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South Tampa events, April 5 and upcoming

Parkinson's class: Learn about new treatments and research on Parkinson's disease as part of "Parkinson's University," an educational series of classes throughout April. Noon to 1 p.m. today at Memorial Hospital, 2901 W Swann Ave. Free. A light lunch will be served. Call (813) 342-1313.

Sex trafficking in Tampa: The League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County will present Dotti Groover-Skipper discussing, "Child Sex Trafficking in the Tampa Bay Community," from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., 42nd floor. $18 for members, $23 for guests. Registration deadline is today. Call (813) 649-4309 or email rsvp@hclwv.org.

Freedom from smoking: A free seven-session program to lead smokers through the process of quitting their habit, 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center, 740 S Village Circle. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required by Monday. Call toll-free 1-800-822-3627.

Homeless count: The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County is coordinating a Homeless recount of homeless individuals and households who are living on the streets, in cars, emergency shelters and transitional housing programs, from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. About 200 volunteers are needed. Volunteers can sign up at homlessofhc.org. Call (813) 223-6115.

Breast cancer support group: The group is for breast cancer patients, survivors, family members and significant others. Guest speakers and topics vary each month. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Pavilion, fourth floor classrooms, 3030 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Call (813) 870-4123.

Food for families: Florida Executive Realty is gathering items for its annual Food4Families drive through Thursday at its four local offices in Tampa Palms, Brandon, Carrollwood and South Tampa, 3050 S Dale Mabry Highway. Donation suggestions include: canned meats, macaroni and cheese, soup, beans, rice, cereal, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner and paper products. Drop off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (813) 832-5400.

South Tampa events, April 5 and upcoming 04/04/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:24pm]
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    Transportation

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    Elections

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    World

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    War

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    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday.
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    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

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