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April 12, 2003

The rabbit is a symbol of Easter for several reasons. The European spring goddess Eostre is depicted with the head of a hare, and the date of Easter is determined by the moon, which in many cultures is symbolized by the rabbit. From those mythic beginnings came today's Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail. Here are a variety of bunny accessories. Story

No surprise: Seniors not eager for assisted living
Elders cling to the house they're in, a national survey finds, and are willing to add whatever modifications they need to stay there.

Home Front
Briefs and news of note

Community Living: Letter is better than a knock
Question: A group in our park is urging that, when homeowners are in violation of the rules, the manager knock on their doors and discuss the problem with them. What are your thoughts on how the manager should handle violations notices?

Manufactured Housing: Bills would affect owners of manufactured homes
This is a good time for residents of manufactured homes to write to and/or talk with their legislators. Important bills are being considered in the state Legislature now that will affect all manufactured-home owners. Whether you are a permanent or seasonal resident, let your local legislator know how you feel.

HomeBuyer U
TOPIC: "Dream of Home Ownership," daylong seminar on all aspects of home buying; participants receive box lunch and workbook. Sponsor: Tampa Bay Community Development Corp. Where: Ross Norton Community Center, 1426 S Greenwood Ave., Clearwater. When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Cost: Free. Call: (727) 442-7075.

Feng shui tour this weekend
Tour a Feng Shui Home from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The home, at 10223 Estuary Drive in Arbor Greene, on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in New Tampa, has been designed in line with the principles of feng shui, the Chinese art of placement to channel positive energy. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 USF and middle-school students, free ages 12 and younger. Tour benefits the USF Preschool for Creative Learning. Info: (813) 974-5239.

Drop in to visit the Old Southeast
Nine homes will be open for viewing in this tour of a diamond-in-the-rough neighborhood.

House Values
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The ABCs of mulch

Don't know much about mulch? Here are some guidelines.

'Tis the season for garden events
A bumper crop of festivals and flower shows crowds the calendar this month.

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