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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 13, 2000


Brandon/Valrico

Bed and breakfast plans "Colonial Christmas"

Behind the Fence Bed and Breakfast is sponsoring its 23rd annual "Colonial Christmas" featuring a tour of what Christmas was like in the 1800s. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1400 Viola Drive at Countryside Street in Brandon. A $5 donation is requested. Hot cider and doughnuts will be served. For information, call (813) 685-8201.

Carrollwood / Northdale / Odessa

Computer classes available at YMCA

The Bob Sierra YMCA, 4029 Northdale Blvd., is offering four computer classes: Introduction to Windows, Windows Level 2, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Word Level 2. Students have a choice of a one-day Saturday class from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. or a two-day Friday and Saturday class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Cost starts at $42 for seniors, $46 for YMCA members and $56 for non-members. Courses include a workbook. For course dates, call (813) 962-3220.

Four Oaks Road is topic of public meeting tonight

Hillsborough County staff and engineers will hold a public meeting to discuss drainage improvements along Four Oaks Road. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 tonight in the cafeteria at Essrig Elementary School, 13131 Lynn Road. Residents are encouraged to give input on the sidewalk and drainage issues along Four Oaks Road from Gunn Highway to Lowell Road. For information, call (813) 272-5275.

Senior Socialites to host Hanukkah luncheon

The Senior Socialites of Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W Fletcher Ave., are hosting a potluck luncheon to celebrate Hanukkah. The luncheon will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday. For information and reservations, call Charlotte at (813) 948-6760.

Ruskin / Sun City Center

DAR chapter plans Dec. 20 program featuring musical

The Col. George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a program featuring a Christmas musical by the Harmonettes, led by Harriet Wollmer. The group will meet in the Florida Room of the Atrium Complex, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. The group will meet for refreshments at 1 p.m. Dec. 20, followed by the meeting and program at 1:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining DAR is invited to attend. For information, call (813) 634-6017.

Tampa

Wire walker to appear at Florida Aquarium

Jay Cochrane will climb from the Florida Aquarium dome to Tampa's tallest Christmas tree, 140 feet high, at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Cochrane also will do evening walks at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 through Dec. 23. After the evening walks, he will be available to autograph photos of himself. Donations will be accepted; proceeds will go toward the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa's Light and Share a Night program. For information, call (813) 273-4000.

Victorian Christmas fundraiser is Sunday

Ye Ole' Fashion Victorian Christmas feast and fundraiser with Christmas singers and carolers will be at the Don Vincente de Ybor Historical Inn from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit Encore Theatre-Drama and Musical Theatre School's spring production of Broadway 2001. Don Vincente is located at 1915 Republica de Cuba Ave. Reservations are required. For information, call (813) 839-0861.

- 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 (813) 226-3352. The deadline is two weeks before the event.

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