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Classes, home tour, entertainment, pet adoption and more

Lecture series: Lawyer Charles Ogletree Jr. will talk about grooming young men to be leaders, mentors and role models as part of the Carter G. Woodson lecture series, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency, 211 N Tampa St. $100, includes dinner. Call (813) 903-9247.

Witty-poet contest: Enter the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System's annual "Lit Wit Humorous Poetry Contest," where poets 18 and older create a parody of a well-known poem or a humorous poem to win cash as well as passes to the Improv Comedy Club. The deadline is Saturday. Entry forms available at any county library or online at

Power bill help for seniors: Hillsborough County's Home Energy Assistance Program has money to help senior citizens pay delinquent electric bills. Applications and qualification requirements are due by Saturday. Residents can apply at a local Neighborhood Service Center, including those at 2103 N Rome Ave. and 3402 N 22nd St. Call (813) 272-6770.

Women's health care symposium: Local physicians and specialists offer 20 medical seminars for women, plus exhibits, fitness classes, chair massages and health screenings, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Free. Visit focuson

Yoga in Ybor: All ages can join this one-hour yoga practice in the garden area of the Ybor City Museum from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 1818 E Ninth Ave. Donations accepted. Call (813) 248-9642.

Community health fair: The Palmetto Beach Health Fiesta and Spring Fling will offer health tips and screenings, games and activities, music, entertainment, exercise classes, an obstacle course and an Easter egg hunt. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St. Free. Call (813) 242-5307.

Huge animal adoption event: Animal shelters and rescue groups will hold a 12-hour Mega Match-a-thon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave. Call (813) 876-7138 for adoption costs. Hillsborough County Animal Services will participate on the same day and during the same hours at the shelter at 440 N Falkenburg Road in Tampa.

Ren Fest free for students: The Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI is offering free tickets to students 12 and younger from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties for its final weekend. Students need to show a report card or student ID at the gate to receive their ticket. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 11315 N 46th St. Call (813) 983-0111.

Urban farming: Learn how to transform a high-maintenance yard into a productive urban farm that provides fresh vegetables, chickens and more in a beginner's class on a self-sufficient lifestyle. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Garden Classroom, 3212 W Paxton Ave. $20. Call (813) 839-0881.

Facebook newbies: Adults can learn how to create a Facebook account and profile, search for friends and invite friends during this social network tutorial at 2 p.m. Saturday at John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Free. Limit 12 people. Call (813) 273-3652.

Garden tour: Tour beautiful South Tampa home gardens and swimming pools, then enjoy refreshments from local chefs and restaurants at Amaryllis Garden Circle's self-driven tour from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 2501 Prospect Road. $10, includes refreshments. Call (813) 831-5678.

Classes, home tour, entertainment, pet adoption and more 03/29/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 4:30am]
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