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New Tampa Rotary Club: Frank Shideler will speak at the 7 a.m. weekly breakfast meeting. Shideler is president of the Hillsborough Literacy Council. Membership is open to professional and business leaders who live or work in New Tampa. Visit or contact


Town 'N Country Youth Council: The monthly meeting will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at West Gate Regional Library, Paula Drive. The teen board meeting will follow at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Membership is open to Town 'N Country residents, ages 12 to 17, who are attending school. Dues are $5 each January and July. The council is part of the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. Call (813) 884-3462.


Friends of the Lutz Library: The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Dr. John Belohlavek, professor of history at the University of South Florida, will speak on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Call (813) 264-3800.


Carrollwood Business Networking Association: The weekly breakfast meeting will be from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Marilyn Rumore, of Rumore Appraisals, will speak. Meetings are on Tuesdays at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 11810 N Dale Mabry Highway. Business cards and leads are exchanged. Call (813) 908-1266.

Friends of UTB Regional Library: The monthly meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. Joe Stines, director of Library Services, and Westchase artist Virginia Larrea-Latourette will be guest speakers. Some of her artwork will be on display. Meetings are open to the public. Call (813) 964-2966.


CABA Coffee: The Carrollwood Area Business Association will have its networking event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Linda Smith Nelson and Roseann Trivento will host the free event at Brighton gardens, 16702 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 264-0006.

Visitor Inspiration Program: The Children's Home will host its monthly program from 1 to 2 p.m. There will be a tour of the campus, and information will be provided about programs and services. The Children's Home is at 10909 Memorial Highway. Reservations are required. Call (813) 864-1536.

Weight reduction program: The wellness seminar will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at University Community Hospital, 3100 E Fletcher Ave. The seminar combines a hypnotic session with behavior modification. The first 45-minute session is free. If participants want to continue the program, they pay a one-time fee of $69. Save $10 by registering at Reservations are not required. The fee includes a behavior modification booklet, home reinforcement audiocassette tape or CD and unlimited free repetitions of the hypnosis. Call 1-800-848-2822.


New Tampa Rotary Club: Debbie Rodgers, principal at Liberty Middle School, will speak at the 7 a.m. weekly breakfast meeting on Dec. 8. Rodgers will discuss progress at the school and will describe its mentoring program. Meetings are at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. Membership is open to professional and business leaders who live, work or have retired in the New Tampa area. Visit or contact

Mindfulness-Based Meditation: Lisa V. Roe, a meditation instructor and certified yoga teacher, will lead the class. Free classes to help relieve holiday stress will be offered from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Monday during the month of December. Previous meditation experience is not necessary. The studio is at 17508 Preserve Walk Lane, east of Interstate 75, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Call (813) 505-1850.

Send information for the calendar to St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway. Tampa, FL 33618; fax (813) 269-5310; call (813) 269-5316; or e-mail The deadline is two weeks before the event.