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    Firefighters hold fundraising events


    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 23, 2001

    PALM HARBOR -- Palm Harbor Fire Rescue is participating in several fundraising events for relief efforts in New York City following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

    Palm Harbor firefighters are scheduled to hold boot drives from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 7 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at four intersections: Tampa Road and U.S. 19; Nebraska Avenue and U.S. 19; Alderman Road and U.S. 19; and Lake St. George Drive and Tampa Road.

    In addition, the Knight Riders Classic Car Club will donate proceeds from its Sept. 30 car show to the relief fund. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wendy's Restaurant, 34092 U.S. 19 N. More than 100 classic cars will be on hand, and Palm Harbor Fire Rescue will display an engine at the event.

    Donations to the relief effort also can be sent to:

    Fire Station No. 65, Attention: Lynn, 250 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL., 34684.

    Florida Firefighters Charities for the NYC Firefighters Relief, 345 W Madison St., Tallahassee, FL., 32301-1625.

    Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Association, Local 2980, P.O. Box 565, Palm Harbor, FL., 34682.

    The fire department also has scheduled an awards banquet in November for its personnel, and is accepting gifts of appreciation or cash donations to be given to local firefighters. Contributions can be sent to Fire Station No. 65, Attention: Lynn, 250 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL., 34684, or call Julie Peluso at (727) 785-9419.

    Some local donations have already come in. Residents from Indian Bluff Island Thursday presented the department with two checks totaling $1,500.

    Grayce Merrell, who spearheaded the neighborhood fundraising efforts, went door to door seeking donations for Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.

    In February 2000, a car ran into her home and caught fire in her kitchen. She was very grateful to the firefighters for the assistance they have given her and other Palm Harbor residents.

    "These people are so helpful," she said. "We need to do something to help our brothers."

    The $1,500 raised so far will be earmarked for safety equipment, Merrell said.

    Taste of Palm Harbor set for Oct. 7

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Junior Womans Club's fifth annual A Taste of Palm Harbor will take place noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in historic downtown Palm Harbor.

    Organizers expect the crowd to exceed the 18,000 who attended the event last year.

    More than 40 artists and craft specialists will show their products, and more than 30 restaurants will offer food.

    The event also will feature rides, games and activities for children, the music of The Rhodeside Band and The Authorities, and appearances by on-air staff from Star 95.7-FM, several Tampa Bay Mutiny players, and Steve Hand, the official artist of the 2001 Taste of Palm Harbor.

    Commissioner to discuss roads

    PALM HARBOR -- Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel will discuss North Pinellas transportation issues from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday in the community room of the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., one block west of U.S. 19 N.

    Seel, who chairs the U.S. 19 Task Force, will provide updates on the Belcher Road extension to Nebraska Avenue, the widening of County Road 1 and plans to improve U.S. 19 through North Pinellas. She will solicit suggestions on how to improve traffic flow and safety on U.S. 19. The forum is open to the public.

    Register by calling the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at (727) 784-4287. There is no charge and light refreshments will be provided by the Palm Harbor Friends of the Library.

    Haircuts to benefit Red Cross

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Barbershop, 1122 Florida Ave., is holding a fundraising event for victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

    Proceeds from all haircuts between 3 and 7 p.m. today will go to the American Red Cross. No appointments are necessary. Call Cindy Claveau at (727) 726-9140.

    Community center offers activities

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Activities and classes at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., include:

    A free bridge club for experienced players that meets Mondays at 9 a.m.

    A preschool play workshop where toddlers can have fun with crafts and music from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $20 for residents and $23.21 for non-residents.

    A free "Mommy and Me Club" for mothers and their infants or toddlers Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

    Mature driving classes for motorists 50 or older from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday. AARP instructors teach the state-approved classes. Attendance both days is required. The cost is $10 and registration is required. Call (727) 942-5628.

    Tai chi from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. The cost is $25 for residents and $28.21 for non-residents.

    Mahjongg lessons at 1 p.m. Mondays, with play starting at 2 p.m., starting Oct. 1. The cost is $25 for residents and $28.21 for non-residents.

    Beginning bridge lessons starting Oct. 3 and continuing for four weeks at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $25 for residents and $28.21 for non-residents.

    An astronomy class that meets 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Oct. 3. The class includes observation through a telescope. The cost for four weeks is $5 for residents and $8.21 for non-residents.

    The community center's game room also has been remodeled and is open 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gym features senior badminton, basketball and volleyball mornings and early afternoons during the week for players 55 and older. Both facilities are free to city residents but cost non-residents $21.40 a year.

    Call (727) 942-5628.

    Monthly singles meetings set

    CRYSTAL BEACH -- The Single Exchange, a monthly meeting for local single people and singles groups, will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, as well as Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27, at the Crystal Beach Community Church on Crystal Beach Boulevard.

    Singles groups are invited to bring calendars from their clubs to be shared with other singles who might want to take part in more group activities. Participants should bring a dish to share. Call (727) 784-7981.

    Helen Ellis hospital activities

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Community health programs provided at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., include:

    Free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays in the lobby.

    Urologist Dr. David Jacob will speak to the prostate support group Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the blue room. The meeting is free. Call (727) 943-3600 to register.

    A breastfeeding class from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the blue room. The cost is $30 per couple. Call (727) 943-3600 to register.

    Senior center events offered

    PALM HARBOR -- Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center executive director Irene Rausch, an experienced guardian, is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday on living wills, health care surrogates and do-not-resuscitate orders. The free seminar will be at the senior center, 1500 16th St.

    The senior center offers line-dancing lessons every Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. The fee is $2 for center members and $3 for non-members.

    Group ballroom dance lessons are offered Mondays from 1 to 1:30 p.m., followed immediately by a tea dance until 3:30 p.m. The fee is $5 for members and $6 for non-members.

    The senior center will host an ice cream social from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Friday. Roy Raven of Raymond James Financial sponsors the free event.

    Call (727) 771-6000.

    Project Pet fundraiser set for Monda

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Project Pet of Florida will hold a fundraising spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the George Washington Ahepa Hall, 20 W Tarpon Ave., just east of Spring Bayou. Tickets are $6. The non-profit organization will use proceeds to help homeless and displaced dogs. Call (727) 423-3006.

    Deaf center to discuss services

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave., and Neighborly Senior Services will have a representative of the Deaf Service Center conduct a discussion of free services and equipment available for the hearing impaired at 11 a.m. Thursday. Call (727) 938-6860 or (727) 942-5628.

    Bloodmobile at Subway shop

    TARPON SPRINGS -- A Florida Blood Services bloodmobile is scheduled to be at the Subway restaurant at 1998 S Alt. U.S. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Donors will receive a T-shirt, cholesterol screening and sandwich coupon.

    Generally, healthy people 17 or older who weigh at least 100 pounds can donate blood. Identification is required prior to donation.

    Florida Blood Services provides blood for patients at Tampa Bay area medical facilities and requires more than 600 donations a day to keep up with demand. Information on the area's current blood supply is available at For information, call toll free at 1-800-682-5663.

    'Teen town hall' set for Oct. 15

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Library's Youth Advisory Board is scheduled to hold a "teen town hall" where local teenagers will be able to ask questions of school administrators and other community leaders at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

    North Pinellas school principals, Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala and a representative of the Sheriff's Office are scheduled to answer teens' questions.

    Newcomers luncheon to be held

    EAST LAKE -- The Palm Harbor Newcomers Alumnae & Friends will hold its regular luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway. The October meeting will feature music and the November meeting will include a fashion show. All are welcome. Call (727) 796-1405 or (727) 786-8555 for reservations.

    Kiwanis selling Entertainment Book

    PALM HARBOR -- The Kiwanis Club of Palm Harbor is selling the Entertainment Book, which contains discounts on dining, travel, shopping, movies, special events, sports and more. The books are $20, and all proceeds go to Kiwanis local children's projects. Contact Carl L. Heifetz, (727) 375-9383.

    Creative writing group meets

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Adults interested in creative writing can join Wordsmith, a new writers group that meets at 10 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month in the memorial room at the Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd.

    There are no dues and the group's purpose is to provide help and encouragement for beginning, published and unpublished writers. Contact Belva Green at (727) 942-7354 or e-mail

    Arthritis exercise programs offered

    The Arthritis Foundation's exercise and aquatic programs are offered at several different fitness centers in North Pinellas.

    The foundation's PACE program is being offered at Lifestyle Solutions Fitness and Yoga Studios in Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. PACE is an acronym for "People with Arthritis Can Exercise," and consists of a series of gentle movements and activities designed to help increase mobility and range of motion.

    The program is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at 34010 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, and at 1 p.m. at 40168 U.S. 19 N. Call (727) 934-8668 to register or find out about class fees.

    Lifestyle Solutions also offers the Arthritis Foundation's aquatic program at Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Services, 1660 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    The aquatic program consists of a series of gentle activities in the pool designed to help relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

    Call (727) 934-8668 for class fees and registration or check

    Another fitness center, Total Fitness, 1888 Alt. U.S. 19 S in Tarpon Springs, also offers the aquatic program. Sessions meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Call (727) 938-8551 to register or find out about class fees.

    Craft festival looking for exhibitors

    PALM HARBOR -- Organizers of the fourth annual Downtown Palm Harbor Craft Festival, scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21 on Florida Avenue, are looking for exhibitors with innovative and original handmade products as well as vendors of gourmet specialty foods, plants, herbs, gardening items and flowers.

    Call American Craft Endeavours at (954) 472-3755 or (813) 962-0388 or check

    Personalize your workouts

    The North Pinellas YMCA, 4550 Village Center Drive, offers group personal training classes for groups of 2 to 4 people.

    The classes offer participants the opportunity to get personalized workout programs with friends or family at a reduced rate.

    One-hour sessions can be scheduled three times per week for four weeks or two times per week for six weeks.

    The cost is $12 per session per person. Call (727) 772-9622.

    Preschool T-ball starts Oct. 16

    Registration begins Monday for the North Pinellas YMCA's Iddy Biddy Pre-School Sports Winter T-Ball program.

    The winter T-ball season runs Oct. 16 through Nov. 15. Teams practice and play Tuesdays and Thursdays from either 4 to 4:45 p.m. or 5 to 5:45 p.m.

    Registration fees are $50 for members, $60 for non-members. Players receive a T-shirt, a medal and a coloring book. Sponsors are also needed. For a $100 sponsorship individuals or businesses can have their name on team T-shirts. Call (727) 772-9622.

    Charter school group plans meeting

    A volunteer committee looking into the possibility of bringing a charter middle school to Oldsmar will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, 3990 Tampa Road.

    The meeting was originally scheduled for earlier in the month, but was canceled due to recent tragedies. Call (813) 855-4693.

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