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    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 10, 2001


    Bereavement survivor support group continues

    LARGO -- The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast continues its new bereavement survivorship support group this month. It is for those whose spouse died while residing in a nursing home. Sessions will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through May 1 at the Hospice's chapel, 300 East Bay Drive, Largo.

    Also, 18-hours of training will be offered Tuesdays through April 24 in Palm Harbor.

    For bereavement support group information, call The Hospice's Bridges Program, 586-2812. For training, call Kathy Roble, director of volunteer services, 586-4432.

    Series of law classes continues at SPJC

    CLEARWATER -- You don't have to be a lawyer to learn about the law. The People's Law School, a series of free sessions sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association, continues through May.

    All classes, taught by local judges and lawyers, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the teaching auditorium of St. Petersburg Junior College, at 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater. People can attend as few or as many sessions as they wish. For information, call 461-4869.

    Here is a schedule:

    • April 19: Small business and intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright)
    • April 26: Public school law
    • May 3: Consumer law and bankruptcy
    • May 10: Health care, hospital law, nursing home law
    • May 17: Your rights under the Constitution
    • May 24: State and local government law

    Firehouse museum has openings for kids' tours

    LARGO -- The Kids Firehouse Museum, 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., (south of Ulmerton Road at 95th Street) in Largo has openings for spring and summer tours for groups of children up to age 10. The firehouse has 11 antique firetrucks and a playground. Children are taught fire safety, watch a video and receive free memorabilia. Free admission, but donations accepted. Call 585-1300.

    Pediatric clinic is open Wednesday mornings

    CLEARWATER -- Every Wednesday, between 9 a.m. and noon, the Clearwater Free Clinic offers a special pediatric clinic for children not covered by private health insurance or government-assisted programs. The clinic's family practice nurse practitioner and a pediatrician are available at those times to see patients between the ages of 2 and 18. The nurse practitioner's services are made possible by a grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation. For a pediatric appointment, call the Clearwater Free Clinic at 447-3041.

    For early risers, a chance to exercise

    LARGO -- Start your day with exercise in a program sponsored by the Largo Recreation and Parks Department at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-7:30 a.m., instructor Janis Scot will lead participants through a vigorous program of stretching, toning and strengthening exercises. The class is offered on a drop-in basis at $2.25 per class with a resident card, or $2.75 without a card. For information, call 518-3125.

    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 necessary for either program. Training is provided by Gulf Coast Community Care, 14041 ICOT Blvd., Clearwater. To sign up or for information, call 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, including 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 that concentrate on mind-body awareness. Free to Wellness Center members; $5 per class for non-members. Call (888) 676-8484.

    Various medical water workouts available

    CLEARWATER -- Micki Nault and her staff offer medically approved programs for adults:

    Aqua Slim classes: Program for muscle tone, flexibility, flat stomach, weight loss and relief of joint stress, 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater; 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Highlander Pool, 903 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin; Biltmore/Eclips Spa (indoor warm water pool), 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair: classes are at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Arthritis and fibromyalgia exercises: Exercises for joint flexibility and relief of pain and stiffness, 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, Biltmore Eclips Spa (indoor warm water), 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair and at the Palms of Largo Wellness Center, 400 Lake Ave., Largo: 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Mondays; private sessions available.

    Moms in Motion: A program designed for mothers and mothers-to-be to feel better about their bodies and babies by toning and strengthening exercises. Classes are at 11 a.m. Mondays, Biltmore Eclips Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair.

    For prices and to sign up, call Micki Nault, 442-0618.

    Barbershop group seeks full range of male voices

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop Chorus is seeking new tenor, bass, lead and baritone voices. No musical or singing experience is required. The group meets 7 p.m. every Monday at the Palm Harbor Senior Activities Center, 1500 16th St. Call 785-9717 or 532-6126 for information.

    Fitness training orientations scheduled

    LARGO -- Orientations for a fitness training program conducted by Eugene Shuhayda are being offered free from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road.

    Fitness training sessions are by appointment and cost $18 per hour with a recreation card or $20 without a card. For information, call 587-6725 or 559-8855.

    Bingo returns to St. Dunstan's church

    LARGO -- Tuesday bingo games sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10094 and its Ladies Auxiliary have returned to St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 10888 126th Ave. N. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon by the auxiliary. Every Tuesday, one game benefits the de Paul School for Dyslexia. The bingo games are smoke-free events. For information, call 596-8959 or 585-9094.

    Clearwater food pantry needs extra hands

    The Religious Community Services Pantry needs volunteers to help sort food on Saturdays. Volunteers are also welcome during the week. The pantry, at 210 S Ewing St., Clearwater, receives thousands of pounds of food weekly and serves about 2,000 families. For information, call 443-4031.

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