Do you want to learn to paint?
Lifelong artist LouAnn Watson is offering art classes for beginners from 6 to 9 p.m. the fourth Friday monthly. Watson guides her students through a painting that can be completed in the three hours, although if they lag behind they can stay late or return for another class free of charge. Each class is $25, and includes the canvas, paint and instruction. She teaches the courses at the ART Lounge Gallery, 119 E. Reynolds St., where she is a member of the art cooperative.She is also a member and former vice president of the East Hillsborough Art Guild. For information, call her at (813) 409-4486. Farm Bureau marks milestone More than 420 members of the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau recently celebrated the organization's 70th anniversary in Plant City. The Farm Bureau held its annual meeting at the John R. Trinkle Center on the local campus of Hillsborough Community College. The agenda included a celebration of the 1942 founding of the bureau, which is a leading advocate for agriculture. Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham presented a proclamation from the commissioners recognizing the landmark anniversary. State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam also recognized the milestone and included his thanks for the organization's contribution to agriculture locally and beyond. State Rep. Rich Glorioso, who is running for supervisor of elections, was presented with the Friend of Agriculture Award and outgoing Farm Bureau board members George Coleman and Glenn Harrell were recognized for their eight years of service. The following were elected at the meeting to four year terms on the bureau's board: Ray Wood, Marty Tanner, Patrick Thomas, James Tew, Alex Ritzheimer, Greg Lehman, Jake Raburn, Jim Frankowiak, Ron Wetherington and Will Womack. They will join sitting members Danny Aprile, Jemy Hinton, David Drawdy, Stefan Katzaras, Kenneth Parker, Michelle Williams, Jake Raburn, Bill Burnette and Roy Davis. Gospel group celebrates anniversary The Holy Propheteers will celebrate its anniversary with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel METS Ministries, 1102 E. Laura St. The celebration for the Bartow-based group is free. Other groups that will perform at the anniversary celebration include The Spiritualetts of Quincy, the Messengers of Christ of Tampa, and Gospel METS of Plant City, among others. For information, call pastor Edith Langston at (813) 754-1096. Listen to community leaders, help fight cancer Wells Memorial & Events Center is offering the chance to meet with local leaders over coffee and cookies as part of a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The meet-and-greets are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Oct. 24 at Wells, 1903 W. Reynolds St. Guests include city commissioner and state House candidate Dan Raulerson today and South Florida Baptist Hospital oncologist Bruce Hough on Oct. 24. Wells Memorial sponsors a different fundraiser for the fight against cancer each year, manager Verna McKelvin said. About $3,000 was raised last year with a yard sale. There is no fee to attend and free Starbucks Coffee and cookies will be served. Money for the breast cancer organization is being raised through sale of tickets for a drawing for a gift basket worth $1,500. Gifts in the basket include spa treatments, dental whitening and more. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. For information, call McKelvin at (813) 752-1111. Gott takes a trip down memory lane Longtime Plant City resident Gil Gott has a lot of reasons to remember his time at Yale University, but one memory really stands out. He served in an Air Force honor guard for a June 11, 1962, commencement speech by President John F. Kennedy. "Of course, we didn't know how important it would be at the time since we didn't know that a year and a half later he'd be killed," said Gott, who is executive director of the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center. Gott took a trip down memory lane recently with other members of the Air Force who spent eight months at Yale learning Chinese at the university's Institute of Far Eastern Languages. Twenty of the 80 Air Force officers who learned Chinese at Yale in 1962 returned for the reunion, which included a tour of the campus, including the spot where they stood at attention and saluted as Kennedy walked by. Gott said he visited his former dorm room at Rosenfeld Hall, formerly known as St. Elmo's Hall. But most of all he enjoyed renewing friendships with his former service members. "We were older, grayer and some of them were fatter, but it was just like old times," he said. Hit the dance floor, celebrate Halloween A Halloween dance that includes a costume contest will be from 7:45 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Stardust Dance Center, 1405 S. Collins St. The dance is sponsored by former Red Rose Inn and Suites dance instructor Susan Stanton and a business partner, Donna Garzone. The Halloween dance is part of their weekly After the Red Rose dances. Tickets are $15 and include the Music Makers featuring Rusty Trumpet and Tony Johnson, non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres, Garzone said. For information, call Garzone at (813) 340-9433. Company hits home run with donation Mosaic Co. has contributed $89,500 to Feeding America Tampa Bay as part of a partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays. The phosphate company, which has an office in Lithia, made the donation as part of its Home Runs for Food partnership with the Rays. Under the program, which began with the Rays 2010 season, Mosaic contributes $500 to the food bank for every home run hit by Rays players during their regular season games. The 2012 season contribution brings the total generated for Feeding America to $260,000 in the three years since the program's inception. Classical pianist to perform Russian classical pianist Eleonora Lvov will perform Nov. 2 at a fundraiser for the Plant City Arts Council. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the concert, at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center, 106 S. Evers St.Lvov will perform the classics of Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin. The evening also includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine and desserts. Tickets are $60 per person and seating is limited.For information, call Marsha Passmore at (813) 245-2244 or Dodie White at (813) 927-0595. Fundraiser to help feed the needy Advance tickets are on sale for a Nov. 10 charity event to help the needy. The tickets, for a $10 donation, are good for a meal at the second annual Plant City Empty Bowls Project. Ten local churches will serve a variety of soups from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "Our goal is to raise $10,000," compared with last year's $6,000, said Sylvia Dodson, chairwoman of the fundraiser for the United Food Bank of Plant City. The menu includes soup, bread, fruit and bottled water.Advance tickets are on sale until Nov. 2 from food bank board members, the food bank office at 702 E. Alsobrook St., Suite H, and All A Bloom Florist, 116 N. Collins St. The Empty Bowls fundraiser, which will include a performance by the Plant City Community Choir, will be held at the Union Station Depot Welcome Center, 102 N. Palmer St. The soup will be served in foam bowls but each ticket holder can select a handcrafted clay bowl made by a local student, Dodson said.Bowls made by professional artists will be displayed for sale and offered at auction during the event. Also Holly Johnson, Connie Buyens and Erica Wiggins from The Mud Hutt, a local pottery studio, will be demonstrating the art of throwing clay on a potter's wheel. Retired Hillsborough Community College art professor David Dye will also bring his potter's wheel to offer instructions at the fundraiser. Dave Nicholson