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Neighborhood notebook

West Tampa Boys, Girls Club to get going

Published January 14, 2005

WEST RIVERFRONT - The West Tampa Boys and Girls Club will break ground on its new building today at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. Club officials expect Mayor Pam Iorio to participate in a ceremony, which starts at 10:30 a.m. at Laurel Street and North Boulevard.

Club officials plan to erect a 16,000-square-foot building on the site of a tennis court. Construction and site clearing will begin Tuesday.

Roy Opfer, chief executive of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, said he expects construction to take about eight months. The new club will house a learning center, gymnasium, computer lab, career training center and a game room, Opfer said.

Charity golf tourney planned at Centro Ybor

YBOR CITY - Centro Ybor turns into an 18-hole minigolf course Saturday for the first Bay Area MiniLinks Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Children's Medical Center at Tampa General Hospital.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Family sessions will tee off at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Corporate Challenge, featuring representatives from bay area businesses, begins at 6 p.m.

Cost is $50 for a two-person team, $100 for a four-person team and $250 for corporate teams.

For information, call 309-9290.

Downtown park to host tuneful Tuesdays

DOWNTOWN - The third annual Gasparilla NoonTime Concert Series will start Tuesday. Organized by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, the concerts will be held every Tuesday for six weeks from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lykes Gaslight Park, 415 N Franklin St.

The series, which features live music, local vendors and chances to win weekly prizes, kicks off with a performance by Monique and Company. Gasparilla organizers will provide information on upcoming parades, events and parties.

For information, call 221-3686 or visit

Tampa Theatre to show film on yoga Monday

TAMPA - Learn the history of yoga and its movement from India to the United States at the Tampa Bay premiere of Yoga Unveiled at 7 p.m. Monday at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St.

Writer-producer Gita Desai will introduce the film, and representatives from local yoga studios will provide information about yoga classes in the area.

For information, call 254-6777 or visit

Three-week seminar will help get finances in order

DOWNTOWN - Learn how to increase cash flow, reduce taxes, preserve income and build net worth at a three-week financial workshop offered by the University of Tampa's Institute for Estate and Financial Planning.

The seminar will meet one night a week from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting next week at the Sword and Shield Room at UT. The course runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Jack L. Beatty will lead the workshop. He worked for 22 years with a Fortune 100 company and five years as an independent financial adviser with Raymond James Financial Services Inc.

The cost is $50, which includes materials. A spouse or other guest may attend at no extra cost.

For information, call 258-7400, e-mail or visit

Hospice offers aid in coping with death

TAMPA - LifePath Hospice is offering six-week support groups for people coping with the loss of a loved one. "New Beginnings" will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 3010 W Azeele St. in South Tampa.

Additional classes start Tuesday in North Tampa and Brandon. Sun City Center, Northeast Tampa and North Tampa will also have Wednesday classes.

Participants need not have been related to a LifePath Hospice patient.

For information, call Diane Schnelly at 877-2200, ext. 10609.

Yearly downtown guide is fresh off the presses

DOWNTOWN - The Tampa Downtown Partnership has released Tampa's Downtown Guide Book 2005.

The 28-page booklet includes more than 300 listings of restaurants, retailers, service providers, cultural and entertainment venues, an events calendar and map of downtown.

For information or a copy of the guide, call 221-3686 or visit

[Last modified January 13, 2005, 10:13:09]

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