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South Tampa neighborhood news calendar

Wine tasting: Stop by Whole Foods Market between 4 and 7 p.m. today to sample their top 10 holiday wines, including New Year's selections at 1548 N Dale Mabry Blvd. No registration necessary. Free. Call (813 ) 874-9435.

Lung disease support group: Memorial Hospital of Tampa will host a Better Breathers Club support group from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at 2901 Swann Ave. in Classroom 109-B. The support group is for anyone with chronic pulmonary disease. Friends and family welcome. Light lunch served. Call (813) 342-1313.

Grief support: LifePath Hospice is offering free group support to help people cope with the death of a loved one. A five-week session of the grief support group, New Beginnings, will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Horizon Bay at Hyde Park, 800 W Azeele St. The group will meet every other Thursday. Registration is requested. To register, contact Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.

Nominate a treasure of Tampa Bay: Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful needs nominations for the Treasures of Tampa Bay. Categories include litter prevention/removal, community improvement, neighborhood beautification, recycling/waste reduction, people's gardens and innovative green initiatives. Nomination deadline is Jan. 9. Winners will be announced on Jan. 29.

Artists can apply for grants: Local artists can obtain $2,000 grants from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Seven grants are available for 2013. Artist's projects must further their professional development. The projects must be outlined in the grant applications and take place during the grant period of March 1 to Sept. 30. Application deadline is Jan. 18. Email simonst@tampaarts.org or visit tampaarts.com.

South Tampa neighborhood news calendar 12/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 3:30am]
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    Accidents

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