Help families in need furnish their homes
Stor N More Self Storage and Saving Grace Moving Co. are teaming up on June 21 to provide furniture to families in need. Operation Furniture for Florida is collecting furniture, canned goods, diapers and nonperishable items at Stor N More Self Storage, 1505 S U.S. 301. For more information, call (813) 301-1111.
Meetings to discuss changes at parks
Hillsborough County is holding a series of public meetings to discuss a new strategic plan for the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Area meetings are Tuesday at the Thonotosassa Recreation Center, 10132 Skewlee Road; June 22 at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive; and June 23 at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 SE Sixth St. For more information, call Rina Rojas at (813) 635-3501.
Speed reading classes for adults, children
University of South Florida Continuing Education is offering reading skills and speed reading classes for children and adults. Classes for children begin Saturday on the Tampa campus and at Apostles Lutheran Church, 200 Kingsway Road in Brandon. A speed reading class for adults, college students and rising high school seniors is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 13 at Apostles Lutheran. To register, call 1-800-979-9151.
Beat the heat at indoor tennis camp
An indoor tennis camp sponsored by Tampa Bay HEAT for children ages 7 and older is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at East Point Assembly of God, 5337 Garden Lane in Tampa. For more information, call Teresa at (813) 658-0559.
Beginner boater safety classes starting up
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer boating classes for beginners from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20 at 6542 N U.S. 41. The cost is $40. For more information, call (813) 228-2189.
Greyhounds will be in the spotlight at Petco
Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will host a meet and greet with greyhounds from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brandon Petco, 2434 Brandon Blvd. For more information, call (813) 971-4732 or visit great-greyhound.org.
Event lets kids build birdhouses at mall
Children are invited to build birdhouses, participate in story time and learn more about animals in the world around them at a special event beginning 4 p.m. Thursday at Westfield Brandon. Families should meet at the play space near Sears. Craft making and snacks are free. For more information, call (813) 661-5100.
Camp for tween girls is taking registration
The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club is now registering girls in grades six through eight for its Teen Forum summer camp July 25 to 29 at Nativity Catholic Church. The half-day camp includes cooking classes, craft times, snacks and group activities. The cost is $70. Sign up at thebjwc.com. For more information, call (813) 244-4758.
Dollar summer movies for children offered
Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village presents $1 summer movies at Regency 20, 2496 W Brandon Blvd., beginning with a showing of Despicable Me at 10 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Emergency Care Help Organization, or ECHO. For movie dates and titles, call (813) 685-3396.
Center Place offers art classes for kids
A four-week painting class for children ages 7 to 13 will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and a drawing class from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The cost is $40 for members or $50 for nonmembers. Painting supplies are included. Bring a sketch pad and a No. 2 pencil for drawing. For more information, call (813) 685-8888.
Unlimited bowling with Brandon Ballet
Join the Brandon Ballet for unlimited bowling fun from 1:30 to 4 p.m. June 26 at the Alley at Southshore, 10221 Big Bend Road. The cost is $15 for adults or $10 for students. Participants will be eligible for special prizes and giveaways. Reservations are required. For more information, call (813) 684-4282.
Open house is set at extension office
The Hillsborough County Extension is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 5339 County Road 579. View presentations on topics including canning, harvesting and Florida-friendly landscaping. Call (813) 744-5519.
Visitors welcome at African Violet Society
The Tampa African Violet Society will meet at 10 a.m. June 17 at the Seffner-Mango Library Public, 410 N. Kingsway Road. Visitors are welcome. Meeting includes growing tips, a plant raffle and a speaker presentation. For more information, call Jim Boyer at (727) 871-2014.
Sun City Center
Musicians focus on the string quartet
The Sun City Center Chamber Players present the Art of the String Quarter at 7 p.m. June 17 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. Tickets are $5. Visit suncitychamberplayers.com.
Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safety checks
Every Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 75, provides free vessel safety inspections for recreational boaters. Inspections take 15 minutes and are available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Simmons Park in Ruskin the first and third Saturdays of the month, and at Williams Park in Gibsonton the second and fourth Saturdays.