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    North Pinellas notebook

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 22, 2001

    Students finally get covered activity court

    After 3 1/2 years of fundraising by more than 500 students and the PTA, the new covered physical education court at Palm Harbor Elementary School will make its official debut at a ceremony scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday.

    With the completion of the project, said Denise Beers, a physical education teacher and president of the school's PTA, "our children's dreams have come true."

    The structure, 60 by 88 feet, was built to shelter children at play from harmful exposure to sunlight.

    The school's PTA raised $30,000 for the $52,000 project. Those efforts got a boost when the contractor, RJ Bunbury Co. in Clearwater, agreed to donate $22,000 of the cost of construction.

    Latvala to address water concerns

    PALM HARBOR -- Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala is scheduled to speak on The Future of Water in Pinellas County from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the community room of the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

    The $6 fee includes a hot breakfast. Call the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at (727) 784-4287 to register.

    Plant society offers conference, trade show

    Craig Huegel, manager of Brooker Creek Preserve and Pinellas County environmental lands administrator, will be one of the featured presenters at the Florida Native Plant Society's homeowner conference and trade show May 12 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort.

    The trade show is free and open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature educational exhibits and information and will offer hard-to-find native plants for sale from all over Florida.

    The conference will feature a keynote presentation by conservation biologist Dr. Stuart Pimm, reviewing editor for Science magazine.

    Huegel, who also is the author of Butterfly Gardening with Florida's Native Plants and A Selection Guide to Native Trees and Shrubs, will give a presentation called "Start Planting for Wildlife."

    The cost for the conference is $30. The Westin Innisbrook Resort is at 37650 U.S. 19 N. Call (866) 356-2848.

    Dinner to benefit 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 spaghetti with sauteed onions. Call (727) 423-3006 for tickets or information.

    Senior center has much to offer in May

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., is offering classes and activities ranging from an ice cream social to a concert by the Suncoast Orchestra in May.

    Registration for classes is open. Classes include introduction to computers, computer literacy, introduction to Windows, Microsoft Works, digital photography, introduction to the Internet, how to conduct an online auction, tai chi, personal life-history writing, investment classes, beginning and intermediate Spanish and ballroom dancing for couples.

    The center's schedule for May includes:

    A concert by the Suncoast Orchestra at 7:30 May 9. Admission is $6, $5 for senior center members. Coffee and dessert will be served afterward.

    An open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10. Tours and previews of computer classes and upcoming activities will be offered.

    A '50s and '60s sock hop from 7 p.m. to midnight on May 11, hosted by the Harbor Springs Women's Club. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Home of Tampa. Tickets are $50 per couple. Call (727) 937-1282 for information and tickets.

    A country breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. May 13. Admission is $4, $3.50 for senior center members and $1.50 for children under 10. The menu includes danish, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, orange juice and coffee.

    A free ice cream social sponsored by Roy Raven of Raymond James Financial Services from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 25.

    Call (727) 771-6000.

    Teen town hall scheduled May 17

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Library's Youth Advisory Board will hold a teen town hall in which local teenagers can talk to community leaders at 7 p.m. May 17 at the library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

    The forum will give teenagers a chance to ask questions of representatives from local schools, Pinellas County government, the Sheriff's Department, the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, recreation league and the library.

    Puppeteer's show scheduled today

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Frog Prince Puppetry Arts Center will present puppeteer Pady Blackwood from Celebration and his Sawdust Circus, a marionette show featuring dogs, elephants, horses and clowns, at 2 p.m. today at 210 S Pinellas Ave., Suite 158.

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

    Hospital offers program for finding physicians

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital has launched a new community outreach program called Health Source to help patients find the right doctor.

    Patients can call the Health Source at (727) 943-3600 for information on hospital-sponsored community seminars, support groups, screenings and classes. Nurses staff the Health Source referral center weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital runs the Health Source service in partnership with University Community Hospital, which has a Health Source walk-in medical information and screening facility at Citrus Park Town Center in Hillsborough County.

    'Mixed Nuts' showing Tuesday at center

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., will show the movie Mixed Nuts free at 1 p.m. Tuesday as part of its old movies series. Call (727) 942-5628.

    Water exercise offered for arthritis sufferers

    PALM HARBOR -- The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program is offered five days a week at Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Services, 3450 East Lake Road, Suite 100.

    The program, taught by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructor Fran Larson of Palm Harbor, is a series of gentle exercises in the pool and is open to anyone with arthritis or fibromyalgia. It is not necessary to know how to swim.

    Larson conducts three sessions on Mondays, two on Wednesdays and Fridays and one on Thursdays. Each session lasts 45 to 50 minutes.

    The program is co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast branch of the Arthritis Foundation. Morning and evening classes are offered, and participants meet two to three times a week.

    Also, the Arthritis Foundation PACE program is being offered at Lifestyle Fitness Solutions and Yoga Studio in Palm Harbor. Sessions meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at 34010 U.S. 19 N. Registration is required.

    PACE is an acronym for "People with Arthritis Can Exercise." The program is a recreational series of gentle movements and activities designed to help increase mobility and range of motion. Instructors trained by the foundation conduct the sessions.

    For information, class fees and registration for either program, call Lifestyle Solutions at (727) 934-8668.

    Graduation night party planning starts Tuesday

    PALM HARBOR -- Planning meetings are scheduled 7 p.m. Tuesday and May 22 for Storm Surge 2001, the all-night, drug- and alcohol-free graduation night celebration for Palm Harbor University High School's class of 2001.

    More than 350 students are expected to attend the event, which will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater.

    The planning meetings will be in the school's media center. Call Andrea Zahn at (727) 789-1050.

    Suncoast YMCA president to discuss new facility

    PALM HARBOR -- Scott Goyer, president and chief executive officer of the Suncoast Family YMCA, will speak to the Palm Harbor University High School PTSA May 15 at 7 p.m. in the high school's teaching auditorium about the proposed new YMCA in Palm Harbor.

    Goyer will give a video presentation and answer questions. As proposed, the facility will be on 16th Street, north of Nebraska Avenue, will be modeled on the Trinity area YMCA in Pasco County and will include a lap pool.

    The high school is at 1900 Omaha St. Seating is limited. Call the school office at (727) 669-1131 or Cathy Holland of the Suncoast Family YMCA at (727) 461-9622.

    Volunteers needed to be math tutors

    Two schools in North Pinellas need volunteers to work an hour a week tutoring and mentoring students who need help with math.

    East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, needs algebra and geometry tutors Monday through Thursday between 7:20 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. One-hour tutoring sessions are available throughout the day. Volunteers are also needed 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday nights at the East Lake Community Library.

    Tarpon Springs Middle School, 501 N Florida Ave., needs math tutors to help sixth- and seventh-graders learn about fractions, decimals and the basics of prealgebra.

    Call (727) 588-6405 or check

    Registration open for Sunderman programs

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor recreation program is registering participants for a variety of programs at the Sunderman Recreation Complex and Putnam Park.

    Programs being organized for the Sunderman complex, 1631 Ninth St., include:

    A 12-week beach volleyball league beginning May 1. Six-player coed recreational teams will play on Tuesdays, while six-player coed competitive teams will play Thursdays. The cost is $25 per team, plus $18 for Palm Harbor residents and $23 for non-residents. Organizers will try to place individuals on teams.

    Summer roller hockey leagues for children 8 and under, 11 and under and 14 and under. The season runs from June 25 through Aug. 16, and registration will be from May 1 to June 8. The cost is $50 for residents and $62.50 for non-residents. The fee includes a 15-game season, tournament, hockey jersey, trophy and supplemental insurance coverage.

    A summer adult inline skate hockey league, playing Friday evenings from Friday to Aug. 17. Registration lasts until April 20. The cost is $70 and includes a jersey. There is no fee for goalies.

    Programs at Putnam Park, 799 Reviere Road, include:

    An ongoing tae kwon do program for participants age 5 and up, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Anyone interested can start this program at any time. The cost is $37 per month for residents and $46.25 as a non-resident. There is also a $37.50 uniform fee. Call (727) 734-9704.

    A one-stroke art class that meets Saturdays. If interested, call (727) 785-9862 and leave your name and telephone number.

    The park also offers a free introductory tennis lesson for adults and children and a variety of paid tennis programs for players of varying levels of skill and experience. Call (727) 785-9862.

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