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By Times Staff Writer
Published October 25, 2007
Town hall meeting: A town hall meeting will be held for residents in Town 'N Country, Baycrest, South County, South Tampa and West Tampa. Hillsborough County commissioners and department directors will be available to answer questions. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., today; Jefferson High School auditorium, 4401 W Cypress St., Tampa; For information, call 813 272-5275.
Lecture: The University of Tampa welcomes Christine Vachon, producer of a new film about Bob Dylan titled I'm Not There. Co-founder of Killer Films, Vachon also produced the films Boys Don't Cry and One Hour Photo. She plans to screen portions of the new film starring Christian Bale, Kate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Heath Ledger, 4 p.m., today; Reeves Theater in the Vaughn Center, University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; open to the public, free. Call (941) 544-8888.
Fall festival: Harmony Metaphysical Church sponsors its 16th Annual Fall Festival and Psychic Fair. The event features numerous readers, Reiki, massage, astrology, seances, games and children activities, raffles, food and beverages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday; Harmony Metaphysical Church and Spiritual Life Center, 2517 W Henry Ave., Tampa; open to the public; free. Call (813) 872-0295.
Rural Life Festival: Cracker Country hosts the Rural Life Festival, an event that focuses on rural Florida in the 1890s. The festival shows how people lived more than 100 years ago. Guests will be able to walk through historic buildings, play games and help with chores or participate in a scarecrow building competition. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; Cracker Country, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa; open to the public; admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 6-12 and children 5 and under enter free. Call (813) 621-7821.
Cemetery tour: The Tampa Historical Society hosts historian/actor Maureen Patrick and her walking tour of Tampa's Victorian-era Oaklawn Cemetery. The graveyard, established in 1850, holds 13 mayors, veterans of seven wars and victims of five yellow fever epidemics, 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday; between Morgan and Harrison streets, downtown Tampa; a $5 donation is requested at the tour's end. Call (813) 831-5214.
Charity yard sale: Friends and neighbors are organizing a multifamily yard sale, bake sale and antique sale to benefit 25-year-old Gina Oliva, a Tampa resident who recently had a double-lung transplant after being diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 546 W Davis Blvd. For information, call 495-8889 or www.golungs.com.
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