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    Potential cadets can learn of life at West Point

    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000

    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 (727) 526-3090.

    Sunshine Brass Band needs players

    Sunshine Brass Band is looking for a few more brass players. Especially needed are players of cornets, trombones, alto horns and tubas. The band expects to give a number of concerts and to participate in a national contest in April 2001. Call (727) 528-4700 for information.

    Guardian ad Litem needs more volunteers

    Guardian ad Litem, 14250 49th St. N, provides court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children who are going through the processes of the court. They need volunteers to represent those children, to research their cases and make recommendations to the court. Classes will begin Jan. 9. For more information, call (727) 464-6528.

    Gift basket sales to help 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 to go 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.

    Holiday greenery sales aid programs for kids

    CLEARWATER -- Community Pride Child Care is selling holiday greenery to raise funds to support programs for children ages 2 months to 6 years. Choices include fresh balsam garlands, swags, mailbox swags, 26 inch wreaths and 34 inch wreaths. Prices range between $14 and $30. For information or to place orders, call (727) 443-2218.

    Youth literacy program needs children's books

    CLEARWATER -- Children's books are needed by the Pinellas County Rolling Readers, a youth literacy program that helps youngsters in the county school system. Volunteers from throughout the county read aloud or tutor elementary children. If you can donate books or money or want to volunteer, call Jennifer Nagel, community outreach specialist, (727) 443-7198.

    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, (727) 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, (727) 446-3130, or come early to a session. There is a one-time $10 charge.

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