Things to do in northwest Hillsborough
eBay help: Adults can learn all about eBay at 4 p.m. at the Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa. Topics will include how to browse, search, bid, buy and sell items. Registration in person is required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program.
Magical fun: Children in grades K through 5 will be entertained by Cesar Domico at 4:30 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. There will be laughter, illusion and a discussion on the importance of recycling.
Master Gardener: It is a Garden of Bright Ideas at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. Experienced gardeners will share tips for creating a colorful and low-maintenance garden. They will also provide practical advice and whimsical ideas to make the garden bright.
Thursday Wee artists: Children ages 3 through 5 can get creative at 1:15 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. The featured art project is just the right size for little hands. Register at the Reference Desk.
Crafty teens: Those in grades 6 through 12 can get creative at 5 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. This free program will show how to make easy and inexpensive seasonal crafts.
Block party: All ages are invited to build with Lego blocks at 6 p.m. at the Jimmie Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. The session’s building theme will be Going to the zoo. The library will provide the blocks so bring your imagination.
Shade gardening: Master Gardeners will address shade gardening at 6:30 p.m. at the Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. Learn about the types of plants that perform well in shade. Discuss the benefits of shade, the importance of trees, problem tree areas, and various degrees of shade, seasonal and light changes.
Friday Origami zoo: Children ages 8 and older can practice the art of origami paper folding at 4:30 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. This month’s animal will be a frog. Seating is limited; register in advance at the Information Desk.
Relay for Life: The American Cancer Society's signature fund-raising event Relay for Life will take place from 6 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday at Davidsen Middle School, 10501 Montague St. in Westchase. The overnight event remembers those who have lost the fight against cancer and honors those who have survived, while raising funds to find a cure. Participants will camp out and take turns walking or running around the track. There are planned fun themes for different laps including college, crazy hat, neon, and bingo. Throughout the event there will be a DJ, games, challenges, contests and prizes. There will also be bounce houses, food for purchase, kickball, relay races, musical chairs, and a scavenger hunt. At 9 p.m., a lap lit by luminaries, decorated in remembrance of loved ones lost will occur, followed by an honor lap for survivors only. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blues and gospel: Blind Willie James will appear in concert at 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. This Grammy winner will present blues and gospel songs in a way only he can. Advance tickets are $19 for members, $23 for non-members and $21 for senior citizens. Day-of show tickets are $21, $25 and $23 respectively. Visit www.carrollwoodcenter.org or call (813) 269-1310.
Saturday Burger time: Learn how to make three gourmet burgers at the Burgers, Burgers, Burgers Cooking Class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Just Grillin’, 11743 N. Dale Mabry Highway. The cost is $25 and includes taste-testing. To register, call (813) 962-1700.
Outdoor market: The North Tampa Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. There will be vendors with fresh food and hand-made crafts available along with live musical entertainment. For more information, go to www.tampabaymarkets.com.
Kid’s Day: The 10th annual Kid's Day 2013 at the Village will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carrollwood Village Millennium Garden, 4535 West Village Drive. There will be free games, live entertainment, stories, dance, crafts, magic, sports, ponies and adventures for the kids to enjoy. Arts & crafts, plant, food and beverage vendors will be on site as well. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.carrollwoodvillage.com or call (813) 842-7066.
Food and gifts: A Spring Food/Vendor Truck Rally will take place from noon to 5 p.m. 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. 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.
Foster pets: Adults can learn what it takes to foster a shelter pet as Hillsborough County Animal Service personnel explain the foster program, share experiences and answer questions. This will take place at:
2 p.m. at the Jimmie Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave.
2:30 p.m. at the Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa.
Red carpet event: Dress to impress as you walk the red carpet and mingle with the stars of the evening’s show at 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. The Center’s own Community Chorus and Broadway Bound will share inspiration songs from the stage and silver screen. Advance tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Day-of-show tickets are $12 and $14. Visit www.carrollwoodcenter.org or call (813) 269-1310.
Sunday Big band swing: Mothers are admitted free to the Mother’s Day Tea Dance with Sounds of Swing Big Band at 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Advance tickets are $11 for members, $16 for non-members and $15 for senior citizens. Day-of-show tickets are $13, $16 and $15 respectively. Visit www.carrollwoodcenter.org or call (813) 269-1310.
Monday Wee artists: Children ages 3 through 5 can get creative at 11 a.m. at the Jimmie Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. The featured art project is just the right size for little hands. Register at the Reference Desk.
Game time: Get in the game zone at the Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive with video games on the big screen. Children in grades K through 5 have their turn at 3:30 p.m. The teens in grades 6 through 12 take over beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Native plants: Learn about using native plant in the landscape at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road W., Lutz. Master Gardeners Lucy Hoyt and Pat Harris will lead the presentation.
Tuesday Skin: Children in grades 3 through 5 can get the skinny on skin at 3 p.m. at the Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive. Find out how skin works and see the layers it's made of with a hands-on activity.
Knitting time: Join others at 6 p.m. to make chemo caps and lapghans for patients in local hospitals at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road W., Lutz. Shelleigh Hall will guide beginner through experienced knitters in the workshop. Learn basic and advanced stitches while helping others. Bring full skeins of yarn and needles for this class.
Underutilized plants: Master Gardener Fern Kinion will talk about ways to brighten the garden with 17 underutilized Florida friendly plants at 7 p.m. at the Jimmie Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. Learn how to care and maintain these plants, what their height/spread and light requirements are, the flowering season, and which are cold/heat tolerant, and butterfly or hummingbird attractors.
Plan ahead Wine tasting: Mike Kwasin will host a wine tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. May 16 at his home, 3613 S. Beach Drive to benefit the Hillsborough Head Start Community Foundation. Appetizers will be provided by CDB’s Southside and the wine will be from Fine Wine and Spirits Warehouse. Suggested donations are $25 per person and $40 per couple. For more information, call (813) 837-8941.
Singles conference: “Abide in His Unfailing Love,” a conference for singles will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. May 17 and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 18 at the Faith Outreach Center Church, 7607 Sheldon Road. Dr. Mickey Walters will be the speaker for the free event. For more information, contact the church (813) 887-3354.
Metal music: The Third Annual “Metal for the Military” Music Festival will take place May 18 at Crowbar, 1812 17th St., Tampa. The doors open at 4 p.m. and the bands will start playing after the national anthem at 4:25 p.m. Performers will include national metal acts Massacre and SWWAATS, and eight local bands. Band members and special guests will sign autographs and mingle with the fans throughout the event. There will be drawings for items donated by Jerry Mortellaro of Dean Guitars, top metal music record labels and many bands from around the world. Admission is free for those with military ID, $10 for all others. All proceeds benefit the Camaraderie Foundation.
Wednesdays JFIT 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.
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.
Chief Petty Officers Association: The Tampa Bay Chief Petty Officers Association meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday monthly at American Legion Post 138, 5535 Prescott Ave., Tampa. The association is open to Navy and Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers and supports the Navy community. Call (813) 951-1898.
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.
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