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North Tampa events: sewing camp; plant raffle; and coffee for troops

Art exhibit: See an exhibit of abstract expressionism by Florida artist James Brown today, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652 or go to

Yoga with baby: Bring your baby — newborn to 24 months — for a relaxing session with yoga teacher Erin Wheeler at 11 a.m. Wednesday and successive Wednesdays through July 27 at Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Drive. The free class entails holding your baby during yoga postures, massaging your baby, sharing a story, interactive singing and dancing. Bring a towel or yoga mat. Seating is limited to 20 children and their parents or caregivers. For more information about this and other free programs, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

Coffee for troops: Coffee is a popular request among our troops overseas, so Sweetbay Supermarket is urging people to stop by any of its stores in Florida through July Fourth to buy a bag or brick of coffee and donate it to the troops. Sweetbay will match the sales of coffee during this time and donate the funds to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to support local Pinellas and Hillsborough families. Support Our Troops Inc. will receive coffee donations to send to troops overseas as well as some funding to help pay for postage.

Author and subject: Susan Adger's A Quiet Voice describes Vietnam veteran Eugene Hairston's triumph over childhood abuse, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder to achieve business success as an environmental management services training officer. Adger and Hairston will talk about their collaboration at 7 p.m. Wednesday during the monthly meeting of the Tampa Writers Alliance at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, 11808 N Dale Mabry. Admission is free and open to all, particularly people who want to be writers.

Plant tips: Members of the Tampa African Violet Society and visitors will hear tips on repotting and growing the flowers and take part in a plant raffle at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Common Ground Christian Church, 4207 N Boulevard. For more information, contact Jim Boyar at (727) 871-2014 or

Sewing camp: Kids who like to sew can take part in the Tween & Teen "Accessories" Sewing Camp from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 18-21 at Keep Me In Stitches, 14833 N Dale Mabry Highway. The projects will include a pin cushion, a "click 'n' snap" bag, a composition notebook cover, an heirloom pleated pillow and an iPod/cell phone holder made out of an old necktie. Students are asked to bring their sewing machine, a lunch or a snack, and a beverage. If needed, sewing machines can be rented. The cost for the camp is $300 and includes materials. For more information, call (813) 908-3889.

North Tampa events: sewing camp; plant raffle; and coffee for troops 06/30/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:30am]
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