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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 2, 2000


New Tampa/University/Lutz

Regal Oaks Lane drainage discussed

Hillsborough County staff and engineers will hold a public meeting to discuss drainage improvements on Regal Oaks Lane in the Lutz area. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. today in the cafeteria at Mort Elementary School, 1806 Bearss Ave. Construction on the $133,000 project is expected to begin in mid 2001 and be completed by late 2001. For information, call (813) 272-5275.

Garage sale benefits children's home

The Children's Home North Tampa Auxiliary garage sale will be held in conjunction with the Tampa Palms Homeowners garage sale. The event will be at Compton Park, 16101 Compton Park Drive, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Proceeds will go toward new furniture, mattresses, clothing and special needs items for the children. Items donated are tax deductible. For information, call Peggy at (813) 977-0333 or Pat at (813) 971-2955.

Woman's club sponsors youth writing contest

The GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club will sponsor the GFWC Youth Writing Contest for students in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Students in grades 1-12 can enter one poem and/or one short story. Poems must be between 8 and 30 lines and may be written in any style. Short stories are limited to 2,000 words. A $50 U.S. Savings Bond will be awarded to winners in each category. Entries must be submitted by Nov. 30 to Nancy Jaszcak 2516 Shorewood Lane, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639. For information, call (813) 996-3492.

Ruskin/Sun City Center

The 12th annual Ruskin Seafood and Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin. Six vendors will provide seafood dishes of conch fritters, crab salad, smoked chicken and mullet as well as non-seafood items. The East Bay High School band will perform a salute to veterans at 10:30 a.m., and other students from the school will participate in the Future Farmers of America petting zoo and plant sale. There also will be a juried fine arts show with a display of works by 30 artists featuring oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, wood and metal sculpture, and jewelry. Awards will be $500 for Best of Show and $350 Awards of Merit. The awards will be presented at noon. In addition, there will be a boat show, free entertainment and special activities for children. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children 6-12 and free for children 11 and under. Free parking. For information, call (813) 645-3808

Tampa

There will be an open house and Fall Arts and Crafts Festival at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 9704 N Boulevard, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The open house is in celebration of the center's new Art Gallery, which features art works by seniors. Original paintings of watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastels will be for sale. Handcrafts made by members of the Senior Center, a private, non-profit multipurpose center for older adults, also will be for sale. The center offers academic classes taught by certified instructors from the Adult Community Education Department of Hillsborough County Schools, activities, workshops, lectures and health and wellness programs. For information, call (813) 932-0241

Run, walk to benefit sickle cell association

Gamma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will host the "Run/Walk for Sickle Cell" starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event will begin at the AKA house at 412 E Seventh Ave. The fundraising event, from pledges, will be held in collaboration with the AKA Sorority, the Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County, Sunshine Designs and C.H. Jordan. All proceeds will benefit the Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County to provide ongoing research, increased awareness and to educate the community on the impact and complications associated with sickle cell anemia. For information, call (813) 247-5999.

Eighth Erwin Fest is scheduled for Saturday

Erwin Technical Center, 2010 E Hillsborough Ave., will sponsor its eighth annual Erwin Fest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Items for sale will include a variety of plants, clothes, tools, toys, and food and drinks. All proceeds will go to student scholarships. Erwin is part of the Hillsborough County School District. For information, call 231-1815.

Blake High presents Fall Dance Concert

The Dance Department of Howard W. Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, will present its Fall Dance Concert at 7 p.m. today and Friday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students.

The county

Hepatitis C test kits available free to veterans

The FDA approved at-home hepatitis C kits are available to all veterans. The test kits, from the American Liver Foundation, are free, but there is a shipping and handling fee of $6. The testing and test results are confidential. Kits will be available from Nov. 9 through Nov. 19. For information or to request a test kit, call toll free at (888) 888-4372.

Walk for the Animals planned for Saturday,

St. Francis Animal Rescue is sponsoring its second annual Walk for the Animals at Wilderness Trout Creek Park off Fletcher Avenue, past Interstate 75. The pledged-based walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. There will be two grand prize awards. Every walker will receive a ticket for drawings for every $100 they collect in donations. Every $100 raised will spay and neuter two cats or dogs, vaccinate and deworm one puppy or kitten or feed for two months. For information, call (813) 961-5340.

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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