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{Free ASL classes Canceled for now; Public Libraries closed pending Corona status. Please post Discussion or email Organizer if you have a good, safe idea related to sign language. Thank you.}

Hi there,

When I searched for Sign Language group in Tampa Bay, I was shocked to see that the nearest groups were in Orlando. I've recently had a good reason come up to learn American Sign Language. Basically I know none to start, but as an experienced signer told me, the more you practice, the more you'll learn. Whether you're like me, a complete beginner, or a skilled master of ASL, motivated to meet and help others on occasion, you are welcome to join. I expect that some will join without any experience. And I anticipate that many will join who sign quite well. I hope that all enjoy camaraderie. Dues? Initially, I am not charging any annual dues. However, to pay the Meetup.com fees, I probably will ask later for something very modest. And I hope for motivated and friendly event organizers to step forward, even people to lead the group in the future.


Sometimes people ask about (having) events in different locations (especially in Tampa). Group members can make them happen! See this post for more info:
After you read this, as a member of the group (not before joining), contact me if you'd like to create an event. (Please don't message me if you haven't even joined the group yet. Thank you.)

Notice in that page that I mention 'Suggest events' but Meetup has changed. Now the current procedure is to ask an Organizer (currently Elaine / me) to give you the capability (organizer designation) to create new meetup events for the group! You may also notice on that post a few Comments from members noting ASL opportunities in different locations. As nice as it is that members try to let people know, these comments or replies are not as effective as _creating _new _events. So again, contact Elaine or me if you'd like to post a new event, such as in Tampa. Thanks.

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- Suggest More Events and Opportunities around Tampa Bay - Take Initiative

Several times members have expressed a wish for more events in their neck of the woods, e.g. Tampa. Let me encourage you to make good things happen. Be active rather than passive. (In the past, all members could "Suggest" events. Now, until Meetup gives that back, contact an Organizer to request the organizing designation to be able to create yourself!)

So, Create additional opportunities for people to get together to socialize, learn, and practice. (Of course, not for outside / business interests.) Again, to create meetup events, members have to be given that capability by an Organizer. So, again, contact a group Organizer to let us know what event(s) you'd like to create first!

{Old info follows about "Suggesting" events -- with major site changes in late 2017, unfortunately, Meetup stopped allowing "Suggested" events. Let's hope that Meetup brings back the old "Suggest" option for all members.}

Don't wait for an official Organizer to post new events. *You* can Suggest an upcoming get-together.

Also, if you hear of a learning opportunity or an event of interest, let others know about it.

Use the "Suggest a New Meetup" button and post the info, including location and time.

Hillsborough Co. Public Library programs! (Temple Terrace/Tampa & Brandon areas)

FALL 2017 Schedule

202 Bullard Pkwy.
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Every Monday
Sept. 11 – Nov. 13
Basic 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

1906 Bloomingdale Ave.
Valrico, FL[masked]
Every Tuesday
Aug. 22 – Dec. 5
Basic 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Advance 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

619 Vonderburg Dr.
Brandon, FL[masked]
Every Thursday
Aug 24 – Dec. 7
Basic 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Advance 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Facilitated by:
Patti Sanchez, MBA, CPCC
Contact: [masked][masked].
Basic course is designed to provide the basic technical skills to use simple ASL when communicating with Deaf people. This course will incorporate vocabulary, grammar, a basic understanding of Deaf culture and the Deaf community, and Deaf guest speakers.
Advance course is designed to continue development of American Sign Language expressive and receptive skills, grammar, vocabulary, cultural awareness, and related terminology .

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