WednesdaySushi for kids: Children can participate in the Rice N’ Roll Sushi Class from 4 to 5 p.m. on the patio at Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd. A Genji sushi chef will show kids how to make a California roll, hand roll and tofu wrap during the class. Participants will go home with a sushi recipe book and rolling mat. The cost is $5. Register in advance at www.wholefoodsmarketcarrollwood.eventbrite.com or call (813) 264-3600.
Meet the author: Paul Tough, author of “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,” will give a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Jefferson High School, 4401 Cypress St. He will share parts of his book which spent 12 weeks on The New York Times best sellers list.
ThursdayInternet safety: Learn how to surf and shop safely on the Internet at 12:30 p.m. at the Town N’ Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. This free class will show how to avoid common scams and pitfalls that can compromise security.
Florida Beer: Local brewer Tom Bariss of Florida Beer will be in the café at Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd. from 6 to 7 p.m. to talk about beer. Five different beers will be featured during the free presentation. Register in advance at www.wholefoodsmarketcarrollwood.eventbrite.com or call (813) 264-3600.
Library orientation: Prospective volunteers for the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd., are asked to attend an orientation meeting at 6 p.m. in the computer lab. The informational session will cover an introduction to shelving and go over other volunteer opportunities.
SaturdayRun for Hope: There will be a 5K and one-mile Fun Run/Walk beginning at 7 a.m. at Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to help pay for expenses and therapies needed by Mattingly Hope, who has cerebral palsy. Entry fees are from $10 to $30. For more information, go to www.hopeformattie.com.
Cleanup: The annual Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful-Great American Cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at several project sites available throughout the Tampa Bay area. Volunteers are needed to plant trees, flowers and community gardens, and clean up litter and debris from public lands. For information, site locations and pre-registration forms, visit www.keeptampabaybeautiful.org or call (813) 221-8733.
Begonias: The Begonia Society of Tampa Bay will host Michael Kartuz of Kartuz Greenhouse at their meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday April 27 at the Famous Tate Distribution Center, 6403 N. 54th St. He will speak on his experiences in hybridizing and growing begonias primarily. Kartuz Greenhouse in Vista, Calif., is known for offering distinctive varieties of rare and exotic plants with begonias, gesneriads, hoyas and passionflowers as his key specialties. Many of his offerings are his own hybrids that are now sold and grown everywhere. The meeting is free and open to the public. First-time guests get a free begonia. For more information, call Merle DeLand (863) 738-8722.
Creative time: Make a special gift for Mother’s Day at 2 p.m. at the Town ’N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. Create a card and beaded gift of sachets of natural teas and fragrances. Then wrap it with paper and a bag you make. Supplies are provided.
Popera concerts: Klassika will preform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. The quartet combines pop music and opera for a harmonious blend and unique sound known as Popera. Advance concert tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members and $13 for senior citizens. Day of show tickets are $14, $17 and $15 respectively. Go to www.carrollwoodcenter.org for more information.
MondayPuppet show: The story of Little Red Riding Hood will be brought to life through the use of puppets at 10:15 a.m. at the Town ’N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. Children ages 4 and older should enjoy the familiar tale and music. The presentation will be followed by a brief puppet workshop.
Voters’ Luncheon: The League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County 2013 Annual Award Luncheon will take place May 3 at The Centre Club, 123 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and program going from noon to 1:30 p.m. Receiving special recognition will be T. Terrell Sessums and Matilda Garcia. The cost to attend is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers and guests. Reservation deadline is noon today, and payment must be received to guarantee the reservation. Register and pay online at www.hclwv.org, click on the Lifetime Achievement Award tab or send a check to: LWVHC, P.O. Box 1801, Tampa, FL 33601-1801Tuesday.
Photo editing: Adults can learn how to use free web-based photo editing tools to enhance digital images in at class at 2 p.m. at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road West.
Block party: Children in grades K through five can build with Lego blocks at 3:30 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. The building theme will be homes. The library will provide the blocks; the kids need to bring their imagination.
TuesdayJob support: Those unemployed can get help from the job support group at 10:30 a.m. at the Town ’N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. Get career assistance with résumés, cover letters and interviewing skills.
Business certification: Find out what the eligibility requirements are for small, minority, women-owned and veteran businesses to get registered and/or certified with Hillsborough County at 1 p.m. at the Town ’N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. Registration is required; call (813) 914-4028.
Weight loss: There will be a lecture at 6:30 p.m. at the Jimmie Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. on the Benefits of Weight Loss by Justin Fontanini of the Wellness Professionals Foundation. Find out how weight loss can lower blood pressure, the risk of heart disease and LDL cholesterol.
Plan aheadPlant auction: The Orange Blossom Garden Club will have its annual plant auction at 10 a.m. May 1 at the Lutz Community Center, 101 First Ave., N.E. All proceeds go toward the Garden Club’s USF agricultural science scholarship. Refreshments will be served before the auction. For more information, call (813) 949-1301.
Golf tournament: The Rolling Thunder’s fourth annual “POW/MIA Awareness” Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Veterans will take place May 4 at The Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. with a four-person scramble shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. An awards luncheon will follow play along with numerous raffle prizes and an auction. Registration is $75 (single) and $290 (foursome). More information is available at www.RollingThunderFL11.com.
Beth Am tribute: A special tribute to Beth Am's Youth Director Lisa Cohen will take place at 7 p.m. May 4 at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave. Joy Katzen-Guthrie, Beth Am's Cantorial leader; Vikki Silverman, Cantor Emerita; and Patti Rinner, Hillel Academy music specialist, will perform a collection of entertaining and poignant songs from Broadway, Hollywood, cabaret, folk and popular music. There will also be a silent auction during the event. Drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance; $25 at the door. For more information, call (813) 968-8511.
Auditions: Carrollwood Cultural Center’s MAS Community Theatre will have auditions for the production “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” May 5-6 at the Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Audition times are 5 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. Rehearsals will begin the following week. Participants must be at least 16 years of age or older.
Food and gifts: A Spring Food/Vendor Truck Rally will take place from noon to 5 p.m. May 11 at Ben Hill Middle School, 5200 Ehrlich Road, hosted by Generation Food Truck. More than 30 trucks and vendors are expected at the event. There will be free face painting for the kids, live entertainment and a chance to donate blood at the Florida Bloodmobile.
Golf tournament: The Steinbrenner Warriors Football team will host its fourth annual Golf Tournament at 1:30 p.m. May 11 at the Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. There also will be auctions with live and silent bidding. Cost is $80 per golfer and dinner-only tickets are $25. Register online at www.tournevents.com/warriorfootball or call (813) 404-7634.
WednesdaysJFIT CLASSES: The Tampa JCC and Federation, 13009 Community Campus Drive, offers a wide variety of fitness classes including Zumba, yoga, Stretch & Flex, Tai Chi, water aerobics, Cardio Circuit and Silver Sneakers. Classes are free for members and $4 for nonmembers. For a complete class schedule, go to www.jewishtampa.com. For more information, call (813) 264-9000.
Senior bridge: Fountainview Estates, 8800 Sheldon Road, noon. Beginners to advanced bridge players are welcome. Call (813) 886-5318.
Knifty Kneedlers: St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 706 W. 113th Ave., 12:30 to 3 p.m. The group knits and crochets items to donate to various agencies. Call (813) 264-1692.
Knitting and crocheting: Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N. Boulevard, 1 to 3 p.m. for six weeks, $36. Sandy Wehle conducts knitting and crocheting classes for beginning and experienced adults. Go to www.LECtampa.org or call (813) 932-0241.
Overeaters Anonymous: Turning Point of Tampa, 6227 Sheldon Road, 7:45 p.m., (813) 254-4190.
ThursdaysNature appreciation: Horizon Bay Lutz, 414 E. Chapman Road, 10:30 a.m. Lutz area seniors and their families are invited to a weekly nature appreciation program. Call (813) 909-9679.
G.I.F.T. fitness program: Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N. Boulevard, noon to 1 p.m., $4 per class. Participants learn how to incorporate good nutrition and physical activity into their lifestyle. Go to www.LECtampa.org or call (813) 932-0241
Friday night dance: Zendah Grotto, 4450 W. Ohio Ave., 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; $7 members, $9 for nonmembers. Bachelors and Belles host weekly dances. Everyone is welcome. Call (813) 935-2996.
SaturdaysGreyhound rescue: Groovy Cats & Dogs, 2305 W. Linebaugh Ave., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greyhound Rescues and Adoptions of Tampa Bay hosts a meet-and-greet for prospective adoptive or foster owners. Go to www.great-greyhound.org or call (813) 971-4732.
MondaysWatercolor painting: Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N. Boulevard, 10 a.m. to noon for six weeks, $75. Susan McKay conducts a watercolor class. Go to www.LECtampa.org or call (813) 932-0241.
Overeaters Anonymous: All Saints Lutheran Church, 5315 Van Dyke Road, noon, (813) 254-4190.
Tai chi class: Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., 6 to 7 p.m. for beginners and 7 to 8 p.m. for intermediate students; $60 for six weeks. Life Enrichment Center offers Yang-style tai chi classes conducted by Josef Tan. Go to www.lifeenrichmenttampa.org or call (813) 932-0241.
TOPS support group: Town ‘N Country Recreation Center, 6039 Hanley Road, 6:30 p.m. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Florida 290 meets. Call (813) 884-2288.
Tampa Toastmasters: Village Inn, 8602 N. Dale Mabry Highway, 6:30 p.m. The group welcomes all visitors who would like to improve their speaking and leadership skills. Call (813) 728-3714.
Overeaters Anonymous: Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2912 W. Fletcher Ave., 7 p.m., (813) 254-4190.
TuesdaysGrief support: Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., $20 for 13 weeks. GriefShare uses support video format. Call (813) 961-1254.
Painting Class: Work at your own pace, whether experienced or beginner, guided with professional tips. Choose your favorite subjects in any medium, except oil-based paint. Cost is $3 per class, 9 a.m. at the Town ’N Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive. Call (813) 873-6336.
Aerobics Lite Class: Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive, 9:30 a.m., $2. Seniors perform exercise dance and movement while having fun. Call (813) 417-6286.
Drawing Class: Receive group and individual instruction, whether a beginner or experienced, at drawing using pencil, charcoal, pastel and/or colored pencil. Work and grow at your own pace. Cost is $3 per class; 10:30 a.m. at the Town ’N Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive. Call (813) 873-6336.
Video production: TBCN Community Media Center, University Mall, 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Suite 30 (upper level), 6 p.m. The center offers a free Intro to Video Production class. Call (813) 977-5200.
Creative writing: Café Kili, 5731 E. Fowler Ave., 6 to 7:30 p.m., $10 per class. Details are available at www.racquelhenry.com under the Writer’s Atelier tab. To sign up, call (407) 697-1261.
Suncoast Toastmasters: Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group meets weekly. Call (813) 264-6859.
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