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Ventriloquist coming to cultural center

Award-winning ventriloquist and comedian Lynn Trefzger performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. For more than 30 years, Trefzger has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has performed for audiences worldwide in corporations, colleges, theaters and cruise ships. Trefzger's characters include a drunken camel, a grumpy old man and a feisty little girl.

Trefzger has received many awards and nominations throughout her career, including being named Funniest Female by Campus Activities Magazine. She is an entertainer for Disney Cruise Lines, as well as Crystal and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Advance tickets are $20 for center members, $24 for nonmembers. Tickets on the day of the show are $22 for members and $26 for nonmembers.

Tickets can be bought at the box office, online at Carrollwood Center.org, or by calling (813) 922-8167.

Cultural center to hold sidewalk book sale

Check out the selections at a sidewalk book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Money raised will go to providing financial assistance to students attending classes and camps at the center.

The sale is being held in conjunction with the North Tampa Market.

For more information about the center, visit carrollwoodcenter. org or call (813) 922-8167.

YMCA unveiling new gymnastics center

See the new $1.7 million gymnastics center at an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Bob Sierra Family YMCA, 4015 Ragg Road.

The center allows the facility to serve and train nearly twice as many children as before. Features include both preschool equipment and AAI competition bars and beams.

The community is invited to tour the new 12,000-square-foot building, try out the equipment and learn more about what the gymnastics facility has to offer. Children interested in signing up for gymnastics will also have the opportunity to take part in both class and team evaluations. Classes start Sept. 29.

The open house includes music, food, face painting and additional activities, as well as a performance from Bob Sierra's Top Flight Gymnastics Team.

New Tampa

Run the streets of Grand Hampton

Take part in a 5-kilometer race and one-mile "fun run'' at 8 a.m. Saturday through the neighborhood streets of Grand Hampton. Participants who register receive a T-shirt and finisher medal. Meet at the Grand Hampton Community Center, 8301 Dunham Station Drive. Cost is $10.

Town 'N Country

Skateboard contest and concert at park

Skateboard enthusiasts of all ages should get ready to show off their best tricks at the "Rock the Rails Skateboard Contest and Concert Series'' from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Northwest Skate Park at Jackson Springs Park, 8612 Jackson Springs Road.

Skate competitions in four age brackets, prizes, lunch and live music performed by local bands are highlights of the event. The Northwest Skate Park features granite ledges, rails, a key hole, a snake run-style bowl, a full pipe and other "California-style" course elements.

Opened in April 2014, Northwest Skate Park at Jackson Springs is Hillsborough County's newest skate park facility. The county also operates skate parks in Apollo Beach and Brandon.

Helmets are required and a notarized waiver must be completed. Complete skate park rules and a waiver form are available online at HillsboroughCounty.org/ Northwestskate.

For more information on visiting the skate park, contact the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at (813) 744-5319.

USF Area

Crossword puzzle crafter to speak

Crossword puzzle guru Merl Reagle will speak on "The Healthy Addiction: An Inside Look at Crossword Puzzles" at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute fall open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Centro Asturiano Ballroom, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave.

The learning institute, based at the University of South Florida, will offer more than 75 college-level courses, lectures, trips, and educational programs at more than 15 venues throughout the Tampa area in the upcoming fall term.

The open house will offer complimentary breakfast snacks. Osher faculty members will be on hand to discuss their classes with you.

Memberships and course prices are inexpensive and are taught by retired professors and noted professionals.

Since 1985, Reagle, a Tampa resident, has constructed a puzzle every Sunday for the San Francisco Chronicle, which he syndicates to over 50 Sunday newspapers.

To RSVP, leave a message at (813) 974-8036. For more information, call Joseph R. McAuliffe at (813) 974-5166 or visit OLLI's Web page at usfseniors.org.

5K run to benefit female engineers

Join a 5K "fun run'' at 8 a.m. Saturday at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Runners will take two laps around the unpaved FitTrail near the recreation center. The event costs $20 in advance and $25 the day of the run, which benefits the Student Section of the Society of Women Engineers at USF. For more information, call (772) 332-1103.

North Tampa news 09/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 1:27pm]

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