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Tampa area event listings: Chris Matthews book signing at Inkwood Books Jan. 21

Arts grants available: The Hillsborough County Arts Council is offering grants to experienced individual artists in visual, literary, dance, theater and music for specific project development. Up to $1,000 may be requested and must be used between March 1 and Sept. 30. Deadline is today. Visit

Seminar for brain tumors: Moffitt Cancer Center and the Florida Brain Tumor Association will present the "Together in Hope" seminar, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 12902 Magnolia Drive. The program includes guest speakers, consult appointments, a support group, information about benign tumors, radiation effects and chemotherapy. $40 registration fee, includes breakfast, lunch, materials. Limited space.

Garden railroad workshop: Find out how to design a garden railroad for your outdoor space during a workshop presented by the Gulfcoast Garden Railroaders, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive. $10, $8 for members, reservations recommended. Call (813) 974-2329.

Book talk: Inkwood Books presents Chris Matthews, bestselling author and host of MSNBC's Hardball and NBC's The Chris Matthews Show. He will discuss his latest book, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow the discussion. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tampa Tribune Auditorium, 202 S Parker St. Free. Call (813) 253-2638.

Telescope talk: Learn telescope basics and how to use yours to its full potential, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $20 per person, $30 per couple. Call (813) 987-6000.

Laura Beth: Tampa author Laura Beth will sign copies of her book, 2 Girls, 2 Cats: A Magical Mystery, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Grounds, 4819 E Busch Blvd. Free. Call (813) 983-0837.

Cloud storage: Learn about the latest trend in computing and what it means, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. For adults only. Limit of 12 participants. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Free computers for teens: Computer Mentors Group, a local education nonprofit group, will offer a teen computer certification and ownership program where students receive a free computer through training and performing three to six months of technology-based community service projects. Students must be 14 to 18, attend school in Hillsborough County, be accompanied by a parent or guardian at orientation and submit an application with a $20 membership fee. Orientation is 5:40 p.m. Wednesday at 2802 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite F. Last orientation on Feb. 1. IT professionals can volunteer to mentor, and local nonprofits can submit projects for consideration. Call (813) 236-1191.

Alzheimer's presentation: The University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute will discuss the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer's Disease, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Court Tampa, 4902 Bayshore Blvd. Light lunch provided. To RSVP, call (813) 835-4475.

Florida Conversations: Lu Vickers will discuss her award-winning new book, Cypress Gardens, America's Tropical Wonderland, which includes archival photos, vintage postcards and family snapshots capturing the 60-year history of the park. 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. Free. Call (813) 228-0097.

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

Abuse help: PAP, a free support group for people abused in psychotherapy, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. The group provides emotional support and information and promotes advocacy. For more information, call Elaine at (813) 474-1452.

Screenings and cancer prevention: Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center will present the program, "Understanding Paps and HPV Screenings," and their roles in preventing cervical cancer, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 740 S Village Circle. Free. Check-in at 6 p.m. Call toll-free at 1-800-822-3627.

Tampa area event listings: Chris Matthews book signing at Inkwood Books Jan. 21 01/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 3:30am]
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