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North Tampa events: France talk; brain maintenance; fun day; housing workshop; reptile talk

Published May 10, 2012

France talk: Learn about France in the "Coffee And Conversation With Claudine'' at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road W. Sip coffee and listen to Claudine Buell discuss France, its language and French news articles. The program is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

Brain maintenance: Take part in a "Maintain Your Brain'' workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave. Participants will learn how to lead an active and happy lifestyle and keep a healthy brain with practices that delay the effects of aging. TaWanna Noel, of the Alzheimer's Association, will discuss which mental and physical exercises are most beneficial for baby boomers and seniors. The event is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

Family fun: Take part in a Family Fun Day for children ages 2 to 5 at 4 p.m. Thursday at Macy's Court in Westfield Citrus Park mall. The free event will feature stories with quirky humor about a duck who decides to learn to ride a bike in David Shannon's Duck on a Bike and about being the best you can be in Jamie Lee Curtis' Is There Really A Human Race? Kids will receive mini backpacks to decorate and enjoy a snack. For more information, call the mall at (813) 926-4644.

Housing workshop: Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services will hold a Lender-Partner Workshop on the county's First-Time Homebuyer Program from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at All People's Life Center, 6105 E Sligh Ave.

The workshop, which provides an overview of the homebuyer program, is a requirement for any lender's representative who plans to participate in the program and has not attended any other certification workshop offered by Affordable Housing Services this year. Lenders or partners who wish to attend should call (813) 246-3150 by Thursday .

Reptile talk: Learn about reptiles at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. Gino Sassani of Lost World Reptiles presents live reptiles in this educational program designed to familiarize participants with the characteristics of these animals and their value in the ecosystem. The event is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652 or visit


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