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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 15, 2001


CARROLLWOOD/NORTHDALE/ODESSA

Ongoing art, craft classes offered

Ongoing classes and workshops will be taught by different instructors at Jo-Ann etc, 12635 Citrus Plaza Drive, across from Citrus Park Town Center. The first-quarter classes will run through April and will include cake decorating, brass stencil embossing, wedding design workshop, portrait drawing, knitting, elements of entertaining workshop, hand-painted teapot, quilting and floral design. There is also a Kids Saturday Series offered. Registration is closed 24 hours before each class. Call (813) 792-2287.

NEW TAMPA/UNIVERSITY/LUTZ

'Remembering World War II' set

The University Community Hospital SeniorCare Program will sponsor a free program, "Remembering World War II," from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 22. Gary Morimino, of the University of South Florida's History Department, will present the program focusing on the history and ramifications of World War II and the global, social and political impact that still exists. The program will be at UCH-Medical Center, 3100 E Fletcher Ave. For information, call (813) 615-7300.

Forensic engineer to speak

David Root, forensic engineer for SEA Inc., will be the guest speaker at the next weekly breakfast meeting of the New Tampa Rotary Club. The meeting will be held in the Palms Room at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., at 7 a.m. Feb. 23. Root will speak on the topic of fire investigation. Membership is open to business and professional men and women who live or work in the New Tampa area. Call (813) 907-0215.

RUSKIN/SUN CITY CENTER

Big band rehearsals scheduled

Residents of Sun City Center and musicians are invited to attend the weekly rehearsals of the Sun City Center Big Band. Rehearsals are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays at Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. Call (813) 634-7659.

TAMPA

AAUW book group to meet tonight

The Tampa Branch of the American Association of University Women has formed a new book/dinner group for its younger and older working members and retirees. The group will meet at 5:45 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble Bookstore -- Tampa, 213 N Dale Mabry Highway. A program will be presented on "Volunteerism -- Where and Why?" Also, the Bridge Group of the North Tampa branch meets on the third Tuesday each month at various locations. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. For location, call Marian at (813) 932-3691. Membership to AAUW is open to graduates with a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Dues are $58 for the North Tampa branch and $60 for the Tampa branch. For information, call Adele at (813) 932-6902.

Free wheelchairs available

People 65 and older and thoses who are permanently disabled may qualify for free wheelchairs. Power wheelchairs will be made available through the Senior Wheels Program USA. Call (800) 246-6010.

'Upstairs/Downstairs' performances set

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sundays through May 27. The short theatrical vignettes will take a step back in time to the late Victorian era and the early 20th century. Take a behind-the-scenes visit with the staff and guests of the Tampa Bay Hotel based on research of former staff members of the hotel. The award-winning production, featuring a different single character for each performance, will be at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. The characters will include the following: Arthur Schleman, a hunting guide in 1895, played by John Snell; Otis Freeman, "The Bishop," a head waiter in 1905, played by Donald Polk; Maggie, a laundress in 1920, played by Gloria Bailey; Pauline "Polly" Smith-Jones, a telegraph operator in 1913, played by Barbara Eaker; and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, a hotel guest and first lady in 1901, played by Nonie White. Actors schedule subject to change. All performances are open to the public with museum donation. The suggested donation is $5 per adult and $3 for children under 12. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The production received the nation's most prestigious honor from the American Association for State and Local History. For information, call (813) 254-1891, ext. 23.

- Information about meetings and events can be sent to Connie Drew, the St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or faxed to 226-3352. The deadline is two weeks before the event.

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