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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 13, 2000


THINGS TO DO

Take flight to River Ridge High School at 7 p.m. today to meet Pam Traas, author of Gardening for Florida's Butterflies, when she presents a free program during this month's meeting of the Nature Coast Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society at 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Also tonight are a raffle of butterfly plants and a book sale. Call (727) 842-8330.

Learn how to whip up what's best for your ticker when Chef Jerry Boucher and registered dietitians teach smarter decisions on choosing and cooking low-fat foods. A heart-healthy cooking class is at 5:30 p.m. today at the Heart Institute of St. Petersburg, 603 Seventh St. S, Suite 480, St. Petersburg. The session includes food preparation, recipes and tips on how to help lower cholesterol and fight heart disease. Cost is $15, $25 per couple (includes dinner). Reservations required. Call (727) 329-1615.

For some inspiring music, check out a patriotic organ concert presented by organist Jack Rain at First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, at 8 p.m. today. Rain will crank up the church's four-manual, 58-rank, Reuter pipe organ for this free concert. Donations are appreciated. Call (727) 822-2031.

Name the Composer when Karl Haas plays musical pieces and invites listeners to test their knowledge at 9 p.m. today on Adventures in Good Music on WUSF-FM 89.7. Call (813) 974-4890 or (800) 741-9090.

THINGS TO VIEW

It's back. MTV's The Real World returns for its ninth season premiere tonight, but this time with a local twist. University of South Florida graduate Melissa Howard, who grew up in Valrico, makes her TV debut as a cast member in Real World New Orleans. 9 p.m. Find out more about another bay area celebrity and professional wrestler when Hulk Hogan, a k a Terry Gene Bollea, who attended Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida, is featured tonight in a premiere A&E Biography. 8 p.m. Immerse yourself in the world of butterfly collars and original bell-bottoms when one of the hippest detectives in movie history returns to the small screen tonight on TNT's Shaft Marathon. The event begins with Shaft (1971), featuring Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning soundtrack, followed by Shaft's Big Score (1972), Shaft in Africa (1973) and two shows from the 1973 TV series. 8 p.m.-

Compiled by Times staff writer Kathleen Lang. She can be reached at lang@sptimes.com

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