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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 17, 2001


Author to speak at Carrollwood bookstore

"An Interview with Dan Pekarek," author of The Ultimate Adventure, will be presented at Barnes & Noble Bookstore-Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway at 7 p.m. Friday. Pekarek, a supporter of space exploration, will discuss his story that has its origins from his childhood, his fascination with astronomy and his dreams about life on other planets. For information, call (813) 962-6446.

Deadline today for DAR annual luncheon

The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its annual luncheon at the Sun City Center Hotel on N Pebble Beach Boulevard at State Road 674. Doris Weatherford, historian and author of several books on women and war, will be the featured speaker at the noon luncheon Wednesday. The cost is $12. Reservations are required; deadline is today. Members, members of other DAR chapters and anyone interested in joining DAR are invited. For information or reservations, call Betty at (813) 634-8206.

Entries sought for village competition

Entries are being sought for the Adult Neighborhood Village Competition, which is part of the Strawberry Festival in Plant City. The following departments are included in the competition: needlework, knitting and crocheting, sewing, needlework pictures, toys, heritage arts and genealogy, food preservation, baking, and cake decorating. Specific entries can be submitted from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruskin Branch Library, One Dickman Drive, or St. Mary's Catholic Church, 15520 N Boulevard. Some entries will be accepted from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Neighborhood Village on the festival grounds in Plant City. Baking entries will be accepted from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Neighborhood Village. There are no entry fees. For information or a copy of competition rules, call (813) 224-8708.

USF sponsors ‘Mini-Med School 2001’

The University of South Florida College of Medicine will sponsor its "Mini-Med School 2001" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 27 hosted by the college's dean, Robert M. Daugherty. The free series of presentations will be held in Ferguson Hall at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 WC MacInnes Place N. The opening session will focus on physician-patient relationships, including how universities are teaching medical students to communicate as caring and compassionate physicians. The second session will illustrate how physicians and scientists translate laboratory research into new treatments. Speakers will include some of the college's outstanding clinicians, researchers and teachers. For information or to register, call (813) 974-3300.

Good health lecture planned for Tuesday

Barbara Lee Wabi will present a free lecture, "Good Health For Your Heart," from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The lecture will be held at Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave. Wabi will lecture on the following topics: how to improve your cardiovascular profile, natural ways to improve problems with the heart, alternative therapies to drugs to improve cardiac health, how to avoid heart disease, and holistic treatments for the health of your heart, including exercise, dietary modifications, supplements and chelation. For information, call (813) 873-7428.

University of Tampa support group to meet

The Chiselers, a support group of the University of Tampa, will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Grand Salon at UT, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. All charter, past presidents, active, contributing and honorary associate members are invited. Also, the board of directors will meet Monday at the home of Joan Garrison. The group's purpose is to improve, beautify and restore the Henry B. Plant Hall. For information, call Doris at (813) 286-7158.

ESCOT to have annual breakfast meeting

The Executive Service Corps of Tampa Bay Inc. (ESCOT) will host its annual breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. ESCOT will present its fifth-annual Executive Director of the Year (EDY) award. David Odahowski, president and CEO of the Edyth Charitable Foundation, will be the guest speaker. The event will be at the Wyndham Westshore Hotel, 4860 W Kennedy Blvd. ESCOT provides volunteer consulting services to assist non-profit organizations. The EDY award recognizes the significant accomplishments of executive directors of non-profits in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The cost is $35 for individual tickets and $300 for corporate table sponsorship. For information, call Betsey at (813) 282-1188.

- 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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