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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001

Al-Najjar to speak at club's luncheon

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mazen Al-Najjar, a former University of South Florida professor recently freed after three years in jail without trial or charges, will speak at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon Wednesday.

The noon luncheon is at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Reservations should be made by 10 a.m. Monday. Call 822-1001.

Flags available through Department of State

Both State of Florida and United States flags are available through the Department of State. Costs vary according to size and materials used. You may also have your flag flown over the Florida Capital at no additional charge. Call (850) 488-1802 or write Wilma Shouse, Florida Department of State, Bureau of General Services, 430 E Gaines St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250.

Goodwill seeks donations of children's books

Goodwill Industries Suncoast Inc. is seeking donations of new or used books in good condition for their "Bookworks" program, in which children are read to by volunteers and given a free book. Donations may be taken to Goodwill at either 10596 Gandy Blvd. or 7601 Park Blvd. For information, or to locate additional drop-off sites for donations, call 523-1512, ext. 223.

Recreation department offers scrapbook classes

TREASURE ISLAND -- The city's recreation department is planning to offer photo scrapbook classes with Creative Memories beginning in March.

An introductory class is scheduled for Friday, 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m., in the City Hall auditorium, 120 108th Ave. The fee is $10.

Creative Memories also offers classes on making photo-safe scrapbooks. Students can learn techniques for organizing, cropping, layout, mounting and writing journal entries. Supplies are available from Susan Harvey, a Creative Memories Consultant.

Ongoing workshops also are being offered in four-hour sessions. Participants will have the space and time to complete scrapbook albums while receiving personal assistance from consultants.

The workshops are scheduled for:

  • March 30: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Center, 1 Park Place; 6-11 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium, 120 108th Ave.
  • April 20: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Center; 6-11 p.m., City Hall auditorium.
  • May 11: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Center.
  • May 18: 6-11 p.m., City Hall auditorium.

The fee for the ongoing workshops is $15.

For information or to register for the class or workshops, call Harvey at 367-3497 or the Treasure Island Recreation Department at 547-4575.

Recycled cans, newspaper benefit program

St. Paul United Methodist Church offers a newspaper and aluminum can recycling depot at the church's Christian Life Enrichment Center, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. The bins will be located on the northeast corner of the Rosery Road and Highland Avenue intersection. Proceeds from recycled materials will benefit Handicapable Ministry, a non-profit outreach program for devolpmentally disabled persons. Call 584-8165.

Bridge to be closed for yearly repairs

TREASURE ISLAND -- The Causeway Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11 p.m. March 5 to 5 a.m. March 6. The closing will not affect boat traffic.

The bridge will be closed for repairs to the nose locks and to the alignment. The nose locks are two hydraulic cylinders with large steel pins that keep both spans of the bridge tight and locked when lowered. Work is done yearly to tighten the locks and prevent the spans from moving when heavy trucks cross the bridge.

Artifacts, old photos, postcards sought of hotel

ST. PETE BEACH -- The Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa invites the community to share its history. As part of an $18-million renovation, the Don is looking to create a permanent exhibit. Hotel officials are searching for artifacts, photos, postcards, stories and any information about this national historic landmark. For donations or inquiries, contact Susan Armstrong at 363-5077 and leave a message.

Homeowners group holds annual flea market

TREASURE ISLAND -- The Sunshine Beach Homeowners Association will hold its annual flea market at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 1 Park Place. Table rentals are $10. Call 367-1282.

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