New Tampa Rotary Club: Gerry Peret will host the first round of the high school speech contest at 7 a.m. in the banquet room at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. The cost is $12. Call (813) 972-9235 or visit www.newtamparotary.org.
Wise Women: Find out about buying real estate in a market that offers many value opportunities at the "Wise Women: Buying a Home on Your Own" seminar from 9 to 10 a.m. at Coldwell Banker Westchase Office, 9530 W Linebaugh Ave. Call (813) 389-5078.
Keystone Civic Association: The Gunn Highway Adopt-a-Road Cleanup is 8 to 11 a.m. Meet at the Keystone Community Center, 17928 Gunn Highway. Call (813) 920-5561 or visit www.keystonecivic.org.
Family Fun Festival: The Northdale Parade and Family Fun Festival is from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive. The event will feature the Gaither High School marching band, Butler's School of Irish Dance, Mary Jo's Arts Academy and more. Call (813) 264-6157 or visit www.northdale.org.
Florida Writers Association: Marcia Freespirit, a publisher of JimSam, will talk at 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 962-6446.
Great American Cleanup: Help put litter in its place from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 19 at 32 locations throughout the county including Brooker Creek Headquarters, Ramblewood Road, Odessa; Paint the Town, 101 2 St SE, Lutz; Perrone Park, 5010 Kelly Road, Town 'N Country; Shimberg Park, 7001 Armand Drive, Town 'N Country; and VISTA Gardens, 13572 S Village Drive, Carrollwood. Call (813) 960-5121 or visit www.khcbonline.org.
Autism program: Neil Broderick, who works with children with autism, will talk about "An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders" at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. Call (813) 273-3652.
CBNA: Exchange business cards and leads at the Carrollwood Business Networking Association breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Mimi's Cafe, 11702 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 960-0203.
CABA After Five: Share small-business experiences with other small-business owners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank, 13001 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 874-1280, ext. 229.
Business Networking International: Pass referrals with the Platinum chapter of BNI from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Call (813) 263-7168.
Library board: The Temple Terrace Public Library teen advisory board will meet at 6 p.m. at the library, 202 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace.
Town 'N Country: The Town 'N Country Park Homeowners Civic Association quarterly meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at the Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road. Call (813) 884-7742.
Life Enrichment Center: A five-week health and wellness program is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through May 22 at the Central City Community Development Corp., 2612 N Tampa St. Call (813) 227-8727.
Al-Anon: Are you troubled by someone's drinking? An Al-Anon meeting for Carrollwood newcomers is at 7 p.m. at 3714 W Linebaugh Ave. Call (813) 881-9372 or visit www.tampabayalanon.org.
Overeaters Anonymous: Stop compulsive eating. Overeaters Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 13312 Cain Road, Citrus Park. Call (813) 903-9530.
New Tampa Rotary Club: Anna Giulano, who leads the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute program for risk assessment, detection and intervention, will talk about "Investigating Human Papilloma Virus Infections in Men and Women" at 7 a.m. April 25 in the banquet room at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. The cost is $12. Call (813) 972-9235 or visit www.newtamparotary.org.
Miss Colombia-Tampa: Colombian women or women with Colombian-born parents living in the Tampa Bay area are eligible to enter the Miss Colombia-Tampa pageant. The cultural event tests candidates' knowledge of Colombia's geography, culture and people. Women must be single without kids and be between the ages of 17 to 24. The cost is $50. Call (813) 920-1104, (813) 541-7548 or (954) 549-5985.
Child literacy program: Children living in Hillsborough County born on or after Sept. 1, 2006, are eligible for the Imagination Library free book program. Call (813) 272-5017 or visit www.hcplc.org/hcplc/services/imglibreg.html.
Ceramic garden: Learn how to throw the wheel and make pottery with six weeks of art therapy at the Ceramic Garden, 4920 Newkirk Drive. The Mom & Me class is 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and costs $100; the adult class is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and costs $180; and a children's class is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and costs $100. Tuition includes instruction, clay, tools, storage, and glazing and firing. Call (813) 265-4644 or visit theceramicgarden.com.
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