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Special phone devices free for deaf, others

The nonprofit Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay offers specialized telephones and ring-signaling devices at no cost to residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf and blind, or speech-impaired.

Residents can receive the equipment as long as they continue to live in the state for at least six months per year. Telecommunications access for the hearing- and speech-impaired is paid for by a surcharge on every telephone consumer's bill. Equipment is available by appointm nt from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Deaf and Hearing Connection's main office in mid Pinellas or at satellite locations throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Free hearing screenings also are available. Call (727) 399-9983.


'Adventures in Opera' starts Wednesday

The Pinellas Opera League, in conjunction with the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute, is holding "Adventures in Opera," a series of six Wednesday programs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the theater of the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road. The programs are:

Wednesday: "The Many Voices of Opera," presented by Dr. Michael Blauner.

Jan. 31: "Wagner, The Do-It-Yourself Genius," presented by Bill Weiss.

Feb. 25: "Zarzuela - Spain's Operatic Tradition," presented by Madeline Crotty.

March 28: "Legendary Opera Singers," presented by Blauner and Middy Larson.

April 25: "Children in Opera," presented by Larson.

Cost is $5 per session, or $25 for all six in advance. Call 791-7400 or toll-free 1-800-875-8682.


Volunteers sought for two centers, museum

Tarpon Springs officials are looking for people to assist at its Performing Arts Center, Cultural Center and Safford House museum.

The Performing Arts Center needs ushers and backstage assistants. The Cultural Center seeks front-desk receptionists, hosts and gallery assistants to help with exhibits, programs, performances, special events and in the gift shop. The Safford House, an 1883 National Register historic house museum, is looking for volunteers as docents, collection assistants, researchers, and gardeners.

Call (727) 937-0686.