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    North Pinellas digest

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 19, 2000

    Gift basket sales will mean treats, help for animals

    Looking for a holiday gift for a special furry friend? The Humane Society of North Pinellas is selling gift baskets for cats and dogs filled with treats, toys and other specialty items.

    Baskets for cats are $6, and baskets for dogs are $8, with all proceeds going toward housing, medical care and other services for the animals at the shelter.

    Baskets may be picked up at the shelter, 3040 SR 590, Clearwater, during business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

    For information, call (727) 797-7722.

    Dolphin adorns Christmas ornaments

    CLEARWATER -- The Clearwater Arts! Foundation has chosen Sunset Sam, the bottle-nosed dolphin that lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, as the model for its Christmas ornament.

    Designed by local artist Ginger Meidel, the pewter ornament also can be used as a medallion, necklace, curio or key chain. Cost is $10 and includes tax. Limited to 500 copies, the collectible ornament will be on sale at the Marine Aquarium, the economic development office in Clearwater City Hall, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, Clearwater Marina visitor center on Clearwater Beach, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Harborview Center, Clearwater Neighborhood Housing and the Clearwater Public main library and Countryside branches. For information, call Dr. Arlita Hallam, Clearwater Arts! Foundation board member, 445-1965.

    Gallery celebrating 300 years of pianos

    CLEARWATER -- During December, the Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, will have one of Steinway & Sons' Tricentennial artcase pianos. The visit of the piano commemorates the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano.

    The Tricentennial represents the first time a Steinway limited-edition piano has been created jointly at company factories in New York and Hamburg, Germany. Just 300 of these handmade pianos will be produced.

    From now and through Dec. 31, pianists, teachers and students can make appointments to see and play the piano. To sign up for either or for information, call the Music Gallery, 530-3304.

    DivorceCare schedules support group meetings

    CLEARWATER -- DivorceCare seminars and support group meetings are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Clearwater First Church of the Nazarene, 1875 Nursery Road, Clearwater. Each session features a videotape, followed by a support group meeting. Topics to be covered include facing anger, depression, loneliness, financial survival, child care, new relationships and more. Child care and other activities for children are available. To register, call Dolly Hickey, 446-3130, or come early to a session. There is a one-time $10 charge.

    Knights of Columbus to serve dinners

    CLEARWATER -- Beginning in January and going through the Easter season, the Knights of Columbus, Clearwater Council No. 3580 will serve dinners every Friday at the Knights of Columbus hall, 512 S Lincoln Ave. Donations are $6 for adults, $3 for children. For information, call 449-1613 or 442-1906.

    Program puts pets, seniors together

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Pinellas County, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo, matches pets with senior citizens in the Pets for People program. Seniors ages 60 and older can take home a specially matched pet and the adoption fee and the first veterinarian visit are covered. For information, call 586-3591.

    Potential cadets can learn of life at West Point

    The West Point Parents Club of the Gulf Coast of Florida has scheduled a holiday reception for prospective West Point cadets at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 at the Radisson Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., Tampa. College and high school students, JROTC members and their parents are invited to attend the informal meeting to learn more about West Point and to meet with cadets who will be home for the holidays.

    The discussion will cover the application process, physical and academic requirements and life at the academy. A West Point graduate will describe his experience and school representatives will be available to answer questions.

    The informal meeting will include a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.

    Call 526-3090.

    Russ Ramsey Trio featured at tea dance

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center will have a tea dance from 1 to 3:30p.m. today featuring the big band music of the Russ Ramsey Trio. The $5 admission includes coffee and dessert. The senior center is at 1500 16th St. Call (727) 771-6000 for information.

    Recreation department screening movie

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department will show the movie The Cider HouseRules free at 1 p.m. today at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. The show is for residents 55 and older. Call (727) 942-5628 for information.

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