Reader's Exchange | by Linda D. Cole and Ingrid L. Kohler

Reader's Exchange: Cloth items available to the crafty

If you're packing away winter blankets and fleeces, the folks at the Humane Society in Clearwater, the SPCA in Largo, Friends of Strays in Pinellas Park and Pet Pal in St. Petersburg have a continuing need for worn linens, which they cut down to make beds more comfy for dogs and cats waiting to be adopted. And, of course, all shelters are glad to have volunteers.

Friday we'll be celebrating our nation's birthday. Whether you go on a picnic, view a fireworks display or enjoy your own favorite way of honoring Independence Day, please stay cool and safe.

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Doris Mann of Dunedin has many cloth craft items that have yet to be worked. She would like to give them to an organization, such as a church, Scouts or 4-H, where they could perhaps be a way to teach sewing or be sold at fundraisers. A partial list of the items available: quilt pieces, thread, lace, beach baby play quilt (all materials included, ready to make); pillow fronts; animals items, to stuff or in wall hangings; frog pattern. Christmas items: nativity figures in cloth, Christmas stockings, aprons, tree skirt pattern. Please call Doris at (727) 735-9840.

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Brenda's daughter, who played piano for years in her youth but divested herself of instrument and music when she married and moved into a small apartment, recently received a piano as a gift. Now, amid more spacious surroundings, she is eager to play again, but needs some piano music, particularly classical. Please call (727) 376-2510 if you can help.

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Can you use some 16- by 24- by 1-inch central air-conditioning pleated filters? If so, let Dave Haney of Spring Hill know, and he'll give you the 10 he bought by mistake at the Ace Hardware store that is no longer in business there. Please call (352) 398-1454. • • •

Now, put on your Heloise hat: Does anyone know how to restore the shine to plastic wineglasses that have grown dull and cloudy in the dishwasher? Bernadette Bailey has some pretty plastic wineglasses with a Florida motif that she hopes won't have to be discarded because of this problem. Please call (727) 521-0924.

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Priscilla Shoemaker of St. Petersburg is on the lookout for Richard Simmons' tapes Stretching to the Classics and Sweating to the Oldies for her condo exercise class. They are fun to use during a workout, but, unfortunately, they are no longer available for purchase in stores. If you can help, please call (727) 823-8400. After a quick check on the Internet, the staff found numerous sites where the tapes are available.

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A grandparent in the Spring Hill area writes on behalf of a 7-year-old granddaughter who's in love with the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park. If you've been wondering who might enjoy those Junie books you are finished with, this reading team would love to have them. Please call (352) 686-8563.

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Bill Abair of Palm Harbor would like to donate an Esteban six-string acoustic guitar and amplifier to a group or organization. Please call (727) 686-6708.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail cole@sptimes.com. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.

Reader's Exchange: Cloth items available to the crafty 06/27/08 [Last modified: Friday, June 27, 2008 4:30am]

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