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Freedom from smoking: A free seven-session program to lead smokers through the process of quitting their habit, 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center, 740 S Village Circle. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required by Monday. Call toll-free 1-800-822-3627.

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Homeless count: The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County is coordinating a count of individuals and households who are living on the streets, in cars, emergency shelters and transitional housing programs, from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. About 200 volunteers are needed. Volunteers can sign up at homlessofhc.org. Call (813) 223-6115.

Breast cancer support group: The group is for patients, survivors, family members and significant others. Guest speakers and topics vary each month. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Pavilion, fourth floor classrooms, 3030 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Call (813) 870-4123.

Food for families: Florida Executive Realty is gathering items for its annual Food4Families drive through Thursday at its offices in Tampa Palms, Brandon, Carrollwood and South Tampa, 3050 S Dale Mabry Highway. Donation suggestions include: canned meats, macaroni and cheese, soup, beans, rice, cereal, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner and paper products. Drop off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (813) 832-5400.

Race for Sight: Join hundreds of people as they sprint, run or walk through Historic Ybor City at 6:30 a.m. April 20 in the 12th Annual Race for Sight 5K run and 1-mile walk, held by the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. All proceeds go to helping the blind and visually impaired across the globe. This year, in an effort to support organ donation, LifeLink Foundation is teaming up with the eye institute for a "Donate Life Florida Linking Hands Event" before the race. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck, former superintendent of West Point and an advocate of physical education, will hold a moment of silence for our troops and officially kick off the race festivities. The fee to participate is $25, and registration closes at 5 p.m. April 18. Check-in time for runners and walkers is 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event at Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave. The 5K run and 1-mile walk begin at 7:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is set for 9 a.m. For more information, go to lionseyeinstitute.org or call (813) 289-1200 and ask for Kelley K. Sims.

Volunteer fair: Attend a nonprofit volunteer fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, 4103 Cedar Circle, on the University of South Florida campus. The "Connect for a Difference Volunteer Fair" is a chance for the community to learn more about local nonprofit and community service organizations. Nearly 20 organizations have registered, with many more expected in the coming weeks. Sponsored by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Emerge Tampa Bay, an organization of young professionals, the event will also give the nonprofits a chance to attract new members and volunteers. For information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Ashley Ehrman at (813) 276-9448 or AEhrman@tampachamber.com.

Tampa events 04/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 6:26pm]

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