By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000
PALM HARBOR -- A buffet country breakfast will be served at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., from 8 to 11 a.m. today. Danish, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, sausage gravy, orange juice and coffee will be served. The cost is $3.50 for adults and $1.50 for children younger than 10. Tickets will be available at the door. Call (727) 771-6000 for information.
PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Historical Museum plans to launch a friends group to support its activities and is holding a kick-off open house from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the museum, 2043 Curlew Road.
The open house will be informal. Call the museum at (727) 781-4670 or director Winona Jones at (727) 785-1652 for information.
TARPON SPRINGS -- Betty Greenwood will present "The Puppeteer -- Ventriloquist Variety Show" at 2 p.m. today at the Frog Prince Puppetry Arts Center and Theater, 210 S Pinellas Ave., Suite 158. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Call (727) 942-2222 or (727) 784-6392 for reservations.
TARPON SPRINGS -- Project Pet of Florida, a non-profit group, will host a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the George Washington Ahepa Hall, 20 W Tarpon Ave. The menu includes spaghetti, halkitika, which is spaghetti with sauteed onions, salad, bread and dessert. The cost is $5. All proceeds will help displaced and homeless dogs. Call (727) 934-6986 for information.
TARPON SPRINGS -- The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has named Tarpon Springs High School math teacher Lucia Arnold as a 2000 Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction. She is one of 252 educators nationwide so recognized.
Arnold was nominated by Tarpon Springs High student Joanna Leeds, who is receiving a college scholarship from the foundation.
PALM HARBOR -- The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast will offer a volunteer orientation class from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at the hospice's north community service center, 2675 Tampa Road. Volunteer opportunities at the hospice include supporting patients and their families, staffing the thrift shop, providing bereavement support, working with computers, doing office tasks and providing support at special events, or speaking to the community.
For information, call hospice volunteer development director Kathy Roble at (727) 586-4432.
PALM HARBOR -- The Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce is organizing an evening with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 7 p.m. Sept. 26. The event will be held at the Beach in Tropicana Field. The $30 per person cost includes admission, pizza, ice cream cake and soda. Call the chamber at (727) 784-4287 to sign up. The application deadline is Tuesday.
PALM HARBOR -- Palm Harbor Elementary School hosts its first general PTA meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria. Pinellas County School Board member Susan Latvala is scheduled to speak on school choice. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Call PTA president Denise Beers at (727) 669-1156 for information.
TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., will host a health fair Tuesday. It will offer blood pressure checks, blood sugar screening and body fat screening. For information, call Neighborly Senior Services at (727) 938-6860 or Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital class registration and physician referral at (727) 943-3643.
PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Women's Social Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and the third Wednesday of each month at the Palm Harbor Senior Center, 1500 16th St. Call Florence Zaloba at (727) 789-1541 to make reservations or for information.
TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Cultural Center will present Three Pioneer Women of Florida, a historical theater piece incorporating original songs, mime, storytelling, period costumes and biographies, at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Florida performance artists will bring three prominent female activists of Florida to life:
Storyteller and author Judy Gail portrays environmentalist Mary Barr Munroe (1852-1922).
Jude Parry, founder/director of the Gold Coast Theater, portrays environmentalist May Mann Jennings (1870-1963). Along with Munroe, Jennings was instrumental in preserving what became Everglades National Park.
Storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar portrays Rosie Weiss (1886-1974), who was known as the "Mother of Miami Beach."
The show is suitable for all ages. Seating at the cultural center, at 101 S Pinellas Ave., is limited to 84 people. The cost is $10, or $8 for center members and students. Call (727) 942-5605 for information.
TARPON SPRINGS -- Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital will conduct prostate cancer screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The screenings will include both a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test. The cost is $15, space is limited, and advance registration is necessary. Call (727) 943-3600 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to register.
Prostate cancer might not cause any symptoms during its early stages of development, which makes it important for men, especially those over 50, to have a yearly checkup. A PSA test detects increased levels of the antibodies that accompany prostate cancer. Regular prostate cancer checkups are recommended for men beginning at age 40 who have a family history of prostate cancer and for African-American men.
PALM HARBOR -- A Florida Blood Services bloodmobile will be at the Target at 900 East Lake Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
All donors will receive a T-shirt, wellness checkup that includes a cholesterol screening, a coupon for a free 12-inch Philly cheesesteak from Miami Subs Grill, a buy-one-get-one-free ticket from the Florida Aquarium and a coupon for a free hot dog and Coke at Target.
Generally, healthy people who are 17 or older and weigh at least 100 pounds can donate blood. Identification is required before donation. For further eligibility information, call (800) 68-BLOOD (682-5663).
Typically, more than 600 blood donations a day are required to keep up with the demand for blood by Tampa Bay area medical facilities. Blood supply information is available at http://www.fbsblood.org.
Rotary Club awards 3 seminar scholarships
PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Rotary Club recently awarded scholarships for Rotary-sponsored five-day seminars to three Palm Harbor University High School students. Sarah Iwanski received a scholarship to attend the Rotary's Students for Tomorrow Leaders seminar at Florida Southern University in Lakeland. Kim Thornton and Dana Hicks received scholarships to attend a Rotary world affairs seminar at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.
The adopt-a-grandchild program, sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Care, is looking for volunteers age 50 or older to spend time with children. Volunteers should have two to four hours a week to spend developing a close relationship with a child.
Gulf Coast Community Care also is looking for mentors 30 and older to provide guidance to children ages 11 to 14 from single-parent, low-income homes. The agency has been matching volunteers and children in Pinellas County for 19 years. Call (727) 538-7460, ext. 3019 or 3192, for information.
Reservations are being accepted for the Tarpon Springs High School Baseball Boosters Club golf tournament on Oct. 7 at the Lansbrook Golf Club in East Lake. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Tickets are $70 and include 18 holes of golf, cart, beverage tickets and a dinner award. Hole sponsors are also being sought.
Call Arry Housh at (727) 938-9565 or Robin Gunn at (727) 942-9918 for information.