Honors symposia: Natasha Veltri, associate professor of information and technology management, and Michael Weeks, associate professor of management and senior associate director of the TECO Center for Leadership, will present, "Crowdsourcing Knowledge Creation." 4 p.m. Monday at Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center, University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 257-3545.
Motherhood support group: The group provides new moms and moms of a growing family with a mom-friendly place to share and talk about everyday stress and adjusting new roles, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Pavilion, 3030 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., fourth floor. Free. Call (813) 443-3078.
GED workshop: The Centre for Women will offer a series of free two-hour workshops to help women prepare to take the GED. This workshop will focus on social studies, at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 305 S Hyde Park Ave. Registration required. Call (813) 251-8437.
Vegan valentine: Enjoy a vegan four-course meal with appetizer, soup, entree and vegan cake, plus roses for the ladies and vegan wine, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. $20. Email [email protected]
Evolution of caring: An expert on evolution will talk about the roots of caring at 6 p.m. Thursday at the TECO Room in the Education Building on the University of South Florida campus. Lee Dugatkin, University of Louisville biology professor and author of more than 150 academic articles and several books on evolution and behavior, will talk on "The Evolution of Altruism: From Darwin to Today.'' He asks, "In a world supposedly governed by ruthless survival of the fittest, why do we see acts of goodness? Darwin worried that this goodness could be the Achilles heel of his theory." Dugatkin will trace the history of the debate, which has taken on major political and cultural overtones, from Darwin's time to today. The program is free and open to the public. For more information about the event and parking, contact Liz Kicak, Humanities Institute, at (813) 974-3657 or [email protected]
Boards need people: Hillsborough County commissioners seek residents to serve on several volunteer citizen advisory boards and councils. Applications are due Feb. 21 and can be picked up on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 272-5826.
Tampa Zen Center, 8509 N 29th St., Tampa, offers traditional Soto Zen meditation and instruction every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Zen teachers from across the country give talks on Zen practice during the morning classes. For more information, visit tampazencenter.org.
Senior sponsors: The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department seeks sponsorships from local businesses for the 2013 annual Tampa Bay Senior Games. This two-week event will be held Oct. 7-18 at various locations. Sponsorships will help cover the cost of advertisements, bags, T-shirts, food, use of facilities and other event-related expenses. As a sponsor, organizations will get their names, logos or both featured in publications, T-shirts and other printed material; they will be allowed to place banners at certain event locations; and can place a display and hand out information during the opening ceremony and at certain events. The official sponsorship request form can be viewed online. Organizations interested in sponsoring must send a letter of interest to: Lori Hudson, Hillsborough County Communications Department, County Center, 16th Floor, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602. The Tampa Bay Senior Games are open to anyone 50 or older. The games feature competition in basketball, bean bag toss, billiards, bowling, dominoes, golf, hobby show, pickleball, pinochle, swimming, table tennis, talent showcase, tennis, and track and field.
Boating course: Learn safe boating in the Boating Skills and Seamanship course presented from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 79 headquarters, 5108 W Gandy Blvd. This is the 43rd year the auxiliary has offered the course, which runs on a looping basis — boaters can begin any Wednesday and continue until all 12 chapters are complete. Boat operators at all experience levels, even those as young as 10 years old, can learn the skills needed to protect themselves, their passengers and their boats. The cost is $60 and includes the textbook, a free one-year membership in BoatUS, the nation's foremost boating advocacy group, completion certificate and many helpful publications. Individuals completing the course may be eligible for boat insurance discounts. For more information, call (813) 835-4118 or go to tinyurl.com/aqaycgx.
Charles Greacen is an artist working in Hyde Park. To reach him, go totowntiles.com.