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Mall display for Veterans Day

University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave., will present a historical display for Veterans Day weekend today, Saturday and Sunday. The display will have information from the U.S. Navy Memorial, the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, Destroyer Escort Historical Foundation, Florida Sailors Association and the Disabled American Veterans. Also, Colors will be posted at 2 p.m. by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 120. A pictorial display and film on the Slater DE-766, which was built in the Tampa shipyards in 1944 and given to Greece in 1951, will be shown. It is the only operational DE in the United States and is now docked on the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y., as a museum. For information, call John M. Mitchell at 949-0518.


Italian club hosts awards dinner

L'Unione Italian (The Italian Club) will host its annual 1997 Paolo P. Longo Awards Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency, 2 Tampa City Center. This award was established in honor of Paolo Longo, the club's eighth president who was dedicated to the club and to civil responsibility and was listed in the Who's Who of the Italian Colony of America. The awards will recognize individuals who have been involved in community service and who have worked toward the enrichment and enhancement of the Italian culture. Cash bar open at 6:30; entertainment by DeLeon will be provided from 9 p.m. to midnight. Black tie optional. Cost is $65 per person. For information, call Jamie Granell at 885-3976 or the Italian Club at 248-3316.

Author holds booksigning

Phillip Manning will hold a booksigning of his latest book in the Afoot in the South series, Orange Blossom Trails: Walks in the Natural Areas of Florida. Manning will appear at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Inkwood Books to discuss the book, which includes essays and maps on hikes from Merritt Island to Seven Mile Bridge. Inkwood is at Platt Street and Armenia Avenue (two blocks south of Kennedy Boulevard). For information, call 253-2638.

Literacy council hosts book fair

The Hillsborough Literacy Council will host an adult new reader Bookfair and Scavenger Hunt at the Ybor Public Library beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants will learn what books are available for adults with low or no reading skills. There also will be books for English speakers of other languages. HLC, a non-profit agency, serves the Hillsborough County community in teaching functionally illiterate adults to learn to read and write. There is a lengthy waiting list of at least 200 unassigned students. For information, call 273-3650.

_ Information about meetings and events may be sent to Connie Drew, The Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or faxed to 226-3352. Deadline is two weeks before the event.