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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 30, 2001


AARP chapter to meet Monday

The Greater Brandon Chapter No. 4442 of the AARP will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Brandon Recreation Center, 502 Sadie St. Jean H. Stokes, R.N., will speak on the topic of "Shingles Prevention Study." Members are asked to bring donations of non-perishable goods for Beth-El and San Jose Missions. For information, call Ruth at (813) 653-4056.

Two computer classes offered

Gaither Adult and Community School, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, is offering two computer classes from 6:20 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning next week. Classes include Computer Essentials (for beginners) and Microsoft Office (must have working knowledge of Windows 95 or 98). Registration will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the main office through Tuesday. For information, call (813) 632-6823 between 2 and 8 p.m.

Community Spirit Games set for Saturday

The second annual Community Spirit Games will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Keystone Park, 17926 Gunn Highway. Sponsors include the American Legion Post 147, Citrus Park Community Civic Association Inc. and the county Parks and Recreation Department. The day includes an adult coed softball tournament with trophies and eight foot races for children ages 3-12, including two half-mile runs. Medals will be given to each child crossing the finish line. Children must bring a parental release form to race. Hands-on games for young children, refreshments and craft exhibits also are included. Race applications are available at the Austin Davis Library and several Keystone-area businesses. For more information, call Rozellan and Tom at 920-0538.

USF offers arts classes for children

The Pre-College and Community Outreach Program at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., is offering visual arts classes for children. The "Saturday Arts for Youth" classes will begin this week and include Comic Strips (ages 7-10); Drawing I (ages 8-11); and Watercolor (ages 10-17). For information about fees, schedules or to register, call (813) 974-2403.

Academy associations host Silver Coffee

The Alumni Association and Mothers Association of the Academy of the Holy Names, 3319 Bayshore Blvd., will host its annual Silver Coffee from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Current and past AHN mothers and friends are invited to attend the event in the main lobby and front parlor. Members of the senior class of 2001 will be presented as the newest members of Alumni Association. Graduating seniors and their mothers are invited to the annual alumni induction ceremony in the chapel before the coffee. For information, call (813) 839-5371.

Women in Construction host monthly meeting

The Tampa Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will host its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse, 4744 N Dale Mabry Highway. NAWIC and the Tampa Housing Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support housing apprenticeship activities. Stephanie Brown and Leigh Chambliss of the Tampa Housing Authority will give details of the program and the benefits to the community. Call Mary Anne at (813) 933-6561, ext. 202.

Island Fest set for Saturday

The Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce and the city of Tampa will sponsor an Island Fest from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event, open to the public, will feature entertainment by area high school bands, the Bayshore Little League, Ronald McDonald and a family pet parade. Local government officials, including Bob Buckhorn, Pat Frank and Sandy Murman, will judge the pet parade contestants; prizes will be awarded for various categories. JammBalaya, a Jamaican reggae music trio, will perform at 5 p.m. Other highlights of the family event include a dunking tank, inflatable games, strolling entertainers, a martial arts demonstration, face painting, crafts and novelties. There also will be professional fashion show for all ages, an art show featuring local artists and a health fair exhibit. The street festival will also feature food from six restaurants, which will provide sidewalk cafe dining until 9 p.m. and beer sales for adults. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities-Tampa Bay. For information, call (813) 227-2865.

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- Information about meetings and events can be sent to Connie Drew, the St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or faxed to 226-3352. The deadline is two weeks before the event.

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