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WRITERS WORKSHOP OPEN TO BUDDING JOURNALISTS

St. Petersburg

The 2008 Writers Workshop, a journalism program for Florida high school students and teachers, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Poynter Institute, 801 Third St. S.

Tuition is $30. Space is limited. Scholarships are available for low-income and minority students. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Feb. 8. To get more information or register, go to www.poynter.org/highschoolwriters or call 456-2332.

St. Petersburg

Vendor signup for arts,crafts show extended

Vendor registration for the Sunsational Arts & Crafts Show at the Sunshine Center has been extended to Feb. 8.

The show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 in the Sunshine Center Shuffleboard Ballroom, 330 Fifth St. N.

A 10- by 10-foot area is $25 with a 6-foot table, or $20 if the vendor provides the table. Extra card tables can be rented for $5 each. Items for sale must be new and handcrafted. For information or to register, call 893-7622.

TAMPA BAY AREA

Goodwill apartments available at 4 locations

Did you know Goodwill offers affordable living options for people with low incomes, including seniors and people with disabilities?

Goodwill's Freedom Villages, in Tampa, Pinellas Park and Clearwater, offer one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Heritage Oaks in Palm Harbor offers one-bedroom apartments for people 62 and older with low incomes.

Prospective residents should call the property in which they are interested to check availability or to be put on a waiting list.

The four Goodwill apartment communities are:

-Freedom Village I, 7700 66th St. N, Pinellas Park, (727) 541-6620.

-Freedom Village II, 5002 S Bridge St., Tampa, (813) 831-6988.

-Freedom Village III, 1167 Turner St., Clearwater, (727) 443-6799.

-Heritage Oaks of Palm Harbor, 2351 Alderman Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 787-0792.

TREASURE ISLAND

Shop amid sea breezes at the Open Air Market

Take in the sea breeze and enjoy the Treasure Island Open Air Market each Friday in February and March from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place, off 106th Avenue.

Fresh produce, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, food and beverages will be available.

Want to be a merchant? Booth fees are $20 a week, or $100 for all nine weeks. For more information, call 360-4121.

COUNTYWIDE

Volunteer ombudsmen for seniors are needed

The Long-Term-Care Ombudsman Program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is seeking men and women of all backgrounds who have concerns about residents' rights, funds, food, drug regimens, abuse and neglect and are good at negotiating and advocating.

Mileage/meal reimbursements are provided at the state rate for all official ombudsman duties. Call 588-6912 or 1-888-831-0404 to apply for the next training class.

ST. PETERSBURG

On Feb. 16, it's all aboutquilts, other delights

Need something to warm you up these cool days? "Quilts and Other Delights VI" will feature quilts, patterns and stitchery on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6315 Central Ave. A light lunch will be available. Tickets are $5. Call 347-1226.

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