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Back-to-school bash: Treat Street and Publix present the 12th annual All About Kids Back-to-School Bash. Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob and Hello Kitty are expected to appear. There will be a Raggity Dog petting zoo, live performances, face painting, door prizes and much more. 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa; $8 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger. Visit www.Back ToSchoolBash.com or call Kitty Lyons at (813) 966-5505.

Art show reception: The North Tampa Arts League hosts a closing reception of the current show Spectrum 300. All fine art is priced to sell for $300 and under, and there will be a 50-50 silent auction to benefit the New Tampa Public Library and the Friends of the Library. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, music, fine arts and the artists in person. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa; open and free to the public. For more information visit www.northtampaarts.com or call Kim Thompson at (813) 789-5582.

Afternoon in the country: Relive Florida's rural past in Cracker Country. Visitors can learn about life in the 1890s through costumed historical interpretations in select areas and an audio history tour. A tour CD and CD player are provided. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; $2 per person. Visit www.crackercountry.org or call (813) 627-4225.

Beer festival: Lowry Park presents the 12th annual WaZoo Celebration, a tropical taste explosion. It features beers and beverages from around the world, food samplings from local restaurants, a wine garden and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit the zoo. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa; $65 online, $70 by phone or $75 at the door. Call (813) 935-8552 ext. 276.

Meetings

Public meeting: A Hillsborough County public meeting will discuss improvements at the Habana Avenue and Waters Avenue intersection. The project will include turn lanes, traffic signals and pedestrian crossing features. 6:30 p.m. Monday; North Tampa Library, 8916 N Boulevard, Tampa, open to the public. Call Steve Valdez at (813) 272-5275.

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