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    North Pinellas in brief

    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 21, 2000


    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.

    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.

    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 more information, call 586-3591.

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