Applications being taken for art grants
Applications and guidelines for 2009 Individual Artist Grants are available.
Grants are awarded to artists in performing, visual, literary, dance and music disciplines. Applicants must be 18 and must have been a legal resident of Hillsborough County for at least 24 consecutive months. Students pursuing any degree or full-time faculty members in higher education are not eligible.
The maximum award is $2,000. The deadline is Dec. 5. For details and an application, visit www.tampaarts.com or call 276-8250.
Camp Bayou hosts holiday open house
Ruskin's Camp Bayou is hosting its sixth annual holiday open house on Dec. 6. There will be guided nature tours, a barbecue, and crafts and activities for children.
Camp Bayou is at 4202 24th St. SE in Ruskin. The open house is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and lunch is $10.
The day will start with a presentation about birds, and children can make a clay sculpture of their favorite. Guided walking tours leave at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children can also go netting in the river, make crafts, dig in a fossil pit and visit a butterfly habitat.
For more information, visit www.campbayou.org.
Deadline for chapbook contest is Monday
YellowJacket Press announces its fifth annual chapbook contest for Florida poets. Winners will receive $100 and 30 copies. The postmark deadline is Monday. Manuscripts should be no longer than 24 pages, including title pages and acknowledgements. For information, visit www.yellowjacketpress.org.
Lighted Boat Parade scheduled for Dec. 13
Itching to get out those holiday decorations? Well, don't forget to decorate your boat.
Take part in the 25th annual Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 13, hosted by the Apollo Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Sailing Squadron.
The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Private and commercial boaters are invited to cruise from the North Basin across the front of Surfside Boulevard to the South Channel. Boaters will then meander through various Apollo Beach canals. The event ends at 9:30 p.m. at the Symphony Isles Canal.
The tradition also includes awards for best in show, as well as the three best vessels among sailboats and power boats larger than 30 feet and smaller than 30 feet.
For more information, contact the chamber at 645-1366 or Bruce Gocek of the Tampa Bay Sailing Squadron at 245-6744.
Sun City Center
Prostate cancer support meeting set
The Man-To-Man Prostate Cancer Support and Education Group meets at 2 p.m. the second Monday of each month at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W.
The next meeting will be Dec. 8. The speaker will be Nancy Netery, Hillsborough County coordinator for the American Cancer Society.