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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 31, 2000


Free adoption seminar offered Wednesday

Adoption Resources of Florida/International will hold a free adoption seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday at its office, 112 S Armenia Ave. For information or reservations, call (813) 251-3388.

Violet society meeting on Thursday on decorating

The Tampa African Violet Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Seminole Heights Garden Center, 5800 Central Ave. This month's program will focus on "Holiday Decorating with Violets." For information, call (813) 251-1581.

MacDonald Parents Group to meet on Thursday

The MacDonald Parents Group will meet 9 a.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the MacDonald Training Center, 5420 W Cypress St. The MacDonald Training Center serves adults with disabilities. For information, call (813) 870-1300.

New Tampa/University/Lutz

Food drive to benefit Metropolitan Ministries

Children 12 and under are invited to participate in a combination Trick or Treat and Metropolitan Ministries food drive from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Bring a non-perishable food item to the Metropolitan Ministries collection bins in Center Court at University Mall on Fowler Ave. Children will receive a trick or treat bag filled with starter candy and may then visit participating merchants. Some items requested are baby formula, rice, peanut butter (in plastic containers), canned fruit, juice, meat and milk. Also, toiletries are needed including toothpaste, shaving cream, diapers and deodorant. For information, call (813) 971-3466.

Brandon/Valrico

DAR to meet Thursday for presentation

The Alafia River Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brandon First Baptist Church, 216 Parsons Ave. Carole Belcher will present "Daughters, Wonderful Heritage." For information, call (813) 684-0843 or 689-3438.

Baptist church to host craft-making for women

The Women in Focus Ministry of Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, invites all women to Fruitful Hands Craft Ministry and Fellowship from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Participants will create a Nativity yard collection. Daytime child care is available with prepaid reservations; cost is $2 per child. For information or reservations, call Rhonda at (813) 621-4412.

West Shore

Sales training seminar geared for professionals

The Masi Motivational Company will present "Selling with Passion II" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tampa Westshore Marriott Hotel, 1001 N Westshore Blvd. These seminars are geared toward sales professionals interested in learning new methods of increasing sales. Tickets are $195 per person. For information or reservations, call (800) 800-9736.

Friday auction will benefit cystic fibrosis

13 Ugly Men will present the ninth annual Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction "Some Enchanted Evening" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wyndham Westshore Hotel, 4860 W Kennedy Blvd. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and silent auction will be offered. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For information or tickets, call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (813) 286-0266.

Halloween treasure hunt at WestShore Plaza

WestShore Plaza will host a Halloween treasure hunt from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Costumed children are invited to go from store to store to gather treats. For information, call (813) 286-0790.

-- Information about meetings and events may be sent to Connie Drew, the St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or faxed to 226-3352. Deadline is two weeks before the event.

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