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South Tampa neighborhood news calendar

Doomsday prophecy lecture: Christian Wells, associate professor of anthropology and Maya culture scholar, will present "The Maya Doomsday Prophecy and the End of the World" at 12:15 p.m. today at the University of South Florida, Westside Conference Center, Room A, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. To register and order a $2.50 parking pass, call (813) 974-5848.

Eyelid surgery and cancer talk: Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko, a board certified ophthalmologist, will discuss cosmetic eyelid surgery and eyelid cancers from noon to 1 p.m. today in the Memorial Hospital Auditorium, 2901 Swann Ave. A light lunch will be served. To RSVP, call (813) 342-1313.

Get Medicare questions answered: New or active Medicare members can ask questions about benefits and determine which benefit options are right for them from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Medical Arts Building Auditorium, 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. Call (813) 443-3078.

Real estate resource: The Suncoast Real Estate Investors Association meets from 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., with program at 7:30. Free for members, $20 for guests. Call (813) 287-1515.

Garden club meeting: Josh McWilliams of Bay Bouquet Florist will present "Make the Holidays beautiful with Flowers" at the Davis Islands Garden Club monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 81 Columbia Drive. Free. Call (813) 251-3123.

Is gluten free for you? Learn the pros and cons of following a gluten-free diet, from Celiac disease to aiding in weight loss, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center, 740 S Village Circle. Free. Call toll-free 1-800-822-3627.

Boards need volunteers: Hillsborough County commissioners are seeking applicants for several volunteer advisory boards and councils. Applications are due Thursday and can be picked up on the second floor of County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 272-5826.

South Tampa neighborhood news calendar 11/29/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:30am]
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  1. Puerto Ricans in Tampa Bay wait with dread as Hurricane Maria approaches island

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — As Hurricane Maria swirled in the Atlantic Ocean, Sarykarmen Rivera got a phone call from her parents in Puerto Rico. They had an ominous message.

    Sarykarmen Rivera sits for a portrait with a picture of herself and her family in her hometown of Guayama, Puerto Rico, while at the Univision studios in Tampa on Tuesday. Rivera's mother, father, and extended family are currently in Puerto Rico and she worries about their safety as Hurricane Maria approaches. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Early estimates peg Hurricane Irma damage at as much as $65B

    Banking

    The damage totals from Hurricane Irma are still being tallied, but early numbers are in: As of Tuesday, the storm is estimated to have caused between $42.5 billion and $65 billion of damage. That's according to a Tuesday release by Irvine, Calif.-based analytics company CoreLogic.

    Hurricane Irma is estimated to have caused up to $65 billion in damage, said analytics company CoreLogic. Pictured is 
Hermilo Munoz Castillo as wades down a flooded street to check on his home in southern Collier County, Fla. after Hurricane Irma passed. | [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Port Tampa Bay makes public/private commitment for $60 million expansion project

    Business

    TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay approved a public-private partnership agreement with four other entities to divvy up who will pay for a $60 million widening and extension of the Big Bend Channel.

    Port Tampa Bay approved a participation agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Transportation, Tampa Electric Company and Mosaic Company at the port's monthly board meeting on  Tuesday. Port Tampa Bay President & CEO Paul Anderson signs the agreement as Ram Kancharla; Port Tampa Bay's vice president of planning & development, Brandon Burch; project manager at United States Army Corps of Engineers, Lois Moore; of Alcalde and Fay and Charles Klug; Port Tampa Bay principal counsel, and Tim Murphy; deputy district engineer of the Army Corps., looks on. [Company handout]
  4. Hurricane Maria strengthens on way to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

    Hurricanes

    An even stronger Hurricane Maria is moving steadily toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and is likely to still be a powerful category 5 storm when it arrives.

    [National Hurricane Center]
  5. Tampa Bay concert venues offer deals, take donations for Hurricane Irma victims

    Blogs

    After a week-plus of concert cancellations brought on by Hurricane Irma, the Tampa Bay music scene is ready to get back to work. And Irma is still front and center in everyone's minds.

    Victor Wainwright