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Lung disease support group: Memorial Hospital of Tampa will host a Better Breathers Club support group from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at 2901 Swann Ave. in Classroom 109-B. The support group is for anyone with chronic pulmonary disease. Friends and family welcome. Light lunch served. For information, call (813) 342-1313.

Grief support: LifePath Hospice is offering free group support to help people cope with the death of a loved one. A five-week session of the grief support group, New Beginnings, will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Horizon Bay at Hyde Park, 800 W Azeele St. The group will meet every other Thursday. Registration is requested. To register, call Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.

Networking women: Join the ladies of Women-N-Charge for networking and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridayat Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive. Lisa Demmi of Cake-Sweet Promotional Concepts will share some social media tips. Cost is $15 online at women-n-charge.com if purchased by Tuesday ; $18 Wednesday and after. Please RSVP. For more information, contact Judy at (813) 600-9848 or [email protected]

Buddy Baseball: Online registration for players, buddies and coaches for Buddy Baseball — a noncompetitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs in the Tampa Bay area — is open until Friday. In this game, a buddy is paired with each player. Buddy and coach training is Jan. 26 at Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex Softball Fields, 6700 E Whiteway, Temple Terrace. A meet and greet is scheduled for Feb. 2, and games are Saturdays from Feb. 9 through March 30. Games are at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. or 1:45 p.m. Players should be between ages 8 and 22; buddies should be 10 to 18 years old. Cost is $30 per player with special needs and $15 for buddies. There is no charge for coaches. For more information, call Russ Oberbroeckling, Buddy Baseball commissioner, at (813) 416-5742, email [email protected] or visit buddybaseball.org.

Nominate a treasure of Tampa Bay: Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful needs nominations for the Treasures of Tampa Bay. Categories include litter prevention/removal, community improvement, neighborhood beautification, recycling/waste reduction, people's gardens and innovative green initiatives. Nomination deadline is Jan. 9. Winners will be announced on Jan. 29.

Artists can apply for grants: Local artists can obtain $2,000 grants from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Seven grants are available for 2013. Artist's projects must further their professional development. The projects must be outlined in the grant applications and take place during the grant period of March 1 to Sept. 30. Application deadline is Jan. 18. Email [email protected] or visit tampaarts.com.

Dog swimming: Dogs get to paddle around the pool during "Soggy Doggy Day'' on Jan. 12 at the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., dogs will have the swimming pool all to themselves. Entry is $5 per dog (owners are free). No people will be allowed in the pool. There will be vendors, refreshments, competitions and contests, including an owner-dog look-alike contest; fastest swimmer; best swimsuit; and fastest retriever. There's no size or weight limit, and no registration is necessary. Vendors and sponsors are invited to participate. Contact Scott Andrews at (813) 506-6600 or email [email protected] For more information, call (813) 506-6600.

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