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    North Pinellas notebook

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000


    The Avenue Players offer production of "Amadeus'

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Avenue Players Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning play, Amadeus, from Nov. 3 to Dec. 2 at the Tarpon Springs City Hall Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Ave.

    The production features Rick Bronson as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Linda Fajvan as Constanze Weber and Anthony Casale as Antonio Salieri.

    Evening performances are 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, 4, 10, 17, 18 and Dec. 1 and 2. Matinees are 2 p.m. Nov. 5 and 19. There will be a complimentary reception on opening night, Friday, Nov. 3, at which the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater Chorale will sing the last five minutes of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. Constantine Grame will direct.

    Admission is $14, $12 for members. Call (727) 942-5605 for information.

    Senior center to hold Tea Dance

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., will hold a Tea Dance on Nov. 7 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. featuring the Russ Ramsey Trio. The trio will play the tunes of Charlie Spivak, Harry James and the big bands. The price is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call (727) 771-6000.

    Free computer clinic scheduled

    PALM HARBOR -- A free computer diagnostic clinic is being offered by the Tampa Bay Computer Society at the Palm Harbor Library and the Gulfport Library as part of Random Acts of Kindness Week in November. People with IBM-compatible computers can have their machines checked by members of the Tampa Bay Computer Society. The clinics will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Palm Harbor Library and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Gulfport Library. Online registration is required to participate, with a form at www.SynergyPublishing.com. For information, call the Palm Harbor Library, (727) 784-3332, or the Gulfport Library, (727) 893-1073.

    Tarpon Springs sets Fall Festival

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department will host its second annual Fall Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Craig Park Recreation Center. The event is free and includes Halloween magic acts at 2:30 and 4 p.m., the play Aladdin at 3:15 p.m., doughnut-eating and costume contests, games, candy and prizes, as well as free sno-cones and popcorn while they last. Call (727) 942-5628 for information.

    Singles club to meet

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Singles Club will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St. All are invited. Call (727) 771-6000 for information.

    Newcomers schedule luncheon

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Newcomers Alumnae and Friends will hold its luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 300 East Lake Fairway. The meeting will feature a style show by SteinMart. All are welcome. Call (727) 785-2714 for reservations.

    West Coast Players present 'Radio Show'

    PALM HARBOR -- The West Coast Players will present "Radio Show," which includes old-time skits such as the Abbott and Costello "Who's on First?" routine at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St.

    There will be performances from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 2 to 5:30 p.m Sunday.

    Tickets are $20 for the show and a buffet dinner. Reservations are required. Call (727) 771-6000 for information.

    Golfers come up winners

    Brandon Lene of Oldsmar and Chris Casatelli of Tarpons Springs, both members of the East Lake Mainstream Adults Sharing Hope golf team, competed Oct. 14-17 in the first Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

    The event was sponsored by the Professional Golf Association, United States Golf Association; Pinellas County Special Olympics funded the trip.

    Lene, 25, and Casatelli, 40, both longtime members of MASH, a local group for mentally handicapped adults, received silver medals in their individual events.

    Casatelli participated in the Level 1 Individual Skills Contest designed for entry-level athletes, and Lene participated in the Level IV Individual Play contest for athletes capable of playing 18 holes independently in stroke play competition.

    They were two of seven players from Florida chosen to play in the tournament.

    "It was really an honor . . . to be chosen to play," said Lisa Lene, Brandon Lene's mother and MASH golf coach. "They were very excited."

    The group practices twice a month, eight months of the year, at the Silver Dollar public golf course just north of Oldsmar.

    During the tournament, Lisa Lene served as a caddie for her son, while Lene's husband, Tom Lene, was a caddie for Casatelli.

    After receiving his medal, Casatelli rose and thanked his coach and his parents, Alex and Mary Casatelli, who own Hope House, an assisted living facility in Tarpon Springs.

    Accompanying Casatelli and the Lene family on the trip were Pinellas County Special Olympics coordinator David Haines and Area Special Olympics director John Neel.

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