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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 23, 2001


Women's club plans tour of flatwoods

The Pebble Creek Women's Club will tour J.B Starkey's Flatwoods beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The wildlife, natural habitat is on a working cattle ranch. After the tour, the group will have lunch at Steve's Fountain View Restaurant on U.S. 41. Cost for the tour is $13.25; lunch is free to members. For information, call Irma at (813) 973-3213.

Novelist, journalist to speak at USF

Cristina Garcia, Latin American novelist and journalist, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Garcia, an immigrant from Havana to New York City, has woven her heritage and American upbringing into her novels Dreaming in Cuba and The Aguero Sisters. Garcia will give a presentation, "Assimilation Into a Culture Not Your Own," which addresses the challenges immigrants face in a foreign country. The free event will be held in the Marshall Center ballroom at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., and is open to the public. For information, call (813) 974-4014.

All-media competition starts Tuesday Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 Swann Ave., will present "Flower Power: Flowers and Gardens" an all-media juried open competition. The event will run from Tuesday through April 21. An awards reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 12; free and open to the public. Center hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For information or entry forms, call (813) 251-3780.

Over 50s Outreach Group to meet

The Over 50s Outreach Group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Chad's Episcopal Church, 5609 N Albany Ave. The program will be Sister-to-Sister presents "Women of the Bible-Wife of the Fisherman." A free light lunch will be available; bring a friend or neighbor. Reservation deadline is Monday. For information or to register, call (813) 872-7545.

Banjo performance set at library

Friends of Florida Folk Inc. will present Ernie Williams at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Jan Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave. Williams will present a program of banjo music and song. Also, Lita Swindle will bring her spinning wheel and give a demonstration on spinning wool into yarn. The mission of FOFF, a non-profit organization, is to preserve and promote folk arts, crafts, dance and music. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (813) 625-2688.

Lowry Park cleanup set for March 31

The Neighborhood Environmental Action Team (N.E.A.T.) will sponsor a cleanup for Lowry Park and the northwest section of Forest Hills. Neighborhood volunteers should meet at 8 a.m. March 31 at the N.E.A.T. office at Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard. Residents should have trash ready for pickup at the curb by 8 a.m. within the boundaries of Fowler Avenue (city limit) to the north, Waters Avenue to the south, N Boulevard to the east and Armenia Avenue (city limit) to the west. The following items may be left for pickup: furniture, televisions, mattresses, tires without rims, carpet, yard waste, dried latex paint and barbecue grills. Pickup of large appliances may be arranged by calling Solid Waste at (813) 348-1111. For information, call (813) 931-2140.

AAUW to host potluck luncheon

The American Association of University Women/Tampa Branch's Prose, Poetry and People Group will host a potluck luncheon at 11 a.m. at the home of Muriel Bradley. Heather Smith will do an encore on her report titled "Do Doctors Treat Women Differently?" For information, reservations or directions, call (813) 251-8694.

Class to focus on book of Acts

Moody Bible Institute will offer a class on the book of Acts from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays beginning next week. Open registration will be held 30 minutes before each class. Classes will be at Calvary Community Church, 4811 George Road. Cost is $30 for the series; $20 for seniors age 60 and over. For information, call (813) 884-4328.

Wine festival set for Saturday

The Westchase Women's Club will host its fourth annual wine festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Westchase Square, 12139 W Linebaugh Ave., off Countryway Boulevard. The festival will feature more than 60 wines, fine food and live entertainment. Tickets are $20 for singles and $35 for couples in advance; $25 per person the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased at The Grapevine, 12125 W Linebaugh Ave. and 13904 W Hillsborough Ave. Proceeds will benefit The children's home. For information, call (813) 818-9463.

-- 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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