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Seminar to focus on issues facing caregivers

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000


A one-day seminar, "Shifting Gears in a Changing Society," for individuals interested in the medical and legal aspects of caring for the elderly and the handicapped, will be held Sept. 29 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Discussion topics will include estate planning, guardianship and mental health issues.

Scheduled speakers include Circuit Judge David Seth Walker; John Grant, executive director of the Statewide Public Guardianship Office; attorneys Douglas Williamson and Bryan Albers; and Gary Vitucci from the Department of Children and Families. An exhibitor's showcase will feature products and services for client and patient care.

A $75 fee covers lunch, parking and all seminar materials. For a copy of the schedule or for information, call seminar coordinator Donna Hicks at (727) 360-3622.

Essay contest open to high school students

High school students throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties are invited to take part in the sixth annual Tony Jannus Essay Contest. Essays should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and submitted to the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, no later than Friday. The topic is "Founders," and students are asked to choose one of the past five award recipients and write a biographical sketch of that person while exploring how that individual was worthy of the Tony Jannus Award. The top 10 essay writers will receive cash prizes, and the grand prize winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. For information and for the names of past award winners, call (727) 894-1052.

Arts Council will hold grants workshop

Applications are now available for the Pinellas County Arts Council's Artist Resource Fund grants. Grants, in amounts up to $2,000, are awarded to artists whose projects relate to furthering professional development. The grants workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Time auditorium, 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The applications are available at locations throughout the county. For information, call 507-4114.

City to sponsor giant greeting card contest

St. Petersburg's Recreation Department is hosting a giant greeting card contest, with the winning designs adorning the city's downtown waterfront area for a month during the winter holidays.

Entries should be submitted in a color, vertical format on two 6x12-inch white poster boards and must be received by Oct. 12. If your design is chosen, you will be asked to reproduce it on two 4x8-foot plywood panels, which the Recreation Department will provide.

Winners will be selected based on originality, execution, overall appearance, and verse and concept. For information, call 892-5874, 893-7441 or 892-5197.

Florida International Museum seeks donations

The Florida International Museum seeks donations of items related to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 for a special exhibit to open this winter. Items of interest include photographs, slides or negatives, uniforms or military memorabilia, fallout shelter materials, maps, diaries, flight logs and other documents. For information, or to donate items, call the museum at (800) 777-9882.

The disabled can get help with accessibility at home

St. Petersburg's Housing Department offers a Barrier Free Home Program to assist physically disabled residents with plans and loans to improve access in their homes. For information, call 893-7247.

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