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Art in the Park: Miss Anita the craft lady shows kids from pre-K to age 12 how to make crafts ranging from a jewelry box to room decorations. She gathers the crew every Friday for the hands-on work at the recreation center. $5. Today 10:30 a.m.-noon, Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive, Tampa. (813) 495-6442.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp: After several years practicing near Orlando, the team is training in Tampa this year. Tickets and parking are free, but you must sign up to receive (up to) six tickets per practice on the team's website. Practices will also feature autograph opportunities, cheerleader appearances and a merchandise tent. The final session at 8 p.m. on Aug. 7 moves to Raymond James Stadium for the popular night practice. (No tickets are required for that session, and you can stick around for a fireworks show afterward.) Hot dogs and soft drinks will also be available for $1. Free. One Buc Place, 1 Buccaneer Place, Tampa. (813) 879-2827. Public training camp begins this weekend, Saturday from 10:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2:30-5 p.m. For dates and times through next week and to sign up for tickets, visit

Dodgeball benefit: Up to 32 teams of six players will chuck rubber balls at each other to benefit the families of slain Tampa police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab. Donation collections and raffles take place on the concourse at the St. Pete Times Forum during matches. $120 team, spectators free. Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 832-1477.

National Night Out: Show your support for fighting crime in Temple Terrace during the annual event Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Family Recreation Complex, 6610 E Whiteway Drive. Starts with ice cream, face painting, a rock-climbing wall and a bounce house. Guests can also view educational displays and take a flashlight walk around the neighborhood. Call Mike Dunn at (813) 506-6406.

Chess club: Children age 9 and older and adults can learn how to play or brush up on their chess moves from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Free. Family Support & Resource Center, 1401-A E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

Suncoast Real Estate Investors Association: Don DeRosa, author and real estate investing expert, will talk about different methods of real estate investment. $20 for nonmembers. Free for members. Tuesday 6 p.m., Double Tree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa.

Tampa Writers Alliance: The group gathers for critiques and discussions. Prospective members can sit in prior to joining. $35 per year. Wednesday 7-9 p.m., Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 962-6446.

Humor for Heros Fun Raiser Benefit: Night of comedy with Pedro Lima to benefit the families of fallen Tampa police Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis. $15 advance, $20 at the door. Wednesday 8 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

North of Tampa entertainment briefs 07/29/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:30am]
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