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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has joined Hillsborough County Animal Services in looking for the person who attacked 14 ducklings in the Providence Lakes subdivision.

Eleven of the birds were stomped to death in the early hours of Nov. 7. Three others had to be euthanized because of their injuries. PETA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Call Animal Services investigator Kenneth Vetzel, 744-5660, ext. 282.


UF branch to launch major in land surveying

The University of Florida's Plant City campus is offering a new major in spring 2007 in geomatics, or land surveying. The program starts with a pair of online courses, Visualization of Spatial Information and a course in the principles of surveying The program will be fully implemented by fall 2007, said academic programs coordinator Martin Wortman. Call 757-2280 for details.


Art show competition offers $5,000 in prizes

A new art show will feature the work of two dozen Tampa Bay area artists The artists, including notables such as Tom Haverfield, Linda Thompson, Bill Scott, Frank Gabriel, Terry Smith and Diane Gugliotta, will compete for $5,000 in prizes. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at The Resort and Club at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive.


Coffee shop remodeling for dancing, live music

Sumatra Coffee Co. is remodeling its store to offer more than a cup of coffee and sandwich. The shop at 13330 Lincoln Road is expanding its space to add seating and make room for swing dancing on Tuesday nights, a monthly potluck dinner and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 671-6875.


Snow skiing group has few openings for trips

A snow skiing group running out of space in Florida? Well, not exactly. But available excursion spots are dwindling with the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders, which organizes groups to skiing sites around the country. December and January trips to Breckenridge, Colo., and a Colorado Ski Safari have few spots left and several other trips in 2007 to Colorado are nearly sold out. Call 319-4298.


County housing program accepting applications

A Hillsborough County housing program that helps the disabled, the elderly and poor families is accepting applications. They can be obtained at the community code enforcement office, 10119 Windhorst Road in Tampa, and at county Neighborhood Service Centers.

Families seeking admission based on economic need must have someone working at least 20 hours a week. Applications should be mailed to the Hillsborough County Section 8 Program, 3402 N 22nd St., Second Floor, Tampa, FL 33605, and postmarked no later than midnight Dec. 15, or faxed to 272-6823.

The county does not guarantee admission to the program, which offers vouchers to reduce housing costs and accepts about 200 new applicants each year from a waiting list. Call 273-3794.