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North Tampa events: children's book signing; yoga classes; coastal cleanup

Film workshop: Film lovers and those interested in a film career can attend a full day of lectures, workshops, film screenings and networking with film schools, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free for USF students; $20 in advance to the public; $25 at the door. Call (813) 974-9057.

Tone up: Get in shape physically and mentally by joining a 50-plus class featuring yoga, qigong and pilates from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Town 'N Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive. The fee is $2 per class. The exercises increase bone and muscle strength. For more information, call (813) 873-6336.

Book signing: Author and Lutz resident Bea L. Brown will sign copies of her children's book, Wally the Cockeyed Cricket, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Baby Bottoms, 7305 Ehrlich Road. For more information, contact Jeff Fisher at 1-888-361-9473 or

Volunteer cleanup: Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is looking for volunteers to join the Ocean Conservancy's 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer effort for ocean health, from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 17. The volunteers will clean up trash — and keep track of every piece of trash they find — along the coastlines and in the water at some 35 locations in Hillsborough County. For more information, contact the organizers at (813) 221-8733.

Writing workshop: Award-winning author and writing coach Sandra Kischuk will present an interactive program titled "The Sentence Doctor" at Tampa Writers Alliance's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Barnes and Noble bookstore, 11808 N Dale Mabry. She will offer 10 guidelines designed to help practicing and would-be writers improve their writing quality. Bring in a few "problem" sentences and short paragraphs to be looked at during the presentation. Kischuk has addressed many business organizations and writing groups and publishes a free weekly e-mail newsletter for more than 3,000 readers. Her website is

New HART 'flex zones': HART will offer three new "flex zones" in Northdale, South Tampa and Town 'N Country. Residents can be picked up at home for 85 cents per trip in the same flex zone or they can walk up to any HART bus stop with a flex decal and wait for a flex van. For door-to-door service reservations, call (813) 449-4555 two hours or more before pickup.

Poster contest: Win $2,000 for your interpretation or rendition of the past, present and future of Hispanic heritage influence in the Tampa Bay area for the 25th annual poster competition sponsored by Tampa Hispanic Heritage Inc. Entries are due Aug. 5, and the entry fee is $30. Second place wins $1,000, and third wins $500. For submission guidelines, visit or call (813) 453-1063.

Minigrants for neighborhoods: Neighborhood associations in Hillsborough can apply for 2012 minigrants to improve their communities. The deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 12. For applications, visit

Kids eat free: Kids and teens ages 18 and younger can get free nutritious meals including breakfast, lunch and snacks all summer at locations throughout the county. For locations and information, visit

North Tampa events: children's book signing; yoga classes; coastal cleanup 07/21/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 4:30am]
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