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CLASSES AND SEMINARS

Stem Cell Forum: Congregation Schaarai Zedek's Limud Zedek presents a Stem Cell Research forum. Guest speaker, moderator Irene Maher, WFLA-TV Ch. 8. Kosher reception of cookies and coffee follows. 7 p.m. today; Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W Swann Ave., Tampa; free. For information, call (813) 876-2377.

EVENTS

Hillsborough Run: The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department hosts the Heart of Hillsborough 5K Run. The run is a cross-country event that explores the trails of Lake Park. Male and female age group awards for the 5K includes 13 age divisions. 7:30 a.m. Saturday Dec. 16; Lake Park, 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; entry fee is $20. To register, call (813) 903-3469 or go to www.hillsboroughcounty.org/parks under upcoming events to download an application. Runners can also register on race day at the park between 6:30 and 7:15 a.m. Deadline for a preregistration T-shirt is Tuesday. For information, call (813) 903-2241.

Neuter Scooter: The Animal Coalition of Tampa provides free transportation for pet owners seeking to spay/neuter their pets. The Neuter Scooter picks up the pet at a drop off site and takes it to ACT's Spay Neuter Clinic in South Tampa. The pet will be returned that same afternoon after surgery. Complimentary doughnuts are provided at all pickup locations for pet owners dropping off their pets. Pickup time is 7 a.m. Pet owners are asked to make reservations by calling the ACT Spay Neuter Clinic. If a group would like a particular area to be served by the Neuter Scooter, in any county, they can make that request by calling the ACT. The Neuter Scooter does not pick up at homes. The next pickup sites are Tuesday at Petco, 136 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa; Wednesday at Dunkin' Donuts, 5302 E Busch Blvd., Tampa; and Thursday at Three Legged Poodle, 715 Imar Drive, Sun City Center. Spay/neuter prices may vary. For information, call (813) 250-3900 or go to www.actampa.org.

MEETINGS

Democratic Women's Club: Hillsborough County Democratic Women's Club holds a Holiday Supper Meeting. Members and guests to order individually from the menu. Gift exchange and food donations for Metropolitan Ministries collected. Potential members welcome. 6:30 p.m. today; Mimi's Cafe, 11702 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; dues are $20 per calendar year and only registered Democrats may become members. To join, call (813) 932-6902.

Moonlight Garden Circle: Has a meeting with local gardener and landscape expert Julie Lohoefener from Bloom, who will demonstrate how to make easy holiday arrangements with fresh flowers at 7 p.m. Tuesday; the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa; free and open to the public. For information, call (813) 251-5753.

Tampa Writers Alliance: Holds a general meeting. The guest speaker at this meeting is from Metro Crime Prevention. Topic is "SAFE: Don't Count on It," on how to avoid crime and provide insights on the sort of creative situations writers can throw their characters into. Nonwriters and interested residents welcome to attend. 7 p.m. Wednesday; John Germany Library, downtown Tampa; free. For information, go to www.tampawriters.org.

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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