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Grand piano needs a home; Old Seminole Heights home tour


Essay contest will help find home for grand piano

The folks at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center are no strangers to community outreach. They've long taught music classes and have 44 community partners. But a new program has changed the way they are able to reach out.

Holland America Cruise Lines contacted the center's Patel Conservatory and asked for help in finding organizations needing pianos that the company wanted to donate. Since then, more than 50 charities have inquired about the instruments, said TBPAC spokeswoman Wendy Lee.

Six pianos were doled out first-come, first-served to organizations including Metropolitan Ministries Academy, Children's Cancer Center and Jennings Middle School.

"We usually offer curriculum," Lee said, "but to be able to provide a tangible instrument takes it to a whole new level."

Now, one last piano, a black grand, is available. To finds the best home, the Patel Conservatory will hold a "Piano with a Purpose" essay contest.

Essays should explain how an organization will give the piano a purpose in the Tampa Bay area. They are due by 5 p.m. April 10. Charities are limited to one entry under 150 words.

They can be submitted by mail to Piano with a Purpose, Patel Conservatory, Education Department, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, P.O. Box 513, Tampa, FL 33601, or electronically at

The contest is only open to schools and nonprofit organizations.

The top 50 essays will receive free tickets to a show April 14, where the winner will be announced.


Annual home tour is Sunday

Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association's 11th annual home tour is 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The tour starts at Hillsborough High, 5000 N Central Ave. Trolleys will take visitors to and from 11 private homes, as well as historic buildings at Hillsborough High and Seminole Heights United Methodist Church. Proceeds will benefit a neighborhood charitable organization and the programs put on by the neighborhood association throughout the year.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Buy advance tickets online at or at the store Sherry's YesterDaze. Information: (813) 310-3124.

Know of news in your community? Contact Joshua Neiderer at or (813) 226 3374.

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