Columnist to speak to genealogy group
The Florida Genealogical Society will hold its January meeting with certified genealogist and Tampa Tribune columnist Sharon Tate Moody presenting "Finding Missing Links in Land Records" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Call (813) 205-3032.
Ballet for advanced, intermediate students
The Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts will offer a free advanced and intermediate ballet master classes with Orlando Ballet School Director Peter Stark for children in grades 5 through 12; 10 a.m. to noon for advanced students and 12:30 to 2 p.m. for intermediate students; Jan. 9 at 1010 N MacInnes Place. To register, call (813) 222-1002.
County gives edge to service-disabled
Hillsborough County commissioners recently voted to give service-disabled veterans who own small businesses preference for county contracts starting this month. For eligibility requirements and registration information, call (813) 914-4028 or visit hillsboroughcounty.org/econdev.
Master gardener will speak on ground cover
The Sunset Park Garden Club will host its next meeting with master gardener Lucy Hoyt speaking on ground covers at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 4624 W Browning Ave. Call (813) 837-4533.
Rose expert will visit garden club
The Davis Islands Garden Club will host its next meeting with a presentation by Fermin Rodriguez, membership chairman of the Tampa Bay Rose Society and expert rose grower, at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 81 Columbia Drive. Free. Lunch is afterward. New members and guests are welcome. Call (813) 251-3123.
Learn to cook, eat well on a budget
The Life Enrichment Center will present a talk on nutritious cooking on a budget with questions and answers as part of its monthly support group, "Living Healthy: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at 9704 N Boulevard. The group helps people with chronic health problems to better manage their conditions. Advanced registration is required. Call (813) 932-0241.
Whole Foods Market offers wine class
Whole Foods Market invites the community to attend a wine class and tasting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. The class is limited to 40 people. Registration required. Free. E-mail email@example.com or visit the store lobby.
2010 film contest now taking submissions
The Hillsborough Community College Ybor Festival of the Moving Image is now accepting submissions for its 2010 contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories to Florida filmmakers for films made between 2008 and 2010. All genres and run times are eligible. The submission deadline is Jan. 12. For requirements, fees and information, visit yborfilmfestival.com.
Volunteers sought to help with tax returns
United Way of Tampa Bay needs volunteers to help prepare tax returns for low-income Hillsborough and Pinellas county residents this month through April. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will receive free training and are required to have basic computer skills, a desire to help low-income families, an ability to work with people from various backgrounds and a two- to four-hour commitment weekly. Training runs through mid January. Call (813) 274-0926 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performing arts center offering scholarships
The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) will offer scholarships for children to participate in performing arts classes and camps. Applications for the 2010 Access Arts Scholarship program will be accepted Tuesday through March 2. To apply, call (813) 222-6413 or visit patelconservatory.org.