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    Low-cost decorating workshops scheduled

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000

    LARGO -- Are you looking for some easy, low-cost ways to decorate your home? If so, the Highland Recreation Complex in Largo has some classes just for you.

    Marsha Goins is starting a series of workshops on how to use glass painting, wood painting and other techniques to transform ordinary objects into works of art.

    The workshops will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 N Highland Ave., Largo. Cost per session is $11 with a resident recreation card, $13.75 with a non-resident recreation card and $16.75 without a card.

    Depending upon the response, Goins might offer future workshops on rubber stamping, memory books, working with clay, soapmaking and papermaking.

    To sign up or for information, call the complex at 518-3016.

    Caregiver support group meets every Wednesday

    A support group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (or other relative caregivers) is from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Foundation Village Neighborhood Family Center, 918 Woodlawn St., Clearwater.

    Child care and refreshments are available at the free program. Planned topics for discussion include parenting, family relations, cooperation with natural parents, child development, relative caregiver funding, legal issues, trauma, coping skills, sexual abuse, domestic violence, custody, stress, safety, substance abuse and mental health, including depression, anger and loss.

    For information, call group facilitator Barbara C. Moore at 550-4050.

    Nursing home residents need volunteer advocates

    The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Councils in the Tampa Bay area are looking for volunteers to act as advocates for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers help investigate patient complaints and inspect facilities.

    Ombudsmen are asked to ensure that they are free from conflict of interest. For information, call one of the following councils: (727) 834-3127 (North Pinellas/Pasco), (727) 588-6912 (Mid- and South Pinellas), or (813) 871-7185 (Hillsborough).

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