Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., will host the Beneful Smart Spa for Dogs from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday. The free event will include massages, facials, pedicures, nutrition consultations and fitness training. Call 1-800-778-7462 or visit www.beneful.com
GET YOUR NEWS IN THE NEWS: The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists and other media organizations will host a free workshop on how to get your news in the news from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Fletcher Lounge, in Plant Hall at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Senior editors, news directors, reporters and producers from the Tampa Tribune, the St. Petersburg Times, the Weekly Planet, NBC, CBS, FOX, Bay News 9 and WUSF will be there to answer questions and give tips on how to access the media. Call 727 445-4157.
BOOK SIGNING: Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden will hold a meet and greet at 1 p.m. Sunday at Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway. He will sign his book Do You Love Football? Winning with Heart, Passion and Not Much Sleep. Please do not bring other memorabilia for him to sign. Call 962-4799.
POWER WHEELCHAIRS AVAILABLE: Miracle on Wheels makes available power wheelchairs to nonambulatory senior citizens at no out-of-pocket expense if they qualify. The wheelchairs are also available to those who cannot walk or self-propel manual wheelchairs in their homes or independent living quarters and who meet the additional qualifications of the program. This service also might be available to the permanently disabled of any age. No deposit is required. Call 1-800-749-8778 or visit www.durablemedical.com
READING CONTEST: The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System is hosting a contest for teens in grades six-12. Entrants fill out forms with information about a book they've enjoyed reading. Entry forms are available from public libraries, Hillsborough County Schools media centers, reading teachers and online at www.hcplc.org through Oct. 10. The first prize winner will receive a stereo CD player, and 25 runners-up will receive "Just Read" T-shirts. Call 273-3652, ext. 2.
PUBLIC MEETING: Hillsborough County will hold a public workshop to discuss the Little Lake Wilson and Lake Wilson Management Plant at 8 a.m. Saturday at Keystone Civic Center, 17928 Gunn Highway. The purpose of the workshop is to request citizens' input on lake-related issues. Call 272-5272 or 301-7173.
BLUES FESTIVAL: WEDU will celebrate the Blues in Old Hyde Park Village with a free concert by the Willie Lomax Blues Revue, featuring Shawn Brown and Roslyn Valencia, from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. Food and drink tickets will range from $2 to $6, with all proceeds benefiting the PBS station. Call 254-9338.
SPEAKERS SERIES: The University of South Florida's Globalization Speakers Series will feature Robert Kagan, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the USF Special Events Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. "The Transatlantic Rift After Iraq" is based on Kagan's recent bestselling book in which he analyzes the historical causes of the rift between European and U.S. perspectives. The seminar is free, but tickets are required for admission. Call 974-1816.
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