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North Tampa events: writers' meeting; hearing screening; child CPR

Writers' meeting: Mystery writer Ann Turner Cook, former head of Hillsborough High School's English department, talks about self-publishing during the Tampa Bay Writers Alliance meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble in Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway.

Cook will highlight decisions that beginning authors face in choosing among various self-publishing approaches. Since retirement, she has published a series of murder mystery novels featuring fictional small-town Florida journalist-sleuth Brandy O'Bannon, with settings in Homosassa, Cedar Key and other historic Florida locations.

The speaker, a past president of the Tampa Writers Alliance, has an interesting personal history, too. As an infant, Cook was the model for the Gerber baby, the face that still represents the product.

Hearing screening: St. Joseph's Children's Advocacy Center will conduct free hearing screenings for children from birth to age 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Children's Board Family Resource Center in Town 'N Country, 7520 W Waters Ave., Suite 8. To register, call (813) 356-1703.

Child CPR: Learn how to perform lifesaving CPR and choking rescue techniques on both infants and children from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Garden classroom of St. Joseph's Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road. Participants must be at least 9 years old. Cost is $30 per person, $55 per couple. Registration is required. For more, call (813) 443-3078.

Violets talk: Dottie Cesario gives tips on preparing for flower shows during the Tampa African Violet Society meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Common Ground Christian Church, 4207 N Boulevard.

A plant raffle will be held and growing tips offered. Visitors are welcome to the free event. For more information, contact Jim Boyer, president, at (727) 871-2014 or; or Mina Menish at (813) 681-1910.