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Family fun day on the farm for special-needs children: Quantum Leap Farm, in partnership with Florida Medical Center Foundation of Caring, welcomes special-needs children and their families for an afternoon of fun on the farm on Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 10401 Woodstock Road in Odessa. Event includes pony rides, painting ponies, games, equestrian arts and crafts. Call (813) 920-9250 for more information. Groups must register in advance.

Better breathers support group: Seniors with chronic pulmonary disease are invited to attend Memorial Hospital's Senior Advantage Better Breathers support group on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at Memorial Hospital's Auditorium, 2901 Swann Ave., for a light lunch and the opportunity to learn about and discuss lung health. Call (813) 342-1313 to RSVP. Family members and friends interested in learning more are also encouraged to attend.

Photography 101 workshop: Switch your camera from automatic to manual in this five-week photography workshop beginning Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive, Cube 200. Students gain a better understanding of their camera, settings, composition, lighting, aperture and shutter speed. Photographs will be taken both in and out of the classroom with weekly photo assignments. Each class explores one aspect of photography and one aspect of technology related to photography. All ages and skill levels welcome, from novice to emerging photographers. Classes held on five consecutive Tuesdays. Call (813) 221-2222 or sign up online. $120 for members, $155 for nonmembers.

Movie soundtrack effects 101: Teens interested in learning how to create a movie soundtrack by mixing digital images with sound effects can visit the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library, Matthew Gregory Community Room, 2607 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. Participants should bring a Windows Movie Maker video (or use the one provided) and be ready to download music from the Freegal database. Library card required. Limited to 12 participants. Groups must register in advance. Call (813) 273-3652.

Examining alternative health programs: Join community health educator Suzan Mekler on Thursday at Hyde Park Village, 740 S Village Circle, for a free lecture, "Spring Clean Your Body Anytime," as part of Tampa General Hospital's community health education program. Many holistic, nutritional and medical authorities are recommending a variety of techniques such as detoxing, clean eating and juicing to improve one's health. Mekler examines the benefits and safety of these programs and helps answer questions. Check in time, 10 a.m., program starts at 10:30. To register, call toll-free, 1-800-822-3627 to or visit

South Tampa events 07/31/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 4:56pm]
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