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    Events this week remember Greek fight for freedom

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2001


    Greek Independence Day will be observed locally this week with a variety of activities, including flag-raising ceremonies, a testimonial dinner, religious observances and a parade through Tarpon Springs.

    On Friday, the Greek flag will be raised at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Pasco County government center in New Port Richey.

    A similar ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at City Hall in Clearwater, 112 S Osceola Ave., with the Rev. James Rousakis of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church presiding. Both events will feature local dignitaries, music, and a 47-member music and dance group from Greece, the Philharmonic Orchestra and Tsoliades.

    On Saturday, a testimonial dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Polish American Center, 1521 N Saturn Ave. Call (727) 458-5329 for reservations.

    On Sunday, a Doxology and Divine Liturgy will be held at 11:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs. At 12:30 p.m., a flag-raising ceremony will take place outside the cathedral.

    At 1 p.m., an independence day parade will start from the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center and proceed to the Sponge Docks. The parade will be led by Michail Mouroutsos, who won a gold medal for Greece in tae kwon do during last summer's Sydney Olympics, and will include floats, military and high school bands, Greek and U.S. politicians, and the Philharmonic Orchestra and Tsoliades.

    At 11 a.m. Monday, U.S. and Greek veterans will gather at the Veterans Memorial at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs for a wreath-laying and memorial ceremony.

    Independence day ceremonies commemorate the events of March 25, 1821, when Greek patriots revolted against 400 years of occupation by the Ottoman empire.

    "It's a very serious and important celebration for Greece," said Sotirios Agelatos, president of the Greek Independence Day Parade Committee of Tampa Bay. "We cannot forget our grandfathers and fathers who were fighting for freedom for so many years."

    Junior woman's club to award 10 grants

    PALM HARBOR -- The GFWC Palm Harbor Junior Woman's Club will award 10 grants of as much as $1,000 to qualified non-profit organizations that serve North Pinellas.

    Interested groups can pick up application packets in the vestibule of the Palm Harbor Library or get an application online at www.phmainstreet.com/phjwc.htm. The application deadline is April 2. Grants will be awarded May 23.

    Send questions by e-mail to phjwc@hotmail.com or fax (727) 781-4725.

    Puppetry arts center to present show today

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Frog Prince Puppetry Arts Center will present "Jack and the Beanstalk" at 2 p.m. today at 210 S Pinellas Ave., Suite 158.

    Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 4 and older. Call (727) 942-2222 or (727) 784-6392 for information and reservations.

    Garden club to hold monthly meeting Monday

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, at East Lake Road and Village Center Drive.

    Curt Sinclair of Ellenton will discuss "Fun Growing the Hibiscus."

    Guests and new members are welcome. Call (727) 784-7425 for information.

    Fundraising dinner to help homeless dogs

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Project Pet of Florida will hold a fundraising dinner to help homeless dogs from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the George Washington Ahepa Hall, 20 W Tarpon Ave., just east of Spring Bayou. Admission is $6. The menu includes fried fish and spaghetti with sauteed onions. Carry-out food will be available. Call (727) 934-6986 for tickets or information.

    Suncoast hospice to hold volunteer training classes

    PALM HARBOR -- The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast begins volunteer training classes with a volunteer orientation from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at its north community service center, 2675 Tampa Road.

    Volunteer training classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on the following Tuesdays through April 24. Hospice volunteers can work in the gift shop; provide patient, family and bereavement support; work with computers; help in the office; speak to groups in the community; or help at special events. For information, call director of volunteer services Kathy Roble at (727) 586-4432.

    Cardiologist to speak on treatment for angina

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Helen Ellis Hospital will hold a free seminar on a specialized treatment for angina -- the chest pain that signals that the heart is not getting enough oxygen because of diminished blood supply -- at 10 a.m. Thursday.

    Cardiologist Norman S. Abbott will discuss enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP), a non-surgical therapy for angina. EECP is a procedure that applies leg pressure that is timed to a brief interval between heart beats. Studies have shown the therapy improves symptoms and exercise test results in patients with chest pain because of heart disease.

    Call (727) 943-3600 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to make reservations, which are required.

    Society to hear 'Artistic View of Ozona'

    OZONA -- Kerry Carpenter of Ozona Beach Gallery, 315 Orange St., is scheduled to discuss "An Artistic View of Ozona" when the Ozona Village Improvement Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be at the Ozona Village Hall, 41 Bay St.

    Performer to present 'Tribute to Liberace'

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Actor and musician Martin Preston will present his two-hour "Tribute to Liberace" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 E Pine St.

    A native of Indianapolis, Preston began classical piano training at 6 and later branched into acting, comedy and -- this being a show about Liberace -- wearing unusual costumes. He has performed his tribute to the late, glitzy pianist for the past decade, appearing in Las Vegas; Atlantic City; Branson, Mo.; and on several cruise lines.

    Admission is $13, $11 for center members or students. For information, call (727) 942-5605.

    Bloodmobile comes to Kmart on Friday

    TARPON SPRINGS -- A Florida Blood Services bloodmobile will be at Kmart, 41232 U.S. 19 N, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

    Donors will receive a free ticket to the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, a voucher for a free lower-deck outfield ticket to a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, a T-shirt and acholesterol screening.

    Generally, healthy people 17 or older who weigh at least 100 pounds can donate blood. Identification is required before donation.

    Florida Blood Services provides blood for patients at Tampa Bay area medical facilities and requires more than 600 donations a day to keep up with demand. Information on the area's current blood supply is available at http://www.fbsblood.org. For information, call 1-800-682-5663.

    Church to present musical drama

    TARPON SPRINGS -- First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs, 501 E Tarpon Ave., will present Sweet Singer, a musical drama about evangelist Charles Wesley featuring baritone Steven Kimbrough, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 937-3271 for information.

    Spring Hill painter's work to be on display

    TARPON SPRINGS -- "Myths and Metaphors," the work of Spring Hill painter Antonio Caparello, will be on display free through April 21 at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. From 3 to 6 p.m. March 24, the Pasco Youth Ensemble will perform at an opening reception. For information, call (727) 942-5605.

    Club to present beautification awards

    PALM HARBOR -- Members of the Palm Harbor Garden Club will drive the streets of Palm Harbor Wednesday in search of two homes and one business to receive the club's beautification awards for 2001. The winners will include a yard using water-tolerant plants and xeriscape techniques. Call (727) 784-8686 by Monday to nominate a home.

    Awards will be presented at 10 a.m. April 8 at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center.

    Carwise Middle School needs mentor

    PALM HARBOR -- Carwise Middle School, 3301 Bentley Drive, needs a male mentor to help an eighth-grade boy who has difficulty with class work. Volunteers work an hour a week tutoring and mentoring struggling students.

    The school district also has scheduled sessions on effective mentoring strategies from 9 to 11 a.m. March 22 and April 17 at the district's Area I Office, 525 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor. Attendees are asked to park at the church next door. On March 27, the school district will conduct a training session for elementary reading tutors from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lake St. George Elementary School, 2855 County Road 95, Palm Harbor.

    Anyone interested in volunteering can call the school district's community involvement office at (727) 588-6405 or get information at http://www.pinellas.k12.fl.us.

    Library book club to host local author

    EAST LAKE -- Local author Theresa Sandberg-Arnston, who goes by the pen name Catherine Arnold, will be a guest at the April meeting of the East Lake Community Library Book Club.

    Sandberg-Arnston lives in Palm Harbor and has written four books, Wrongful Death, Imperfect Justice, Due Process and Class Action.

    The lead character in the novels is Karen Perry-Mondori, a Pinellas County defense attorney. Extensive references to North Pinellas locations are made throughout the books.

    The author will lead a discussion and sign books on April 19 at 7 p.m. The discussion is part of a monthly book club series offered at the library. On March 21, the group will discuss In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. On May 16, the selection is An Hour Before Daylight by President Jimmy Carter.

    The library is at 4125 East Lake Road. For information, call 789-4384.

    Annual golf classic to tee off April 26

    EAST LAKE -- The 14th annual UPARC Ladies Golf Classic will be held April 26 at Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 Cypress Run Blvd.

    The event is a flighted team effort with two best balls of four, a 95 percent handicap and two "gimme" putts. A shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.; the registration fee is $95. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Children.

    For registration or sponsorship information, call (727) 797-8712.

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