Hyde Park North
Friday Morning Musicale to meet
Friday Morning Musicale hosts its monthly meeting followed by piano duets and a Bach violin concerto at 10 a.m. today at 809 W Horatio St. Lunch after the concert is $7; reservations required. Call (813) 258-4752.
Rays pitcher, writer introduce book
Meet Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields and biographer Bill Chastain as they host a book talk and signing for September Nights: Hunting the Beasts of the American League East at 6:30 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free. Call (813) 962-6446.
Bring unwrapped toy, stay for the party
Helping Hand Worldwide and the Haitian Association Foundation of Tampa Bay will hold their second annual toy drive, "Operation Christmas Box for Orphans," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at University Area Community Center, 14013 N 22nd St. Bring an unwrapped toy and enjoy family-friendly activities, food, entertainment, pictures with Santa, a silent auction, contests and prizes. Vendors needed. Call (951) 972-2269.
Help the Clauses call good children
Volunteers will assist Santa and Mrs. Claus making phone calls to children from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To volunteer, call (813) 274-7731.
Sorority's semiformal fundraiser is Saturday
The Gamma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host "The Pink Carpet Affair … A Winter White & Pearls Soiree," a fundraiser for community service projects and scholarships, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Galleria at USF Connect, 3720 Spectrum Blvd. $50 includes hors d'oeuvres, dancing, networking, entertainment and an auction. Semiformal attire. Visit akagto.com.
Autistic children can visit Santa on Sunday
Sensitive Santa, an event that caters to children with autism and allows them to sit on Santa's lap with sensory friendly lights, music and movements, from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday at WestShore Plaza. The mall will be closed to shoppers. Participants will get a free photo. Call (813) 286-0792.
Carver City/Lincoln Gardens
Real estate investors to gather Tuesday
The Suncoast Real Estate Investors Association will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St. There will be networking, informational sessions, vendors and door prizes from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the program. Free for members, $20 for guests. Call (813) 287-1515.
Better Breathers offers support and lunch
Grand Court Tampa will host a Better Breathers Club support group from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at 4902 Bayshore Blvd. The support group is for anyone with chronic pulmonary disease. Friends and family welcome. Light lunch served. Free. Reservations preferred. Use off-site parking at Kojak's BBQ, 2508 W Gandy Blvd. Call (813) 835-4475.
Sierra Club to have holiday party Thursday
The Tampa Bay Sierra Club hosts its annual holiday party at 7 p.m. Thursday at Latam at the Centro, 1913 N Nebraska Ave. $10, includes a hot appetizer buffet, cash bar and silent auction. Call (727) 797-6261.