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Reader's Exchange: She'd like to find a creative backdrop for fairy tales and nursery rhymes

Mary Ellen Harjes of Holiday and her friends do something really fun each year. They have a theme party at one of her friend's houses, where there is a movie theater, and base the party around the movies they watch. It all began one year when they watched Gone With the Wind and thought it would be fun to have a party based on that theme. They've been having these parties for nine years now, and their next party will be April 9. This year's theme is "Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes," and they are looking for a large background scene for photo shots, cows and/or any other appropriate props. Mary Ellen says the seniors will take care of any borrowed props, and appreciate any feedback. Mary Ellen may be reached at (727) 934-1527.

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Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, and there is a local ikebana club in Treasure Island. The members get together and make beautiful floral arrangements, and have exhibitions of them. Helen Sivigny of St. Petersburg recently joined the group, and she is hoping that someone might have some of the traditional tools that they are no longer using, such as clippers, kenzan, etc., or books. Helen is a retiree and will gladly pick up any of these items in lower Pinellas County. She can be reached at (727) 343-6994.

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Marilyn Wright of St. Petersburg is looking for a user's manual for a Sears Kenmore range, Model No. 911-9598812. She says the manual is no longer available from Sears and wonders if someone in Exchange- land has one. Marilyn can be reached at (727) 867-3365 or via e-mail at mwright000@

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Do you have too many oranges? Then call Orpha Bowen of Spring Hill. She would like to find someone in Pasco or Hernando counties who has sour orange trees and would be willing to part with some of their oranges. Orpha can be reached by phone at (352) 796-3962 or via e-mail at

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Bob Stanton of Seminole has a good HP 4070 scanner that he says will work very well with your PC and printer. And even better, he will deliver it to anyone in the Seminole area. If you could use a good scanner, give Bob a call at (727) 398-3675.

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Frieda of St. Petersburg has an offer with the full package! She has a Zenith television with the remote, converter box and controller, all in good working condition, to give away. Frieda can be reached at (727) 898-5352.


In the Feb. 19 Reader's Exchange column, Adeline Grieco of Spring Hill requested card fronts depicting the Madonna. She is trying to get into Guinness World Records for having so many cards with artists' depictions of the Virgin Mary. Adeline called to say that she received many cards, and that she wishes to thank everyone that sent her the cards personally. Unfortunately, Adeline had a heart attack last week. (Thankfully she is making a full recovery.) Adeline wants people who sent cards to know that she will thank them individually as soon as she is feeling better.

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Reader's Exchange: She'd like to find a creative backdrop for fairy tales and nursery rhymes 03/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 4:30am]
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