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College night features details on 100 schools


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 4, 2001

EAST LAKE -- Spring is when high school seniors begin receiving college acceptance notices, but many have not yet made up their minds about which college to attend. An event Tuesday evening might help make their decisions easier.

More than 100 representatives from colleges and universities throughout the country will be at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, for College Night.

The event provides an opportunity for high school students and their parents to gather information on college programs, discuss financial aid options and ask questions.

"This is a perfect way for them to get information from all over the country," said Claire Walker, East Lake High's PTA president, "and it's open to any high school student in North Pinellas County."

Walker says the event, which is in its fourth year, is popular not only with seniors, but with students in the ninth through 11th grades as well.

"About 2,000 people attended the event last year," Walker said. "It is the only college fair in North Pinellas County."

College night runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call Walker at (727) 786-5839.

Club offers grants to non-profit groups

PALM HARBOR -- The GFWC Palm Harbor Junior Woman's Club will award 10 grants of up to $1,000 to qualified non-profit organizations that serve North Pinellas.

Interested organizations can pick up application packets in the vestibule of the Palm Harbor Library or get an application online at The application deadline is April 2. Grants will be awarded May 23.

Send questions by email to or fax to (727) 781-4725.

Group for people with facial pains meets

TARPON SPRINGS -- A Tampa Bay support group of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association is scheduled to meet from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Helen Ellis Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave.

An estimated half-million people in the United States suffer from various facial pains related to accidents, disease, genetic conditions, dental work and other causes. The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association is a national organization with more than 11,000 members.

For information, call Rohn Harmer at (813) 949-2879 or email

Local swing band plays at library today

PALM HARBOR -- The Endangered Species Swing Band, consisting of nine local former big-band musicians, will play at 3 p.m. today in the community room of the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Community center presents free movie

TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., will show the movie What Lies Beneath free at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Call (727) 942-5628 for information.

Accomplished writer speaks at library

TARPON SPRINGS -- Poet and University of South Florida writer-in-residence Peter Meinke will visit the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St., at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Meinke, who directed the writing workshop at Eckerd College for 27 years, has published 12 books of poetry, including Zinc Fingers, which won the 2000 Southeast Booksellers Association award for poetry. His poems and stories have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, and his honors include the Flannery O'Connor Award for his short story collection, The Piano Tuner.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Afternoon tea will be served. Call (727) 943-4922 to reserve a space.

Senior activities center hosts two dances

PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., will hold two dances this week.

On Tuesday, the center will hold a tea dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. with big band music from the Russ Ramsey Trio. Tickets are $6; $5 for center members.

On Friday, the center will host a Mardi Gras dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Russ Ramsey Orchestra will entertain and will play a tribute to Louis Armstrong. Tickets are $7; $6 for center members.

Coffee and dessert will be served at both events. Call (727) 771-6000 for information.

Tea and quilting demonstration planned

PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Historical Society and the Palm Harbor Historical Museum will hold an English tea on Saturday at the museum, at the corner of Curlew and Belcher roads.

There will be two sittings, one from 2 to 3 p.m. and one from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

During the tea, teacher and lecturer Melba Rilott of Palm Harbor will be in Victorian costume demonstrating various quilting techniques, including English paper piecing, dimensional applique and crazy patch.

There will be room for 60 people at each sitting. For reservations, call (727) 781-4670.

Church holds its annual rummage sale

TARPON SPRINGS -- The Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., will hold its annual "New to You" sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The sale includes clothing, housewares, jewelry, dishes, furniture and tools. Lunch will be served Friday, and baked goods will be for sale.

Middle school seeks male mentor for boy

PALM HARBOR -- Carwise Middle School, 3301 Bentley Drive, needs a male mentor to help an eighth-grade boy who has difficulty with classwork. Volunteers work an hour a week tutoring and mentoring struggling students.

The school district also has scheduled sessions on effective mentoring strategies from 9 to 11 a.m. March 22 and April 17 at the district's Area I Office, 525 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor. Attendees are asked to park at the church next door. On March 27, the school district will conduct a training session for elementary reading tutors from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lake St. George Elementary School, 2855 County Road 95, Palm Harbor.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the school district's community involvement office at (727) 588-6405 or get information at

Guests welcome at garden club meeting

PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. March 12 at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, at the corner of East Lake Road and Village Center Drive.

Curt Sinclair of Ellenton will talk on "Fun Growing the Hibiscus."

Guests and new members are welcome. Call (727) 784-7425 for information.

Hospice begins volunteer training classes

PALM HARBOR -- Hospice of the Florida Suncoast begins volunteer training classes March 13 at its north community service center, 2675 Tampa Road.

A volunteer orientation will take place from 9 a.m. to noon March 13. Volunteer training classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on the following Tuesdays through April 24. Hospice volunteers can work in the gift shop; provide patient, family and bereavement support; work with computers; help in the office; speak to groups in the community; or help at special events. For information, call director of volunteer services Kathy Roble at (727) 586-4432.

Seminar explores heart problem, therapy

TARPON SPRINGS -- At 10 a.m. March 15, Helen Ellis Hospital will hold a free seminar on a specialized treatment for angina, the chest pain that signals that the heart is not getting enough oxygen because of diminished blood supply.

Cardiologist Norman S. Abbott will discuss enhanced external counterpulsation, a non-surgical therapy for angina. EECP is a procedure that applies leg pressure that is timed to a brief interval between heart beats. Studies have shown that the therapy improves symptoms and exercise test results in patients with chest pain due to heart disease.

Call (727) 943-3600 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to make reservations, which are required.

Soccer league registers players for game

The Oldsmar Youth Soccer Association is accepting applications for the inaugural Outlaws Roundup Tournament March 17 and 18 in Oldsmar, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. Applications will be accepted through Friday.

Association vice president Chris Lindquist said that 60 teams, with players from 8 through 16, have registered for the tournament to date. He expects a total of 70 teams to compete.

Registration closes March 15 for the Oldsmar association's spring recreational soccer season. Registrations will be held Tuesday, Thursday, March 13 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Canal Park.

The cost to participate is $55. Soccer cleats and shin guards are required. More than 450 children ages 4 through 14 participate in the program.

Registration for the spring season of adult co-ed recreational soccer will begin the last week of March. Thirty-two teams compete in the league, which plays on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at Canal Park.

The spring season will begin in April and run through the end of June.

For more information on Oldsmar youth soccer, call (727) 772-7554.

Local author to discuss, sign her books

EAST LAKE -- Local author Theresa Sandberg-Arnston, who goes by the pen name Catherine Arnold, will be a guest at the April meeting of the East Lake Community Library Book Club.

Sandberg-Arnston lives in Palm Harbor and has written four books, Wrongful Death, Imperfect Justice, Due Process and Class Action.

The lead character in the novels is Karen Perry-Mondori, who is a Pinellas County defense attorney. Extensive references to North Pinellas locations are made throughout the books.

The author will lead a discussion and sign books on April 19 at 7 p.m. The discussion is part of a monthly book club series offered at the library. On March 21, the group will discuss In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. On May 16, the selection is An Hour Before Daylight by President Jimmy Carter.

The library is at 4125 East Lake Road. For information, call 789-4384.

14th annual Ladies Golf Classic benefits UPARC

EAST LAKE -- The 14th annual UPARC Ladies Golf Classic will be held April 26 at Cypress Run Golf Club.

Teams are grouped by skill level in the best-ball handicap event. The two best scores will be recorded for each team of four. A shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $95. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Children.

Cypress Run Golf Club is at 2669 Cypress Run Blvd. For registration or sponsorship information, call (727) 797-8712.

Young artist's work will hang in Washington, D.C.

TARPON SPRINGS -- Melissa Behrle of Countryside High School took best of show honors at the recent annual art competition for high school students in U.S. congressional District 9. Behrle won $100 and the privilege of having her art framed and displayed in the congressional tunnel in Washington, D.C., for the next year.

The show was cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs, the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center and the Leepa-Rattner Museum.

Awards of merit, which carried $50 prizes, went to Chris Chapman and Michael Kovalchick of Tarpon Springs High School and Rob Steger of East Lake High School. Honorable mention went to Tim Ferris and Jason Lyon of Gulf High School, Amanda Book of Hudson High School, Janna Worsham of Tarpon Springs High School and Jonathan Hobbs of Countryside High School.

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