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Community band seeks a few new members

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 21, 2001

The St. Petersburg Community Band's 27th season is beginning and they want you to play! If you have ever played an instrument and long for the group music experience, give them a call at 526-3944. Do you fear that you're too rusty? Any player, any skill level is welcome. French and baritone horn players are especially needed.

Deaf Service Center offers new services

Friends of the Deaf Service Center in Pinellas County now offers complete Florida Telecommunications Relay services to local residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech impaired. Specialized telephones and ring-signaling devices are available free of charge, and the equipment will be loaned to qualified residents for as long as needed. For information, call 399-9983.

Consumer education and protection is available

The Pinellas County Department of Consumer Protection wants Floridians to be aware of their rights in canceling contracts with service providers and solicitors.

Under Florida state law, the purchaser has the right to cancel many signed contracts within three days of signing. Services to be rendered in the future, such as gym memberships or dance lessons, and home solicitations amounting to $25 or more, are covered under the statute. New and used car sales are excluded. To cancel a contract, the buyer should send a certified letter to the seller within three business days of signing the contract.

For information on consumer issues, visit the department's Web site at www.pinellascounty.org or call 464-6200.

Asian center offers GED, English classes

The Asian Family and Community Empowerment Center offers classes for general equivalency diploma preparation at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, English for speakers of other languages at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and citizenship preparation at 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the center, 2201 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The classes are free and open to the public. Call 321-8887.

Click to avoid points on your driver's record

The Suncoast Safety Council now offers its traffic school on the Worldwide Web, for Florida residents with a moving violation who wish to prevent having points placed on their license. The four-hour course costs $35. Call 373-7233, ext. O, for information or to register.

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