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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001


USF celebrates Black History Month

The University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., is sponsoring several events in celebration of Black History Month. The events include the following: African-American Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza; The History of Gospel Music Play at 7 p.m. Sunday in Cooper Hall, Room 103; the Gospel Explosion at 7 p.m. Tuesday; and The Hurricane movie on the lawn at Crescent Hill at 9 p.m. Wednesday. All events are free and open to the public. For information, call (813) 974-3589.

MacArthur gallery hosts artist reception

MacArthur Galleries, 100 E Madison St., will host an artist reception for Pat Boyer and Angela Oliveira from 6 to 9 p.m. today. The exhibit "In Perfection: Filling the Void" will be on display through March 10. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (813) 221-5343.

University Women’s group to meet

The American Association of University Women-Tampa Branch's Prose, Poetry and People Group will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday. The meeting will be held at University Village, 12401 N 22nd St. There will be a slide presentation by Joyce Ellsworth of her trip to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Lunch will be served. Cost is $9. Checks should be made payable to Maude Williams and sent to: Joyce Ellsworth, 11707 N 22nd St., Tampa, FL., 33612. For information, call (813) 971-6731.

Evensong to perform at Episcopal church

The Girls' Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Evensong of Indianapolis, will perform at St. John's Episcopal Church, 906 S Orleans Ave. The 30-voice choir is performing as part of the St. John's 2000-2001 Music Series at 4 p.m. Sunday. Evensong is under the direction of Frederick Burgomaster, organist/choirmaster, and Alistar Reid, assistant organist/choirmaster. The choir has toured nationally and internationally and has recorded three compact discs. The public is invited; nursery care will be provided. For information, call (813) 259-1570.

African-American men’s health forum set

The second annual African-American Men's Health Forum, sponsored by the Florida Education Network, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The free, health education event will be held at Hillsborough Community College -- Dale Mabry Campus. Screenings will be provided for prostate cancer, colon cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Medical professionals will address risk issues, the importance of early detection and treatments, as well as many other health issues. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Les Brown, motivational speaker and prostate cancer survivor, will speak during lunch. The health forum, a collaborative community partnership with hospitals, health care providers, churches and community organizations, provides information about major health issues affecting men's health. For information, call (813) 806-2800.

Author shares samples from cookbook

Brita Housez will appear at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday. Housez will sign copies of her cookbook Tofu Mania: Add Tofu to 120 of Your Favorite Dishes and share samples of her recipes that incorporate the soy ingredient into everything from quesadillas to carrot cake. For information, call (813) 253-2638.

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

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