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North Tampa events: classes, workshops, luncheons

Cuts for Kids: Instructors and students of the Remington College-Tampa Campus provide complimentary back-to-school haircuts for children ages 17 and younger. Free. Today 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Remington College —Tampa Campus, 6302 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 400, Tampa. (813) 316-4470.

Free master ballet classes: Free masters classes for advanced ballet dancers conducted by choreographer/dancer/instructor Christopher Fleming. Dancers must be 16 or older and preregistration is required. No phone calls will be accepted. E-mail only, to gasparballet@gmail.com. Today 10 a.m. Free. University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

Bold acrylics: Learn new and exciting ways to enhance acrylic paintings in a six-week class. Class meets Fridays through Sept. 24. Registration is required. $75. Today 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard, Tampa. (813) 932-0241.

Complex celebration: Hillsborough County officials will celebrate the opening of the improved Shimberg Soccer Complex at 10 a.m. Saturday. The complex, at 7001 Armand Drive, has seen a $1.2 million makeover. Three soccer fields have been upgraded to league standards and two new fields have been added. Irrigation, lighting, fencing, parking and landscaping also have been improved or added. The event is free and open to the public.

Swap Party: The craze for colorful wrist bands heats up with a free-for-all of swapping at a party hosted by Bandzmania in the mall. Bring your Crazy, Zany, Silly, Goofy or any other bands to collect and trade. You can enter to win door prizes with drawings at 11 a.m. and noon. If you buy anything at Bandzmania, you get a free cone at Chick-fil-A. The trading is in the Sharp Lounge near Dillard's. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Free. International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 342-3790. shopinternationalplaza.com.

Happy Birthday Wilt Chamberlain: It's a super Saturday celebrating the birthday of the late and great Wilt Chamberlain. Test yourself with sports trivia and enjoy a movie. Saturday 2 p.m. Free. Sulphur Springs Partnership Library, 8412 N 13th St., Tampa. (813) 273-3652 or (813) 273-3652.

SkyWatch: Join astronomy experts in seeing Mars up-close. See star clusters and nurseries where stars are being formed. All weather permitting. Saturday 8:15 p.m. Free. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. mosi.org.

Irene Ziegler: Playwright, actor and author of Rules of the Lake and Ashes to Water, Irene Ziegler, will discuss her life and book. She is also the voice you've grown to love (and hate) on your cell phone GPS. Sunday 2 p.m. Free. New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa. (813) 273-3652. ireneziegler.com.

Employability workshop: An interactive, two-day workshop focuses on skills, job searches, resumes and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, attire and effective communication skills. Registration is required. Free. Family Support and Resource Center in Town and Country Center, 7520 Waters Ave. Suite 8, Tampa. Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon.

Watercolor art class: Painter Michele Russell leads a beginner's watercolor class Tuesdays through Sept. 28. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $75. Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard, Tampa ((813) 932-0241 ). (813) 932-0241. lifeenrichmenttampa.org.

North Tampa Chamber Networking Luncheon: "Relationship Building With Business Neighbors." $12.50. Thursday 11:30 a.m., the Jerk Hut, 2101 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 931-8855, ext. 7000.

Tampa Writers Alliance Poetry: The poetry group within the Writers Alliance meets on the fourth Thursday of every month to discuss and share works. Prospective members can sit in. $35 per year. Thursday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 962-6446.

Disney

Meet Star Wars Stormtroopers: Come meet Stormtroopers and get your Dorling Kindersley Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia autographed. You may want to park your light sabers at the door, but all Jedi and younglings are welcome. Free. Saturday 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 962-6446.

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