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New Tampa Rotary Club: Debbie Rodgers, principal at Liberty Middle School, will speak at the 7 a.m. weekly breakfast meeting. Rodgers will discuss progress being made 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 www.newtamparotary.org or contact mcgintyboy@aol.com.

Tampa Carrollwood Rotary Club: The group will begin its weekly luncheon meeting at 12:15 p.m. Meetings are at the Emerald Greens Golf and Country Club at Carrollwood, 13903 Club House Drive. Visitors and prospective members are welcome. Call (813) 265-8184.

SATURDAY

Adoption/Foster Parents: The Children's Home will offer an orientation class from 10 a.m. to noon. Individuals and families interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents in Hillsborough County are invited. Registration is requested. Call (813) 864-1434.

TUESDAY

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

THURSDAY

Carrollwood Community Bar Association: The group will have its annual meeting at 6 p.m. The event will be at Emerald Greens Golf and Country Club at Carrollwood, 13903 Clubhouse Drive. A social dinner will follow. Guests are welcome. Visit www.carrollwoodbar.com or call (813) 960-1952.

LIBRARY HAPPENINGS

Children's Dance Workshop: Collective Soles Arts Group will demonstrate Rhythm Makers at 10 a.m. Saturday. The movement workshop is designed for children interested in bringing folk tales to life. The free event will be at New Tampa Regional Public Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. Call (813) 903-2286.

Writing a School Paper: Use the computer lab at the Science Library at MOSI to learn how to write a school paper using Microsoft Word. The free program, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, will include setting margins, adding a table, and inserting numbering, footnotes, columns and clip art.

Basic word processing skills are required. Registration in person is required no earlier than one hour before the start of the program; seating is limited. The library is 4801 E Fowler Ave. Call (813) 987-6380.

Live Homework Help: The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library is offering free help for students in grades 4 through 12. Bring books and homework questions to the computer lab at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Students will learn how to use the tools on the Library's Information Gateway and have homework completed. Registration is required; seating is limited to nine. Call (813) 964-2972).

Genealogy Programs: Jimmie B. Keel Regional Public Library will offer the following: Finding Female Ancestors at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Wills and Probate Records at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 19. The library is at 2902 W Bearss Ave. Call (813) 273-3652.

Bookniks Meet: Bookworms and rainy-day readers, in grades 6 through 9, are invited to meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Bring your favorite book to discuss, enjoy snacks and play games at the New Tampa Regional Public Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. The free program is cosponsored by the Friends of the New Tampa Regional Public Library. Call (813) 903-2286.

LOOKING AHEAD

Summer Intern Program: College undergraduates and college-bound high school graduates are encouraged to apply for the program by Feb. 15. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at USF is accepting applications for its 2007 Summer Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge (SPARK). Students pursuing a career in biomedical science are eligible for this opportunity to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Moffitt faculty will conduct the weekly seminars, which will be integrated directly into the cancer center's laboratories.

Interns will plan and conduct real scientific studies while gaining experience in daily research. The program includes 40 hours a week for 10 weeks; students earn a stipend. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply; 15 to 20 students will be selected for the program. Call (813) 745-3887.

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 Blvd. 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 northtampa@sptimes.com. The deadline is two weeks before the event.

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