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    North Pinellas in brief

    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 5, 2000

    Business owners invited to meeting

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Women and minorities who own businesses are invited to meet with purchasing directors from several government agencies and four nearby community colleges from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Music Center at the St. Petersburg Junior College, Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

    Speakers will discuss how to become a college vendor, the bidding process, upcoming college construction projects and purchases, and educational opportunities for business owners and their employees. Refreshments will be served. For information or to sign up, call Psalms Mack, SPJC's Equal Access-Equal Opportunity officer, 341-3261.

    New insulin pen to be demonstrated

    CLEARWATER -- A demonstration and program on the new Humalog MIX 75/25 insulin pen will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Largo Medical Center's Diabetes Education Center, 1300 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. The pen requires no vials, syringes or refrigeration after its first use. This program and demonstration are for people with Type 2 diabetes who are taking 70/30 or NPH insulin. A physician will be present to answer questions. Limited seating. Make reservations by calling 466-9530.

    Ovarian cancer to be topic of 'Lunch with the Doctor'

    LARGO -- The diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer will be the topic discussed by Dr. Louis Paolillo at the Thursday "Lunch with the Doctor" program at Largo Medical Center, 201 14th St. SW. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the program at noon in the hospital's first-floor classrooms. Cost is $3. To sign up, call the Largo Medical Center Healthcare Referral Service at 588-5702.

    Equither Inc. to host fundraiser for therapy

    CLEARWATER -- Equither Inc. will have a fundraiser, "Stroll Down Memory Lane," from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on today in the Grand Ballroom and gardens of the Kapok Pavilion, formerly the Kapok Tree Restaurant, 923 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. There will be a silent auction and desserts furnished by several local bakeries. Equither is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. Tickets are $20; it costs $35 to become a sponsor and $100 to become a donor. To make reservations or for information, call Diane Dubendorff, 531-1844.

    Youth literacy program needs children's books

    CLEARWATER -- Children's books are needed by the Pinellas County Rolling Readers, a youth literacy program that helps youngsters in the county school system. Volunteers from throughout the county read aloud or tutor elementary children. If you can donate books or money or want to volunteer, call Jennifer Nagel, community outreach specialist, 443-7198.

    Center seeks donations of Christmas gifts

    CLEARWATER -- The Gulf Coast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 905 S Highland Ave., is seeking Christmas gift donations for its approximately 65 residents. Most of them do not have any family members. For information, call Evie Frank, activities director, 442-9606.

    Garden clubs plan lunch, shopping trip

    BELLEAIR -- Members from the 10 garden clubs in the Area Beautification Council will go to Brooksville for lunch and holiday decoration shopping on Thursday. A bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. from the Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Lunch will be at the Blueberry Patch in Brooksville with a choice of several selections, followed by shopping at the Rogers Christmas House. Arrival time back at the Belleair Garden Club will be approximately 4 p.m. Cost for transportation and lunch is $20. Mail checks, payable to the Area Beautification Council, c/o Larry King, to 10346 Barry Drive, Largo, FL 33774. For information, call Mary Stout, council chairwoman, 596-7409.

    Humane Society works to keep owners, pets united

    The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and local veterinary clinics are working together during "Help Me Home" week to prevent owners from losing their pets.

    All this week, owners can purchase microchip IDs for their pets for $20 at participating clinics throughout the Tampa Bay area. Microchips are implanted in the animal. When a pet is lost and brought to a shelter, a scanner is used to identify the pet and owner in order to reunite them. In order to find a veterinarian or clinic that is participating, please call the Humane Society at (813) 876-7138.

    Pets up for adoption at Animal Services event

    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. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be 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 will be available for $1 with the purchase of a county pet license. Free pictures with Mrs. Santa Paws while they last. Call 582-2600.

    Weight management talk, food tasting session

    LARGO -- Sample free food at two information sessions at 7 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 14 at the Montignac Culinary School and Nutrition Center, 800 East Bay Drive, Largo. Christine Laramee and John Kilgore, who head the center, will talk about weight management. A French chef who teaches in the cooking school will prepare samples. Call 581-3434.

    Palm Harbor Kiwanis to sell Christmas trees

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Kiwanis Club will sell fresh Christmas trees through Dec. 16. Hours of operation: from 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays and from 1 to 9 p.m., Sundays at a lot on U.S. 19 North between the Public Coral Landings parking lot and Bank of America. All profits will be used to fund various Kiwanis projects. Call 945-0061.

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