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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 15, 2001


BRANDON/VALRICO

Portrait artist to present program

Carol Karow, a pastel portrait artist, will present a program at the next meeting of the Brandon League of Fine Arts. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Karow will give a demonstration of live model drawing and sketching. Bring supplies to sketch and draw. New members are welcome to the free meeting. Call (813) 685-1627.

NEW TAMPA/UNIVERSITY/LUTZ

'A Night to Remember' scheduled

The Terry Myers Band will provide musical entertainment at "A Night to Remember" at 7 p.m. March 24. The evening of dining and dancing will be at Das Festhaus Restaurant at Busch Gardens on Busch Boulevard. The event is hosted by the College of Business Administration at the University of South Florida. Busch Gardens entertainers will also perform a skit. Prize drawings will feature a fishing trip for eight on Bill Currie's boat On Course, a trip for two to Beaver Creek, Colo., courtesy of Linda Miller and Mitch Lee, with air fare provided by Continental Airline, and a trip for two, courtesy of Bay Area Travel, to the winner's choice of one of five European cities. Tickets are $100 per person. Patron level sponsorship available (includes four tickets) is $1,000, and a patron table (includes 10 tickets) is $1,500. For information or reservations, call (813) 974-5176.

Students present open-air performance

Students ages 6-12 of The Grove Theatre Acting Studio will present a free open-air performance from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday The performance will be presented at the Lutz Railroad Depot on Lutz-Lake Fern Road at U.S. 41, across from the Lutz Branch Library. The show will feature scenes developed through improvisation, short extracts from plays and monologues. The students also will demonstrate some of the acting exercises they have worked on in class for eight weeks. Bring chairs and/or blankets. The next series of eight classes will begin in April at the studio, at 1119 Flagship Drive, one block south of Sunset Lane. Call Bridget at (813) 949-0033.

TOWN 'N COUNTRY/WESTCHASE

The Boyfriend opens at school

The Boyfriend, a parody of the musicals of the 1920s, will be presented at Berkeley Preparatory School, 4811 Kelly Road. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The family event will present double lives, chases, dances and humor in this spoof of a plot that produces a high-spirited, toe-tapping romp into another era. The drama is presented by Berkeley's upper division (ninth- through 12th-graders). Admission is free. Call (813) 885-1673.

TAMPA

Survivors group offers workshop

The Spouses of Survivors Group is offering a free workshop for spouses, family and friends of cancer survivors. The group is affiliated with the Florida Cancer Education Network. The workshop will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 108 of the Student Services Building at Hillsborough Community College-Dale Mabry Campus. Said Sebti, director of Drug Discovery at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, will speak on the topic "What's New in Cancer Research." The public is invited. For information or to register, call (813) 806-2800.

Chamber accepts business nominations

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Small Business of the Year Award through April 30. The award includes three categories: 5-20 employees, 21-50 employees, 51-250 employees and has been expanded to also include the Small Business Leader of the Year and Small Business Employee of the Year. This year's award program, presented by Verizon, will be Sept. 13. Call Brent at (813) 276-9406.

Antique appraisal set for Saturday

Local appraisers will be available at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Bring your favorite treasures for a verbal appraisal; please limit to three items. If furniture is too large, bring a good photograph. Cost is $5 per item, which is donated to the restoration and renovation fund for the museum. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and tickets will be sold until noon on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available in the faculty and staff parking lot on the west side of Plant Hall. Call (813) 254-1891.

THE COUNTY

Elder Services Network forum set

The Elder Services Network will present a forum from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, 2224 Faulkenburg Road. The forum will be facilitated by Larry Schonfeld of the De La Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida and a community resource panel. The topic will be "Mental Health CPR (Critical Prevention Response) for Mature Adults." Registration fee is $5. For information or to register, call (813) 272-6070. -- 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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