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Taste of the Nation 2001 Wednesday, May 2 ¥ 6 p.m.

Share Our Strength, American Express and Williams-Sonoma present Taste of the Nation, a five-course dinner to raise funds for the Divine Providence Food Bank of Tampa. Includes a wine tasting reception and silent and live auctions. Individual tickets are $150. Tables of 10 may be reserved with a donation of $1,500. Held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside, 700 South Florida Ave., Tampa. Call 813-254-1190.

Population Growth Meeting Saturday, May 5 ¥ 7 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater have invited Jane Maxwell and LaWanda Walker of Planned Parenthood to speak on population growth at this meeting. Takes place at the Universalists Octagon Building, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. Call 727-531-7704.

Storybook Ball Saturday, May 5 ¥ 6 p.m.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Tampa Bay encores its annual Storybook Ball with Peter Pan. Sponsored by Tampa Children's Hospital at St. Joseph's, the event includes special guest General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA (Ret.). Takes place at the Hyatt Regency Westshore, 6200 Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa. Call 813-258-6430.

Green Thumb FestivalSaturday and Sunday, April 28, 29

The City of St. Petersburg is having its 15th Annual Green Thumb Festival, which includes an outdoor garden and patio show, horticultural exhibits, children's arts and crafts and short seminars. Takes place at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N. Call 727-893-7313.

New Alpha House Facility Thursday, May 10 ¥ 3 p.m.

Alpha House of Tampa holds an Open House for the Rosalie Center, a new facility that will house a daycare center for 45 children (to be operated in collaboration with the Child Abuse Council), eight transitional family living units and administrative and community meeting space. Located at 201 S. Tampania Ave., Tampa. Call 813-875-2024.

Power Wheelchairs AvailableMiracle on Wheels makes available power wheelchairs to senior citizens and the permanently disabled of any age. Call 1-800-749-8778, or go online

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