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Event will dispense diabetes information

Get the latest information and technology and one-on-one consultations with specialists during the "Taking Control of Your Diabetes" event. Also, listen to motivational speakers, including Kim Lyons from The Biggest Loser, and explore the health fair. The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $20 to $30. Register online at tcoyd.org/national-conferences/tampa-2011.html.

Hillsborough

Volunteers needed to help with tax returns

United Way of Tampa Bay needs volunteers to help prepare tax returns for low- and moderate-income Hillsborough and Pinellas County residents from January to April 2012. No experience is necessary, but basic computer skills and the ability to commit two to four hours a week from January to April are required. Free training will be provided, starting in October. Call (813) 274-0926 or e-mail kmoore@uwtb.org.

Hospital auxiliary needs volunteers

St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary needs volunteers to help patients, visitors and staff members. Volunteers need to be able to commit to the same four hours every week. Services available include gift shop, clerical and shuttle driver. For information or an application, visit stjosephstampa.com or call (813) 870-4188.

Gandy/Sun Bay South

Learn how to make yard an urban farm

Learn how to transition a traditional yard into a productive urban farm in John Starnes' beginners class on a self-sufficiency lifestyle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Garden Classroom, 3212 W Paxton Ave. $20. Call (813) 839-0881.

South Tampa neighborhood briefs 09/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 1:59pm]
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    Wildlife

    Times Staff Writer

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    Public Safety

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    Public Safety

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    Wildlife

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