Coalition hosts 9/11 commemoration
A coalition of interfaith groups and community organizations is sponsoring two events on the 10th anniversary weekend of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks. The first event is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Islamic Community of Tampa, 5901 E 130th Ave. It offers food and activities for all ages, followed by a message of hope.
A second event, ending with a candlelight ceremony, is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Jaeb Theatre, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Speakers will take the stage at 6 p.m. Poetry readings, dramatic presentations and music are featured. Participants should bring a candle for the closing ceremony and a 3-foot piece of ribbon to help weave a Tapestry for Peace.
For more information, call Doreen Shambrook at (813) 988-4321.
Buy plants at USF Botanical Gardens
Buy African violets, flame violets and other exotic plants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive. The event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Gesneriad Society. For help with repotting gesneriads, bring plants and pots, and society members will assist. For more information, call (813) 963-7424 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democratic club hosts monthly meeting
The East Hillsborough County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Barnacles Restaurant, 926 Providence Road. Ellis Robinson of Ruth's List and Melissa Meehan Baldwin of the Florida Conservation Alliance will speak. For more information, visit easthillsbor oughdems.org.
Register for Santa's Crop for the Kids
The Brandon Junior Woman's Club, District 8, will hold Santa's Crop for the Kids, a scrapbooking event formerly known as Santa in September, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2923 John Moore Road. The cost is $35.00 and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, raffle, silent auction and a goodie bag. Registrations received by Sept. 17 earn five extra raffle tickets. For more information and to register, visit santascropforthe kids.weebly.com.
Excel workshop for effective professionals
Professional Business Intelligence presents Microsoft Excel Training for Effective Professionals from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 13 at the Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch, 17004 Dorman Road. The cost is $79 per class. For more information or to register, visit pbi-now.com/training.
Mentors needed at faith-based prison
An orientation class for women interested in serving as mentors at Hillsborough Correctional Institution, a faith-based prison, is from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 17. For more information, call Sharon Whiddon at (813) 385-5492.
Church has fundraiser for victim of assault
River of Life Christian Center will sponsor a 5K runSaturday at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road, to benefit the woman who was brutally attacked in a 2008 assault outside the Bloomingdale Library. Registration for the race, which welcomes runners and walkers, begins at 7 a.m. The race starts at 8. The event is $10 for children 9 and under, $25 for ages 10 and over. Call (813) 677-4453.
Learn which herbs, medicines don't mix
Herbalist Bob Linde will speak about precautions to take when mixing herbs and prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Willow Herbal Delight Gardens, an organic nursery at the end of Ray Road. A $10 to $15 donation is requested. Plants and herbs available for purchase. For more information, call (813) 643-7285.