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Traffic discussion: The Hillsborough County Neighborhood Traffic Control Program hosts a public meeting to discuss traffic problems along 16th Avenue S and Palm River Road from 50th Street to Maydell Drive, and Maydell from Palm River Road to Causeway Boulevard in the Palm River area. A recommendation to the county commissioners on solving the traffic problems will be based on the meeting. 6:30 p.m. today; Winston Park Recreation Center, 7605 Destin Drive, Palm River; open to the public. For more information, call (813) 272-5275.

Events

Lecture: The University of South Florida's University Lecture Series presents former CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson, whose employment as a covert CIA agent was revealed in a syndicated newspaper column in 2003. Plame-Wilson will discuss her recent book Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. 7 p.m. Tuesday; USF Sun Dome Corral, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa; tickets are $8 for the general public, $3 for USF faculty and staff and free for students. For information, call (813) 974-3002.

Gardening class: Want to know how to get organic produce cheap? Join one of Hillsborough County's Extension Plant Clinics. This week's class is organic gardening with Ardell O'Neal. 7 p.m. Tuesday; Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave., Tampa; open to the public, free. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Raising boys: Designed for mothers who are raising sons, the Inner Life of America's Boys will present the PBS documentary Raising Cain. The film provides research on boys' inner workings and highlights innovative programs that bring out the best in young men. There will be a post-film discussion with the organization's director and a guidance counselor. Light refreshments are provided. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday; Christ the King Catholic School Parish, Center A, 3809 W Morrison Ave., Tampa; open to the public, free. For information, call (813) 514-9555, ext. 107.

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