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North Pinellas notebook

By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001

Talk on wildlife preserve offered

OZONA -- Pinellas County environmental lands division administrator Craig Huegel will speak to the Ozona Village Improvement Society at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Huegel is scheduled to discuss the 8-acre Ozona Wildlife Preserve, bring residents up to date on the restoration of the preserve now under way and seek feedback from the community on issues such as whether the preserve should have a nature trail.

Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala also is scheduled to attend the meeting, which will be at the Ozona Village Hall, 41 Bay St.

Country breakfast set for Sunday

PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., will serve a country breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. today. Admission is $3.50 for senior center members, $4 for non-members and $1.50 for children under 10. The menu includes danish, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, orange juice and coffee. Call (727) 771-6000 for information.

'Pinocchio' puppet show planned this afternoon

TARPON SPRINGS -- The Frog Prince Puppetry Arts Center will present Pinocchio with hand-carved marionettes at 2 p.m. today at 210 S Pinellas Ave., Suite 158. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Call (727) 942-2222 or (727) 784-6392 for information and reservations.

Former major-leaguer to teach baseball class

PALM HARBOR -- Former Philadelphia Phillies major-leaguer Danny Litwhiler will teach a class on the history of baseball 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday for Eckerd Senior College at the Coral Oaks retirement community, 900 West Lake Road.

Litwhiler began his major-league career in 1940 and set a major-league record for error-free innings in 1942. During World War II, he also served as athletic director for 10,000 troops at Fort Lewis and has been head baseball coach at Florida State and Michigan State universities.

The cost is $35 for members and $55 for non-members.

Carry-out dinner to help homeless animals

TARPON SPRINGS -- Project Pet of Florida will hold a fundraising dinner to help homeless dogs from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the George Washington Ahepa Hall, 20 W Tarpon Ave., just east of Spring Bayou. Admission is $6. The menu includes fried fish and spaghetti with sauteed onions, and carry-out food will be available. Call (727) 934-6986 for tickets or information.

Pulitzer poet to speak at Tarpon Springs Library

TARPON SPRINGS -- Henry Taylor, winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, will speak at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St., at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Taylor is professor of literature and co-director of the MFA program in creative writing at American University. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his third book of poems, The Flying Change.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Call (727) 943-4922 to reserve a space.

Hospice of the Florida Suncoast gives workshops

PALM HARBOR -- The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast will hold a volunteer orientation class and a separate training workshop for caregivers Tuesday at its north community service center, 2675 Tampa Road.

A free caregiver training workshop titled "Living with Chronic Illness" will take place 10 to 11:30 a.m. It will address strategies to help restore a sense of balance and control for the patient and the caregiver. Skills for coping with a chronic illness also will be presented. For information and registration, call (727) 586-4432.

The volunteer orientation will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Hospice volunteers can work in the gift shop, provide patient, family and bereavement support, work with computers, help in the office, speak to groups in the community or help at special events. For information, call director of volunteer services Kathy Roble at (727) 586-4432.

Chiropractor to offer help for the indigent Tuesday

PALM HARBOR -- As part of a nationwide charitable project, chiropractor Kevin Gallagher will treat anyone who cannot afford health care for free Tuesday.

Gallagher is a member of Doctors With A Heart, a non-profit organization that asks doctors to extend free health care to their communities on Valentine's Day. Started in 1986 by a dentist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the program has 15,000 members, including dentists, orthopedists, physicians and chiropractors.

Gallagher's office, Palm Harbor Chiropractic & Wellness Center, is at 2919 Alt. U.S. 19 N, next to Mojo's restaurant. He will take part in the event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call (727) 789-0800 for information.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue offers seat safety checks

PALM HARBOR -- Here's a Valentine's Day idea for parents and their young children: Palm Harbor Fire Rescue will do free safety checks on infants' and children's car seats from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the parking lot of the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

The week of Feb. 11 is National Buckle-Up Week. Last year, surveys revealed a 98 percent rate of misuse in child seats, but the problem has improved significantly in areas where technicians are available to educate parents.

Free concert set Saturday at United Methodist

CLEARWATER -- Radio City Music Hall musicians Fred Davies and George Westner will give a concert of Broadway show tunes, sacred music and pop songs at 7 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Dr.

"These are top-notch, world-class musicians," said Robert Knable, who is the church's music director. Davies and Westner will play the piano, organ and synthesizer.

The program is free and open to the public. An offering will be taken.

Suncoast Orchestra plans marches for February

PALM HARBOR -- The Suncoast Orchestra will play "A Medley of Marches," including operatic, circus and military marches, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St. Admission is $6; $5 for center members. Call (727) 771-6000 for information and reservations.

Women's club elects new executive board members

The HarborSprings Woman's Club of North Pinellas recently elected its executive board for 2001. It consists of president Donna Wyatt, president-elect Beverly Kurpinski, vice president Jan Dees, treasurer Pam Davis, secretary Deborah Heckerd, parliamentarian Carol Bradshaw and past president Rachelle Warmouth.

The club was founded in January 2000 and has grown to 50 members from Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas. The club will sponsor a casino night for charity in November. A similar event last year raised $5,000 for the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast and the Mammography Voucher Program of North Pinellas.

Chambers plan event for March 1

Tickets are available for "Evening Extraordinaire," a joint presentation of the Tarpon Springs and Greater Palm Harbor chambers of commerce. The event will be 6 to 9 p.m. March 1 at the Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, and will feature wine, food and a live and silent auction.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at either chamber. For information and tickets, call the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce at (727) 937-6109 or the Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce at (727) 784-4287.

Speech to focus on county's future

PALM HARBOR -- Pinellas County assistant county administrator Rick Dodge will speak on the future of north Pinellas County, how it relates to business and the role of county government at a Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce business breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

The cost is $6 and the deadline to register is Feb. 16. Call (727) 784-4287 to register.

Literacy program seeks new tutors

PALM HARBOR -- Adult Literacy Tutoring Services at the Palm Harbor Library has more than 50 people waiting for tutoring -- most of them foreign-born university graduates with a basic knowledge of English -- and needs 50 tutors.

A workshop and training session for new tutors will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. The workshop will help new tutors understand and work with materials from the Laubach Literacy System, a worldwide, century-old program to help adults become more proficient in reading, writing and speaking a second language.

Literacy tutoring requires no teaching experience and requires three hours of one-on-one instruction a week.

Anyone interested in tutoring should call (727) 784-3332, ext. 211.

Carwise assistant finalist for award

PALM HARBOR -- Carwise Middle School teacher assistant Penny Kelly is one of 10 finalists for the Pinellas County School District's support employee of the year honor. Kelly is the only finalist for the honor from a north Pinellas school.

But four employees at three other north Pinellas schools were among the 11 semifinalists. They are: Palm Harbor University High School teacher assistant Anne Allen, Palm Harbor University High library media assistant Edna Costa, Ozona Elementary School night foreman Ross Kipp and Oldsmar Elementary School teacher assistant Betty Munford.

The support employee of the year will be announced March 13 and will receive $500.

Sarasota Sailor Circus set for Feb. 18

TARPON SPRINGS -- The Sarasota Sailor Circus, consisting of performers in elementary, middle and high school, will give a show featuring clowns, acrobatics, tricks on skates, bicycles and unicycles, as well as contortion, tumbling and trapeze acts at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 E Pine St. Admission is $8; $6 for center members or students. For information, call (727) 942-5605.

Garden club to meet Monday

PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, at the corner of East Lake Road and Village Center Drive.

Diane Robertson will present a program on "Nature and Music." Guests and new members are welcome. Call (727) 784-7425 for information.

School district seeks more tutors

The Pinellas County School District is looking for volunteers of all ages to give an hour a week tutoring or mentoring struggling students.

In north Pinellas, two schools have particular needs for tutors.

Sutherland Elementary, 3150 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor, has a critical need for a male mentor to work with a third-grade boy with special needs from a single-parent home.

Garrison-Jones Elementary School, 3133 Garrison Road, Palm Harbor, needs mentors for eight Doorways students from third to fifth grade. The students are boys and girls who need a mentor to monitor their progress and encourage them to continue to do well in school. School officials expect that this mentoring would require a minimal time requirement. The school also has a fifth-grade girl who is struggling and needs a mentor.

The school district also has scheduled two training opportunities for volunteers:

A training session on effective mentoring strategies will take place 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 20 in the school district's Area I Office, 525 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor. Attendees are asked to park in the church lot next door.

An elementary reading tutor training session will take place 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at Garrison-Jones Elementary School, 3133 Garrison Road, Palm Harbor.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the school district's community involvement office at (727) 588-6405 or get information at

One-man show on Faulkner planned

TARPON SPRINGS -- Actor and playwright John Maxwell is scheduled to give a one-man show, Oh, Mr. Faulkner, do you write? on the life of Nobel prize-winning author William Faulkner at 8 p.m. Friday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 E Pine St. Admission is $13; $11 for center members or students. For information, call (727) 942-5605.

Police plan car seat giveaway

TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Police Department is giving away Fisher-Price car seats to low-income families for children who weigh 30 to 60 pounds and are 37 to 50 inches tall. The Fire Department can install the seats. For information, call (727) 938-2849.

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