By CONNIE DREW
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 19, 2000
Salvation Army seeking volunteers
The Salvation Army's Hispanic Ministry is seeking volunteers for its Brandon location at 7407 U.S. 301, Suite 100. The following opportunities are available: office receptionist, food pantry assistance, data entry and building maintenance. For information, call (813) 223-3781.
Rotary Club to host political forum
The New Tampa Rotary Club will hold its weekly meeting at 7 a.m. Friday in the Palms Room at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. Local political candidates running for election in November will be featured. The club's membership is open to professional men and women who live or work in the New Tampa area. For information, call (813) 907-0215.
Sierra Club hosts gala, awards banquet
The Sierra Club will host its third annual Gala and Awards Banquet at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. The gala will begin a 6 p.m. Saturday with a silent auction, with the awards presentation, dinner and contra and square dancing afterward. The Sierra Club will honor Roger Stewart, who served 30 years as executive director of the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, with the Black Bear Award. Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala will receive the River Otter Award, and Rob Lorei, news and public affairs director of WMNF Radio, will receive a special Media Award. The event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay and Suncoast Groups of the Sierra Club. Admission is $30 and includes dinner and MOSI admission. For information, call (813) 253-3555.
Services for the family offered
The Family Service Association, 5800 N Nebraska Ave., offers a variety of programs, including counseling and workshops. The counseling services provide confidential assessment, counseling and psychotherapy services for families, children, teenagers and couples. Seminars and workshops are offered through its Family Life Education Programs and the Employee Assistance Programs. Family Services also has an office at 407 N Parsons Ave., Suite 104A, in Brandon. For information or confidential appointment at either location, call (813) 238-3727.
Kid City presents 'Sort-A-Spooky'
Kid City, Children's Museum of Tampa, 7550 N Boulevard, will present its fifth annual "Sort-A-Spooky" celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The fun-filled event will feature crafts and games, face painting and the "Sort-A-Spooky" Fun House created by the Hillsborough High School's Key Club. The highlight of the event will be door-to-door trick-or-treating through the streets of Kid City. Also, there will be entertainment with a strolling guitarist, a juggler telling riddles, storytellers and more. Kids can participate in treat bag decorating and pumpkin decorating plus crafting a pasta necklace. Also, pictures can be taken in the Pumpkin Patch. Food and beverages will be available. Admission is $4 per person; members and children younger than 2 are admitted free. For information, call (813) 935-8441.
Town 'N Country/Westchase
October Family Fest set for Saturday Incarnation Catholic School, 5111 Webb Road, will hold its first October Family Fest from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. The fundraising event, organized by the Home and School Association, will feature activities for children and adults. There will be a "beautiful baby" contest starting at 4:30 p.m. in categories for girls from infant to 1 year, toddlers and a separate "masters" group for boys younger than 3. Prizes will be awarded for beauty as well as personality. The October Family Fest will include carnival-style interactive games, moon walks, a haunted house, hayrides, electronic baseball pitch, bingo and a teacher dunk tank. A pie-eating contest will begin at 8 p.m., and a raffle for cash prizes starts at 10 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Incarnation teachers, performing arts students and Barbara Byers Dance Studio, among other acts. For information, call (813) 932-8605.
Award to honor young volunteers
Soroptimist International of Tampa is accepting applications for the inauguration of its Violet Richardson Award. The award will honor girls ages 14 to 17 for their volunteer activities. In addition, $400 will be donated in their names to their schools or volunteer organizations. The local winner will be considered for the Southern Regional award of $1,000 plus an additional $1,000 for her volunteer organization. Applications are available from school guidance counselors or from Diana Miller. The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 1. The recipient will be recognized at the Awards Banquet in the spring. For information or application, call Diana at (813) 935-9118. -- Information about meetings and events can be sent to Connie Drew, the St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or faxed to 226-3352. The deadline is two weeks before the event.
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