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Charley Greacen, Hyde Park

Sen. Marco Rubio book signing is July 1 at Inkwood Books; and more upcoming events

Marco Rubio signing: Sen. Marco Rubio autographs copies of his memoir, An American Son, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. This is a ticketed signing only. All books to be signed must be purchased from Inkwood Books. The line will form beginning at 6:15. Call (813) 253-2638.

Food and nutrition education: Learn about nutrition, meal planning, shopping, cooking and food safety during a four-part education series, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4177 Central Ave. For adults. Call (813) 273-3652.

Real estate resource: The Suncoast Real Estate Investors Association meets 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ramada Tampa Westshore Inn, 1200 N West Shore Blvd. Networking, informational sessions and vendors from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program is at 7:30 p.m. Free for members, $20 for guests. Call (813) 287-1515.

Transplant support group: The National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment support group provides community education about organ donation, assists patients with immunosuppressive medications and provides assistance in setting up fundraising accounts. Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tampa General Hospital on Davis Islands, downtown. Meeting locatino: Eighth Floor, West Pavilion, Room 856A. Free. Call (813) 844-7323.

Call to artists: Tampa Regional Artists is collecting submissions for its "Landscape and Seascape Show" in July. Pictures of all types of topography accepted; must be ready to hang. Framed art that's more than 40 inches counts as two entries; 3-D art accepted. Members: $7 each or three for $20; nonmembers: $12 each or three for $35. Drop off July 21 and 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Old Hyde Park Arts Center, 705 Swann Ave. Call (813) 220-5800.

Art reception: Attend a free art reception 5 to 7 p.m. July 6 at the Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. The annual Student-Faculty Art Show will showcase works through July. For questions, contact the curator, Gainor Roberts, at (813) 269-1310 or gainor@ carrollwoodcenter.org.

Plant fair: Attend USF Botanical Gardens' Annual Tropical Plant Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15 at 12210 USF Pine Drive. The highlight will be the Pepper Beauty Contest (July 15). Admission is $5 for adults, but those bringing a decorated pepper will be admitted free on July 15. Garden members and children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Expect to see gingers, orchids and an emphasis on ferns of all kinds in the plant shop's Fern Rainforest. For more information, call (813) 974-2329 or visit gardens.usf.edu.

Children's chorus: The Tampa Bay Children's Chorus is holding auditions for singers entering grades 1 through 12 (voices must not have changed). To schedule an audition, call (813) 977-5558 or go to tbcchorus.org. Rehearsals will be Mondays beginning the last week of August at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, 502 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace.

Skateboard park meeting postponed: A meeting that was set for June 26 with Hillsborough County representatives concerning a proposed skateboard park was postponed. It is now scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 17 at Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road.

The proposed project is a 10,000-square-foot concrete skateboard park, with a $600,000 cost to build. It would be located at Jackson Springs Park. For more information, call Steve Valdez at (813) 635-5400.

Charles Greacen is an artist working in Hyde Park. To reach him, go to www.towntiles.com.

Sen. Marco Rubio book signing is July 1 at Inkwood Books; and more upcoming events 06/30/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 30, 2012 4:31am]

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