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CLASSES AND SEMINARS

Parenting Skills Classes: Hillsborough County's Children's Services Department continues its class, "Systematic Training for Effective Parenting." Topics include improving communication skills and understanding behavior and discipline. The Parent's Handbook by Dinkmeyer and McKay is required for the class, and there is a $36 registration fee due on the first day. The two remaining classes are Saturday through Jan. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Family Support & Resource Center, 7520 W Waters Ave., Suite 8, Tampa; and Monday through Dec. 14, from 6:20 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St., Brandon. To register, call (813) 264-3807, ext. 130.

EVENTS

Family Christmas Festival: The University of Tampa holds its Family Christmas Festival. Featured work to be the cantata Spirit Child composed by music professor and composer-in-residence Dr. David Clark Isele. 4 p.m. Sunday; Sacred Heart Church, Florida and Twiggs streets, downtown Tampa; free. For more information, call (813) 253-6212 or 253-3333, ext. 3344.

Medical Service Day: Mercy Medical Wellness Center holds a free medical service day. It is offering free specific age and gender physical exams, HIV testing, blood pressure screenings and weight loss evaluations. Free food and drinks. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; South Tampa Center, 3704 W Euclid Ave., Tampa; free. For more information, call (813) 805-7540 or (813) 514-5500 or go to www.docareclinic.com.

StandUp For Kids: StandUp For Kids-Tampa holds a scramble golf tournament to raise money to help feed and assist local homeless youth in the Tampa Bay area. Entry includes 18 holes at The Claw, range balls, on course contests, chicken and ribs buffet, player gift bag and prizes. Individuals and teams invited. 8 a.m. Saturday; The Claw at University of South Florida, 13801 N 46th St., Tampa; $90 per player. To register, call (732) 547-0391 or (813) 732-0462 or e-mail to adamb@standupforkids.org. For more information go to www.standupforkids.org.

Tree Lighting: The Hillsborough County Commission and the Friends of the County Parks will hold the fifth annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival. The event features a 34-foot Christmas tree and a musical performance, "Santa's Grand New Christmas Tree." Entertainment provided by local dancers, school chorus groups, a Hillsborough County Firefighters Quartet and the Gaither High School Marching Cowboys. Activities for children include a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, a snowfall and more. 5 to 9 p.m. today; Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Kennedy Boulevard and Pierce Street, downtown Tampa; free. For more information, call (813) 272-5275.

Submissions for Around Town can be sent to Juan Garcia, St. Petersburg Times, 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602-3700, faxed to (813) 226-3381 or e-mailed to tampa@sptimes.com. Deadline is one week before publication. Around Town runs Mondays and Thursdays as space allows.

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