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Around town

By Times Staff
Published August 23, 2007


EVENTS

Microchip day: It's the heart of hurricane season. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay offers discounted microchipping, a permanent identification for pets, especially useful in the event of potential disruption from a hurricane. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa; $15 per pet. Call 813 876-7137.

Vodka/gin tasting fundraiser: If you like to drink, eat and help others, the Polished Palate is hosting the first Spirits Trails Tasting Event with a silent auction to benefit the Sky Ranch Foundation, which helps troubled boys. More than 30 of the latest flavors of world-class vodkas and gins will be available for sampling and served with creative cuisine. 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday; Pelagia Trattoria, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa; $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Call Dori Bryant at (727) 947-3522.

Staged reading fundraiser: Stageworks and Backporch Players present a staged reading of Jest a Second by James Sherman. All proceeds benefit Stageworks Rainbow Tribe Outreach programs for at-risk youth. 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; Friday Morning Musicale, 809 W Horatio St., Tampa; $25 per person. For more information, visit www.stageworkstheater.com or call (813) 251-8984.

Avant-garde couture fashion: Support an evening of breast cancer awareness with an evening of fashion and art. This event will feature the designer, Essence Flowers of Remarkable Designs by Essence and the photographic and visual art of Michael Bigos of Get Noticed Productions. 6 p.m., Friday; Quorum Hotel, 700 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa; $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Call (813) 289-8200.

MEETINGS

Status of women: The Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women will meet to elect new officers and discuss the children's needs report. An end of the year calendar review will be discussed as well as next year's calendar. 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Monday; County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., second floor, Tampa; open to the public. Call (813) 276-2640.

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