Fundraiser: St. Peter Claver Catholic School will hold a fundraiser and social to benefit its scholarship program for underprivileged students and give information about the school's history. The fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 at Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Gaspar's Grotto will provide wine and appetizers. Donations are appreciated, and proceeds will benefit the children of St. Peter Claver School Scholarship Fund.
Performance: The Patel Conservatory Youth Theater will present Beauty and the Beast Jr. this week, with 64 children from the Tampa Bay area in grades 3-8 participating. The show will begin at 7 p.m. on July 19 and 20 in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place.
Regularly priced tickets start at $15 through July 18. Tickets start at $17.50 beginning July 19. Tickets may be purchased online at strazcenter.org, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office, or by calling (813) 229-7827 or 1-800-955-1045.
Cheer camp: Registration is open until July 20 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Junior Cheerleading Program for girls ages 6 to 17. The two-day clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12 at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. Participants will rehearse with the Bucs cheerleaders and perform at halftime during the Aug. 17 game against the Tennessee Titans. No previous cheer or dance experience is necessary, and there are no tryouts or auditions to participate. The price for the two-day program is $99.95. Call (813) 870-2700.
Science camps: Registration is still available for weeklong summer day camps at TechPlayzone. The camps are open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Each week covers a different topic: rocket science, July 23-27; engineering, July 30-Aug. 3; chemistry, Aug. 6-10; and computer science, Aug. 13-17.
A full day of camp runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children can also register for half-day sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m. The cost to attend full-day for a week is $175 per week. The cost to attend a half-day session each day for a week is $100 per week.
Campers who attend the morning session can participate in a hands-on science experiment, a LEGO robotics activity, video game design and animation, and a parents' presentation.
Campers attending the afternoon session can participate in 3D animation/stop motion animation, green screen movie making with digital effects, an electronics and circuits activity, and a parents' presentation.
Campers attending for the full day can also participate in music mixing and MP3 podcasting and a weekly pizza party.
Camps are held at TechPlayzone, 13208 Boyette Road, Riverview. Call (813) 684-7329.
Film camp: The Patel Conservatory will offer a Making a Short Film camp from July 30 to Aug. 10. The camp is open to grades 5 through college. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will work in groups to create a short film and learn about story boarding, screenwriting, pre-production design, shooting and editing. The cost for the camp is $455. It will be held at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place.
Finished films will be shown at the Short Film Festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in the TECO Theater at the Straz Center. Register for camp online at patelconservatory.org or call (813) 222-1002.
Tickets for the Short Film Festival start at $5. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office by calling (813) 229-7827 or 1-800-955-1045, or online at strazcenter.org.