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Sleep program: A five-week program to relieve insomnia starts Wednesday at the University of South Florida. The Insomnia Treatment Program sessions, organized by USF's Health Management Group, will be conducted in small groups from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. The first session ends at 8 p.m.

The program will focus on combating unhelpful thoughts and engaging in sleep-promoting behaviors. Each session is designed to teach psychological skills to help modify behavior that undermines sleep.

The cost is $75 and is due at the first meeting. The fee includes a notebook, CD and an insomnia treatment manual that will be used the entire five weeks. To register, or for more information, call the USF Psychological Services Center at (813) 974-2496. Space is limited.

Take tai chi: Ongoing beginning and intermediate tai chi classes meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. The cost is $5 for Life Enrichment Center members or $8 for nonmembers.

Research has shown that tai chi improves strength, balance, stamina, overall health and wellness. Students will learn to move in an ergonomic and efficient manner consistent with physics and physiology.

For more information about this or other classes offered by the Life Enrichment Center, call (813) 932-0241 or visit

Wineberg Village ribbon-cutting: About 200 people attended a ribbon-cutting Sunday for the new porte-cochere entrance and other improvements at Wineberg Village, an assisted-living community near Gunn Highway and Veterans Expressway. A donation from Roberta Golding enabled the new renovations, including a renovated dining room with new furniture and a media room with high-definition projection, a 12-foot screen and surround sound. Visitors bought bricks engraved with personal messages for loved ones; the bricks are installed in Wineberg Village's main pathway. For more information about the brick program, call (813) 969-1818.

Prostate cancer discussion: Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. It can often be easily treated if detected early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. Join physician Alonso Alvarez as he discusses the latest developments in prostate cancer screening and treatment options from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 6 at St. Joseph's Hospital-North, Garden Classrooms, 4211 Van Dyke Road. The event is free. To register, call (813) 443-3078.

Summer art lessons: Learn drawing and painting techniques in workshops with Tampa artist Terry Klaaren. His art program for adults and teens is open to all skill levels. Children ages 6 to 11 can take the two-week young artist class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays starting June 14 at the Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N 56th St., Temple Terrace. Adult classes will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings. Classes are limited to 12 people. The cost is $35 for the public and $25 for members of the Temple Terrace Recreation Department. The cost includes materials. Afternoon young artist sessions might be added by popular demand.

For information or to reserve your space, call (813) 985-9200 or e-mail: [email protected] or visit

North Tampa briefs 05/26/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:30am]
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