Music workshops: Children ages 2 to 10 are invited to attend a free music workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive. This interactive workshop allows children to hear and see band and orchestral instruments such as the flute, trumpet, tuba or violin — and try them out. Kids will also make an instrument to take home along with a goodie bag. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Deborah Evans at (813) 685-5998 or by email at [email protected]
Ballet auditions extras: The Brandon Ballet will hold auditions for its upcoming production of The Nutcracker from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 161 E Bloomingdale Ave. Individuals ages 7 and older may audition. The fee to audition is $25. For more information, call (813) 684-4282.
Newsome band fundraiser: In conjunction with the Moms Club of Lithia-Bevis and the grand opening of Busciglio Orthodontics in FishHawk, the Newsome High Band is staging a raffle for a complete Invisalign treatment. Tickets are $10. The drawing will be held at the opening on Sept. 8. For more information, email [email protected]
Library programs: Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., will host programs for kids and adults through September. Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 is Tuesdays at 10:05 a.m.. Babytime is Thursdays at 10:05 a.m. and Toddlertime is at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Crafternoons will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. All programs begin next week. Also, a Harry Potter book party is being held 3 p.m. on Sept. 1. Programs are free. For more information, call (813) 757-9215.
Rally for Obama: The newly formed Florida Chapter of Black Women for Obama, a grassroots organization dedicated to the re-election of President Barack Obama, holds a town hall meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mount Zion AME Church, 5920 Robert Tolle Drive. The meeting will be broadcast live via Internet and radio. State Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, and state Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, are among the scheduled participants.
Mary & Martha House needs help: The Thrift Store at the Mary & Martha House, 1009 First St. SW, will close from Wednesday through Sept. 4 for cleaning, restocking and refurbishing. The store will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 5. Extra help with sorting donations, cleaning, stocking shelves and yard work is needed during the shutdown. For more information on volunteering for this project, call John at (813) 645-7874.
Sun City Center
Grief support: LifePath Hospice offers will offer an eight-week session of the support group, New Beginnings, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Aug. 29 at the Homewood Residences, 3910 Galen Court. The free group is open to the public. For information, call Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.
Hearing Loss Association: The Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center (HLA-SCC) begins its fall season at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. Theresa H. Chisolm, professor and chair of the communication sciences and disorders department at the University of South Florida, will speak on hearing loss and aural rehabilitation in 2012. Captioning will be provided and the meeting room is equipped with an induction loop to help those with telecoils in their hearing aids. Those with hearing loss and their hearing friends are welcome to attend. Come early for coffee and donuts at 9:15 a.m. For more information, contact Richard Herring at [email protected] or Barbara Riley at (813) 634-1706.
Obama campaign office grand opening: A grand opening of the Obama for America Campaign Headquarters in Sun City Center will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The office is located at 129 South Pebble Beach Blvd. The Obama campaign will hold grand openings for nearly two dozen offices in the Florida Interstate 4 corridor on that date.
GOP gathering: The Alafia Republican Club holds its monthly meeting Monday at Beef 'O' Bradys, 4330 Bell Shoals Road, beginning with social time at 6 p.m. Margaret Iuculano and Terry Kemple will speak.
Volunteers needed: Girl Scouts of West Central Florida seeks troop leaders, both men and women age 18 and older, to volunteer.
Troop leaders help with activities that meet the needs of girls and make a lasting impact by helping girls build courage, confidence and character.
Girl Scouts works in close partnership with troop leaders to deliver the information and support needed to help girls unleash their potential. As part of its commitment, GSWCF offers a flexible schedule of in-person and online trainings for all troop leaders, assisting them in developing their skills and learning about the Girl Scout program.
For more information on volunteering with GSWCF, visit gswcf.org/volunteer or contact Kristie Wiley at (813) 262-1765 or [email protected]
LifePath volunteers needed: LifePath Hospice is recruiting active duty members of the military, armed service veterans and committed individuals to serve as volunteers with veterans facing life-limiting illnesses. For more information on the We Honor Veterans program at LifePath Hospice, call Janet Ricklick at (813) 984-2307.