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Once again, works to hang from trees at Art in the Park

The most unusual thing about an upcoming art show in Crystal Beach is that the art will be hung out to dry _ sort of.

Original art created by members of the Crystal Beach Art Group will be hung from clotheslines strung among the trees in Live Oak Park on the gulf in Crystal Beach.

This is the 32nd year for Art in the Park, sponsored by the art group twice each year. Art in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A raffle will be held, and the Community Church will offer light refreshments.

The art show is free, and some artists will demonstrate their skills during the day.

Ceramics students

bring home awards

Katy Duffett, owner of Katy's Ceramics in Palm Harbor, is proud of the results of a recent trip to the 12th annual Fall Florida Ceramic Show at the Expo Center in Orlando.

Duffett said she and 76 students and customers brought home 96 awards from the open competition, including a number of first-place ribbons. Duffett won the second-highest award in the professional division for a fish that she made.

Marching band

earns top award

The Tarpon Springs High School marching band, known as the outdoor performance ensemble, continues to bring home the gold.

The band, which performs "A Musical Portrait of the Wild West," swept top awards in the gold division _ the division for the largest high school bands _ at the Seminole Sound Spectacular at Seminole High School last month. The group won first place, best auxiliary, best woodwinds and the grand champion award.

It was the third year in a row that the Tarpon High band has been named grand champion at the Seminole competition.

Fund-raiser earns money for rain forest

PALM HARBOR _ One doesn't automatically link computers with Costa Rican rain forests, but the students at Lake St. George Elementary are raising money for both simultaneously.

Nearly 800 students will be selling 30 different styles of T-shirts this month touting the environment. Each shirt costs $16, of which $10 goes to the Earth Foundation, which uses the money to buy and conserve rain-forest land. The rest of the money left over after sales tax is paid will benefit the school's technology fund, said teacher Janie Hayes.

The fund is used to buy new computers and to wire the school for Internet access and for an internal network.

The fourth- and fifth-graders in Hayes' Students Targeted for Achievement, Recognition and Success class and Debbie Wuertz's fourth-grade class sold enough T-shirts last year to enable the foundation to purchase 43 acres of rain forest, Hayes said.

In appreciation, the foundation sent Hayes and Wuertz to a nine-day workshop in a Costa Rican rain forest this summer. The teachers used the experience to teach students about the environment, Hayes said.

This year, all the school's students will get involved. Payments for the shirts, which come in adult and youth sizes, will be collected from Nov. 17 to 21. The shirts will be delivered before Dec. 19, Hayes said. For information, call Hayes at the school, 669-1161.