Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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North Tampa area events

Fire making and survival skills: Children and adults of all ages are invited to Lettuce Lake Park on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and noon to join a park ranger for some fun, hands-on activities. Cost for participants in the park's Nature Educational Programs are: $5 per child accompanied by an adult, adults without children $5 each. Registration required. Park entry fee is $2 per vehicle for up to eight people. 6920 E Fletcher Ave. Meet inside visitor center. For more information, contact Diana Kyle at (813) 987-6204. To register by email, send names and ages of participants to [email protected] oughcounty.org.

Women networking: Join the members of Women-N-Charge from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 at Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive. The meeting includes lunch, a feature speaker and time to network. Participants build relationships and share talents and resources with other women in business. The cost is $15 for members if paid Tuesday before the meeting and $18 for all guests and members paying Wednesday and after. Guest speaker Dulcee Moehn will talk about strategic public relations and marketing solutions. For more information, call Judy at (813) 600-9848.

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

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