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Revamped library opens today in Pinellas Park

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001

PINELLAS PARK -- The newly refurbished Pinellas Park Library will reopen today. Users will have a chance to see the $2.5-million in renovations after the 1 p.m. ribbon cutting.

The opening-day festivities, which will last until 5 p.m., will feature magician Marty Hahne, tours, music by the Gemstones, face painting and clown activities.

The week's schedule includes a presentation by Michele Lott as Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie books, storytelling by local children's author Billie Noakes, and an exhibit by artist Jackson Walker, whose paintings depict historic Florida.

Police chief Thomas receives service award

PINELLAS PARK -- Police Chief Dorene Thomas on Thursday received a PACE award from the Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services. The award recognized Thomas for her service to the community, her profession and her country. Thomas said she was quite surprised and honored to receive the award.

Alzheimer's Association to hold annual conference

The Alzheimer's Association -- Tampa Bay Chapter holds its annual education and caregivers conference, "Research, Resources and Responsibility," from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 4 at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. The conference, with speakers and workshops, offers valuable information to professional and lay caregivers, including advances in research on the disease, treatment options, communication with Alzheimer's patients and dealing with financial or legal responsibilities. Cost for both days is $110 and includes meals. For more information, call the Tampa Bay chapter at (800) 772-8672 or (727) 578-2558.

Breast, cervical cancer screenings available

The Pinellas County Health Department, 500 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg, and 6350 76th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, offers screening exams for breast and cervical cancer for women age 50 to 64 who are uninsured, or whose insurance doesn't fully cover such services. Pap smears, mammograms and clinical breast exams are included. For an appointment, call 824-6917.

Senior job fair to be held April 21

The Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, will hold a job mart from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 21. Speakers, workshops and potential employers will be featured. For information, call 441-9925.

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 more 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).

Museum seeks women artists for exhibit

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. Deadline for entries is Monday.

Prospectus and entry forms are avilable 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.

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.

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