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Tampa area event listings

Genocide talk: Historian Ronald Grigor Suny will give the talk "The Persistent Past" at 7 p.m. Monday at the University of South Florida Library, Fourth Floor, Grace Allen Room, 4202 E Fowler Ave. The talk will cover genocide, human rights, violence and the Young Turks government. Free. Visit

Chamber concert: The University of Tampa Chamber Singers will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 257-3344.

'Brown bag' medication check: Gather all of your current medications and over-the-counter products and speak with a pharmacy specialist about possible side effects or interaction and other drug-related questions, from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in Classroom 109-B at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, 2901 Swann Ave. Free. Call (813) 342-1483.

Shopping for loans: Learn how to evaluate loan terms and get the best deal when borrowing money during a financial management webinar, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Register at Free. Call (813) 744-5519 ext. 54143.

Grief camp for children: LifePath Hospice is accepting applications for Camp Circle of Love, a weekend camp for children in Hillsborough County, ages 6 to 16, who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp is April 27-29. Sliding-scale fees range from $1-$25. Transportation and meals are included. To register or for more information, call (813) 877-2200.

Agency seeks mentors and military children: Big Brothers Big Sisters is recruiting volunteers and youth for its new military mentoring program. The agency needs 100 volunteers and children by May 1. Any child living in Polk, Pasco or Hillsborough counties, age 9 or older, with a parent on active duty, in the Reserves, in the National Guard or who died in the line of duty is eligible for the program. To apply, call (813) 769-3600 or visit

Inventors conference: The United States Patent and Trademark Office will hold its annual Regional Independent Inventors Conference on Friday and Saturday at the Embassy Suites on the campus of the University of South Florida. Co-sponsored by Invent Now and the National Academy of Inventors, the conference is one of many programs offered to assist independent inventors.

Teresa Stanek Rea, deputy undersecretary of Commerce for intellectual property, will deliver the keynote speech of the conference, which will offer advice and information for novice and seasoned inventors. Topics will include patent and trademark searching, claim drafting and the ongoing implementation of the America Invents Act. Specialists will conduct workshops and be available for one-on-one conversations.

The cost is $80. Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-served. To register, visit

Comedy class: A new class for adults on stand-up comedy will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 1 and continue for six weeks at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Led by Michael Murillo, a local writer who has performed stand-up since 2009, the class will teach students about the writing process, help them develop and perform their own material in class and introduce them to professional guest comedians. The class, however, is not for people who want to become professional comedians. The writing process helps people find humor in everyday events and provides a new perspective on life by seeing things the way a comedian sees them, Murillo says.

The cost is $90. For more information, call (813) 932-0241, visit or send an email to lifeenrich

Law seminars: Attend a free seminar next month for senior citizens, as well as family members and professional caregivers. May is recognized as Elder Law Month in Florida by the governor and Cabinet. It's also National Older Americans Month. The seminars are being offered by the Elder Law Office of Emma Hemness.

• From 10:30 a.m. to noon May 1 at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave.: "Your Buddy, the Ombudsman: What you didn't know or didn't know to ask."

• From 9 a.m. to noon May 5 at Embassy Suites, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., near the University of South Florida entrance on Fowler Avenue: "How to Expect the Unexpected: Preparing Caregivers for Transitions in Care, Advocating for their Loved One, and Securing Benefits in Plain English."

• From 9 a.m. to noon on May 19 at the Galleria at USF, 3720 Spectrum Blvd.: "Who Is Taking Care of the Caregivers?"

• From 10:30 a.m. to noon May 22 at Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave.: "What Will Medicaid Managed Care Mean for the Sick Seniors and their Families?"

To register for the seminars, contact Emma Hemness at (813) 661-5297 or visit

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