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Help for the disabled

People with disabilities who are having an especially tough time finding work in these difficult times may benefit from the Fifth Annual Mayor's Alliance Job Fair to be sponsored by the City of Tampa at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Monday. Representatives will be on hand from the city's personnel department, Hillsborough County's Civil Service Department, the Job Service of Florida, as well as human resources personnel from many privately owned companies. The fair, which is open to anyone who is physically or mentally challenged, will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, call Robyn Howard, 871-5566. Free.

Nursing seminar

Nurses have historically been among the unsung heros of health care, working long hours, carrying a lot of responsibility under stressful conditions, often for low pay. United Pinellas Nursing Leaders (UPNL) is a local group which has worked for 18 years to enhance the image of and promote professional development for nursing, through education and networking programs. Next week, UPNL, along with St. Petersburg Junior College Open Campus, will co-sponsor a seminar which is open to all Pinellas county nurses. "More Than Survival" will feature Sheryl Nicholson, author of Working Women are Working Wonders, speaking about ways to get and keep a positive mental attitude, recognize choices in day-to-day living and focus on realistic solutions to challenges in order to achieve a comfortable balance in life. The seminar will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Call Doris Wilson, SPJC Open Campus, 341-4452. Fee: $45.

Ethics and medicine

The Rev. James J. McCartney, Ph.D., internationally recognized authority on health-care ethics, will discuss the ethical and religious considerations of refusing medical treatment, at a program to be sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa next week. McCartney serves on the National Ethics Task Force of the Society for Critical Care Medicine, chairs the Allegany (N.Y.) Health System's Ethics and Health Policy Committee and is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Villanova University. He will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the St. Joseph's Medical Arts Building (auditorium), 3003 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. Call 870-4400. Free.

Is your organization, self-help group or program open to the public? If so, let us know about it. Write (no information taken over the phone) to Ruth Walsh, Newsfeatures, the Times, P.O. 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-0419.

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