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Lunches for kids: Any child age 18 and under can have a free lunch or snack, or both, at one of the more than 40 sites in Hillsborough County participating in the Summer Food Service Program from Wednesday through Aug. 9. Though the program is not restricted to children from low-income families, the sites — including several in the north Tampa area — are in areas where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year. The federally funded program is operated by the Hillsborough County Family and Aging Services Department. Summer Food Program sites are in schools and other locations in the community and provide meals to all children in the surrounding area, in addition to those enrolled in summer school. The summer food location sites can be found under the 2013 Summer Food Program locations link on the right side of the county's Social Service's web page, For more information, including how to set up a host site, contact Summer Food Program for Children, at (813) 272-5160.

Health checks: To make preventive care easily accessible during Men's Health Month in June, Sam's Club stores in the country, including the store at 15835 N. Dale Mabry in Tampa, will host free health screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday . The screenings are free and available to the public at all Sam's Club locations with a pharmacy. While the health screening event focuses on men's health, the screenings for both men and women are available. The free health screening event features tests valued at up to $150, including the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for men, which measures a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous prostate tissue and can help identify cancer early on; the TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test for women, which measures thyroid hormone levels and identifies overactive and underactive thyroid glands, which can be the root of various health problems; blood pressure; body mass index; and vision.

Gettysburg battle: Check out a diorama of the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the Civil War, through July 1 at Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry. History enthusiasts will discuss the battle — which began 150 years ago on July 1 — from 12:30 to 2 p.m. each Saturday during the exhibit. The battlefield is 13 feet by 5 feet, and the miniature painted figures are 15 mm. Admission is free. For more information, call Robert Rowen at (813) 875-0511 or go to Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

North of Tampa area events 06/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:30pm]
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