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South Tampa neighborhood news calendar

Doomsday prophecy lecture: Christian Wells, associate professor of anthropology and Maya culture scholar, will present "The Maya Doomsday Prophecy and the End of the World" at 12:15 p.m. today at the University of South Florida, Westside Conference Center, Room A, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. To register and order a $2.50 parking pass, call (813) 974-5848.

Eyelid surgery and cancer talk: Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko, a board certified ophthalmologist, will discuss cosmetic eyelid surgery and eyelid cancers from noon to 1 p.m. today in the Memorial Hospital Auditorium, 2901 Swann Ave. A light lunch will be served. To RSVP, call (813) 342-1313.

Get Medicare questions answered: New or active Medicare members can ask questions about benefits and determine which benefit options are right for them from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Medical Arts Building Auditorium, 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. Call (813) 443-3078.

Real estate resource: The Suncoast Real Estate Investors Association meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ramada Tampa Westshore Inn, 1200 N West Shore Blvd. Networking, informational sessions and vendors from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with program at 7:30. Free for members, $20 for guests. Call (813) 287-1515.

Garden club meeting: Josh McWilliams of Bay Bouquet Florist will present "Make the Holidays beautiful with Flowers" at the Davis Islands Garden Club monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 81 Columbia Drive. Free. Call (813) 251-3123.

Is gluten free for you? Learn the pros and cons of following a gluten-free diet, from Celiac disease to aiding in weight loss, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center, 740 S Village Circle. Free. Call toll-free 1-800-822-3627.

Boards need volunteers: Hillsborough County commissioners are seeking applicants for several volunteer advisory boards and councils. Applications are due Thursday and can be picked up on the second floor of County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 272-5826.

South Tampa neighborhood news calendar 11/29/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:30am]
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