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North Pinellas briefs

By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 18, 2001

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 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 more information, call the Literary Council headquarters, 298-3080, ext. 242.

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, concentration, control, centering, flowing movement, precision and breathing, the classes have been used by numerous ballet companies and theater groups. They also are good for seniors, because beginner-level classes are gentle, non-cardiovascular exercises that concentrate on mind-body awareness. 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:

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.

Arthritis and fibromyalgia exercises: Exercises for joint flexibility and relief of pain and stiffness, 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, Biltmore Eclips Spa (indoor warm water), 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair and at the Palms of Largo Wellness Center, 400 Lake Ave., Largo: 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Mondays; private sessions available.

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.

Free series of law classes continues

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, has begun.

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 (727) 461-4869.

Here is a schedule:

Thursday: 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

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