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Kiddie program revamped

By LORRIE LYKINS
Published September 27, 2006


INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The Indian Rocks Beach Kiddie Club is reopening on Saturday with an open house after a special summer hiatus.

The club offers classes and special events for parents and children, ages 6 months to 5 years. Offerings include birthday and theme parties, Mom's Morning Out events and classes on topics from art and sign language to cooking.

The children's program is run by the North Beaches branch of the YMCA of the Suncoast and Calvary Episcopal Church donates the space, said Terry Hamilton-Wollin of the YMCA.

"We've been here for about three years now and we realized that there really is a need for this type of program, so we closed for the summer to completely revamp it," she said.

A consultant was brought in to assess the services offered and retool programs to better meet the needs of families in the area, she said.

Saturday's event will run 10 a.m. to noon at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St., Indian Rocks Beach. Fees and schedules for the classes and programs vary. Information: Terry Hamilton-Wollin at 595-5610.

Madeira Beach

Have a thing for foreign films? The Gulf Beaches Public Library's Foreign Film Movement selection for October is Aaltra, a Belgian black and white movie about two feuding men who come to blows and are run over by a tractor, leaving both paralyzed. Rather than feeling sorry for themselves, the paraplegics take to the road, redirecting their frustration at the folks they meet on the way to Helsinki, a journey they make to lay siege to the company that manufactured the fateful tractor.

The showing with be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the library, 200 Municipal Drive.

St. Pete Beach

The joint meetings of the Planning and Historic Preservation Boards have been changed to evening hours. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 155 Corey Ave.

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Looking for a volunteer opportunity? The semiannual beach cleanup needs volunteers at both Upham and Pass-a-Grille beaches on Oct. 21. The events run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Organizers will provide gloves, bags, pickers and refreshments. Information: Call Mary-Jo at 363-2146.

Treasure Island

The Island Community Theatre is taking its show on the road. The group will present last season's hit, Driving Miss Daisy, at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Shimberg Playhouse for a special engagement with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available online at www.tbpac.org or by phone at 1-800-955-1045. For more information about the theater group, visit www.island communitytheatre.com.

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The Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Middle Grounds Grill, 10925 Gulf Blvd. Information: 360-4121.

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Join the Treasure Islettes bingo game Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at Treasure Island City Hall. Information: 367-9223 or 363-3165.

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