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Tampa area neighborhood events, classes and activities

Theater production for children: Chef Betty Spaghetti invites everyone into her kitchen at 2 p.m. today at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, for reading fun and dreaming big. Betty shares how her dreams led her to become a chef. There will be singing, dancing, magic and lots of physical comedy. Betty Spaghetti Dreams Big is part of the center's Children's Theatre Series. $6 members, $7 nonmembers, $24 for a family four-pack.

Beginner's genealogy program: Adults interested in learning the basics of genealogy can visit the 78th Street Community Library, 7625 Palm River Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. The free class will help you get started and introduce research strategies to help make finding ancestors easier. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

Mammogram and Martinis: Women can take care of their health screening needs and enjoy complimentary dinner and drinks during the Mammogram and Martinis event from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Women's Center at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, 2901 Swann Ave. The cost of the screenings offered — mammogram, bone density scan, calcium score and blood pressure — is based on individual insurance plan coverage. Call (813) 342-1420 or (813) 873-6406. Reservations are required.

Art class: Register now for "Painting in Acrylics & Oils,'' to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and continuing each Wednesday through July 31 at Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Students will learn the basics of oil or acrylic painting. Perspective, color, mixing, blending and brush control will be explored. This class will expand artistic knowledge and skills. Students of all levels are welcome. Cost for the six-week course is $75 for members of the Life Enrichment Center or $90 for nonmembers. Class size is limited and requires advance registration. To register or for more information about this or other Life Enrichment Center classes, call (813) 932-0241 or visit

Family reading: Make reading time family time from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2-Conference Room at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this fun, 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading for children of all ages. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. For more information about the free event, call (813) 273-3652

Special needs camp: Camp Sparks is a summer day camp designed for people between age 5 and 22 with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and learning disabilities. Two-week sessions run through Aug. 9. North Tampa locations include Hunters Green Elementary, 9202 Highland Oak Drive; and Citrus Park Elementary, 7700 Gunn Highway. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts, and cooking, as well as special events, swimming and field trips. Camp Sparks is offered by the Therapeutics Team. You must pre-register. Cost for the camp is $76, though income-based discounts are available. For more information, go to and, under "Popular Items,'' click "Online Parks & Rec. Registration,'' or call (813) 635-3500.

Tampa area neighborhood events, classes and activities 06/22/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:42pm]
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