Leepa-Rattner to offer docent training course

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 30, 2007


The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will offer a docent training course on Fridays from Friday through Nov. 9. The course will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Fine Arts auditorium on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. St. Petersburg College art history instructor Michaela Oberlaender will teach the course, which focuses on 20th century art from Impressionism through Post-modernism.

Prospective docents will receive additional training from the museum's staff after Oberlaender's course.

For information and to register, contact education coordinator Patti Buster at (727) 712-5226. The museum is just west of U.S 19 at 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs campus of St Petersburg College.


Jewish Day School to have art auction

The Pinellas County Jewish Day School will hold a "Hidden Treasures" art auction from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday and will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Meridian Concourse Center at 4400 140th Ave. across the street from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater.

The auction will include professional work from local artists as well as donated work, with prices beginning at $5. Admission to the event is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Wine, beer, cocktails, assorted soft drinks, and light appetizers will be provided. This is an adult's only event.

The rummage sale will include a variety of items priced 50 cents, with many items in the $1 to $5 range. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Pinellas County Jewish Day School. Organizers are seeking donations at this time, especially artwork, as well as toys, books, hats, belts, purses, jewelry, electronics, sports equipment, CD's and videos, shoes, luggage, furniture, houseware items, musical instruments and outerwear.

For information on where to donate items, as well as to volunteer or make a reservation to attend the "Hidden Treasures" Art Auction, call outreach coordinator Mindy Solomon at (727) 588-0100.


Tutors needed to help adults speak English

The Palm Harbor Literacy Council has a waiting list of more than 30 adults seeking tutors who can teach them to read or can help them learn English as a second language. The one-on-one tutoring sessions, which are scheduled at the convenience of the tutor and student, usually last 1 1/2 hours twice a week. All materials are provided by the council at no cost to the student or tutor.

New tutor orientation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11, followed by two teaching sessions from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 20 and Nov. 3, at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 211.


SPCA seeks volunteers to be dog trainers

Animal lovers interested in becoming dog trainers have their chance as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay seeks 30 volunteers for its Family Dog Training Program.

These individuals will have the opportunity to learn training methods implemented by some of the top trainers in the country at no cost. An intense, six-week, hands-on training will be followed by a commitment of volunteer hours.

Trained volunteers will make a difference, increasing adoption rates by building a foundation for good behavior for homeless pets and assist in behavior classes for the public.

Call (727) 586-3591, ext. 127, or apply online at www.SPCATampaBay.org. The deadline to apply is Oct. 13 and space is limited.