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Tampa area event listings, Feb. 17-23

Nominate youths for award: The County Commission is accepting nominations for Youth Excellence and Achievement (YEA!) Awards. Middle and high school students can be nominated in categories of leadership, success despite difficult odds and volunteer community service. The deadline is today. Nominations can be submitted online at, or to the Hillsborough County Communications Department, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., or fax to (813) 276-8695.

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Grief support group: The Life Center of the Suncoast will offer "Grieving Life Transitions," a new support group for those coping with losses due to illness, impaired functioning and related life transitions. The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today and every other Friday at 6811 N Central Ave. Caregivers welcome. $10 donation. Call (813) 237-3114 to register.

Urban farms: Learn how to transform a high-maintenance yard into a productive urban farm that provides fresh vegetables, chickens and more, in John Starnes' beginners class on a self-sufficiency lifestyle. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Garden Classroom, 3212 W Paxton Ave. $20. Call (813) 839-0881.

Improv Shakespeare workshop: Using improvisation and comedy, the Improvised Shakespeare Company workshop helps participants feel comfortable with Shakespeare's work and language, 2 p.m. Saturday at Patel Conservatory, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $15. Call (813) 222-1002.

Brides against breast cancer tour: The nationwide "Tour of Gowns" charity brings designer wedding gowns and bridal accessories up to 85 percent off the retail price to benefit Brides Against Breast Cancer. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N West Shore Blvd. Free. Call toll-free 1-877-721-4673 or visit

Bone marrow drive: Two-year-old Terria Clanton was diagnosed with leukemia last year and is now in need of a bone marrow transplant to survive. See if you are a match during a benefit drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the University of South Florida, Marshall Center, MSC 4100, 4202 E Fowler Ave. For more information, call her father, Billy Clanton, at (813) 526-8799.

Backyard poultry: Learn how to raise chickens for fresh, antibiotic-free eggs in your back yard, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Garden Classroom, 3212 W Paxton Ave. $20. Call (813) 839-0881.

Southern cooking demo: Watch "Chef Brenda" of BE's Kitchen and Catering demonstrate Southern cooking with Cajun, Caribbean, African and South American flair, as part of the "National African-American Read-In," at 3 p.m. Sunday at Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1505 Nebraska Ave. Free. For adults and families. Call (813) 273-3652.

Cooking with tradition: Learn how to make the traditional foods of Shrove Tuesday, including pancakes and crepes in "Fat Tuesday With a Twist'' class, at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Franciscan Center, 3010 N Perry Ave. $25, includes lunch. Call (813) 229-2695.

Drawing for adults: Beginning artists are invited to learn the basics of drawing through perspective, 3-D, contour lines, tone, shading, shadowing and texture. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hyde Park Art Studio, 702 S Albany Ave. $70 for seven-week class. Call (813) 259-1687.

Ukrainian egg-dyeing: Learn the Eastern European traditional art of wax-resistant egg dyeing, called "pysanky'' in Polish, and make detailed dyed eggs to take home. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Franciscan Center, 3010 N Perry Ave. $25, includes take-home egg-dyeing kit. Call (813) 229-2695.

Cancer support: Ovacome, a free monthly support group, assists women who have survived or been diagnosed with ovarian and other gynecological cancer. Family members and caregivers are also invited. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Medical Arts Building Auditorium, 3003 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. For information, call (813) 443-3078.

Cuba revisited: Hear about 17 students' 10-day trek across Cuba, from Santiago to Havana, as part of a semester-long course on Cuban history and culture, from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Vaughn Center, ninth floor, Trustee Room, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 257-3545.

Comments sought on judicial applicants: The 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is seeking comments from the public and members of the bench and bar about the qualifications of these applicants for one Hillsborough County Court judicial vacancy: Lawrence Anzalone, Robert Bauman, Michael Benito, Christopher Brown, William Capito, Constance Daniels, Wendy DePaul, Eric Dickey, Robert Dietz, Jesse Victor Dominguez, Robin Fernandez Fuson, Jennifer Gabbard, Geogymon (Joe) George, John Grant, Jack Gutman, Carolle Lee Hooper, Jon Johnson, Matthew Jowanna, Rhonda Robinson King, Laurel Moore Lee, Troy Matthew Lovell, Joseph Ludovici, John Ossi, Frances Perrone, Kimberly Potter, Chris Rodems, Carol Contreras Rodriguez, Michael Schmid, Kim Seace, Christopher Shulman, Julie Sneed, Rick Terrana, John Terry, Kimberly Thresher, Wesley Tibbals, Miriam Velez Valkenburg, Kim Hernandez Vance, Christopher Watson, Laurie Woodham. Send comments by March 1 to Edward W. Gerecke, Chairman, 13th Judicial Nominating Commission, 4221 W Boy Scout Blvd., Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33607.

Tampa area event listings, Feb. 17-23 02/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:30am]
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