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Spanish lessons: Learn Spanish in a six-week course starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Students in the class, taught by Alicia Garcia, can learn vocabulary, phrases and conversational Spanish. Classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday through March 11. Cost is $120 for members of the center, $130 for nonmembers. To register for this class, or for more information about this or other classes, visit or call Erin at (813) 932-0241.

African violets: Visitors are welcome when the Tampa African Violet Society meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Common Ground Christian Church, 4207 N Boulevard. Award-winning growers Therese Lyman and Mary Lou Harden will present "Last Minute Tips for the Show." A plant raffle will be held and growing tips offered. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact publicity chair Mina Menish at (813) 681-1910.

ALS Walk: More than 1,000 people will gather at the University of South Florida March 8 to raise money to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which progressively paralyzes its victims, attacking nerve cells and pathways in the brain or spinal cord. Patients in wheelchairs and their families and friends will make a 2-mile trek in "The Walk to Defeat ALS,'' hoping their steps will make a difference for ALS patients living in the Tampa Bay area. "The Walk to Defeat ALS'' is the ALS Association's signature event in which all funds directly support cutting-edge research, programs and patient care. Last year, these events raised nearly $1 million around Florida. Interested walkers can call 1-888-257-1717 or register online at

North Tampa community news briefs 01/21/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:45pm]
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