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Home Society needs mentors for kids

Children's Home Society of Florida, 2731 13th Ave. N in St. Petersburg, has received a federal grant for the MODEL Mentoring Program. The program is designed to provide mentors for children and youth, ages 4-14, who have an incarcerated parent. The mentoring services will be provided in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Mentors must be at least 21 years of age, reside in the same county as the children, complete eight hours of training per year, and commit to a one-hour meeting weekly for one year.

Activities should take place in the local community and can consist of taking a walk at the park or the beach, going to a movie, assisting with homework, going to the library, and most of all, having fun. Children who receive services from mentoring programs show improvements in school, social behaviors, and are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. Call (727) 552-1482.

Jazz Holiday accepting poster designs

Clearwater Jazz Holiday is looking for that perfect design to capture the feel of the 2005 event. Each year a new poster is designed and sold at the event. The sale of the poster and corresponding merchandise helps keep the event free. Preliminary designs must be received by Friday. Several artists will be selected to develop their concept and receive $200 to cover the cost of further development and final proof status. Artwork can be produced digitally, photographically or using traditional artistic mediums, and previous years' posters can be viewed at www.clearwaterjazz.com.

The artist selected will receive $2,000, two invitations to the poster unveiling party, two VIP passes and one VIP parking pass per day for each day of the event, and on-stage recognition as the designer of the 2005 Clearwater Jazz Holiday poster. For details and specifications contact Gary Hallas at 895-6264 or e-mail garyclearwaterjazz.com.

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