 80 to 90 participants signed up so far. The league can accommodate 200 and will practice at Palm Harbor Middle School. All Pinellas County residents are welcome.

    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.

    Call league president Tom Mohr at (727) 743-6647, (727) 781-7105 (evenings) or e-mail

    Programs offer exercise for arthritis sufferers

    Suncoast Yoga and Wellness Center, previously known as Lifestyle Solutions, offers two exercise programs for people with arthritis in Palm Harbor, East Lake and Clearwater.

    On Aug. 6, Suncoast Yoga will begin an aquatic program at Allegro retirement center, 1755 East Lake Road, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    The program, taught by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructor Fran Larson of Palm Harbor, is a series of gentle exercises in the pool and is open to anyone with arthritis or fibromyalgia. It is not necessary to know how to swim.

    Classes also take place at 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Sports and Orthopedic, 1660 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. On Monday, the Clearwater location will add an 11:15 a.m. aquatic class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and an Aqua Yoga class Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

    Aquatic personal training also is available.

    Suncoast Yoga also conducts the Arthritis Foundation's People with Arthritis Can Exercise, or PACE, program at 34080 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The program is a recreational series of gentle movements and activities designed to help increase mobility and range of motion. Instructors trained by the foundation conduct the sessions.

    For information, class fees or to register for either program, call Suncoast Yoga and Wellness Center at (727) 772-6772 or Larson at (727) 787-2400.

    Scoliosis support group's first meeting Wednesday

    The Scoliosis Association of Palm Harbor will hold its first meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road.

    Amy O'Conner of the Florida Spine Institute will speak at the meeting. She will talk about body mechanic techniques to help relieve pain. Scoliosis is a chronic condition that affects 2 to 3 percent of the population. The Palm Harbor group is the first local support group in Pinellas County for those with scoliosis.

    Call group founder Debbie Baierlein at (727) 772-0314 or e-mail

    Palm Harbor senior center announces July schedule

    PALM HARBOR -- The July schedule for the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., includes:

    Line-dancing lessons from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The fee is $2 for senior center members and $3 for nonmembers.

    Ceramics classes from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $4 for members and $5 for nonmembers and includes all materials.

    A free afternoon of piano music from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today.

    A country breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 14. Admission is $4.50, $4 for center members and $2 for children younger than 10. The menu includes pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, orange juice and coffee.

    An open house with the Palm Harbor Men's Barbershop Chorus at 7 p.m., July 15. Even if you have no singing experience, this 93-member chorus will teach you to sing barbershop harmony whether you are a bass, tenor, baritone or lead. All are welcome. Call (727) 532-6126 or (727) 773-1792.

    Pneumonia shots from 9 a.m. to noon July 17. The shots will be administered by a registered nurse and is covered by Medicare. Others pay $19. Call 771-6000 to register.

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

    Summer exhibitions open at Leepa-Rattner museum

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Two summer art exhibitions opened last week at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College.

    Summer Press at Vinalhaven is an exhibition of limited edition prints created by Vinalhaven Press in Maine from 1985 to 1991. The exhibition includes work by artists such as Peter Bodnar, Robert Cumming, Charles Hewitt, Robert Indiana, Yvonne Jacquette, Vitaly Komar, Aleksandr Melamid, Robert Morris and Alison Saar.

    Crowd at Grand Hotel consists of 22 monotype images by contemporary Croatian artist Boris Bucan.

    Both exhibits run through Aug. 24.

    The museum's summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum will be closed Sundays during July and August and will resume its usual Sunday hours, 1 to 5 p.m., on Sept. 1. The museum is closed Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children and students with identification. Call (727) 712-5762.

    Harmony Harbor 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 and girls 16 years and older. It is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. The chorus is directed by Denise Helbig. Call (727) 938-7464.

    Project Pet 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.

    Palm Harbor chorus is accepting new members

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Community Chorus is accepting new members during rehearsals from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday 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.

    Resource center offers wide variety of 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.

    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 at 1001 Lora Lane. Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-4003.

    -- 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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