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Poets invited to chapter meeting on Saturday

By TIMES WIRES
Published June 12, 2007


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WESLEY CHAPEL

The New River Poets, a chapter of the Florida State Poets Association Inc. will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the New River Academy, 4210 Ernest Drive. Poets, published or not, are invited. The group sponsors a poetry competition and has published an anthology that includes winning poems from the competitions as well as members' own work. Call Verna Thornton at (813) 783-2748.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Teen girls invited to fitness program

The Ladies Workout Express at the Shoppes of Lake Bernadette, 35370 State Road 54, invites girls and women ages 13 to 18 to the free FitTEEN program that runs through Sept. 1. Using resistance training on a circuit of hydraulic machines and rest stations, this 30-minute workout has been developed to get results fast. Call (813) 788-4570.

LAND O'LAKES

Estates winery offers wine festival

A wine festival is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52 near Land O'Lakes. There will be food, barbecue, arts and crafts, music and an opportunity to sample the winery's offerings. Call (813) 996-2113.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Public forum all about insurance

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will have a public forum about insurance changes and optional sinkhole coverage June 26. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions about insurance coverage, including the automatic exclusion of sinkhole coverage for Citizens customers in Pasco and Hernando counties that is to start Sept. 1. The hearing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. For more information, call the offices of state Sen. Mike Fasano at (727) 848-5885 or Rep. John Legg at (727) 869-8600.

Hotel addition on agency's agenda

Officials could decide tonight where to put a 40-room addition to the historic Hacienda Hotel. The Community Redevelopment Agency has three options for the expansion of the city-owned hotel: north into Sims Park, west into the playground area or east into Bank Street. A citizens advisory committee last month recommended the easterly direction, which they said would have the least impact on Sims Park. The team of developers working on the plan have said they cannot afford to rehabilitate the hotel without the construction of additional rooms. The Community Redevelopment Agency, which is made up of City Council members, begins its meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m.

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