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South Tampa neighborhood news calendar

Friendraiser: Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra L. Murman, District 1, and her staff will meet with residents, have coffee, and discuss thoughts and concerns about various projects and community issues in the county. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at Nola's Second Line Cafe, 301 W Platt St. The coffee also is a "friendraiser" for the new USO at Tampa International Airport. Call (813) 272-5470.

Election wrap-up: The League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County will host an informative luncheon with Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper to reflect on what really happened during the election. 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Tampa Club, 42nd floor, 101 E Kennedy Blvd. $18 for members; $23 for nonmembers. Reservation deadline is today. Call (813) 649-4309.

Toastboxing: This event invites the public and Toastmasters to deliver speeches between five to 12 minutes on a wooden soapbox from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hyde Park Village, 1602 W Snow Circle. Speech topics will be suitable for all audiences of all ages. To sign up or get Toastmasters information, call (727) 641-6146 or visit district48.org.

Acrylic workshop: Tampa Bay Regional Artists will offer the workshop "Addicted to Texture," where participants will learn textural application of acrylic paint using bold strokes, running paint, tools and alcohol. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 Swann Ave. $50 for members; $65 for nonmembers. Call (813) 220-5800.

Introduction to PowerPoint: Learn the basics of slide design and layout to create a professional-looking presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint, 2 p.m. Saturday at John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Mouse and keyboard skills required. Limited to 12 participants. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Memory screenings: Hillsborough County Aging Services will offer free, confidential memory screenings, educational materials and followup resources from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Phyllis H. Busansky Senior Center, 4102 W Spruce St. Four other senior center sites across the county will offer the screenings. Call (813) 272-5314.

Memory loss talk: Dr. Susan Steen will present "Not Just a Senior Moment — Is Your Memory Loss Normal Aging or Something More?" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, 2901 W Swann Ave. Light lunch and memory screenings included. Free. Call (813) 342-1313.

Ask a lawyer about immigration: Come to the West Tampa Branch Library for a program presented by local lawyers about legal issues related to immigration, 3 p.m. Tuesday at 2312 W Union St. Questions answered afterward. For adults. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Honors symposia: Anthony LaRose, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, and UT honors students will address the question "Do TV crime dramas influence juror perceptions of forensic evidence?" at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Library AV2 at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 257-3545.

Holiday cheese class and tasting: Learn the basics of cheese with a focus on special holiday cheeses paired with wines from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free. Email maria.gumina@ wholefoods.com.

Boards need people: Hillsborough County commissioners seek residents to serve on several volunteer citizen advisory boards and councils. Applications are due Dec. 6 and can be picked up on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 272-5826.

South Tampa neighborhood news calendar 11/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 3:30am]
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    Crime

    A Tampa man intentionally drove his pick-up truck into two parked vehicles before smashing through the locked gate of the Islamic Society of Tampa Mosque, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Shaun H. Urwiler, 42, was arrested July 16 for intentionally driving his pick-up truck into two parked vehicles before smashing through the locked gate of the Islamic Society of Tampa Mosque, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
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    Blogs

    The USF men's basketball team is set to get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse in non-conference play next season.

  3. Last steel beam marks construction milestone for Tom and Mary James' museum

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom and Mary James on Wednesday signed their names to the last steel beam framing the 105-ton stone mesa that will be built at the entrance of the museum that bears their name: the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.

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    Testing

    Following a trend, Florida's school grades showed strong gains in the third year after the state changed its grading formula and the standardized tests that students take every year.

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    Crime

    TAMPA — A woman sexually battered an 11-year-old Brandon boy, got pregnant and raised the baby for three years before a tip led to her arrest, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said.

    Marissa Mowry, 25, first said the boy raped her, then changed her story, detectives say.