Boating safety course: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 will offer a three-session basic boating safety course from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 16 and 23 at Tampa Sailing Squadron in Apollo Beach. Coast is $40 and includes a reference manual. For more information, call Ray Stewart for reservations at (813) 645-2130.
Sweet Adelines: The Southern Company Chorus invites women interested in learning to sing a cappella harmony to its weekly practices on Monday at Bell Shoals Church of Christ, 2908 Bell Shoals Road. The group meets every Monday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and will hold a special Christmas in July miniparty on Monday. For more information, go to southerncompanychorus.org or call (813) 384-9234.
Chalk Walk: The Brandon League of Fine Arts presents its 6th Annual Chalk Walk and Arts Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Children ages 3 and up can create their own masterpieces. There will be face painting, magic and events for the family. Also, shop for artwork and crafts created by local artists. Admission is free but tickets are required, and include a free goodie bag for the kids. Pick up tickets beginning Wednesday at Center Place. For more information, call (813) 685-8888.
Grief support: A six-week session of the grief support group, New Beginnings, begins Aug. 6. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Carver Ave. Trained bereavement professionals will facilitate.
The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.
Carwash: If you would like to help the Riverview High School Shark Attack band raise $22,000 to participate in USBands National Marching Band Championships in November, stop by for a carwash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at Burger King, 9660 U.S. 301 S. Donations are appreciated. For information on the band, call (813) 671-5011.
Landscaping workshop: The community is invited to learn how to manage their lawns, landscaping and produce at a Florida-Friendly Landscaping 101 Gardening Conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Hillsborough County Extension Service Office, 5339 CR 579. Guest speaker and Times gardening columnist Penny Carnathan will share her gardening experiences. The conference also includes a goodie bag with resources to take home, snacks and refreshments. The event is free but space is limited. Registration is required. For more information, call the Extension Service at (813) 744-5519 or visit hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.
Sun City Center
Musical debut: Three's Company, an all-new musical celebration of women featuring the writers and co-stars of last season's musical Aged to Perfection, Ellen Kleinschmidt, Kathy Straub and Teri Council, premieres Friday at 6:30 p.m at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. Tickets are $10 and are available at the church office or by calling (813) 634-2539.
Kings Point Bridge: The Kings Point Duplicate Bridge Association, or KPDBA, announces the debut of individual games starting at 1 p.m. Friday in the Kings Point Clubhouse card room. The individual games will be open to KPDBA and Sun City Center Bridge Club members. The games are free and refreshments will be served. Call Don at (813) 633-3374.
Golf tournament: Register now for a golf tournament sponsored by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 11 at Club Renaissance, 2121 S Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center.
Shotgun start is at 8 a.m. Registration is $85. Sponsorships available. Visit tinyurl.com/6ojbayq.
GOP gathering: The Alafia Republican Club meets Monday at 6 p.m. at Beef 'O' Brady's, 4330 Bell Shoals Road. Speakers will include Ken Roberts, who will discuss the county's planning commission, and Deborah Cox Roush, who will discuss the Republican National Convention and volunteer opportunities.
ELAPP Photo Contest: Hillsborough County's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program stages a calendar photo contest that highlights Hillsborough County's ELAPP sites.
All photographers, amateurs and professionals of all ages are invited to submit photos.
Photographs must be submitted via email by Sept. 24 to Ross Dickerson, Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department.
Voting runs from Monday through Oct. 1. Qualifying photos will be posted on the county's Facebook page on a weekly basis. The public can vote for the best photos. For details go to tinyurl.com/cralfxc.