Deadline is today for art grant applications
Applications and guidelines for the 2010 Individual Artist Grants are available. Grants are awarded to artists in performing, visual, literary, dance and music disciplines.
Applicants must be at least 18 and have been a legal resident of Hillsborough County for at least 24 consecutive months. Students pursuing any degree or full-time faculty members in higher education are not eligible. The maximum award is $1,000.
The deadline is today. For an application, visit tampaarts.com or call (813) 276-8250.
Democratic women set holiday dinner
The Hillsborough County Democratic Women's Club will have its holiday dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Mimi's Cafe, 11702 N Dale Mabry Highway. Dues are $20 annually. Members must be registered Democrats. Gifts will be collected for displaced women and food for Metropolitan Ministries. To join, call (813) 932-6902.
Santa helpers wanted to make calls to kids
The Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteer Santas to place calls to children from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. No previous Santa experience required. Volunteers will receive a brief training, dinner, Santa hat, jingle bells and holiday cookies. Call (813) 274-7731.
Annual crafts event open on Saturday
The Life Enrichment Center presents "Art Under the Trees," its third annual arts and crafts event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 9704 N Boulevard. Items include paintings, prints, note cards, jewelry and pottery. Open to the public. Call (813) 932-0241.
Author holds signing for 'Vintage Tampa'
Author John V. Cinchett will sign copies of his new book Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Forest Hills Recreation Center, 724 W 109th Ave. Free. (813) 935-8488.
Walk and run help pediatric cancer fund
Walkers and runners can enjoy a 5K run or a 1-mile family walk at the third annual Sunshine Challenge to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 2 p.m. Sunday at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave.
Registration is at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per entrant and $15 for children 12 and younger. Includes family-friendly activities and a picnic with food and refreshments provided by local establishments. Call (813) 269-0955 or visit fastercure.org.
Seminar personalizes coaching for cancer
St. Joseph's Hospital will host a "Coaching through Cancer" workshop designed to create an individualized recipe for wellness for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual state of being, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Medical Arts Building Auditorium, 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. All materials provided. To register, call (813) 870-4747.
Gandy/Sun Bay South
Polish those boating skills in this course
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 79 offers a Boating Skills and Seamanship Program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 5108 W Gandy Blvd. The $60 cost includes a textbook, a certificate and a wallet card.
Those interested can begin any Wednesday and continue until the program, which is on a looping basis, is completed. For more information, call (813) 835-4118 or visit cgwebs.net/flotilla79.
Palma Ceia West
Boutique's event aids child advocacy agency
Deborah Kent's Boutique presents "Shopping to Protect our Children" from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 2120 S Dale Mabry Highway. Tickets are $20 and include designer exhibits, a silent auction, champagne, door prizes and refreshments. All ticket and auction proceeds benefit Mary Lee's House. Call (813) 259-1150.