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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 7, 2000


Carrollwood/Northdale/Odessa

Clubhouse YMCA taking registration

The Bob Sierra Family YMCA, 4029 Northdale Blvd., is taking registration for the Clubhouse YMCA Program designed for its 8- to 12-year-old facility members. The program offers daily activities, sports and games, computer access and snacks. Club activities include the Mad Scientist, Creative Craft, Cooking, Olympic Games, Hoop-It-Up and the Homework Club. Clubhouse YMCA runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday while schools are in session. Bus transportation is provided daily from Claywell, Schwarzkopf, Essrig and Northwest elementary schools to the YMCA. The cost is $32 per week (for facility members only). For information, call (813) 962-3220.

Ruskin/Sun City Center

Men's club accepting new members

The Men's Club of Sun City Center is accepting new members. Membership is open to all local male residents. The club hosts a luncheon meeting with a featured speaker at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The cost is $10 per person. For information, call Bob at (813) 633-7549.

Tampa

Author to hold book signing Saturday Florence Anthony will appear at Barnes & Noble-Tampa, 213 N Dale Mabry Highway, to sign copies of her debut novel, Keeping Secrets, Telling Lies. Anthony, a celebrity gossip maven, will autograph books from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The novel revolves around the mystery of multiple murders that take place over a seven-day period. For information, call (813) 871-2228.

Library dedication set for Monday

Hillsborough County Commissioners will hold a dedication of the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave., at 11 a.m. Monday. The library, the 22nd in the county's library system, is named in honor of Platt, who has served the community for 24 years as a Tampa City Council member and as a Hillsborough County commissioner. The library will house major artwork featuring hand-carved manatee benches, a panther portico announcing the children's section, and artwork on paper and canvas. The collection also includes the site-specific glass art and a woven copper sculpture. For information, call (813) 276-2164.

Christmas pageant opens Friday

The 16th annual drive-through Christmas pageant sponsored by First Church of the Nazarene will be open from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The free pageant, "Tampa Christmas Lane," chronicles Christ's birth using beautiful and professional props, lighting, music, live animals and a cast of about 300 costumed characters. The church is at 5902 N Himes Ave. All vehicles in line at 9:30 p.m. will be guaranteed entrance. You may drive through or ride a hay wagon. For information, call (813) 875-3058.

'Lights on Main Street' in Ybor City

All businesses and residents throughout the historic district of Ybor City are invited to participate in the first annual "Lights on Main Street." The family event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Centro Ybor featuring "Caroling on Main Street" and will continue throughout the district until the awards ceremony, which starts at 8:30 p.m. The celebration to kick off the holiday season will feature local schools and musicians caroling, community-wide lights, decorations, and other festivities. "Lights on Main Street" is an official event of the Ybor City Main Street Program and is sponsored in part by Cox Concessions/CC Events and the Hilton Garden. For information, call (813) 247-4951.

Relationships class offered for women

The Centre For Women, 305 S Hyde Park Ave., is offering a relationships class for women from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday. The two-day class, "Understanding Self in Relationships," will focus on relationships between family, self and others. Kate Cunningham, a counselor, will teach the class how to set limits, listen and resolve conflicts to improve relationships. The suggested donation is $10; reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (813) 251-8437.

Chamberlain to present 'Faith County'

The Drama Department at Chamberlain High School, 9401 N Boulevard, will present Faith County at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Performances will be held in the school's auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Call (813) 975-7677. -- 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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