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North Tampa events: Independence Day; Lettuce Lake; football camp; mortgage rally

Nature program: Children ages 9 to 15 can learn how to make ice cream at educational programs conducted by a park ranger at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday and Sunday at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. (Meet inside the Visitors Center.) At 10 a.m. and noon on July 21, children can learn how to make butter. At the same times on July 28, they will hear about the state's poisonous snakes and make water color art.

The cost is $5 per child, accompanied by an adult; free for adults with children; $5 for adults without children. The park entry fee is $2 for up to eight people. Only cash is accepted. For more information, call Carol A. Legan at (813) 987-6204.

Football camp: Kids ages 7 to 12 can take part in a three-day NFL-style camp from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday through July 14 at the Sports Center of Tampa Bay, 7235 W Hillsborough Ave.

They'll get instruction from former NFL coaches and members of the Tampa Bay Sentinels, a team of law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel.

The Sentinels work with the Tampa Bay Public Safety Charity to raise funds for the MacDonald Training Center, an organization serving adults with disabilities throughout Hillsborough County.

For more information, call the Tampa Bay Sentinels at (727) 328-4772, email info@tbpsc.org or go to tampabay sentinels.org.

Mortgage rally: Attend a rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square downtown, where you will be asked to sign a petition asking elected leaders to resolve the foreclosure crisis, protect the mortgage interest deduction and guarantee credit-worthy consumers and small businesses the opportunity to obtain mortgages and loans. Speakers will include Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagen.

Joe Chillura Courthouse Square is at the intersection of Kennedy and Pierce streets.

The event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Home Builders Association, the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at rallyforhomeowner shiptampa@gmail.com.

North Tampa events: Independence Day; Lettuce Lake; football camp; mortgage rally 07/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 5, 2012 4:30am]

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