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By CONNIE DREW

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000


Tickets are now on sale for the Franzini's Family's "Fun-U-Cational" Circus at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The Franzini Family will use a variety of performance skills to bring to life the mysteries of elementary-level math and science based on the core curriculum. The circus, geared for children in grades 1-3, is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Feb. 14. Tickets are $5 per person for non-members, $4 for members; tickets required for ages 2 and up. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. for information, call (813) 685-8888.

Adult, community classes offered

Adult and community classes will be offered at Gaither Adult and Community School, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Jan. 3 through May 30. Registration will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3 through Jan. 23 in the school's main office. Classes offered include the following: Computer Essentials, Microsoft Office, Conversational Spanish, Adult Basic Education, GED Preparation and adult high school credit classes and English For Speakers of Other Languages. For information, call (813) 632-6823 between 2 and 8 p.m.

Volunteers sought for Crisis Center

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is seeking volunteers to assist those who suffer from mental fears and anguish so intense that they consider doing harm to themselves or others. Personal interviews are required. Many of the clients are victims of rape, sexual abuse or other brutal crimes. Others are very lonely or are simply in need of assistance and don't know where to turn "when life hurts." Also, the next paraprofessional crisis counselor training class is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 1 through March 6. The Crisis Center is at One Crisis Center Plaza, off Bearss Avenue. For information or to schedule an interview, call (813) 964-1964.

Center offers 'new outlook' program

The Centre For Women offers a "New Outlook" program designed for women age 35 and older, recently divorced, widowed or married to a disabled spouse. Services offered through the program include the following: weekly support groups; free individualized counseling sessions; classes for job hunting techniques; computer and resume writing skills and financial and job referral sources. For information, call (813) 251-8437.

'Mom's Night Out' planned for Jan. 2

The Tampa Chapter of Mothers & More (previously known as FEMALE) will host its next "Mom's Night Out" at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at Semolinas Restaurant, 3973 Van Dyke Road. Members and visitors are invited. Mothers & More is a national non-profit support organization for women making the transition from employment outside the home to full-time motherhood. The Tampa Chapter meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For information, call Pam at (813) 949-8598 or Barbara at (813) 926-7665.

Baseball team seeks corporate sponsors

Corporate sponsorships are being sought for the New Tampa Gators AAU Baseball team for 11 year olds. Sponsorships will help the boys compete in more state tournaments. Also, all-star caliber players are being sought for the spring roster. Tryouts will be held Jan. 5-6. Times and location to be determined. For information, call coach John Santoni at (813) 907-7536.

- Information about meetings and events may be sent to Connie Drew, the St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or faxed to 226-3352. Deadline is two weeks before the event.

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