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    North Pinellas briefs

    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001


    Volunteers needed for mentoring programs

    CLEARWATER -- Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers for two of its programs. Linking Lifetimes matches adults 30 and older with a child from a single-parent, low-income home. The Adopt-A-Grandchild program needs adults 55 and older to volunteer at least two to four hours a week for an infant or up to 16 years old.

    No experience necessary for either program. Training is provided by Gulf Coast Community Care, 14041 ICOT Blvd., Clearwater.

    To sign up or for information, call 538-7460, ext. 3019 or ext. 3192.

    Visiting author to review Stowe's 'Mandarin Tales'

    SEMINOLE -- Olav Thulesius, a winter resident of Gulfport, will give a book review on Mandarin Tales written by Harriet Beecher Stowe at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Seminole Community Library, 9199 113th St. N, Seminole. Thulesius also has written on Stowe. Refreshments will be served. The meeting is sponsored by Friends of the Seminole Library. For information, call the library, 397-2112.

    Firehouse museum offers kids' tours

    LARGO -- The Kids Firehouse Museum, 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., (south of Ulmerton Road at 95th Street) in Largo has openings for spring/summer tours for groups of children up to age 10. The firehouse has 11 antique firetrucks and a playground facility. Children are taught fire safety, watch a video and receive free memorabilia. Free admission, but donations accepted. Call 585-1300.

    Series of law classes continues at campus

    CLEARWATER -- You don't have to be a lawyer to learn about the law. The People's Law School, a series of free sessions sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association, continues through May.

    All classes, taught by local judges and/or lawyers, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the teaching auditorium of St. Petersburg Junior College, at 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater.

    People can attend as few or as many sessions as they wish. There is no homework. Seating is limited, but registration not necessary. For information, call 461-4869.

    Here is a schedule:

    • Thursday: Real estate, real property law
    • March 8: Social Security, worker's compensation
    • March 15: Family law (divorce, child custody, child support and adoption)
    • March 22: Insurance, injury law
    • March 29: Employment discrimination
    • April 5: Tax law
    • April 19: Small business and intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright)
    • April 26: Public school law
    • May 3: Consumer law and bankruptcy
    • May 10: Health care, hospital law, nursing home law
    • May 17: Your rights under the Constitution
    • May 24: State and local government law

    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 at those times 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 to 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 the newspaper 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.

    Pilates sessions available at wellness centers

    CLEARWATER -- The Wellness Centers of Morton Plant Mease Health Care offer the Pilates' method of body conditioning. Classes are offered Mondays and Fridays at the Clearwater Wellness Center and Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Palm Harbor Wellness Center.

    Joseph Pilates developed the program, a strengthening and stretching class based on a few repeated control and resistance movements, about 70 years ago. Using six basic principles, including concentration, control, centering, flowing movement, precision and breathing, the classes have been used by numerous ballet companies and theater groups. Free to Wellness Center members; $5 per class for non-members. Call (888) 676-8484.

    Various medical water workouts available

    CLEARWATER -- Micki Nault and her staff offer medically approved programs for adults. They include:

    Aqua Slim classes: Program for muscle tone, flexibility, flat stomach, weight loss and relief of joint stress, 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater; 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Highlander Pool, 903 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin; Biltmore/Eclips Spa (indoor warm water pool), 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair: classes are at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Moms in Motion: A program designed for mothers and mothers-to-be to feel better about their bodies and babies by toning and strengthening exercises. Classes are at 11 a.m. Mondays, Biltmore Eclips Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair.

    For prices and to sign up, call Micki Nault, (727) 442-0618.

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