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Twice-weekly social event brings in seniors

The Oldsmar Senior Center welcomes seniors ages 50 or older to a morning social from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Fridays. Coffee, doughnuts and bagels are free with an Oldsmar recreation card, $5 without a card.

"For a number of the people who come here, this is their only social activity," said Robert Kerce, senior recreation coordinator at the center.

Kerce said quite a few are widows or widowers and many are Italian-Americans from New York City.

"I do have fun with them," he said.

On a recent Wednesday, the seniors were intent on games of penny and nickel poker, as well as Rummikub, a version of rummy played with tiles instead of cards.

At the table closest to the door, Rocky De Carolis of Oldsmar, 96, was playing poker for pennies. He said he's been coming to the socials twice a week for six years.

"Take this away from me, take away my bread and butter," he said. "I look forward to it."

One group caught up on cruise news as they finished their games.

Nancy Kelley of Tampa will be cruising to Hawaii.

"Oh, wonderful!" said Shirley Pfeffer of Dunedin. "I loved it. I'd go again in a minute."

And before he left, De Carolis took a look at the pennies filling his glass jar.

"It looks like I won," he said.

For information on the socials and other senior activities, stop by the center at 127 State St. W or call Kerce at (813) 749-1195.

Harbor Hall opens to public today

PALM HARBOR _ Pinellas County and Old Palm Harbor Main Street will host a public opening of Harbor Hall in the recently restored Rheba Sutton White Chapel complex at 2 p.m. today.

The chapel, at 1190 Georgia Ave. in old downtown Palm Harbor, was built in 1924. It was renovated in 2002 by the county with a $295,000 grant from the state Division of Historical Resources. The restoration won an outstanding achievement award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

The White Chapel and Harbor Hall are available for weddings, christenings, memorial services, meetings, music recitals and presentations through Old Palm Harbor Main Street. For reservations, call Kathy Govola at 787-4700 or e-mail

Garden memorial planned for assistant principal

PALM HARBOR _ Officials at Lake St. George Elementary School are planning to plant two wildflower gardens in memory of Molly Greer, an assistant principal who died Aug. 19 after a battle with colon cancer.

Greer, an Arkansas native, was particularly fond of wildflowers, principal Lon Jensen said.

The school is collecting donations for the wildflower gardens and also will be sending donations to the American Cancer Society.

Donations can be sent to:

Lake St. George Elementary School

c/o Anne Miller

2855 County Road 95

Palm Harbor, FL 34684