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Couple win awards

Belle and George Middlebrook of Lutz won several awards during the 14th Annual Senior Talent Olympics last week at the Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center in Temple Terrace. The Middlebrooks took first place for their duet, Sound of Music; first-place tie in ballroom dancing, foxtrot; second place in ballroom dancing, waltz; and third place in ballroom dancing, tango and jitterbug. They also tied for first place in the solo song category: George for his performance of If Ever I Would Leave You and Belle for Memory. The Middlebrooks didn't begin performing seriously until after they retired. Belle, at 75, is director and choreographer for a group of dancers called The Late Bloomers who have been performing throughout the area for 13 years. George, 66, is a member of the Late Bloomers. The Middlebrooks also perform for groups and organizations as a singing/dancing duet called the Song Birds.


Art For Lunch!

Tampa Museum of Art's "First Thursday: Art for Lunch!" program is at noon Thursday. Artist Eric Ernst will discuss his father Jimmy Ernst and his work during the program, offered in conjunction with the exhibit Jimmy Ernst: Trials of Silence, Works 1942-83 that is on display in the Special Exhibitions Gallery through Nov. 13. Jimmy Ernst is the son of dadaist/surrealist artist Max Ernst and art historian and journalist Louise Straus-Ernst. Admission to Thursday's program is free with paid museum admission of $3.50 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2.50 for students with identification. Those attending should bring their own lunch. Friends of the Arts will provide beverages and desserts. Museum members are admitted free. For information, call 274-8130.


A. Leon Lowry PTA

Jack Levine, a child care advocate from the Florida Center for Children and Youth in Tallahassee, will speak at Thursday's meeting of the A. Leon Lowry Elementary School PTA. Levine has served as executive director of the center since 1979 and is a former teacher and urban youth counselor. He also serves on the boards of the Association of Child Advocates, the Florida Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse and the Florida Bar Commission for Children. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school's multipurpose room, 11505 Country Hollow Road in Westchase. Levine will discuss how to build "political muscle" for our children and families and how to be advocates for them before and after the elections. The meeting is open to the public. Pizza and soft drinks will be sold.