Donated cell phones going to U.S. troops
Hillsborough County is collecting cell phones to donate to the troops. Today is the last day for residents to drop off old phones including chargers and/or carrying cases at various locations throughout the county including the County Center Lobby, 601 E Kennedy Blvd.; MacDill Air Force Base; the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road; New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd.; and the Town 'N Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive. Call (813) 276-2677.
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 Tuesday. For requirements, fees and information, visit yborfilmfestival.com.
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.
Patel classes focus on ballet, business
The Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts will offer 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; Saturday at 1010 N MacInnes Place. To register, call (813) 222-1002.
On Thursday, the class "How to Succeed in Business Using Acting Techniques" begins at the Patel Conservatory from 8 to 10 p.m. The class is $126.50 per month from January to May. To register, call (813) 222-1002 or visit patelconservatory.org.
Auditions for Master Chorale begin today
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay is holding auditions for its upcoming season today and Saturday in the Fine Arts Hall, Room 107 at the University of South Florida School of Music, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Auditioners should bring an art song or aria of their choice that is three minutes maximum, extra sheet music for accompanist and must be able to sight-sing and complete rhythm and vocal exercises. To schedule an appointment, call (813) 974-7726 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Word processing class will run for four weeks
The Life Enrichment Center will offer a four-week "Word Processing" computer class for adults to teach students how to open a document, move through a document, spell check, format, move text and format paragraphs; 1 to 2 p.m. Monday through Feb. 8 at 9704 N Boulevard. The cost is $40. Advanced registration is required. Call (813) 932-0241.
Police officer will speak on area crime
The Bayside West Neighborhood Association and Guernsey Estates Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at 4851 W Gandy Blvd. A Tampa Police Department officer will report on crime in the area and give tips on keeping homes safe. County Commissioner Mark Sharpe will talk about light rail. Open to the public. Call Jerry at (813) 507-9664.
Health class will help literacy challenged
The Hillsborough Literacy Council and the Hillsborough County Health Department will offer a four-part health workshop with information and tips about staying healthy for adults with low literacy skills, beginning 1 p.m. Tuesday and running through Feb. 2 at the College Hill Branch Library, 2607 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Students will learn how to stay healthy, read medicine labels and fill out medical forms. Free. Call (813) 273-3650.
Club is for those with pulmonary disease
The Area Agency on Aging will host a Better Breathers Club from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Court Senior Living, 4902 Bayshore Blvd. The group is for anyone with a chronic pulmonary disease. Friends and family members are welcome. Free. A light lunch will be served. Reservations preferred. Call (813) 835-4475.
Free class on Medical Qi Gong basics
Whole Foods Market invites the community to attend a Medical Qi Gong lecture and class with Martin Keane from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. The lecture will teach basic postures and breathing techniques. Appropriate for ages 12 and older. The class is limited to 40 people. Registration required. Free. E-mail email@example.com or visit the store lobby.