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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 14, 2000


New Tampa/University/Lutz

Gallery to present "Just a Moment'

Centre Gallery presents "Just a Moment," an exhibition of photographs, by Bethany Souza from Monday through Dec. 8. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1. The gallery is at the University of South Florida, Phyllis P. Marshall Center, CTR 246, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (813) 974-5464.

Carrollwood/Northdale/Odessa

Children get chance to learn about Japan

Learn about Japanese culture from a costumed presenter who will share artifacts, costumes and music from 7 to 9 tonight at Northwest Regional Library, 15610 Premiere Drive. The event is part of Celebrate Children's Book Week, which ends Sunday. For information, call (813) 264-3831.

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Tampa

Friends of Plant Park to meet

Members and friends are invited to the ""Friends of Plant Park'' meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 at 415 S Paloma Place. There will be a display of roses in a varied cottage style garden. For information, call (813) 287-2908.

Newcomers to host luncheon meeting

Tampa Bay Newcomers will hold its monthly luncheon and meeting at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 28. There will be a silent auction of gift baskets; proceeds will be donated to charity. The reservation deadline is Nov. 22. Tampa Bay Newcomers is a non-profit social organization that helps women new to the area (within the past 18 months) meet others and explore mutual interests through group activities. For information, call Nelita at (813) 902-1147.

Smoking cessation program at TGH

Tampa General Hospital is sponsoring a smoking cessation program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on Davis Islands, 2 Columbia Drive. The first part is a free orientation. Participants can pay $50 if they would like to continue with the program. The two-hour session combines hypnosis and behavior modification. Unlimited free repetitions of the seminar are offered if needed. For information, call (813) 848-2822.

Murphy to sign 'One Tank Trips'

Bill Murphy from WTVT-Fox 13 will sign his travel book, One Tank Trips with Bill Murphy, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Waldenbooks at 250 West Shore Plaza. For information, call (813) 286-8096.

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Brandon/Valrico

Luminaria kits for sale

The Brandon Branch of the American Association of University Women is selling luminaria kits (paper bag lanterns) for $5. The deadline to place orders is Wednesday. Luminarias are a Mexican tradition, lighted on Christmas Eve at dusk to await the coming of the Christ Child. Proceeds benefit the Brandon branch's ""Girls Can!'' project, which funds scholarships for women. Distribution and pickup will be Sunday. To order, call (813) 671-3078. - 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.

-- 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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