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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 18, 2001

Museum seeks women artists

The Museum of Fine Arts Marly Group seeks women artists for its second annual Women in Art Juried Exhibition.

The exhibition, which is to include both performance, poetry, dance, composition, music and drama, as well as visual arts, photography, sculpture, fine crafts and fiber art, is scheduled to open May 26.

Prospectus and entry forms are available by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Women in Art, 1600 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

For information, call 656-2346.

School needs vendors for Mayfest event

The annual Mayfest Spring Clean Flea Market and Craft Sale, being held May 25 and 26, is looking for vendors. Tables are available and costs range from $25 to $50. For reservations and information, call 347-9989.

South Pasadena offers college scholarships

SOUTH PASADENA -- Students who are high school graduates and residents of South Pasadena have until May 25 to apply for the city's annual scholarship award. Applicants must have been city residents for the past four years, achieved high grades, need financial assistance and been accepted to an accredited college or university. Applicants should include a certified copy of their scholastic record, a copy of their parents' income tax return, proof of residence and a college acceptance letter. Please apply to the Mayor and City Commission, 7047 Sunset Drive S, South Pasadena, FL 33707.

Job fair focus is on those with disabilities

Abilities of Florida and the Suncoast Human Resources will host a job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. March 29 at the Holiday Inn Select, located at 3535 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.

The fair is free and open to the public and will focus primarily on employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

For additional information, call 538-7370, ext. 364.

Pass-a-Grille home tour scheduled April 1

ST. PETE BEACH -- Tickets are available at two locations for the fourth annual Pass-a-Grille Woman's Club home tour.

Always a sellout, the five-cottage tour will be held from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 1. Tickets are $20 and include refreshments and transportation among the homes. Money raised by this event will be used for the restoration of the Pass-a-Grille Woman's Club meeting house, which was built in 1938.

Tickets can be purchased at Moon Shadow, 338 Corey Ave., and Nancy Markoe Gallery, 3112 Pass-a-Grille Way. Mail-in ticket requests may be sent to PAGWC, c/o 251 Isle Drive S, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. Please include a stamped self-addressed business-size envelope and make your check out to PAGWC.

Sponsors supporting this event are the Eighth Avenue Fish House and Grille, Island's End Resort, Moon Shadow, Nancy Markoe Fine American Crafts Gallery and TradeWinds Island Resorts. For information, call (727) 497-2712.

Housing for low-income disabled, seniors available

Goodwill Industries Suncoast housing corporation is currently accepting applications for HUD rent-subsidized apartments for people with physical disabilities and for those ages 61 and older. The apartments are in Pinellas Park.

Applicants must meet HUD limited income criteria.

For apartment availability in Pinellas Park, call 541-6620.

Foster care, adoption orientation is March 28

The Children's Home, a private non-profit residential treatment center for abused or neglected children, will offer a "Foster Care and Adoption Orientation" at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at the home, 10909 Memorial Highway, Tampa. Individuals interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent will have the opportunity to view the Children's Home and learn about the fostering and adoption process. For more information, call (813) 855-4435, ext. 2037.

America's Youngest Jazz Band is looking for kids

Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band seeks child musicians under the age of 13 to play saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, bass or piano, or sing. Beginners will be considered. For information, call 725-1788.

Area Agency on Aging offers free job training

Free job training and job placement assistance is available for seniors older than 55 through the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc.

Interested seniors must make less than $8,350 annually for singles or $11,250 for a family of two, excluding Social Security earnings. Courses to be offered include computer literacy, clerical work, medical coding and billing and home health care.

Pasco and Pinellas county residents who are interested may call (727) 570-9696, ext. 237 or ext. 281.

Nursing home residents need ombudsmen

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Councils in the Tampa Bay area are looking for volunteers to act as advocates for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers help in investigating patient complaints and inspecting facilities. Ombudsmen are asked to ensure that they are free from conflict of interest. For information, call one of the following councils: (727) 834-3127 (North Pinellas/Pasco), (727) 588-6912 (Mid- and South Pinellas), or (813) 871-7185 (Hillsborough).

AIDS Community Project is seeking volunteers

The AIDS Community Project of Tampa Bay needs volunteers for its St. Petersburg location. ACP volunteers are needed for the Buddy Program, office support, telephone reception area, special events planning and fundraisers. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications can be picked up at 136 Fourth St. N, Suite 303 (Saint Peter's Cathedral Annex). ACP buddies spend at least four hours a week with their buddy. Call 820-0305.

Agencies detail new adult's rights

The Florida Bar and the Florida Department of Education have joined efforts to educate the state's high school seniors about their legal rights and responsibilities when they turn 18 years old. The Bar's committee developed a 24-page informational pamphlet that explains the privileges and legal obligations of new adults.

"Legal Guide for New Adults" has been sent to every senior in Florida's public high schools. Funding was provided by the Florida Bar and mailing expenses were provided by the Florida Department of Education.

The easy-to-read booklet explains such things as an individual's right to vote, right to sue in court, privilege to drive in Florida, right to enter a contract, rights and protections as a consumer and employee, rights when arrested, responsibility to file income tax and right to serve on a jury. Call (850) 561-5622.

Two chamber offices to sell senior passes

ST. PETE BEACH -- The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will begin selling Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority senior citizen bus passes at two of its locations.

Seniors age 65 and older are required to show their Medicare cards at the time of purchase. The identity cards may be purchased at the St. Pete Beach office, 6990 Gulf Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. The passes also will be available at the Madeira Beach office, 501 150th St. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays.

This program is designed to assist senior citizens in obtaining their passes at a locally convenient source. The passes are $2.50 each, and applicants will have their photo taken at the time of application.

The laminated photo ID will be used in lieu of having to present a Medicare card each time upon boarding a bus or trolley.

Starving Artist sale scheduled March 31

ST. PETE BEACH -- The St. Pete Beach Art Institute, formerly known as the Suntan Art Center, will hold its Fourth Annual Sidewalk Starving Artist Sale on March 31. This event will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Many types of arts will be on display -- paintings in watercolor, acrylic, oil; candles, pottery, wood carvings, woven goods and other items produced by local artists.

The center is located inside the Don Vista Building, 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.

South Pasadena Artspring Exhibition opens March 30

SOUTH PASADENA -- The 15th Annual Artspring Exhibition will be held March 30 through April 1. It will showcase innovations and traditional craft art produced in clay, wood, metals, glass, paper, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings from local artists. This exhibition will be juried by Arthur Skinner, chair and professor of visual art at Eckerd College.

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30; from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 31; and noon to 2:30 p.m. April 1. For more information, contact South Pasadena City Hall at 347-4171.

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