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Eckerd College

4200 54th Ave. S

St. Petersburg

The internationally acclaimed Alexander String Quartet of San Francisco will perform at 8 p.m. Monday at the Palladium Theater as part of Eckerd's College Program Series. The program will include Beethoven's 15th String Quartet, Opus 135, Mendelssohn's String Quartet, Opus 80 and Eckerd College composer Joan Epstein's quartet, Bond Revelations. Paul Yarbrough, the quartet's violist, is a native of Pinellas County, as is composer Joan Epstein. The two played together for several years in the Pinellas Youth Symphony. Tickets are $15 at the Palladium Box Office, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call 864-8459 for information.

Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) will hold its annual Marine Yard Sale from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the waterfront. EC-SAR is a group of trained volunteer students and alumni who provide maritime search and rescue to the Tampa Bay boating community. Used boats, engines, electronics and various other marine equipment will be for sale at discounted rates. Proceeds will benefit EC-SAR. Call 864-8288 for information. University of South Florida

140 Seventh Ave. S

St. Petersburg


USF's lecture series "Ethical Issues in Florida's Future" continues with Ethical Issues in Business in Florida, a panel discussion, at 6 p.m. Monday in the Campus Activities Center. Executives from several leading Florida corporations will talk about why business is paying more attention to ethical issues.

University of Tampa

401 W Kennedy Blvd.


Greenfest 2001, a two-day gardening festival, will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and March 25 at H.B. Plant Park on the University of Tampa campus. Susie Coehlo, host of HGTV's The Surprise Gardener, will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday; Ian Prosser, owner of Botanicia International Florist, will speak on defining your floral personality at 1 p.m. March 25; and master gardeners will give presentations throughout the weekend. Other activities include a juried flower show on display throughout the weekend and a Pique Assiette workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday where participants can learn to make garden mosaics. There is a $15 materials fee for the workshop. Kids can press flowers and then mat and frame them, and a tool sharpener will be on hand to use for a small fee. Call 298-8353 for information or to make reservations.

_ Area universities and colleges offer educational lectures and programs open to the public. The Times lists these events in an occasional column. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Send information at least two weeks in advance to Catherine Cushing, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.