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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 4, 2001


Today

RELAY FOR LIFE: The Greater Tampa Unit of the American Cancer Society is sponsoring its "Relay for Life" event from 6 p.m. today until noon Saturday. The relay will be at Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway; and Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Cancer survivors will begin the relay, to be joined later by family members, clubs, businesses, churches, service groups, health care professionals and others. At least one person from each team should remain on the track throughout the entire walk. After dark, there will be a luminaria ceremony in memory of those who lost their battle with cancer and in honor of survivors. Luminarias are $10 each or 3 for $25. They may be purchased in advance or on the day of the event. A volleyball tournament, treasure hunt, talent contest, celebrity look-alike contest, best hat contest, wacky Olympics and themed fun laps also are planned. For information, call (813) 251-0804.

Saturday

KIDDY SUMMER CAMP: Registration for Kiddy Summer Camp at Club Kids at Club Tampa Palms, 16402 Tampa Palms Blvd., will be from noon to 3 p.m. The camp for kids ages 2-4 will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 4 through Aug. 3. Lessons and activities include gymnastics, arts and crafts, outdoor play, swimming and snack time. Fee is $70 weekly for members, $75 weekly for non-members. For information, call (813) 971-5566.

CHESS TOURNAMENT: The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., will sponsor a chess tournament for children of all ages. Participants must register by 9 a.m. Cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. For information, call (813) 988-0096.

Sunday

OPEN AUDITIONS: Carrollwood Players will hold open auditions for Rough Crossing at 7 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Auditions for Tom Stoppard's seagoing farce will be at Plantation Plaza, 4333 Gunn Highway, north of Linebaugh Ave. Cast includes one woman (35-50), three middle-aged men and two men in their 20s. You must be able to sing; bring a tape or sheet music to accompany a ballad. The production, under the direction of Wallace Sterling, will run July 6-28 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. For information, call (813) 265-4000.

MOM/KID COOK-OFF CONTEST: In celebration of Mother's Day, Barnes & Noble Bookstore-Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, is sponsoring a "Mom and Kid Cook-off" at 2 p.m. Bring samples of your prepared foods to be presented to a panel of judges that will include WEDU's Sartura Shuman from the Ready to Learn program, Max Hutto from Hillsborough County schools and William Graham, manager of Piccadilly Cafeteria. Recipes should be used from Kid's Cook or Kid's Multicultural Cookbook. Prizes will include Barnes & Noble gift cards, kitchen appliances and more. For information, call (813) 962-6446.

Monday

AARP MEETING: The AARP Greater Keystone Chapter No. 3555 will meet at 1 p.m. at Keystone United Methodist Church, 16301 Race Track Road. Joanne Stukey will report on hospice care. For information, call (813) 961-6453 or (813) 920-2586.

Tuesday

MATURE DRIVING CLASS: AARP is offering its 55 Alive/Mature Driving class from 1 to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday. The two-day class will be at the Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave. NW in Lutz. No driving is involved. Bring driver's license to first class. Insurance discounts may be available. Cost is $10 per person. Class is subject to cancellation if there are fewer than 20 registrants. Today is the deadline to register. For information or to register, call (813) 264-3803.

COSMETIC ADVICE PROGRAM: The American Cancer Society is sponsoring a cosmetic advice program for women with cancer. The program, "Look Good . . . Feel Better," will be from 10 a.m. to noon at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Room 5136. Reservations are required. For information, call Karen at (813) 254-3630, ext. 321.

TRAFFIC CALMING: Hillsborough County staff will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss traffic calming along 122nd Avenue from Florida Avenue to N Boulevard. The meeting will be at Lake Magdalene Elementary School, 2002 Pine Lake Drive. Information will be used to make a recommendation to the County Commission. Interested residents are encouraged to attend and voice their concerns. For information, call (813) 272-5275.

BOOK DISCUSSION: Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt will be examined at 2 p.m. at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road. McCourt, raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland, describes a childhood of humor and compassion amid poverty and family tragedy. Copies of the book are available at the library. For information, call (813) 264-3800.

SKIN CANCER SCREENING: A free lecture and skin cancer screening will be held at Town & Country Hospital, 6001 Webb Road. Dr. Panos Vasiloudes, board-certified dermatologist, will conduct the screenings from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Wanda Boote, board-certified dermatologist, will lecture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on "The ABCs of Skin Cancer," including skin cancer risk factors and prevention methods. The lecture will offer ways to identify various types of skin cancer. Reservations are required. For information or reservations, call Stacey at (813) 882-7166.

Wednesday

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: Tampa Jewish Family Services is having its next monthly Alzheimer's Disease Support Group meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Meetings are on the second Wednesday each month at the Tampa Jewish Community Center/Federation Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive. The support group is for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. For information, call (813) 960-1848.

SEW SPECIAL: Sew Special, the Tampa neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, will meet at 6 p.m. for a social followed by its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be at JoAnn Etc., 12635 Citrus Park Plaza, across from Citrus Park Town Center. For information, call Marilyn at (813) 963-7822.

Thursday

DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP: The Tampa Bay Depressive and Manic Depressive Association will sponsor its weekly Depression Support Group meeting at 7:15 p.m. at Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive. The association provides lectures about depressive disorders at its weekly meetings. Meetings are held at various times and locations throughout the area. For information, call (813) 878-2906.

TRAFFIC CALMING: Hillsborough County staff will discuss traffic calming along Branch Mooring Drive, from Wildfire Way, near Memorial Highway and Countryway Blvd. A public meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Lowry Elementary School, 11505 Country Hollow Drive. Information gathered will be used to make a recommendation to the County Commission. Residents are invited to voice their concerns. For information, call (813) 272-5275.

BOOK DISCUSSION/SIGNING: Frederick Schofield, Florida Gulf Coast author, will hold a book discussion and signing at Barnes & Noble Bookstore-Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway. Schofield will appear at 7 p.m. to discuss A Run to Hell and Megasino: The 13th Casino. For information, call (813) 962-6446.

BPW MEETING: The North East Tampa Chapter of Business and Professional Women's Club will host a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regent's Park. Debbie Metzger, branch manager of the New Tampa Family YMCA, will speak about building assets in the community, the facility's construction progress under way in New Tampa and programs at the YMCA. Dinner buffet is $17 for members, $19 for non-members; reservations required by Tuesday. The focus group for women encompasses Temple Terrace, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Saddlebrook and portions of Lutz that are east of Dale Mabry Highway. The group promotes its members' businesses and professions while also sharing and learning about women's health, financial, legislative and family issues. For information or reservations, call Arleen at (813) 979-4200.

Looking ahead

LUNCHEON/FASHION SHOW: The Women's Club of Hunter's Green will present a luncheon and fashion show at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. Hats Off to Spring will begin with a social and silent auction at 11 a.m. May 17. The fashion show, featuring fashions by Chico's, will start at noon followed by the 1 p.m. luncheon. There will also be a 50/50 cash drawing. Cost is $20 in advance. Reservation/cancellation deadline is Thursday. Make checks payable to WCHG and mail to: Barbara Rhodes, 9162 Highland Ridge Way, Tampa, FL 33647. For information, call (813) 994-0078.

- Send information to Connie Drew, St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or fax (813) 226-3352. Deadline is two weeks before the event.

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