Race promises mud, brambles and a river
Dances With Dirt, an extreme running event through the Green Swamp, will return March 9 to Withlacoochee River Park. Organizers expect more than 600 runners for the event, which includes 10K, half marathon, full marathon, 50K and 50 Mile individual ultra-marathons, as well as the five-person 50-mile relay. The rugged courses include trails, uncleared "bushwhack" paths and some river crossings. After the races, runners will enjoy a barbecue party and the presentation of swamp style awards. For information or to register, visit dwdgreenswamp.com.
Speakers to talk on interfaith rescues
The Center of Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University is working with the Franciscan Center of Tampa to present a three-part speaker series in 2013 titled "To Save One Life: Catholic and Muslim Rescuers of Jews in the Holocaust." The series consists of talks by three distinguished speakers, and each will present at both Saint Leo University and at the Franciscan Center, to reach the broadest possible audience. Admission is free and open to the public. Psychologist and author Eva Fogelman will speak on "The Motivations of Rescuers During the Holocaust" from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Student Community Center at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 (4 miles east of Interstate 75). She will present again at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Franciscan Center, 3010 N Perry Ave., Tampa. In February, Father André Cirino will present "Rescuers of Jews in the Italian City of Assisi During the Holocaust" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Saint Leo; and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Franciscan Center. In March, religious studies scholar Mehnaz Afridi of Manhattan College will discuss "Muslim Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust" from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 19 at Saint Leo; and at 5:30 p.m. March 20 at the Franciscan Center. For information, contact Abraham Peck, executive director of the Center of Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo, at (352) 588-7298, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed for Arts Fest
The eighth annual Suncoast Arts Fest needs volunteers for set-up and take-down, hospitality, booth-sitting, floaters, the information booth, youth art areas and the One-Mile Fun Run. Volunteers will receive a complimentary art show T-shirt. The fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 19 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 20, at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel. To volunteer, visit www.suncoastartsfest.com or email volunteer coordinator Carolyn Francis at email@example.com.