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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 16, 2000

Pasco offers winter fun camp for children

The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is having a winter camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22, 26-29 and Jan. 2-5. The free camp will be at Odessa Park, 1627 Chesapeake Drive, for children ages 6 to 12. The camp will include arts and crafts, games and other activities. For information, call (813) 926-1141.

Rhythm Makers perform at library today

The Rhythm Makers of New Tampa Dance Theater will perform at 2 p.m. today at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. The dance group will present the free program "Cool Nights, Warm Lights," featuring stories and music for kids of all ages. Volunteers from the audience may be asked to participate in the performance. For information, call (813) 903-2280.

Holiday toy donations needed by Sunday

Metropolitan Ministries is in need of thousands of holiday toys by Sunday. Donations will be accepted at its Holiday Tent, 2010 N Florida Ave. Distribution of Christmas assistance including toys will take place Monday. About 3,500 families with 10,000 children will be served. There is a critical need for items for infants, pre-teens and teens. For information, call (813) 209-1000.

Vendors, volunteers sought for hemp festival

The fourth annual Washington's Birthday Hemp Festival is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 24. The event is sponsored by F.O.R.M.L. (Florida Organization Reformed Marijuana Laws Inc.). The organization seeks vendors, volunteers and contributions. Cost for vending space for food is $50, $25 for crafts/merchandise and $10 for non-profit. The festival will be at Lowry Park Band Shell, 7525 N Boulevard, and will feature speakers, live music and other entertainment, including the "4:20 chill's toss." The free event is open to the public. Food and drinks will be available. For information, call (813) 779-2551.

Fly fishing workshop offered on Tuesday

Dan McKinney will present a free fly fishing workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rodbenders Bayside, 5200 W Tyson Ave. McKinney will share his extensive knowledge of proper rod setup, techniques on working the fly and some fishing secrets. Bring your own rod. For information, call (813) 902-8849.

Victorian Christmas Stroll open until Dec. 23

The annual Victorian Christmas Stroll will be at the Tampa Bay Hotel from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 23. Experience the charm of a 19th century holiday during the annual event "Toys, Trees and Tradition" at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12; seniors admitted for $6 Mondays. Proceeds will help fund museum restoration and preservation. For information, call (813) 254-1891.

Exchange program seeks supporters

World Heritage, a non-profit student exchange program, is seeking local representatives to provide their time and skills to students from several countries with local program support. Representatives will plan a student orientation, meet with local high schools, screen potential host families and meet with exchange students on a monthly basis. Representatives will attend a training workshop and report to the regional coordinator. They will spend an average of two to four hours a month with the students. Time and expenses will be reimbursed. World Heritage, formally known as Spanish Heritage, is a non-profit, public benefit organization. It is designated as an exchange visitor program by the U.S. Information Agency. For information, call (800) 785-9040.

-- 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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