SEMINOLE HEIGHTS -
Hillsborough High School students and teachers will host Walk for Haiti on Saturday at the school, 5000 Central Ave.
The event, open to everyone, is a Haitian relief fund activity to show "School Spirit through Sharing, School Spirit is Caring."
Registration is at 8 a.m., and the event begins at 9 a.m. There is a $5 donation, and participants will receive a T-shirt. Alumni are asked to wear the school colors of black and white.
Sponsors are needed. For information, contact Coach Orlando Goodwin at [email protected]
sdhc.k12.fl.us or call (813) 830-2182.
Also, Hillsborough High alumni invited to a get-together at 6 p.m. March 26 at Rigatoni's Restaurant, 3437 W. Kennedy Blvd. It will feature drink specials and karaoke.
Restaurant owner Rick Barcena is an alumnus.
Rawlings portrayed at museum
CHANNEL DISTRICT - Betty Jean Steinshouer will perform "Notes From Cross Creek: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at Her Salty Best" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Bay History Center.
Rawlings was a Pulitzer-winning author who lived at Cross Creek and wrote novels and stories focusing on rural themes and settings, including "The Yearling" and "Cross Creek." Steinshouer has portrayed the author since 1991.
The event is part of the Florida Conversation programs at the center. For information, contact the Tampa Bay History Center at (813) 228-0097 or go to www.tampabay historycenter.org.
Cattle Barons Ball raises $450,000
CHANNEL DISTRICT - About 550 guests in boots, cowboy hats, jeans and rhinestones turned out recently for the annual Cattle Barons Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society.
The March 6 event, "Boomtown Bash" at Cruise Ship Terminal No. 6, raised about $450,000 through sponsorships and luxury auction items.
Honorary chairmen Ron and Debra Weisser greeted guests who dined and danced to the music of Ryan Weaver.
Drama department presents 'Rumors'
SOUTH TAMPA - The Plant High School Drama Department will present "Rumors," one of Neil Simon's most popular comedies.
It's a fast-paced farce set in a posh suburban residence of New York's deputy mayor. Five couples are at a party. A shot is heard, a wife disappears, a lawyer's cover-up goes awry and no one can remember who has been told what about whom.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium, 2415 S. Himes Ave. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students at the door. For information, email plantdrama [email protected]
Church hosts Friday fish fry
WEST TAMPA - St. Joseph Catholic Church will sponsor a fish fry in the church hall from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.
The dine-in or takeout dinner includes fried fish, salad, rice and bread. The church is at 3012 W. Cherry St.
Tickets are $6 for ages 12 and older, and $3.50 for ages 11 and younger. Proceeds will benefit St. Joseph School, founded in 1896.
For tickets or information, call the church office at (813) 877-5729.
Garden groups plan programs
SOUTH TAMPA - Local garden group activities include:
•Sunset Park Garden Club's 56th annual Flower Show, 2 to 8 p.m. March 24 at the group's clubhouse, 4624 W. Browning Ave.
The event is open to the public at no charge. Exhibitors will interpret holidays, incorporating fresh flowers into homes and celebrations.
Peggiann Fowler is the show's chairwoman. For information, call (813) 837-4533.
• The Parkland Estates Garden Club's monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday.
It is open to all residents of Parkland Estates and will include dinner and a "water wise" program. For information, call Jenifer Ownby at (813) 872-8113.
•The Tampa Bay Gesneriad Society's meeting, 10 a.m. Saturday at 402 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The program by Barbara Mathews is on gesneriads.
• The Amaryllis Garden Circle's community project is Saturday, in conjunction with Tampa's Clean City Day.
Members will plant flowers at the entrance to New Suburb Beautiful at Howard and Watrous avenues. For information on the organization, call (813) 251-4770.
'Corazon' sculpture will be unveiled
PALMA CEIA - The Palma Ceia District will unveil its new sculpture, "El Corazon de Palma Ceia" by Bay area artist Marc DeWaele, at a ribbon-cutting at 11:30 a.m. today.
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is expected to participate in the ceremony for the sculpture donated to the Palma Ceia District by Jeanette Mellody in memory of her late husband, Jim Mellody, founder of Beef O'Brady's. The statue is at Bay-to-Bay Boulevard and MacDill Avenue.
An Irish celebration at Beef O'Brady's will follow the ribbon-cutting and will feature Irish music, a live band, green beer, and corned beef and cabbage.
Event honors four women
TAMPA - Girl Scouts of West Central Florida will honor four local women at the ninth annual Women of Distinction recognition luncheon at noon Tuesday at A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive.
The luncheon speaker is Ariane de Bonvoisin, author of "The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Any Change (and Loving Your Life More)."
The Women of Distinction Luncheon honors women who have achieved success in their chosen fields and who serve as role models for girls and young women in our communities. The 2010 Women of Distinction are:
•Maruchi Azorin Blanco, founder and owner of Villa Rosa Distinctive Linens, one of Tampa's most successful specialty stores.
•Susan Churuti, the vice chancellor of the St. Petersburg Deanery of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.
• Carol Morsani, a founding member of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (now David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts) and the Tampa Museum of Art.
•Seretha Summers Tinsley, who co-founded Chain of Lakes Achievers, an achievement center dedicated to empowering youth through tutoring, leadership and life skills.
Renee Dabbs is the event chairwoman, and News Channel 8 anchor Gayle Sierens is the honorary chairwoman. Tickets are $75 each and are available at www.gswcf.org or by calling 1-800-881-4475, ext. 1792.
LifePath sponsors weekend grief camp
TAMPA - Camp Circle of Love, a weekend camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one, is accepting applications for this year's camp.
Camp Circle of Love will be April 23-25 at the Lakewood Center in Brooksville.
Sponsored by LifePath Hospice, the camp is open to all Hillsborough County children ages 6 to 16. The weekend camp combines healing with activities, which helps children understand that after suffering a loss, life still has much to offer them.
The camp combines outdoor activities with brief group discussions led by trained cabin leaders. During the day, campers may partake in supervised activities including swimming, arts and crafts, puppet shows and team sports. A Saturday evening memorial service also is planned.
Transportation to and from camp, along with meals, is included in the weekend. Camp Circle of Love charges a sliding fee, ranging from $1 to $25, based on income.
To register or for information on Camp Circle of Love, go to www .lifepath-hospice.org or call (813) 877-2200.