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Shop, save and help children with cancer

Published October 22, 2004

TAMPA - Cards are on sale for the Shop 'Til You Drop shopping spree Oct. 29-Nov. 7 to benefit the Children's Dream Fund and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

The $50 cards offer a 20-percent discount at more than 250 retailers and restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, including at Old Hyde Park Village, WestShore Plaza and throughout South Tampa.

Cards are available at several local stores. For a list of locations and participating merchants, call the Children's Dream Fund at (727) 896-6390 or the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (813) 269-0955.

Council approves zoning change for condos, stores

DOWNTOWN - The Tampa City Council last week approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for a 381-unit condominium project with 14,000 square feet of retail and office space at the southeast corner of Ashley and Polk streets.

Novare Group of Atlanta and Tampa's Intown Group plan to build the 31-story tower on land currently owned by TECO energy, which has a parking lot and garage on the property next to its downtown headquarters.

The one- and two-bedroom units will range in price from $170,000 to $275,000. They will feature granite counter tops, 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, reserved parking and upscale fitness and community centers. Each will have 900 to 1,350 square feet.

It is the first major residential project on the north end of downtown. Construction is scheduled to begin next year and finish by the end of 2006.

Financial seminars help families plan for the future

TAMPA - UBS Financial Services is sponsoring three investment seminars for families looking to save money for the future.

"Smart Couples Finish Rich" will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 11 at Malio's Steakhouse, 301 S Dale Mabry Highway. Financial adviser Trevor Gould and Albert Thompson of Van Kampen Investments will lead the seminar.

"Planning for the Costs of Higher Education" will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at Wright's Gourmet House, 1200 S Dale Mabry Highway. Gould will discuss money-saving funding alternatives for education.

Reservations are required. Call 227-2897 or visit

Meet city employees and have some fun at fair

MACFARLANE PARK - Get to know your government at the City of Tampa Neighborhood Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at MacFarlane Park's Barksdale Recreation Center, 1801 N Lincoln Ave.

The fair will feature live entertainment, prizes, giveaways, children's arts and crafts, and Tampa police and fire rescue equipment. City employees will be available to answer questions. The first 1,000 visitors will receive tote bags.

HARTline will run free shuttles every 30 minutes from the Marion Transit Center in downtown, the University Area Transit Center in North Tampa and the NetPark Transit Center in East Tampa.

For information, call 274-8152 or visit

Two Florida writers on hand to sign books

TAMPA - Florida authors Bob Morris and Christine Kling next week will visit Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., to promote their new books.

Winter Park journalist and travel writer Morris will read and sign Bahamarama, his suspense novel debut, at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

South Florida suspense writer Kling will visit Inkwood at 7 p.m. Thursday with her latest, Cross Current. The book follows a Fort Lauderdale tugboat captain in his quest to uncover a murder.

Musical performance rescheduled after storms

TAMPA - Canceled due to Hurricane Jeanne, Musical Curiosities: Parlor Song Treasures from the Tampa Bay Hotel Era has been rescheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd.

Soprano Yvonne Rene Dechance and pianist Tara Richards Swartzbaugh will perform favorite songs from the 1890 to 1930.

A $5 donation is requested. For reservations, call 254-7304.

Pianist to perform free concert at church

DOWNTOWN - As part of the University of Tampa's Music Events series, pianist Solon Pierce will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church, 509 N Florida Ave.

The recital will include works from composers Percy Grainger, George Gershwin, Gabriel Faure and other greats.

For information, call David Isele at 253-3333, ext. 3344.

Spoken word show will take aim at TV ads

YBOR CITY - presents Spoke!, a spoken word show, from 8 to 10 p.m. today at Romeo's Studio 1515 Coffee House, 115 E Seventh Ave.

Casey Mensing, Melissa Fair and Manny Leto will do readings., a "culture jamming" group which aims at reversing manipulation by advertisements and television, will give commercial interpretations.

For information, visit or e-mail

[Last modified October 21, 2004, 13:22:09]

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