As April winds down, the savvy Floridian is wise to shift into high gear and complete the outdoor projects that will languish during our long summer, when it is too warm to breathe outdoors, let alone to work there.
Vicki of St. Petersburg has the right idea and is gathering materials for the big push. She's redoing the walkway to her family's home and needs some border bricks; either regular size or foot-long bricks will do the trick. If you keep tripping over the odd brick lying around in your garage, contact Vicki. Just drop her a note in care of this column, and we'll see she receives it.
Vickie Aldrich of the Bay Vista Recreation Center (7000 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg) writes that the center is offering a new sewing class, though the number of sewing machines available to participants is limited. Needless to say, working machines needing a new home would be most welcome here. They don't need to be Einsteins: just be capable of the basics, such as straight and zigzag stitching. Please call (727) 893-7124 and leave a message; Vickie will return your call.
Barbara Getz loved riding her bike before she fractured her right hip for the second time. That made her leery of falling. So she's interested in finding a used recumbent bike with three wheels, so she can start riding again, but with more assurance. Please call (727) 785-4350.
One of today's thank-you notes, below, is about recycled sports trophies, so Marge and Ted Krohn of Kenneth City are very timely in their offer of several bowling trophies that need new homes. The Krohns suggest that a REXer who teaches bowling to children might use the trophies as incentives. Please call (727) 546-6419; they are yours for the picking up.
Pearl Burby has quite a few pieces of yard goods ideal for making quilts that she'd like put into the hands of a person who can use them. Please call (727) 522-4512.
It appears that Eleanor Baumner, a third-grade teacher at Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg, feels the school's garden needs additional pizazz. She thinks a few birdhouses would be a good start. Can you think of other ways the garden can be given a bit of a lift, and can you supply the items that would add the charm?
Indoors, the school needs some antlers for the science lab and papermaking equipment for the art department. If you've grown tired of making your own paper in these tough times, here's a good way to get out of doing it. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 393-9100, ext. 805.
Sharon Koenig of St. Petersburg giveth and taketh away in her request. She giveth away one Kodak Carousel slide tray and nine Hanimex 2400 slide trays, which fit a variety of slide projectors, according to Sharon.
And Sharon hopes someone can provide her with an out-of-print pamphlet called "Crochet Toy Food," published by Annie's Attic in 1988. Please call (727) 347-5389.
Paula Voelcker of Palm Harbor is seeking to recycle a large number of car and racing magazines that date back to 1993. They belonged to her late husband, an avid race fan and car buff. Paula hopes to find an aficionado who will enjoy them as much as he did. The magazines, in pristine condition, will have to be picked up. Please call (727) 741-0292.
We have said it before, and we're saying it again: So many requests we receive initially strike us as impossible dreams. What a pleasant shock it is to be proved wrong so often by our readers. Here are a few more "impossible dreams" come true.
Corinne Kusy found the hard-to-locate narrower webbing of yesteryear that she needed to keep her 97-year-old neighbor from slipping through the seats of her elderly lawn chairs. So, Corinne's neighbor is now sitting in the catbird seat, and Corinne herself found the Brita filter she needed and met some wonderful people in the process.
Wilma Krengelak of Largo writes that she too met many fine folks after she made a request for materials to be turned into items for the ill and needy by the Outreach group of Ranchero Village. Many sheets and lots of yarn were donated, but the fabric supply still needs an infusion (call (727) 538-9948).
We thought you'd be interested to know the group's output for this past season. Get this: 271 bibs, 227 walker bags, 62 wheelchair bags, 31 cath-cover bags, 137 hospital gowns, 98 lap robes, 101 blankets, 11 shawls, 80 pillows. We're proud of you ladies!
The response to Sandra's request for old trophies that could be restyled as awards in a charity car show to benefit All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg was enormous, she writes. Thanks to everyone, the show was a great success and the metamorphosed trophies were a hit. Another car show is being planned for fall.
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