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Free Classes Offered at Local Public Libraries

Take a creative cooking class, join a civic reflection group, and learn how to end clutter in your home during these free events at local public libraries.

Check out these free events and classes taking place in April at public libraries in Seminole Heights and Central Tampa.

Civic Reflection Discussion Group on Saturday, April 14, at 3 p.m., at Sulphur Springs Partnership Library, 8412 N. 13th St.

In civic reflection, a group of people with common civic work step back and think about their activities and commitments. The conversation focuses first on a short, thought-provoking reading and gradually opens up onto larger questions about civic engagement. What obligations do we have to others in our community? Why join one association and not another? To whom should we give? What do we really expect of those whom we serve? By reading and talking together about these underlying questions, participants gain a richer connection to one another, and to the important tasks of civic life. For teens and adults.

Book Discussion: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson on Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m., at at , 4711 Central Ave.

Book character major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. For adults.

Master Gardener: Top 40 on Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at, 4711 Central Ave.

Tried and true plants that will do well in almost any yard and look good too. For adults.

No Fuss Foods: Creative Tacos on Monday, April 30, at 6 p.m., at , 4711 Central Ave.

Cooking creative, delicious and nutritious meals does not need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. Join Rowena Sjovall of No Fuss Foods as she demonstrates budget-friendly taco recipes that explore possibilities beyond the typical ground or shredded beef fillings. For adults.

Paper Airplane Making on Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m., at, 8916 N. Boulevard.

Children will get the opportunity to use some aerodynamic skills to create the most accurate or most creative paper airplane. The library will supply the paper and have a paper airplane expert on hand for help or to answer any questions. For children in grades K to 5.

Create A Legacy, Not A Mess on Monday, April 16, at 6 p.m., at , 8916 N. Boulevard.

Michelle Passoff, author of Lighten Up! Free Yourself From Clutter, works with her clients to address piles of papers, bulging closets and jammed garages and attics, and guides them to make space in their lives for accomplishment and satisfaction. In this program, she will discuss life goal-setting to create a no-fail action plan to end clutter and organize, and will share a step-by-step paper filing and closet management system. For adults.

Grossology on Monday, April 23, at 4 p.m., at , 8916 N. Boulevard.

How much spit does one person make? What is snot made of? Learn gross facts, make gross projects, and have a whole lot of gross fun. For kids in grades K to 5.

Art Of The Mixtape on Tuesday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m., at , 8916 N. Boulevard.

Teens are invited to join the host of a weekly hip-hop radio show for a demonstration on how to make an good music mix, and to learn about demos of music, library resources, mix-related websites and software. For teens.

For more information about these free programs, call (813) 273-3652 or visit www.hcplc.org.

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