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Reader's Exchange: Youth orchestra will make music with your unused instruments

If you're clearing out your attic and come across an old flute or cello, or if your aspiring violinist has outgrown his violin, the Hernando Youth Orchestra would love to receive most used and playable instruments. The Hernando Youth Orchestra is a registered 501(3)(c) charitable organization that depends on donations and grants to help fund scholarships to young musical students. With schools cutting back on their music programs, many children who want to play do not get the opportunity. They often cannot use school instruments during school vacations, so they miss long blocks of practice, making it difficult to return to their studies. The youth orchestra helps with instruments, music and lessons, including weekly rehearsal. The group gives several free concerts a year, allowing members, who are under the age of 21, to experience audience appreciation for their teamwork and discipline. Some of the students go on to become members of the Hernando Symphony Orchestra and even the Tampa Symphony. If you would like to donate an instrument, or would like more information, visit www. hernandoyouthorchestra.org or call (352) 544-8105. If you have more questions, please call Rosemarie Grubba, executive director, at (352) 346-1516.

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Charleen of Apollo Beach has six bags of quilting fabric she would like to donate to a group or individual who is quilting for the needy. The fabric must be picked up. Charleen can be reached at cmadsen99@verizon.net.

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At one time, Marion could find pieces of Styrofoam pebbles/beads everywhere. Now she cannot find them anywhere and hopes someone out there will have some to donate to her. Marion wants to use them for a very tall, large vase that will be filled with decorative bamboo sticks. The pebbles will help the bamboo stand taller. Because the vase is so large, the "filler" material needs to be light, and Marion will need a lot of it. Marion can be reached at ladybug6@tampabay.rr.com.

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Jack of Spring Hill has a few items to donate. The items belonged to his mother, who passed away last year. He has a regular walker, a Rollator with four wheels, a seat and a basket (used once!) and a tub transfer chair that sits on the edge of a tub on one end and in the tub on the other. If you can use any or all of these items, please call Jack at (352) 666-1151.

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Pat of Valrico is looking for an iron cord guide that fastens to the end of an ironing board. The one that was attached to her ironing board finally broke after 40 years, and now Pat is hoping that someone will have one or know where she can find one. Pat is also hoping to find a good, used porch glider so she may enjoy the summer days rocking on her front porch. She can be reached at (813) 476-2752.

Reader's Exchange: Youth orchestra will make music with your unused instruments 06/06/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5:30am]
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