North of Tampa community events

Canned food drive: Florida Sports Authority locations will be collecting canned goods through today. Receive a $10 coupon when you drop off your nonperishables. Visit sportsauthority.com for more information.

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Nature study: Learn more about Florida's rarest animals, panthers and bears, at 10 a.m. and noon today during a park ranger educational program at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. Meet inside the visitor center. Cost is $5 per child and one adult plus $2 per vehicle (up to eight people) park entry fee. Cash only. To get more information or to register, call Lettuce Lake Park at (813) 987-6204.

Cancer support: Ovacome of Tampa Bay hosts a support group to assist women who have been diagnosed with ovarian and other gynecological cancers. Family members and caregivers are also invited. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Medical Arts Building Auditorium, 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Call (813) 443-3078.

Diabetes support group: Discuss challenges, share success stories and gain resources, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, 2901 W Swann Ave. Internal medicine staff at the hospital will facilitate the group. Free. Call (813) 342-1313.

Town 'N Country history: Patrons of the Town 'N Country Regional Public Library are encouraged to bring their library memories, photographs and memorabilia for the Library History Roadshow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the library, 7606 Paula Drive, Suite 120. The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014. To prepare, the system has joined with the Tampa Bay History Center, the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County and other community partners to present the road show, which will stop at library branches throughout the county through 2013 to gather and document information. Staffers and volunteers work at each road show to digitally scan photos and other printed items that residents bring, and immediately return the originals to their owners. To get additional information and to see photographs and videos of library memories, visit thplhistoryroadshow.blogspot.com, or call the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System at (813) 273-3652.

Dance concert: Attend a big band dance and concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. The Sounds of Swing, a big band formed in 2010 by local musician Jim Burge, will have a special guest who wears red, says "ho ho ho'' and plays a mean sax. Ticket holders will receive a free dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $14 for nonmembers, $11 for members and $13 for those 65 and older. Day-of-show tickets are $16 for nonmembers, $13 for members and $15 for those over 65. The Carrollwood Cultural Center is teaming up with Time for Wine to offer a preshow wine tasting before this event. The wine tasting will start at 6:30 p.m. The package cost is $19 for members and $22 for nonmembers and includes admission for one to the tasting and performance. The wine package is available for purchase until Nov. 26. For more information, call (813) 269-1310.

Boards need members: Hillsborough County commissioners seek residents to serve on several volunteer advisory boards and councils. Applications are due Dec. 6 and can be picked up on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 272-5826.

Tree lighting: Attend the lighting of the Christmas trees from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Shimberg Gardens, 7606 Paula Drive. The gardens are next to the Town 'N Country Commons. This free event, hosted by the Town 'N Country Garden Circle and the county's Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, will feature choruses from Bay Crest and Davis elementary schools, a bounce house, slide, face painting and hair spraying. Santa will be there to hear children's requests. Free food and beverages will be available while supplies last. For additional information about the tree lighting, call Fran Gamester at (813) 884-3462.

North of Tampa community events 11/17/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 16, 2012 7:25pm]

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