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    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001

    Bereavement survivor support group begins

    LARGO -- The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast begins a new bereavement survivorship support group this month. It is for those whose spouse died while residing in a nursing home. Sessions will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, from Tuesday through May 1 at The Hospice's chapel, 300 East Bay Drive, Largo.

    Also, a volunteer orientation will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the Hospice's north community service center, 2675 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Then, 18 hours of training will be offered Tuesdays through April 24 in Palm Harbor.

    Another volunteer training class will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 31 at The Hospice's main community service center, 300 East Bay Drive, Largo. For bereavement support group information, call the hospice's Bridges Program, 586-2812. For training, call Kathy Roble, director of volunteer services, 586-4432.

    Literacy Council needs volunteers

    DUNEDIN -- There is a long waiting list of students who need tutors, but there are not enough volunteers. So the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas has set up new training sessions as follows: from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 17, 24 and 31 in the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Free with instruction provided by a grant from Verizon. To sign up or for information, call the Literary Council headquarters, 298-3080, ext. 242.

    Walk, picnic planned for cancer survivors

    SAFETY HARBOR -- Cancer survivors and their families will take part in a walk and picnic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17 at Phillippe Park, 2355 Bayshore Drive N. It's free, but attendees must register by Monday with the Auxiliary of Mease Hospitals at (727) 725-6290.

    Volunteers are 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 is necessary for either program. To sign up or for information, call (727) 538-7460, ext. 3019 or ext. 3192.

    Volunteers sought for new hospice thrift shop

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Volunteers are needed for a new thrift shop Hospice of the Florida Suncoast will open this month at 780 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs. The shop will need cashiers, sorters, pricers, display designers and office support. To volunteer, call Kathy Roble, hospice's director of volunteer services, (727) 586-4432.

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