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NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS CALENDAR

Today

New Tampa Rotary Club: Burton Hersh, a historian and author, will talk about his latest book, Bobby and J. Edgar, at 7 a.m. in the Banquet Room at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. The cost is $12. Call (813) 972-9235 or visit www.newtamparotary.org.

Tampa Carrollwood Rotary Club: Eric Green, owner of Choxotica, will discuss "Chocolate through the Ages" at noon at the Emerald Greens Country Club, 13903 Clubhouse Drive. Call (813) 962-2475.

Saturday

Pets and Kisses Celebration: Celebrate Valentine's Day early with your best friend at Groovy Cats & Dogs' Pets & Kisses fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the store, 8548 N Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 1A. Professional pet photos, pet adoptions by Humane Society of Tampa Bay, prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Kids & Canines, an assistance dog training program based in Carrollwood. Call (813) 932-5795 or visit www.groovycatsndogs.com.

Monday

Republican Club: Sheila M. McDevitt, vice-chair of the Florida Board of Governors, will speak at 6 p.m. at Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse, 4744 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 837-9386 or visit www.tamparepublicanclub.org.

Tuesday

CBNA: Marilyn B. Rumore, of Rumore Appraisal Services, will speak at the Carrollwood Business Networking Association meeting from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 11810 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 960-0203.

The Foresters: The Foresters business meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Piccadilly Restaurant, 11810 N Dale Mabry. Call (813) 961-0117.

Northdale OWLS: Tour Solomon's Castle with the Northdale OWLS (Older, Wiser, Lively Seniors). The group meets at 8:30 a.m. at Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive. Tour the home and studio of artist Howard Solomon. Cost is $38. (813) 962-0397.

Wednesday

Modern Porcelain Artists: The Academy of Modern Porcelain Artists meets at 10 a.m. at the Roy Hanes Community Center, 1902 S Village Drive. Call (813) 477-0960.

Kiwanis Club of New Tampa: John and Debra Daly will talk about the AIDS epidemic in Africa at 11:45 a.m. at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club. The cost is $13. Call (813) 973-1675.

Thursday

Speed humps in Lutz: Hillsborough County will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway, to discuss traffic problems on Michigan Avenue from Wadsworth Drive to Lutz-Lake Fern Road. A possible solution is speed humps. Call (813) 272-5275.

North Tampa Chamber of Commerce: Susan Jacobs will discuss Wheels of Success, which provides reliable transportation to keep families working, at 11 a.m. at Comfort Inn, 820 E Busch Blvd. The cost is $15 for early bird registration or $20 at the door. Call (813) 961-2420 or visit www.northtampachamber.com.

Looking ahead

New Tampa Rotary Club: Peter Gorski, director of Program Impact and Innovation for the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, will speak at 7 a.m. Feb. 15 in the banquet room at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. The cost is $12. Call (813) 972-9235.

AARP Tax Aide: Volunteers for Tax Aide are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through April 15 at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave. The service is free and includes e-filing for low- and middle-income people of any age. Call 1-888-227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

SPARK interns: High school graduates or college undergraduates interested in a career in biomedical science can apply by Feb. 15 for the Summer Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge. The 40-hour-a-week, 10-week program allows interns to design and execute a research project. Call (813) 745-1478 or visit www.moffitt.org/spark.

Child literacy program: Hillsborough children born on or after Sept. 1, 2006, are eligible for the Imagination Library free book program. All registered children get a book each month. Call (813) 272-5017 or visit www.hcplc.org/hcplc/services/imglibreg.html.

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