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Downtown 2-mile walk steps off at noon today


Today's 2-mile walk starts at Gaslight Park

Join "Do the LOCAL Motion" at noon today for a 2-mile walk beginning at Lykes Gaslight Park on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Madison Street. Sponsored by Tampa Downtown Partnership. Call (813) 226-3686.

Luncheon fundraiser for Second Harvest

America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay hosts its annual "Empty Bowls Thanksgiving Luncheon," from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lykes Gaslight Park on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Madison Street. For $10, each attendee receives a modest lunch, small handcrafted bowl by local schoolchildren and donates to the mission. Mayor Pam Iorio will speak during the event. Call (813( 254-1190.

Grant Park

Event to raise money for volunteer group

Volunteers of America of Florida will hold its eighth annual fundraising event from 7 to 10 p.m. today at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St. The event includes a buffet, silent auction, live music and dancing. Tickets are $60 and benefit Volunteers of America. Call (813) 321-6945.

Bayshore Gardens

Woman's Club thrift sale set for Saturday

The Tampa Woman's Club will host a thrift sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 2901 Bayshore Blvd. Sale items will include household goods, appliances, clothing, toys and baked goods. Sales benefit the club's maintenance fund. Call (813) 839-7457.


Girl Scouts session targets online dangers

The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida present the training session "Digital Danger," from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 5002 W Lemon St. The training covers online safety issues including sexting, cyberbullying, social networking sites and ways to protect children from digital dangers. Cost is $17, or $5 for Girl Scout members. Register at

Apply now to serve on advisory boards

Hillsborough county commissioners are seeking residents to volunteer their service on several citizen advisory boards and councils. The application deadline is Thursday. To apply, call (813) 272-5826, visit the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. or

Drew park

VisionWalk to assist in fight against blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness hosts its second annual VisionWalk at 10 a.m. Sunday at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. Registration is at 9 a.m. To participate or to be a sponsor, call (866) 782-7330.

Birds' exposure to brevetoxin is topic

The Dale Mabry Campus Math and Sciences Division of Hillsborough Community College will present the seminar "Trophic transfer and body burdens of brevetoxin in sea and shore birds," with Gabriel A. Vargo from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sciences Building, Room DSCS220, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-7158.

Palma Ceia West

Gardening clinic to look at topiary design

The Hillsborough County Extension offers the discussion on topiary design as a part of its master gardener plant clinics, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Charles Fendig Library, 3909 W Neptune St. Open to the public. Call (813) 273-3652.

Plaza Terrace

Type 1 diabetes class at children's hospital

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital presents "Type 1 Diabetes Education Class" from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital Healthline Building, 3005 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Registration requires a doctor's prescription and insurance information. Call (813) 870-4585.

Historic Ybor

Women's finance summit to hear Iorio

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting will host its second annual Women of ALPFA summit "Branding: Creating an Image for Success," 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E Seventh Ave. Mayor Pam Iorio will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $30 for professionals, $20 for students and $15 for ALPFA members. To register, e-mail

Carver City/ Lincoln Gardens

Whole Foods offers seminar on cheese

Whole Foods Market will host "Exploring the World of Surface Ripened, Soft Ripened and Washed Rind Cheese," 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free. The class is limited to 40 people. Register at the store or by e-mailing

Ballast Point

Discussion scheduled on Medicare Part D

The Area Agency on Aging and Serving Health Insurance Needs of Others will host the discussion "Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D-Prescription Plans," from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Grand Court Senior Living, 4902 Bayshore Blvd. Reservations preferred. Call (813) 835-4475.

Courier City/Oscawana

'Florida Cowboys' author to sign books

Meet Carlton Ward Jr. as he discusses and signs Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Free. Call (813) 253-2638.

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