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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 15, 2000

Florida International Museum seeks donations

The Florida International Museum seeks donations of items related to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 for a special exhibit to open this winter. Items of interest include photographs, slides or negatives, uniforms or military memorabilia, fallout shelter materials, maps, diaries, flight logs and other documents. For information, or to donate items, call the museum at (800) 777-9882.

Fife and drum corps seeks new members

Liberty Fife & Drum Corps seeks drummers and fifers to sign up to play historical American music at parades and other local events. They're also looking for marchers to participate in their color guard. Call 360-2677 for information.

Pets for People matches pets with seniors

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Pinellas County, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo, matches pets with senior citizens in the Pets for People program.

Seniors age 60 and older can take home a specially matched pet, and the adoption fee and the first veterinarian visit are covered. For information, call 586-3591.

Museum seeks witnesses to Holocaust experience

Since 1994, the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg, has been interviewing Holocaust survivors, and now the museum is expanding its work to include refugees, hidden children, liberators, protectors, freedom fighters and children of survivors.

Because of the age of these eyewitnesses -- most are over 65 -- the museum considers making an official record of the testimonies a priority.

If you have an eyewitness account or have information pertaining to the events surrounding the Nazi rise to power, invasion of Europe or other Nazi war crimes, the museum asks for your participation in the project.

For information, call the museum at 820-0100.

Poynter to host writing workshop for high school

The Poynter Institute will host the Florida High School Writers Workshop for high school students and teachers. The event, scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, will be held at the University of South Florida, Bayboro Campus, St. Petersburg and is free

Advance registration is required. Call (727) 821-9400, ext. 240 or visit

American Stage to hold memorial for director

American Stage will present a memorial service in honor of the late stage director William Garette Shepard Jr., who passed away unexpectedly in September, at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the theater, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. The service will include readings, musical numbers and performances by many of the artists who worked with Shepard during his four years as production stage manager at the theater. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. A memorial fund has been set up in Shepard's name, and family members ask that anyone wishing to donate to send funds to the American Stage William Garette Shepard Jr. Fund. For more information, call 823-1600, ext. 203.

County Animal Services plans reunion celebration

Adopt a pet for $30 or less at the Pinellas County Department of Animal Services Fifth Annual Family Reunion and Community Celebration, 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Bring out the whole family, including your pets, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 for free hot dogs, soft drinks, entertainment, pet vendors with free samples, face painting and drawings for tickets to Lowry Park Zoo, Celebration Station and more. Rabies shots are available for $1 with the purchase of county pet licence. Free pictures with Mrs. Santa Paws while they last. Call 582-2600.

Flags available through Department of State

Both State of Florida and U.S. flags are available through the Department of State. Costs vary according to size and materials used. You may also have your flag flown over the Florida Capital at no additional charge. Call (850) 488-1802 or write Wilma Shouse, Florida Department of State, Bureau of General Services, 430 E Gaines St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250.

The disabled can get help with accessibility at home

St. Petersburg's Housing Department offers a Barrier Free Home Program to assist physically disabled residents with plans and loans to improve access in their homes. For information, call 893-7247.

Program teaches dangers of substance abuse

Family Resources Inc., a non-profit family service provider that works in conjunction with the James B. Sanderlin Family Center, offers the Kinship Care Family Heritage program for children ages 6-10 and their caregivers.

The program is open to caregiver families who are active participants in support groups at the Sanderlin Center, who are in need of assistance or have struggled with substance abuse problems.

The program will be offered in three 14-week segments beginning this summer and continuing through August 2001. The purpose is to provide stability for children in the caregiver's homes by strengthening the overall family unit and educating children about the dangers of substance abuse and the availability of community resources and prevention services.

For information, call 550-4250.

Fiddlers' group seeks string players

A local group is open to anyone who plays the fiddle or any other string band instruments.

The Bay Area Fiddlers' Association, a newcomer on the local music scene, is looking for additional members who enjoy playing, tapping toes and sharing time with other lovers of old-time country and folk music.

Call (727) 938-1417 or (727) 321-2379 for details.

Goodwill seeks donations of children's books

Goodwill Industries Suncoast Inc. is seeking donations of new or used books in good condition for their "Bookworks" program, in which children are read to by volunteers and given a free book.

Donations may be taken to Goodwill at either 10596 Gandy Blvd. or 7601 Park Blvd. For information, or to locate additional drop-off sites for donations, call 523-1512, ext. 223.

Infants and children can get free food

The Florida WIC Program, a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, is available to anyone with legal responsibility for a child younger than 5 who qualifies.

It provides free food, including cheese, cereal, eggs, peanut butter, infant formula, beans, milk and fruit juice. For information, call 824-6914.

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