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Tampa area event listings

Outreach facility grand opening: The Dream Center of Tampa will host a grand opening for the new facility and a spring festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Activities will include a basketball clinic, video games and an Easter egg hunt. A ribbon cutting will take place at 9:30 a.m., just before the grand opening. The center, located at 2806 N 15th St., is an initiative of Grace Family Church to benefit youth and families in east Tampa through relationships and high-impact programs. For more information, visit

Business gathering: Meet more than 75 exhibitors and local business owners at the Carrollwood Area Business Association Expo from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Florida Hospital-Carrollwood, 7171 N Dale Mabry Highway. Open to the public. For more information, visit

Fitness program: A six-week health and weight loss program for adults — Get Into Fitness Today — will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and each week through May 3 at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Blvd. Cost is $24 for members of the Life Enrichment Center, $30 for nonmembers. Participants will learn how to improve their health by incorporating good nutrition and physical activity into their lifestyles. To register, or for more information, call (813) 932-0241 or go to

Motion Commotion: Children ages 18 months to 5 years can join this interactive preschool music and movement program to shake out some sillies, at 11 a.m. Thursday at John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Caregivers must be present. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Sun protection: Cleanse Apothecary will present the event "SPF 101 Protect your Bum from the Sun" with tasty treats, cocktails and the launch of Sun Bum Sun Care products, from, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 5127 N Florida Ave. Free. Call (813) 374-0305.

Laser vision correction talk: Join an in-depth discussion about lasik, its past, its future and how candidates for the corrective eye procedure are chosen, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center, 740 S Village Circle. Free. Registration at 6 p.m. Call toll-free 1-800-822-3627.

Chauffeur cancer patients: The American Cancer Society has an urgent need for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their cancer treatment appointments throughout Hillsborough County. To volunteer, or to get more information, call Nancy toll-free at 1-800-227-2345.

Charity luncheon: The GFWC Tampa Lakes Women's Club hosts its annual charity luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at University Village, 12401 N 22nd St. Card games, Scrabble, mahjong and other games, plus door prizes, a silent auction, a jewelry boutique and bake sale are on tap. All proceeds will benefit the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. Take a shuttle from the parking lot south of University Village. Tickets are $25. Call (813) 961-6096.

Bill assistance for seniors: Hillsborough County's Home Energy Assistance Program has funds to help senior citizens pay their delinquent electric bills. Applications and qualification requirements are due by March 31. Residents can apply at a local Neighborhood Service Center, including the locations at 2103 N Rome Ave. and 3402 N 22nd St. Call (813) 272-6770.

Poetry contest: Enter the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System's annual "Lit Wit Humorous Poetry Contest," in which ages 18 and older create a parody of a well-known poem or a humorous poem to win cash as well as passes to the Improv Comedy Club. The deadline is Saturday. Entry forms available at any county library or online at

Charles Greacen is an artist working in Hyde Park. To reach him, go to

Tampa area event listings 03/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 4:31am]
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