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    North Pinellas briefs

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 6, 2001

    Sailing center to offer boating safety course

    CLEARWATER -- A condensed boating skills and seamanship course will be offered at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key, 1001 Gulf Blvd. beginning Monday. Registration begins at 7 p.m. Monday; sessions will run 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through May 9. Topics will include boating terminology, handling, safety equipment, rules of the road and aids to navigation. Sponsored by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the course is for those owning or ready to purchase personal watercraft, powerboats and sailboats. It also meets the Florida requirements for boater education for those born after Sept. 30, 1980. Tuition is free, but there is a $25 textbook charge and $8 for the student study guide. For information, call Cy Totten, 734-2029, or Denis Sparks, 461-0880.

    Financial workshop for women scheduled

    LARGO -- A financial management workshop for women, "Taking Control," will be offered twice at the Largo Library auditorium, 351 East Bay Drive. It will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 17 and from 7-9 p.m. April 19. The instructor will be Gloria J. Patterson, a certified financial planner with ProVise Management Group Inc. of Clearwater. The workshop is free, but reservations are necessary to receive a free 150-page workbook for the class. Sponsors are the Greater Largo Library Foundation and the Women's Financial Network Inc. To register, call the library, 587-6715, ext. 2507, or the Women's Financial Network hotline, (800) 775-8081, ext. 00542.

    Tarpon Springs plans spring break camp

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is offering a spring break camp for children ages 6 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9-13 at the Craig Park Recreation Center.

    The cost for a week of games, arts and crafts and field trips is $25 per city resident, $28.21 for non-residents. Register at the Tarpon Springs Community Center or call (727) 942-5628 for information.

    Volunteers needed for mentoring programs

    CLEARWATER -- Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers for two of its programs. Linking Lifetimes matches adults 30 and older with a child from a single-parent, low-income home. The Adopt-A-Grandchild program needs adults 55 and older to volunteer at least two to four hours a week for an infant or up to 16 years old. No experience is necessary for either program. Training is provided by Gulf Coast Community Care, 14041 ICOT Blvd., Clearwater. To sign up or for information, call (727) 538-7460, ext. 3019 or ext. 3192.

    Pilates sessions available at wellness centers

    CLEARWATER -- The Wellness Centers of Morton Plant Mease Health Care offer the Pilates method of body conditioning. Classes are offered Mondays and Fridays at the Clearwater Wellness Center and Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Palm Harbor Wellness Center.

    Joseph Pilates developed the program, a strengthening and stretching class based on a few repeated control and resistance movements, about 70 years ago. Using six basic principles, concentration, control, centering, flowing movement, precision and breathing, the classes have been used by numerous ballet companies and theater groups. They also are good for seniors because beginner-level classes are gentle, non-cardiovascular exercises. Free to Wellness Center members; $5 per class for non-members. Call (888) 676-8484.

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