Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Neighborhood news briefs

Craigslist and eBay: Get a hands-on guide to two popular websites, 1 p.m. today at John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Mouse and keyboard skills preferred. For adults. Limit 12 participants. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

LifePath seeks volunteers: LifePath Hospice will offer a 90-minute orientation for potential volunteers at 6:30 p.m. Monday at its South Tampa Resource Center, 3010 W Azeele St. No prior experience necessary. All volunteers must preregister. For information or to register, contact Vickie McDonald at (813) 984-2299 or [email protected]

Weird talk: Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, who recently published the critically acclaimed anthology, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories and Best American Fantasy, will give a public reading at 6 p.m. Tuesday in MSC 2709 on the University of South Florida campus. A reception and book signing will follow. On Wednesday at 1 p.m., they will be joined in MSC 2709 by anthropology and women's and gender studies professors to discuss various forms of sci-fi media and how they address issues of gender and otherness. World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer's fiction has been published in more than 20 countries, and he recently signed a three-book agreement with Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York). Junot Diaz described his last collection, The Third Bear, as "cunningly crafted stories full of wonder and intelligence, proving again why VanderMeer is so essential." Ann VanderMeer is only the second female editor of the venerable horror magazine, Weird Tales. She is the founder of Buzzcity Press and she and Jeff are compiling an anthology on feminist speculative fiction. Both have won numerous prestigious awards for their original fiction and anthologies. For more information and parking details, contact Liz Kicak at [email protected] or (813) 974-3657.

Stroke discussion: Memorial Hospital will offer a presentation on strokes, causes and prevention, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at 2901 W Swann Ave. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call (813) 342-1313.

Women's club: The Lutz-Land O'Lakes Women's Club holds its general meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center on Land O'Lakes Boulevard. The club is open to women 18 years and older, and new members are welcome. For membership information, go to gfwclutzlandolakeswomensclub.org or call Cathy at (813) 961-7038.

Hospice volunteers: If you want to make a difference in someone's life, and if you have two to four hours to share each week, then consider volunteering with LifePath Hospice. Potential volunteers can attend a 90-minute orientation session at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at the LifePath Hospice Resource Center, 3010 W Azeele St. Specialty and professional volunteers, such as hair stylists, massage therapists and nail technicians, are in great demand. LifePath Hospice provides free training, and volunteers do not need any previous type of experience. Potential volunteers must preregister. To register, or for more information, contact Vickie McDonald at (813) 984-2299 or [email protected]

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