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© St. Petersburg Times, published July 31, 2000

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The historic Renaissance Vinoy Resort continues its 75th anniversary celebration with special events today to mark its post-restoration reopening on July 31, 1992. Discounted history tours are available at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. for $5; $20 also includes lunch in the dinning room. Visitors can sign the special 75th anniversary guest register beginning at 10:30 a.m. Complimentary anniversary cake will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom Foyer. Also today there will be historic displays, piano music and more. Reservations are required for the tours; call (727) 894-1000, ext. 501.

Today's the last day to see a Korean War display at Northwest Regional Library, 15610 Premiere Drive, Tampa. The exhibit features the Army's 31st Regiment at the Chosin Few Reservoir and includes authentic military items, medals, pictures, posters, maps, commemoratives and the 31st Regiment's casualty list. Karen Smith presents. Her father, William Smith, is a Chosin survivor. The exhibit will be visiting local libraries in Hillsborough and Pasco counties through January. Call (813) 264-3831.

Tune in to WUSF-FM 89.7 for Karl Haas' Adventures in Good Music at 9 p.m. today when The Story of the Operetta is discussed by the Radio Hall of Fame inductee. Call (813) 974-8130 or (800) 741-9090.

The Sarasota Friends of Florida Folk Concert with the Ashley Gang begins with an open mike at 7:30 p.m. today followed at 8:30 p.m. by a concert at Sailing Squadron at City Island (north of St. Armand's Circle, east of Mote Marine Laboratory), Sarasota. Minimum donation is $5. Call (941) 377-7234 or (941) 377-9256.

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Things to view...

Get your long-awaited gridiron fix and check out Dennis Miller's debut as an NFL broadcaster on ABC tonight when the San Francisco 49ers take on the New England Patriots in the AFC/NFC Hall of Fame Game. 7 p.m.

It's the GOP's big day as the Republican National Convention begins. Take your pick from CSPAN to MSNBC to PBS to the big three networks and more. Check out your local listings or just surf until you find a commentator you like.

Tune in to the Sci-Fi channel at 9 p.m. today for a taste of a "covert state-sanctioned vampire-execution squad" that sets out to stop vampires from using humans in experiments in Ultraviolet. The new miniseries continues at 9 p.m. Tuesday and concludes at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

- Compiled by Times staff writer Kathleen Lang.

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