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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 21, 2001


Exchange students need host families

ASSE, International Student Exchange Programs, is seeking local host families for boys and girls from Europe, Asia, the former Soviet Union, Canada, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Students are ages 15 to 18 and will be coming to the local area for the upcoming high school year. The students are English-speaking and sponsored by ASSE, a non-profit student exchange program organization. Families may select the youngster of their choice from extensive student applications, family photos, and biographical essays.

The students arrive from their home countries shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own spending money, and expects to bear his or share of household responsibilities. Students are included in the normal family lifestyle and activities. If you are interested in obtaining information about becoming a host family, please contact Joan Soderqvist at (954) 757-5115 or call 800-473-0696, or visit on the Web at http://www.asse.com.

Pageants open for applications

The 17th Annual America's Cover Miss and Cover Boy, USA Baby Contest and Beauty Pageant is now accepting applications for entries. The contest is open to boys ages birth to 5, and girls ages birth to 25.

The winners will be eligible to compete for great prizes such as $10,000 savings bonds, trophies, gifts, crowns and much more. More than $1-million in cash and prizes are awarded in over 40 states annually. The judging will be Tuesday at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main Street, Brooksville.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. For information, call Ruth Barron toll free at 1-800-260-7239.

Bike riders can register for event

The American Lung Association is accepting registration for the "Clean Air Bike Ride" that will take place on March 31.

Riders may start between 7 and 9 a.m. beginning at the Ridge Manor trail head of the Withlacoochee State Trail and winds through Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties. Participants may choose a 12, 20, 48, or 100 mile route. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and includes a T-shirt, continental breakfast, light lunch and SAG snacks. All registrants are entered in a drawing for a Schwinn mountain bike donated by Action Wheel Sport of St. Petersburg. All proceeds support the American Lung Association local programs and patient services, including Asthma Summer Camp.

To receive a registration form, call (727) 347-6133 or toll free 1-800-771-5863, or register electronically by clicking the Clean Air Bike Ride logo of the American Lung Association home page at http://www.gulflung.org.

NAACP leader will deliver speech

The Hernando County Branch NAACP President, Frankie Burnett, will deliver his "State of the Union Address" at 6 p.m. March 26 at the Frederick Kelly Elk's Lodge at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and School Street. Hot fish sandwiches will be for sale.

Club to display woodworks at show

The Weeki Wachee Woodcarvers Club will have a woodcarving show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at the Weeki Wachee Seniors Building, Toucan Trail and Susan Drive, Spring Hill.

Tickets are $1. Proceeds help support the club and other charitable causes. For information, call Dave or Ruth, 684-2927.

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