Community events in northwest Hillsborough
Auction fun: The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will have its annual Auction of the Year at 10 a.m. at the Lutz Community Center, 101 First Ave. N.E. All proceeds will go to the USF agriculture student scholarship fund. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Lee Brown (813) 949-1301.
Public meeting: Hillsborough County will have a public meeting 6:30 p.m. at Jackson Springs Park, 8620 Jackson Springs Road to discuss proposed improvements to several roads to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety. The following proposed improvements will be discussed:
Hanley Road between Hillsborough Avenue and Waters Avenue: Raised median and street lighting additions, intersection improvements, and lane restriping.
Waters Avenue between Sheldon Road and Florida Avenue: Lane restriping to add a bicycle lane, street lighting and sidewalk ramp additions, and minor intersection improvements.
For more information, call (813) 272-5275. Thursday Garden club: The Fern Garden Club will meet at the Keystone Park, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa. Social and coffee time is 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will follow at 10 a.m. Marilyn Smullen, Master Gardner, will speak on birds in our backyards. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (813) 968-6866.
Anime fun: Teens enjoy an evening of Anime and Manga at 5 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. They can spend time with others who enjoy the Japanese comics and cartoons.
Cultural Center: There will be an open house and class preview from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, to showcase the spring and summer new classes. Instructors will be available to answer questions. Anyone who registers for a class during the open house will receive 5 percent off their total tuition. To view a class schedule, visit www.CarrollwoodCenter.org/classes.
Saturday Field of Honor: The Veterans Council of Hillsborough County will conduct its quarterly Field of Honor Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. This event will honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardsmen who have given their all in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during the previous three months. During the ceremony, the names of the fallen are read and a small American flag is placed in the ground to honor each of the fallen service member. This memorial service is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Music concert: The Treble Clefs Band will present a free big band-sound concert at 2 p.m. at the Town N’ Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive.
Fundraiser: Get out the poodle skirt, saddle shoes and leather jacket for the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club Relay for Life Team “Grease” fundraiser at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. From 5 to 8 p.m. there will be a costume contest, dance lessons, a variety of vendors and food available for purchase. A free screening of the movie “Grease” begins at 8:15 p.m. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will benefit the Woman’s Club Team Relay for Life fund. For sponsor and vendor information, call Karin D’Amico (813) 909-0050.
Sunday Comedy time: The Comedy Time Tunnel presentation will take place at 2 p.m. at the Jimmie Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. Tony Belmont will lead the program which combines interesting facts, exciting visuals and laughs from some of the greatest names in comedy history.
Monday Art and music: “Music as Inspiration: A Conversation Between Peter Stilton and Joseph Schwartz” will be presented from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Artist Peter Stilton and pianist Joseph Schwartz will discuss and demonstrate the connections between music and art during the opening for Stilton’s art exhibit, “Music of the Soul.”
Block party: Children in grades K through five can build with Lego blocks at 5:30 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. The building theme is homes. The library will provide the blocks; the kids provide the imagination.
Exotic fruit: Master Gardner Jim Hawk will talk about Tropical Dooryard Fruit at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Learn how to grow many unusual varieties of the interesting and exotic fruits.
No clutter: Learn how to get clutter-free at 6:30 p.m. at the Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa. Michelle Passoff will share ideas from her book, “Lighten Up! Free Yourself from Clutter,” on organizing and de-cluttering your home.
Tuesday Job help: Get job search help at 10:30 a.m. at the Town N’ Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. The support group will offer career assistance including help with resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills.
Spiders: Children in grades three through five can learn all about the eight-legged creatures at 3 p.m. at the Town N’ Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. Find out about the biggest, the hairiest and the most dangerous spiders during the presentation.
Water gardens: Master Gardener Liz Eginton will be at the Jimmie Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. at 7 p.m. to present a program on Water Gardens. Learn how to site, design and build a garden pond that will attract wildlife and enhance the landscape.
Plan ahead Garden club: The North Tampa Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. April 10 at the Forest Hills Park Community Center, 724 W. 109th Ave. Master Gardeners Jimmy and Sally will discuss how to care for backyard citrus. A covered-dish luncheon will follow. Everyone is welcome. Contact Laura Kuechenberg (813) 238-0568.
Social time: The GFWC Lutz-Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club will meet for crafts and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. April 11 at the Lutz Community Center, 101 First Ave. N.E. The woman’s club is a service organization and welcomes new women members age 18 and older. For information, go to www.gfwclutzlandolakeswomensclub.org or call Cathy (813) 961-7038.
Classical music: An evening of vocal music will be presented at 8 p.m. April 13 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Some of USF’s most gifted voice students will perform art songs and arias from opera and musical theater. Advance tickets are $14 for members, $18 for nonmembers and $16 for seniors 65 and older and available at www.carrollwoodcenter.org or by calling (813) 269-1310. Tickets at the door are $16, $20 and $18.
Theatrical production: “The Pied Bag-Piper of Hamlin” will be presented at 2 p.m. April 14 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. A.C.T. Theatre for Youth put a twist on the familiar tale and uses Scottish folk song, comedy and audience participation to bring the story to life. Children in grades K through five should especially like the show. Tickets are $6 for members, $7 for non-members and $24 for a family four-pack.
Hebrew class: Learn to read Hebrew with Dr. D. Michael Michael for a deeper understanding of The Scriptures. He has developed his own textbook, “Easy Hebrew Reading Course” and a unique method of teaching. Classes are from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, April 16 through June 4 at Faith Theological Seminary/Christian College, 7607 Sheldon Road, Tampa. Course fee is $95 and includes the book. To receive an enrollment form by fax or email, call (813) 886-8492.
Trade show: The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Trade Show and Mixer will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. April 17 at the Hampton Inn, 4017 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. There will be more than 100 local businesses in attendance, as well as food, networking and door prizes. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call (813) 855-4233.
Bless Israel USA: Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Harbinger,” will speak at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. Learn how ancient biblical mysteries relate to modern times. Pastor Geoffrey Cohen will be a special guest and Joshua Aaron will lead the praise and worship music. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. At the door, tickets will be $15. For more information and to order tickets, go to www.BlessIsraelUSA.org.
Fashionollia 65: The 65th anniversary of Fashionollia, sponsored by the GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club, will take place at 10 a.m. April 20 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd. The event is for the benefit of Champions for Children’s Kids on the Block program. While supporting the cause, shop at local vendor tables, enjoy a gourmet lunch and view current fashions provided by Dillard’s department store as modeled by local celebrities. A one-carat diamond provided by Continental Wholesale Diamonds is the door prize. Goody bags and a silent auction also will be featured. Tickets are $60 for individuals and $125 for patrons. For reservations, email [email protected] or call (813) 839-7457.
Wednesdays 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.
Thursdays Nature 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
Overeaters Anonymous: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 13312 Cain Road, 7 p.m., (813) 254-4190.
British Commonwealth Society of Tampa Bay: Keystone Park, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa. 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday monthly. Participants only have to enjoy British culture. Call (813) 886- 3437.
First Place: A combined Bible study and weight control group meets in the Town ‘N Country area. Call (813) 884-9669.
Fridays AM Leads Group: Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay, 12951 W. Linebaugh Ave., 7:30 to 9 a.m. The AM Leads Group meets; free continental breakfast. Call (813) 855-4233.
Cruise night: Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 8410 Citrus Park Drive, 6 to 9 p.m. Open to all classic cars and street rods. Call (813) 468-0277.
Overeaters Anonymous: Marge Porter Resource Center, 6311 Sheldon Road, 6:30 p.m., (813) 254-4190.
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.
Saturdays Greyhound 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.
Mondays Watercolor 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.
Tuesdays Grief 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.
To submit an item, email [email protected] Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.