St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Road: Registration for Vacation Bible School begins Tuesday. This year's theme is DoDad's Discovery Lab. Parents of children ages 3 through fifth grade can register for the week, July 30-Aug. 3. Cost is $25 per child or $50 maximum per family. If an adult family member volunteers, the registration fee is waived for the first child. Visit www.saumc.net.
United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave.: The church presents its final Fantastic Friday Dinner Show of the season May 11. The show will feature the Kegg band performing classic rock, blues and country. Menu includes coleslaw, ham, pulled pork, oven-fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, ice cream sundaes and beverages. Cost for the dinner show package is $17. Doors open at 5:30. Entertainment portion only is $5. Call Paula Lickfeldt at (813) 633-6739 or Karl Buffington at (813) 634-7062.
Simmons Loop Baptist Church, 6610 Simmons Loop, Riverview: A women's retreat, "Reflection," is today and Saturday. Tickets are $20. Call Michelle Jasper at (813) 443-6379.
Love First Christian Center, 11311 Boyette Road, Riverview: The public is invited to Greek Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. The church will give $1,000 to the sorority or fraternity that has the most representation. Visit lfcc.tv.
National Day of Prayer: Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, is the keynote speaker at the Tampa Bay National Day of Prayer Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at A La Carte Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. Individual tickets are $30. Table sponsorships are $300. Register early as seating is limited. To register, visit www.tampaprayerbrunch.com or call (813) 382-2802.
National Day of Prayer gathering: Churches and individuals are invited to gather at 7 p.m. Thursday to honor the day at George M. Steinbrenner Field (Yankees Stadium) in Tampa. There is no cost to attend. Call Joy Green at (813) 967-6417.
Israel Independence Day: The Tampa Jewish Community Center will sponsor a community-wide Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration beginning at noon May 6 at the Straz Performing Arts Center Outdoor Pavilion. This year's activities will include Israeli vendors, a carnival for children, Israeli food concessions and live entertainment. Admission is free. Call Jack Ross at (813) 769-4727.
Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd.: Lyra, a vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia, performs at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (813) 633-4368.
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 705 Ninth St. SE, Ruskin, hosts the Lord's Lighthouse Ministry, a mission providing food and clothing to the needy, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekly, Monday through Wednesday. Call (813) 641-7114.
Islamic Society of Tampa Bay, 7326 E Sligh Ave., offers classes on the Koran from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend. Call (813) 628-0007.
Riverstone Church, 12011 East Bay Road in Gibsonton, has a food pantry open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays for families living in Gibsonton and Riverview ZIP codes. Call Bill Hayes at (813) 415-2376 for details.
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