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    © St. Petersburg Times, published February 5, 2001


    It’s time to apply for Helping Hands grants

    CLEARWATER -- For the 11th year, the GFWC Clearwater Junior Woman's Club will award Helping Hands Community Grants to area charitable organizations. The grants, for up to $2,500, are awarded in the areas of the arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs and public affairs.

    In the past 10 years, the Junior Woman's Club has awarded more than $143,000 in grants through its annual fundraiser, Christmas Under the Oaks. The application deadline is Feb. 23. They can be obtained by sending an e-mail to ebkagan@earthlink.net or by calling 723-0888.

    Red Cross schedules tea dance at Harborview

    CLEARWATER -- The North Pinellas branch of the Tampa Bay chapter, American Red Cross, will hold its second annual holiday tea dance from noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Harborview Center in downtown Clearwater.

    Frank Parsons and the Royal Floridian Orchestra will entertain and ballroom dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio will give an exhibition. Substantial hors d'oeuvres, coffee and tea will be served. Brendan McLaughlin, Channel 28 news anchor, is master of ceremonies. There will also be a bake sale and prizes.

    Proceeds will help the Red Cross -- which is not a government agency -- provide such services as free transportation to medical appointments; teaching first aid, CPR and other health and safety courses; disaster relief services, international tracing and handling emergency communications between members of the armed forces and their families.

    Tea dance tickets are $12 per person; $20 per couple. Table sponsorships are also available. To sign up, call 446-2358. Or, visit the North Pinellas branch's new offices, 2481 Sunset Point Road.

    Classes focus on making boaters smarter

    PALM HARBOR -- Learn it for the first time or brush up on Florida's boating laws and safety practices at the next series of "Boat Smart" classes for sailors or power boaters. Sponsored by the Anclote Key Sail and Power Squadron, the sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. for four Wednesdays in February including Wednesday, Feb. 14, 21 and 28 at Baywood Village clubhouse, 309 Westwinds Drive, Palm Harbor. There is a $15 textbook fee. Call Chris Hagberg at 934-7500 or Jo Chapin at 938-0857.

    Pediatric clinic open on Wednesdays

    CLEARWATER -- Every Wednesday, between 9 a.m. and noon, the Clearwater Free Clinic offers a special pediatric clinic for children not covered by private health insurance or government-assisted programs. The clinic's family practice nurse practitioner and a pediatrician are available to see patients between the ages of 2 and 18. The nurse practitioner's services are made possible by a grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation. For a pediatric appointment, call the Clearwater Free Clinic at 447-3041.

    For early risers, a chance to exercise

    LARGO -- Start your day with exercise in a program sponsored by the Largo Recreation and Parks Department at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-7:30 a.m., instructor Janis Scot will lead participants through a vigorous program of stretching, toning and strengthening exercises. The class is offered on a drop-in basis at $2.25 per class with a resident card, or $2.75 without a card. For information, call 518-3125.

    Fitness training orientations scheduled

    LARGO -- Orientations for a fitness training program conducted by Eugene Shuhayda are being offered free from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road.

    Fitness training sessions are by appointment and cost $18 per hour with a recreation card or $20 without a card. For information, call 587-6725 or 559-8855.

    Senior agency looking for volunteer drivers

    Can you drive a van? Or visit someone who needs companionship? Neighborly Senior Services, which is based in Clearwater but serves Pinellas County, is looking for volunteers to drive seniors to and from doctor appointments. NSS also needs volunteers to go into seniors' homes to socialize, read newspapers or books to them, sort mail and possibly go grocery shopping for them. To volunteer, call Pat Hofstadter, NSS volunteer coordinator, at 573-9444, ext. 291.

    Bingo games return to St. Dunstan's church

    LARGO -- Tuesday bingo games sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10094 and its Ladies Auxiliary have returned to St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 10888 126th Ave. N. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon by the auxiliary. Every Tuesday, one game benefits the de Paul School for Dyslexia. The bingo games are smoke-free events. For information, call 596-8959 or 585-9094.

    Help hospice libraries by buying a book

    CLEARWATER -- Several area bookstores are co-sponsoring a Books for the Hospice project to help supply libraries in hospice's four service centers in Pinellas County.

    Books needed are those dealing with end-of-life issues and bereavement. Also, the libraries are looking for books on alternative/complementary therapies to help those with chronic and serious illnesses.

    The bookstores have a list of about 150 books the hospice needs. Patrons can select the book or books they wish to purchase from the list and donate to the hospice. Stores include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23654 U.S. 19 N; B. Dalton Bookseller, Countryside Mall; and Waldenbooks, Countryside Mall and Clearwater Mall. The book drive will continue throughout 2001. For information, call 586-4432.

    Jazz band seeking various new players

    Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band is accepting musicians 12 years old or younger to play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar or bass and to sing. Beginners will be considered. For information, please call 725-1788.

    Clearwater food pantry needs extra hands

    The Religious Community Services Pantry needs volunteers to help sort food on Saturdays. Volunteers are also welcome during the week. The pantry, at 210 S Ewing St., Clearwater, serves about 2,000 families. For information, call 443-4031.

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