Boating safety course: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 will offer a three-session basic boating safety course from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 at Tampa Sailing Squadron in Apollo Beach. The $40 cost includes a reference manual. For more information or a reservation, call Ray Stewart at (813) 645-2130.
Chalk Walk: The Brandon League of Fine Arts presents its sixth annual Chalk Walk and Arts Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Children 3 and older can create their own masterpieces. There will be face painting, magic and events for the family. Also, shop for artwork and crafts created by local artists. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Children will receive a free goodie bag. Pick up tickets now at Center Place. For information, call (813) 685-8888.
Eat, drink and help hairy: Stop by Tia's Tex Mex, 1414 W Brandon Blvd., from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday and your tips will go to the nonprofit animal rescue organization PAWS. Eat at the bar or on the patio. Enjoy buy one, get one free fajitas, drink specials and door prizes. Also, bring a bag of dog or cat food to donate to animals in need. For information on PAWS of Hillsborough County, call (813) 655-7297.
Grief support: A six-week session of the grief support group New Beginnings starts Monday. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 121 Carver Ave. Trained bereavement professionals will facilitate. The sessions are free. Registration is requested. Call Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.
Band carwash: If you would like to help the Riverview High School Shark Attack band raise $22,000 to participate in the USBands National Marching Band Championships in November, stop by for a carwash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Burger King, 9660 U.S. 301 S. Donations are appreciated. For information about the band, call (813) 671-5011.
Landscaping workshop: The community is invited to learn about lawn management, landscaping and produce at the Florida-Friendly Landscaping 101 Gardening Conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Hillsborough County Extension Service Office, 5339 County Road 579. Times gardening columnist Penny Carnathan will share her gardening experiences. The conference includes a goodie bag with resources to take home, snacks and drinks. Free. Registration is required. Call the Extension Service at (813) 744-5519 or visit hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.
Teacher appreciation: The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce seeks sponsors and donations for its annual "Welcome to SouthShore Breakfast for New Teachers" at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at Destiny Church in Ruskin.
Its teacher wish list includes pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, dry erase markers, board erasers, notebook and construction paper, glue, notebooks, Post-it Notes, tissues, hand sanitizer and baby wipes. Donate supplies at the Ruskin or Apollo Beach offices of the SouthShore Chamber.
Sponsorship levels range from $15 to $500 and help cover the attendance cost for teachers. For information, call (813) 645-3808 or (813) 645-1366.
Sun City Center
Obama campaign office opens: A grand opening celebration of the Barack Obama campaign office in Sun City Center begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 129 S Pebble Beach Blvd. Regional field director Michiah Prull and field organizer Louis Joyce will meet with volunteers from Sun City Center, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Wimauma and Summerfield. Guest speakers will present information about the campaign. All Democrats and like-minded Independents are invited to mingle and enjoy refreshments. The office will be open daily through Election Day, Nov. 6, and will be staffed by volunteers. To get more information or to volunteer, contact Louis Joyce at Ljoyce@ofafl.com or (813) 527-1107.
Golf tournament: The South Shore Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a tournament Saturday at Club Renaissance, 2121 S Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. The shotgun start is at 8 a.m. Registration is $85. Sponsorships are available. Visit tinyurl.com/ojbayq for information.