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    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 18, 2001


    Financial workshop for women scheduled

    LARGO -- A financial management workshop for women, "Taking Control," will be offered at the Largo Library auditorium, 351 East Bay Drive from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. 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 hot line, (800) 775-8081, ext. 00542.

    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.

    Series of free law classes continues at SPJC campus

    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, has begun. All classes, taught by local judges and/or 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. There is no homework. Seating is limited, but registration not necessary. For information, call 461-4869. Here is a schedule:

    Thursday: 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

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