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North Tampa events: drug disposal; heart pageant; free yoga; Arden Courts

Drug disposal: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, area residents can take their unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs to the Temple Terrace Police Department, 11250 N 56th St., for disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The police department has teamed with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to prevent pill abuse and theft by giving residents a way to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, officials say.

Due to volume limitations, the National Take-Back Day initiative is limited to residential medication disposal only. Businesses and other commercial entities needing to dispose of medications are encouraged to contact a licensed vendor capable of providing commercial disposal services. For more information about this event, please contact officer Karen Walter at (813) 506-6551 or

Heart pageant: The Miss Heart of the USA Pageant, which teaches girls the importance of giving back to their communities, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion Hotel, 2701 E Fowler Ave. Attire is casual, so no pageant dresses are needed for the contest, which has divisions for all ages. Contestants can register online at For more information, call Christel Wallace at (508) 493-2587.

Free yoga: From 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, you can take yoga classes at the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health, 6201 Lynn Road. The classes are free, though donations are welcome. This class is designed to offer stress relief techniques that can be woven into everyday life. Call (813) 961-3160 or visit for more information.

Art sale: Attend a sale of artwork by residents from 4 to 6 p.m. May 17 at Arden Courts of Tampa, an Alzheimer's assisted living center at 14950 Casey Road. All proceeds from the Heart of Art event will benefit the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute. The event will feature entertainment, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. For tickets, call (813) 963-6100, ext. 205.

North Tampa events: drug disposal; heart pageant; free yoga; Arden Courts 04/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 4:30am]
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