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North Tampa events: vision screenings; knitting class; soccer sign-ups

Vision screenings: Children 4 to 18 can get a free vision screening from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Town 'N Country Family Support & Resource Center, 7520 W Waters Ave., Suite 8.

On Aug. 16, a free vision screening will be available at the North Tampa Family Support & Resource Center, 1401-A E Fowler Ave.

No appointment is necessary for the screenings, conducted by Prevent Blindness Florida. To those who qualify, assistance will be provided for a free exam and glasses. For more information, call Town 'N Country at (813) 356-1703 or North Tampa at (813) 558-1877.

School supplies: On Aug. 13, bring your children to either the Town 'N Country or North Tampa family support center for free school supplies, music and snacks. No registration is required for the event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both centers. For more information, call Town 'N Country at (813) 356-1703 or North Tampa at (813) 558-1877.

Job skills: Registration is required for the Coffee & Careers gathering at the Town 'N Country support center from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 15 and 16. The training session will focus on work skills, job searches, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and getting and keeping the job. Call (813) 558-1877.

Parent network: New parents can ask questions and share joys, ideas and resources every Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the North Tampa Family Support & Resource Center, 1401-A E Fowler Ave. No registration is required. For more information, call (813) 558-1877.

Knit and crochet: Learn to knit and crochet or improve your skills in a six-week class from 1 to 3 p.m. starting Wednesday at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. The cost is $36 for the course, taught by Sandy Wehle, an instructor certified by the Craft Yarn Council of America. Students will start with the basics and learn to do their own projects. Bring a set of size 8 knitting needles and two skeins of four-ply yarn to help you get started. To register or for information, call (813) 932-0241 or go to

Get fit: Join a six-week health and weight loss program starting Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Participants will learn how to improve their health by incorporating good nutrition and physical activity into their lifestyles. Weight and body fat (BMI) will be measured weekly and the class will include ideas for healthy, low-cost meals and menu planning. The class, open to adults of all ages, costs $24 for members, $30 for nonmembers. For more information, call (813) 932-0241 or go to

Soccer sign-ups: Sign-ups for youth soccer in Plantation of Carrollwood are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 20 at the Plantation Clubhouse, 11380 Brookgreen Drive. The league offers co-ed recreational soccer for ages 4 to 15. The season runs from September through mid November. The cost of $80 includes full uniform and trophy; $5 discount for Plantation residents. Call (813) 908-5831 or visit

USF open house: Meet your instructor, get a discount on class registrations and arrange group training for your company during the University of South Florida College of Continuing Education open house, at 5 p.m. Thursday at 3220 Banyan Circle. Visit

Poster contest: Win $2,000 for your interpretation or rendition of the past, present and future of Hispanic heritage influence in the Tampa Bay area for the 25th annual poster competition sponsored by Tampa Hispanic Heritage Inc. Entries are due today, and the entry fee is $30. Second place wins $1,000, and third place wins $500. For submission guidelines, visit or call (813) 453-1063.

Free kids haircuts: Remington College Tampa Campus will offer free back-to-school haircuts for children from Monday through Aug. 20 at 6302 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Evening appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. Call (813) 316-4470.

Neighborhood minigrants: Neighborhood associations in Hillsborough can apply for 2012 minigrants to improve their communities. The deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 12. Visit for applications.

Kids eat free: Youth ages 18 and younger can get free nutritious meals including breakfast, lunch and snacks all summer at locations countywide. For locations, visit

North Tampa events: vision screenings; knitting class; soccer sign-ups 08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 4:30am]
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