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Manatee Viewing Center is open

Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center has opened for its 2013-2014 season.

When the water temperature of Tampa Bay falls to 68 degrees or colder, manatees will gather in the warm-water discharge canal of Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. They have gathered there to find refuge from the cold since the early 1970s.

The 50-acre viewing center draws an average of 250,000 visitors each season, about 10,000 of them schoolchildren. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through April 15, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, when the center is closed. The facility closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Parking and admission are free.

Visit the center online at www.tampaelectric.com/manatee or call (813) 228-4289.

Calling all writers, poets

The Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library will present attorney Anne Dalton, who will discuss “Copyrights and Fair Use: Traps and Pitfalls for Writers” from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 16. Her talk, with plenty of time for questions, will take place in the Crawford Art Studio at the library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. The event is free and no registration is required. Call (813) 273-3652.

Early holiday shopping

The Ruskin Woman’s Club second annual Trinkets, Baubles & Bling Holiday Shopping Extravaganza will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the historic clubhouse, 503 U.S. 41 S., Ruskin, across from Grannie’s Restaurant. More than 30 vendors will offer lots of gift items, including jewelry, fine art, handbags and housewares. Call Carolyn Jones at (813) 645-3488 or Robin Roberts at (813) 507-0509.

Play golf, make a difference

The third annual Larry Brown Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Nov. 17 at the Sandpiper Golf Course. The scramble format will include foursomes of both men and women, and all proceeds will go to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.

The tournament is open to area residents and will begin with a shotgun start at noon.

Dinner, awards and entertainment will follow in the Florida room in the Atrium building. The cost is $35 per golfer and $25 per person for dinner only. Registration forms are available at the Sandpiper Golf Course Pro Shop or by email.

For forms or information on the tournament and how to make a donation, contact Judy Brown at (813) 642-8072 or jabrown45@live.com.

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