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    Shopping night benefits Dress for Success

    By RICHARD DANIELSON

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 18, 2001


    PALM HARBOR -- The HarborSprings Woman's Club, along with Dress for Success Tampa Bay and Stein Mart, will host a private shopping night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight.

    Proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Tampa Bay, which provides interview-appropriate suits to low-income women seeking employment.

    Participants should bring work clothing in good condition -- suits, either skirted or with pants; business jackets; skirts; blouses; scarves; purses; briefcases; new hose or shoes -- to the Palm Harbor Stein Mart, 33591 U.S. 19 N. Cash also will be accepted. Donations should be laundered, ironed and on hangers.

    For information on Dress for Success Tampa Bay, call executive director Pat Ellington at (813) 685-7076.

    Senior center holds tea dance

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., will hold a tea dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday with big band music from the Russ Ramsey Trio. Tickets are $6; $5 for senior center members. Coffee and dessert will be served. Call (727) 771-6000 for information.

    Community center shows movie

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

    Bands to perform at East Lake

    An instrumental music program, Articulation on Music in the Schools, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. The concert will feature performances from the East Lake High School, Tarpon Springs Middle School and Carwise Middle School instrumental programs.

    Refreshments and a question-and-answer session will immediately follow the program in the East Lake High School band room. For information, check http://www.eastlakeband.com.

    Forum addresses health care

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., will host a community forum on fighting Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    Speakers will discuss both programs, Social Security, HMOs, how to protect yourself from Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. The forum is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Pasco-Pinellas, the city of Tarpon Springs, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the state Department of Elder Affairs' Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders program.

    Two literary programs planned

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., has two free literary programs coming up this week.

    At 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, a book discussion group led by Dottie Diamond will cover the book Half a Heart by Rosalyn Brown.

    At 3 p.m. March 25, a lecture and demonstration of the works of playwright Wallace Shawn will be offered by actors John Pyros, John Allcorn and Ted Radocovich.

    For information, call (727) 942-5628.

    Women hold fashion show

    The GFWC Women's Club of Tarpon Springs will hold its annual fashion show and luncheon Wednesday at 11 a.m. at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway.

    Fashions by Tissy's of Palm Harbor and the Belleview Biltmore will be featured. Children's clothing by the Wooden Soldier will be modeled by members' grandchildren. For information, call (727) 937-7101.

    Thespians present 'Anne Frank'

    PALM HARBOR -- Palm Harbor University High School Thespian Troupe 5590 presents a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the high school, 1900 Omaha St.

    The troupe presented the play last November and is one of five high schools in the state that have been invited to give shows at the Florida State Thespian Conference in Tampa on April 5.

    Tickets are $6; $5 for senior citizens. Call (727) 669-1131, ext. 150 for information.

    Choir thanks donors with show

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Tarpon Springs High School's show choir, Syndicated Sound, presents A Tour through the South at 7 p.m. Friday at the high school's auditorium, 1411 Gulf Road.

    This is a free show so the choir can thank the community for helping it raise $16,000 of the $25,000 needed to go to Branson, Mo., for the national show choir competition. Last year, the group placed seventh at the competition.

    Woman's club offers 10 grants

    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 www.phmainstreet.com/phjwc.htm. The application deadline is April 2. Grants will be awarded May 23.

    Send questions by e-mail to phjwc@hotmail.com or fax to (727) 781-4725.

    Runners raise money for Rotary

    More than 550 runners are expected at the 19th annual Armadillo Run in Oldsmar Saturday.

    The 1-mile event begins at 7:40 a.m., and the 5K and 10K races begin at 8 a.m. at the corner of State and Fairfield streets.

    The run is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Oldsmar/East Lake Rotary Club. Proceeds go to pay for scholarships and Little League programs in Oldsmar and East Lake and to honor students of the month at local elementary schools.

    "For a little club, we raise as much money as some of the bigger clubs in the district," said race chairman Dick Petticrew.

    Registration is $20 for the 5K and 10K races and $10 for the 1-mile race. Race-day registration will be in the SouthTrust Bank parking lot at the start of the race. Participants receive a T-shirt and refreshments at the conclusion of the races.

    The race course is certified, so participants are able to use their times to qualify for other races, according to Petticrew.

    Prizes are awarded in several different age groups.

    For information, call (813) 855-5779.

    Scuba classes begin in April

    The YMCA of North Pinellas will offer scuba classes beginning April 13. The classes will be held Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 4550 Village Center Drive.

    At the conclusion of class and pool training, students will participate in five open-water dives over two days.

    Students must provide a mask, fins, snorkel, weight belt and weights. Wet suits are not provided and are not required for the class.

    For information, call (727) 772-9622.

    Marionettes star in center show

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Frog Prince Puppetry Arts Center will present Marionette Follies at 2 p.m. March 25 at 210 S Pinellas Ave., Suite 158.

    Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 4 and older. Call (727) 942-2222 or (727) 784-6392 for information and reservations.

    Horseshoe players needed

    PALM HARBOR -- Project Pet of Florida is looking for participants to join in a horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m. March 25 at the Demer's Den Cantina, 1026 Nebraska Ave. Registration is $25 per two-person team, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. Project Pet, a non-profit organization, will use proceeds to care for homeless dogs. For information, call Joann Hamilton at (727) 423-3006 or Demer's Den at (727) 784-4779.

    Psychologist speaks this month

    EAST LAKE -- Sylvia Rimm, a psychologist and contributing correspondent to NBC's Today show, will give two free talks this month on "family and school approaches to guiding children toward achievement." She is the author of How Jane Won: The Rimm Report on How Girls Become Successful Women.

    Rimm, a clinical professor at the Case Western University School of Medicine in Cleveland, will speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 28 at East Lake High School's Theater Auditorium, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive.

    Investors club meets at library

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Spongers Club of Tarpon Springs, a local investment group, will meet at 7:15 p.m. March 28 in the community meeting room of the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St.

    Health fair features screenings

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital will sponsor its 19th annual Community Health Fair 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Ignatius Life Center.

    The general blood screen will include a lipid profile that measures LDL and HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.

    It also measures two dozen chemical components in the blood, including thyroid function. The cost is $20.

    For men, a PSA prostate cancer blood test will be available for $15.

    The health fair will offer screenings for blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, body fat, glaucoma, foot and ankle conditions, skin, oral, occult blood, pulmonary functions, visual acuity and back and reflex conditions.

    Doctors and nurses will be on hand to answer health questions.

    Call the Helen Ellis Health Source at (727) 943-3600 weekdays for information.

    On Saturday, Helen Ellis hospital will offer two two-hour seminars on weight reduction and smoking cessation. The session on quitting smoking will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The session on losing weight is from 1 to 3 p.m.

    The first 45 minutes of each session is a free orientation. If participants feel comfortable with the program, they then pay a one-time $55 fee, which includes a hypnosis session, behavior modification booklet, a home reinforcement cassette tape and unlimited free repetitions of the seminar if needed.

    Calendar includes three shows

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 E Pine St., has three shows coming up this week:

    At 7:30 p.m. today, Golden Bough and the McGrath Irish Dancers will present an evening of Celtic music.

    At 8 p.m. Friday, Diane Walsh will play a solo piano recital with selections from Hadyn, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Chopin and Gershwin.

    At 3 p.m. March 25, the Oberlin Trio will play a program of chamber music that includes Beethoven, Babajanian and Dvorak.

    Admission for each show is $13; $11 for center members or students. For information, call (727) 942-5605.

    Bloodmobile visits Wal-Mart

    PALM HARBOR -- A Florida Blood Services bloodmobile will be at the Wal-Mart at 35404 U.S. 19 N from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

    Donors will receive a voucher for a free lower-deck outfield ticket to a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, a T-shirt and a cholesterol screening.

    Generally, healthy people 17 or older who weigh at least 100 pounds can donate blood. Identification is required bprior to donation.

    Florida Blood Services provides blood for patients at Tampa Bay area medical facilities and requires more than 600 donations a day to keep up with demand. Information on the area's current blood supply is available at http://www.fbsblood.org. For information, call (800) 682-5663.

    Troupe plans Celtic workshop

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Ensemble Galilei, a group that specializes in Celtic and early music, will conduct a workshop for dancers and musicians using traditional and classical instruments at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Center, 100 Beekman Place, in Craig Park. The location also is known as Library Circle and is the former site of the library.

    The ensemble's members play violin, Celtic harp, Scottish small pipes, oboe, recorder, viola da gamba, percussion, bowed psaltery and pennywhistle. Anyone who has and can play one of those instruments can participate in a part of the workshop that focuses on arranging music for contra-dance tunes, instrumentation, ornamentation and style. Dancers can take part when a Renaissance pavane will be taught. At the end of the evening, musicians, dancers and the ensemble will perform together.

    No reservations are necessary, but participants need to buy a $10 ticket. The workshop is limited to 100 adults. Call (727) 942-5605 for information.

    Seminar focuses on meditation

    PALM HARBOR -- The Sri Chinmoy Centre of Tampa Bay will offer a free seminar on meditation and concentration from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays beginning this week at Consciousness Blossoms Restaurant, 3390 Tampa Road. Call (727) 725-0013 for information.

    School offers Power Point class

    PALM HARBOR -- Palm Harbor Community School, 1900 Omaha St., will offer a Microsoft PowerPoint class beginning Tuesday. It will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for two weeks. The cost is $25.

    To register, call (727) 669-1140 between 2 and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

    Eighth-grader needs male mentor

    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. Thursday and April 17 at the district's Area I Office, 525 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor. Participants 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 www.pinellas.k12.fl.us.

    Local author discusses 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.

    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., and the registration fee is $95. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Children.

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

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