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North Tampa events: history makers; orchid talk; cancer study; history volunteers

Tampa history-makers: Two prominent Tampa residents, former U.S. Rep. Sam Gibbons and retired Judge John F. Germany, will talk about the history of Tampa at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the auditorium at John F. Germany Library, 900 N Ashley Drive.

The longtime friends will share how they met and focus on events in the 1950s and 1960s that changed Tampa, including creation of the University of South Florida, the Head Start program, the downtown Tampa riverfront project and the movement for a new main library.

Hillsborough Television will record this event for the library's digital history archive project, and it will air this month on Bright House channel 622, Verizon channel 22, and on Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the John F. Germany Library.

For more information about the Library History Roadshow and to see photos and videos of library memories and treasures, visit or call (813) 273-3652.

Orchid talk: Horticulturist and orchid show judge Phil Hamilton from Apopka will talk about phalaenopsis during the Tampa Bay Orchid Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30. Experts at a bloom table will discuss each plant. Guests are welcome. For more information and directions, go to or call (813) 876-8495.

Cheer gardeners: Join members of the Temple Terrace Community Garden from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28 as they complete the fence and install gates for garden plot No. 2 at Riverhills Park, 401 S Riverhills Drive, overlooking the Hillsborough River.

At the same time, there will be a work session in community garden plot No. 1 behind Riverhills Elementary, 405 S Riverhills Drive. Attendees are invited to help with construction and/or serve cold drinks and cheer on those who are digging holes for fence posts and stretching fence wire.

Participants should consider bringing a folding chair, sunscreen and cold drinks. For more information, go to, call Elizabeth A. Leib, president of the community garden, at (813) 892-5704, or email

Cancer study: Men and women age 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer can enroll in a nationwide study about how genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors may cause or prevent cancer. The study will follow participants for at least 20 years. Those interested in becoming "cancer fighters'' in the Tampa Bay area can learn more about the Cancer Prevention Study-3 during three July events hosted by St. Joseph's Hospitals: From noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph's Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road, Lutz; noon to 4 p.m. July 27 at St. Joseph's Hospital, 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Bob Sierra YMCA, 4029 Northdale Blvd.

For more information, call St. Joseph's Cancer HelpLine at (813) 870-4123 or visit

History volunteers: The Tampa Bay History Center is looking for docents to help fulfill the museum's educational mission by leading tours for groups of children and adults. No previous experience is required. The only prerequisites are a willingness to learn, ability to interact comfortably with groups of visitors and availability one weekday morning per week. The history center provides extensive training and ongoing learning opportunities.

The next training class is in September. For more information, contact Julie Henry Matus at (813) 675-8981 or

North Tampa events: history makers; orchid talk; cancer study; history volunteers 07/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:30am]
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