By CONNIE DREW
TAMPA CARROLLWOOD ROTARY CLUB: The Tampa Carrollwood Rotary Club will host its weekly luncheon meeting at 12:15 p.m. Meetings are on Fridays at the Country Club of Carrollwood, 13903 Clubhouse Drive, off N Village Drive. Hillsborough County sheriff's Deputy Jay Mauk will talk about terrorism in 2002. Visitors interested in joining or learning more about the Rotary Club are welcome. Call 968-3302.
SCHOOL FESTIVAL: The Schwarzkopf Elementary PTA will host the annual Bear Fest carnival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and will include games, a petting zoo, pony rides, giant inflatables, barbecue, live music from Busch Gardens' Men of Note and a book fair. Buccaneer cheerleaders will sign autographs from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are four for $1. The school is at 18333 Calusa Trace Blvd. off Dale Mabry Highway. Call 975-6945.
PRACTICE SPELLING BEE: Students in grades 5 though 10 living in the Odessa, Citrus Park and Lutz areas are invited to participate in the Knights of Columbus practice spelling competition at 9 a.m. at the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway, in Land O'Lakes. Word lists are available for pickup Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church. The competition will help prepare students for the Knights' annual district spelling competition scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19. Call Ryan at 996-2783.
BREAST CANCER CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will host a breast cancer conference and workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The 15th annual FACTors (Fighting Against Cancer Together) conference and "New Beginnings" workshop will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 3705 Spectrum Blvd. The keynote speaker will be state Rep. Sara Romeo, D-Lutz, a breast cancer survivor. An "Ask the Experts" panel will be moderated by Sondra Guffey of Bay News 9. A registration fee of $25 includes breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. FACTors is a breast cancer support group of Moffitt in cooperation with the American Cancer Society. Reservations requested; space is limited. Call 1-888-663-3488.
SATURDAY ARTS FOR YOUTH: The Pre-College and Community Outreach Program at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., is offering Saturday Arts For Youth classes. The visual and performing arts classes include Young Actor's Studios, Painting Partners (ages 5-7 with parent), Drawing, Story Writing, Illustration and Origami Works. USF also offers a Community Music Program. Call 974-6989 about fees and schedules.
COMMUNITY TREASURE SALE: The Women's Club of Hunter's Green is sponsoring a Community Treasure Sale from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Residents of the subdivision are encouraged to provide items for the sale. The event will be at Hunter's Green Elementary School, 9202 Highland Oak Drive, off Cross Creek Boulevard, and is open to the public. Proceeds will be donated to local charities. Call Florence at 994-1655.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: Rabbi Birnholz of Congregation Schaarai Zedek will give a special Blessing to the Animals at 1:45 p.m. at the petting zoo at Lowry Park Zoo, 7530 N Boulevard. The event coincides with this week's Torah reading, the story of Noah. Families are invited to feed the animals and show their care and respect for them. Call 876-2377, ext. 206.
MORE BLESSINGS: The fifth annual Blessing of the Animals, sponsored by the St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at dogZone, 14623 N Nebraska Ave., in the Friedel Plaza between Fletcher and Bearss avenues. The community is encouraged to bring furry animals for blessings by Pastor Steven Meggs. Raquel Aluisy, founder of the St. Francis Society, will present opening readings. Dr. Gary Barsch will receive the Veterinarian of the Year award. Pet owners may purchase a candle and St. Francis of Assisi medal for a donation of $10. Call 961-5340.
AND MORE BLESSINGS: Grace Episcopal Church, 15102 Amberly Drive, will have a Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m. The blessings, led by Canon Bob Cain, Vicar of the church, will take place by the outdoor cross behind the church's preschool playground. The free event is open to the public. Call 971-8484.
AARP MEETING: AARP Greater Keystone Chapter No. 3555 will meet at 1 p.m. at Keystone United Methodist Church, 16301 Race Track Road. There will be a short program and the nominations of officers for 2003. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited. Call 920-2586.
TRAFFIC CALMING: Hillsborough County staff will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss traffic calming along Bay Pointe and Lopez drives. The meeting will be at Bay Crest Elementary School, 4925 Webb Road. Call 272-5275.
SPIRITUAL ENERGY EXHIBITION: An exhibition of paintings by I Made Jodog, titled "Spiritual Energy," will be on display in Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave. The exhibition, which captures the spiritual experience of his time here in America, will run from today through Oct. 18. A closing reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Call 974-5464.
FRIENDS OF THE LUTZ LIBRARY: Barbara Cruz, a professor at the University of South Florida, will be the guest speaker at the general membership meeting of the Friends of the Lutz Library. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cruz will discuss the great Mexican painter Frieda Kahlo and identify and explain Kahlo's most famous paintings. Call 264-3800.
CASUAL GOLF: The Newcomers of Carrollwood & NW Hillsborough Club hosts casual golf each Monday followed by lunch. Call Kitty at 792-1055 for tee times and locations.
VISUAL ARTS/FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES: The Division of Professional and Workforce Development Program at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., is offering two noncredit courses taught by professional artists. Visual arts courses for adults and beginners and intermediate foreign language classes will be offered weeknights/days and weekends. Call 974-2403.
BASS WARRIORS: Bass Warriors of Hillsborough County, a B.A.S.S.-affiliated bass club, is seeking members. Bass fishermen interested in joining should meet at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the garden section at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Call 907-7949.
SUNCOAST TOASTMASTERS: Suncoast Toastmasters meets at 6:45 p.m. each Tuesday at Southerland Place, 3401 Bearss Ave. Participants will learn how to become comfortable and confident speaking in public. Call 964-1543.
WOMEN'S CHORUS: The International Champion Toast of Tampa Show Chorus holds rehearsals at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Rehearsals and lessons are at the India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. The 115-member women's chorus sings four-part a cappella music. Call 963-7464.
CARROLLWOOD BUSINESS NETWORKING ASSOCIATION: The Carrollwood Business Networking Association will host its weekly breakfast meeting from 8 to 9:30. Meetings are Tuesdays at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 11810 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call 249-5522.
BALLET FOR DUMMIES: The Center for the Arts Ballet School, 8401 W Hillsborough Ave., offers Ballet for Dummies at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for beginners 16 and older. A free trial class is offered. Call 887-1979.
BIBLE CLASSES: The Book of Hebrews, Minor Prophets! and Understanding Islam will be offered as extension classes of Moody Bible Institute at Calvary Community Church, 4811 George Road. Hank Lindstrom will teach the classes on Tuesdays through Nov. 12. The registration fee is $10; each class is $40. Call 884-4328.
LEIF ERICSON DAY: The Sons of Norway will celebrate Leif Ericson Day at Grace Lutheran Church, 3714 W Linebaugh Ave. Persons of Scandinavian descent, as well as others, are invited to the event, which will include a business meeting at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 and a special Leif Ericson program, "A.D. 1000: Evolution of the Vikings." Mayor Dick Greco has issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday as Leif Ericson Day in Tampa. The cost for dinner is $12 for adults, $5 for children age 5 to 12 and free to those under 5. The deadline for reservations is Monday.
PORCELAIN ARTISTS: The Academy of Modern Porcelain Artists will meet at 9:30 a.m. The club will meet at the Roy Haynes Community Center, 1902 S Village Drive. Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday each month. Call 963-0655.
NEW TAMPA NOON ROTARY: The New Tampa Noon Rotary Club will meet at Circles restaurant in the Pebble Creek Collection on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The group meets at noon each Wednesday. Membership is open to business men and women who live or work in the New Tampa area. Call 631-7790.
LIONS CLUB BINGO: The 4L's Lions Club sponsors a free game for snowbirds on Wednesdays and Fridays. Bring your out-of-state identification. The early bird games start at 6:30 p.m. Quarter bingo begins at 4, and regular bingo starts at 7:15. Games are played at the 4L's Lions Den at Lutz-Lake Fern Road and U.S. 41. Proceeds go to charity. Call Nancy at 949-9179 or 996-6832.
QUALITY BUSINESS NETWORK: The Quality Business Network, a group of network professionals, meets from 7:35 to 8:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Meetings are at Perkins Restaurant on Waters Avenue at Anderson Road. The group meets to strengthen businesses through qualified referrals. Bring business cards to exchange. Call 968-6181.
NORTH EAST TAMPA BPW: Female candidates will hold a panel discussion at the meeting of the North East Tampa Business and Professional Women's Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. The dinner meeting will be at the Pebble Creek Golf and Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive. Panelists will include Democrats Pat Burke and state Rep. Sara Romeo; Republican Jill Collins, who ran unsuccessfully for the state House; and Democrat Pat Frank, who is vying for another term as Hillsborough County commissioner. The candidates will discuss women in politics. The cost for the dinner buffet is $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday. Call 273-8218.
NETWORK OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN: The monthly meeting of the Network of Christian Women will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites on Spectrum Boulevard off Fowler Avenue. The meeting is open to women of all denominations and ages and features an uplifting message, lunch and socializing. The cost for the buffet lunch is $10 which includes tax and tip. The deadline for reservations is Monday.
KEYSTONE HOMEMAKERS CLUB: The Keystone Homemakers Club will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Keystone Park, 17926 Gunn Highway. There will be a bunco game with prizes. The meeting is open to new members of all ages. Call 920-2146.
BRIDGE/CRAFT LUNCHEON: The GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club will host a bridge and craft luncheon at the Land O'Lakes Community Center on U.S. 41. Bridge and crafting will begin at 9:30 a.m. A three-course lunch will be served at noon; the cost is $5. Call 949-1482.
BUSINESS REFERRAL RESOURCE: The Business Referral Resource New Tampa/USF Chapter will meet at 11:45 a.m. Meetings are held on Thursdays at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant at University Mall on Fowler Avenue. Bring business cards. Call Pam at 977-1760.
CARROLLWOOD LIONS CLUB: The Carrollwood Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Le Peep Restaurant, 14366 N Dale Mabry Highway, next to Shell's Restaurant. Call Lyn at 949-7931, Dennis at 235-6309 or Mike at 963-3317.
CRISIS COUNSELORS SOUGHT: The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, 1 Crisis Center Plaza, off Bearss Ave., is seeking volunteers to provide crisis counseling and community referrals. The center maintains a 24-hour hotline, and volunteers also counsel victims of sexual assault. The center provides a safe place to call "when life hurts." No experience is necessary; training is provided. Call 964-1964, ext. 3043.
BALLET, MANNERS CLASSES: The Center for the Arts Ballet School, 8401 W Hillsborough Ave., offers beginner to advanced ballet classes for anyone 3 and older. The school, sponsored by Lutheran Church of Our Savior, also offers manners and etiquette classes. Call 887-1979
SENIOR HELP WANTED: The Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services has a variety of volunteer positions for people 55 and older in its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Positions include openings at American Red Cross at Town & Country Hospital and others in the northwest area. RSVP volunteers are covered by supplemental liability insurance and can receive limited travel and meal allowances. Call Jim at 272-5031.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES: Tampa Jewish Family Services has formed a Jewish Single Parent Steering Committee to oversee the development activities of various committees. Members are needed for the steering committee as well as the Adult Program Committee, the Children's Program Committee, Marketing, Forms, Judaics, Volunteer and Social/Entertainment. The program, featuring a Jewish Single Parent Family Workshop Series, will address issues faced by single-parent families. Call 960-1848.
SPANISH LANGUAGE PERIODICALS SOUGHT: The University of South Florida Tampa Campus Library, 4202 E Fowler Ave., is seeking Spanish language periodicals published in Tampa. Copies of pre-1960s Ybor City/West Tampa periodicals are needed for loan to the library for digitization or photocopying. Through a grant funded by the Florida Humanities Council, the library is building a Latino Tampa Periodicals Web site to preserve the local Spanish culture. Weekly and monthly periodicals from the 1890s to 1950s depicted people in the Latino community at work and play. Call Maggie at 974-4591.
DONATIONS SOUGHT: Century 21 Shaw Realty Group's New Tampa office is accepting donations of school supplies, clothing and toiletries. Donations are for the Oasis Network, a nonprofit volunteer organization that gathers and distributes school supplies to needy children and to the Hillsborough County Emergency Children's Shelter. The most needed items include new children's underwear and socks, new children's sneakers, backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils and crayons, rulers, alarm clocks and toiletries. Items may be dropped off at Century 21's office in Pebble Creek Collection, 19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Suite A-1-2. Call 973-2133.
THE ALPHA COURSE: Van Dyke United Methodist Church, 5620 Lakeside Drive, is offering a free 10-week practical course in the Christian faith. The Alpha Course, designed to answer key questions, is for adults of all ages. Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 7 in Room 210. Each weekly session will include large-group learning time and will end with small-group discussion time and interaction to answer questions about life and God and how they relate. An informal dinner will be served. Child care will be provided upon request. Call Karen at 968-3983, ext. 45.
NEW TAMPA ROTARY CLUB: The club's weekly breakfast meeting is at 7 Oct. 11 in the Palms Room of Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. There will be a club assembly with club business, committee meetings and reports. Membership is open to professional men and women who live, work or have retired to the New Tampa area. Call 273-8221.
GOLF TOURNAMENT PLAYERS SOUGHT: Individuals and corporate teams are being sought to participate in the 18th annual Morning Star School Golf Classic. The event is scheduled to begin with a 12:15 p.m. shotgun start on Oct. 23 at The Tournament Players Club in Lutz, 5300 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road. The cost is $150 per player, $700 for a corporate team and includes lunch, dinner, goodie bag, golf fees and refreshments on the course. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit school for children with learning disabilities. Call 935-0232.
VENDORS SOUGHT FOR CRAFT FAIR: Vendors are being sought for the annual Craft Fair sponsored by Keystone United Methodist Church, 16301 Race Track Road, Odessa. The event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12, will feature craft booths, plants, pumpkins, baked goods, gift baskets and lunch items. There will be outdoor booths and limited indoor vendor space. Indoor space is $45, outdoor booth space is $30. Call Cathy at 920-4772 or the church office at 920-5153.
ARTISTS/CRAFTERS SOUGHT: The Tampa Palms Women's Club is seeking artists and crafters to participate in its 12th annual "Arts & Crafts Under the Palms." The event is scheduled for Oct. 19-20 at City Plaza Shopping Center in Tampa Palms. For an application and details, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Arts & Crafts Show, 16101 Compton Drive, Tampa, FL 33647. Call Deedie at 971-9139.
CRAFTERS/VENDORS SOUGHT: Crafters and vendors are being sought to participate in the "Holidays Under the Oaks" craft show sponsored by the choral department at Sickles High School. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23-24 at Sickles, 7950 Gunn Highway. The cost is $65 per booth for both days. Call 920-8945.
-- Send information to Connie Drew, St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or fax 269-5310. Deadline is two weeks before the event.
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