Keep learning: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida invites you to attend its "Back to School" Fall Open House at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 West Gasparilla Plaza, in downtown Tampa. The Osher Institute promotes quality academic programming for senior adults and will offer more than 80 "college type" courses, lectures, trips, and educational programs in more than 20 venues throughout the greater Tampa area.
Many of the faculty teaching this fall term will be available at the open house to discuss their classes with prospective students. The event is free, open to the public and all ages are welcome. To RSVP, leave a message at (813) 974-8036. For more information, call Joseph R. McAuliffe at (813) 974-5166 or visit the Web page www.usfseniors.org.
Insomnia treatment: The University of South Florida's Health Management Group will offer a five-week Insomnia Treatment Program, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Psychological Services Center, University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave. The first program will end at 8 p.m. The cost is $75. To register, call (813) 974-2496.
Ovacome support group: St. Joseph's Hospital offers the monthly support group for ovarian and gynecologic cancer patients, survivors and family members, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Medical Arts Building Auditorium, 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. Call (813) 443-3078.
Bingo and barbecue: Play bingo, enjoy a barbecue lunch and hear from an Alzheimer's specialist, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, 2901 Swann Ave. A $5 donation benefits the Florida Gulf Coast Alzheimer's Association. There will be bingo at 10 a.m., lunch at noon and a talk at 12:45 p.m. Call (813) 342-1313.
Honors symposia series: J.C. Andersen, associate professor of health sciences and human performance at the University of Tampa, will discuss "Revolutions in Understanding Pain — It Really Is All in Your Head," 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Library AV2, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 257-3545.
Child Care: The Child Care Center at Oak Grove United Methodist Church will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 2707 W Waters Ave.
Come meet the teachers, see the newly refurbished classrooms, learn more about VPK, preschool and after school programs. The Child Care Center is part of the ministry of this church; programs and activities are structured in a caring Christian environment.
There is no charge for the open house. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the church office at (813) 935-4471.
Play ball: Temple Terrace Pony Baseball needs more players for its fall season. Kids from ages 3 to 19 can participate in team play. The first game of the season is Sept. 22 at the field, 10369 U.S. 301. Registration cost is $122.50 for Temple Terrace residents and $155 for non-residents. For more information, call Michelle at (813) 446-9026.
Cheese class: Learn the basics of cheese and sample some paired wines to bring out the flavors, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free. Register by the store exit lobby or email email@example.com.
Volunteers needed: St. Joseph's Hospitals are seeking pastoral care volunteers. Prior experience is not necessary. However, the hospitals are looking for compassionate and caring listeners who can spend time with patients and their families.
Volunteers are needed at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa, and St. Joseph's Hospital-North on Van Dyke Road.
The next five-week training session begins Oct. 4, and application deadline is Thursday.
For more information or to apply, call Jan Hoyt at St. Joseph's Hospital Pastoral Care Department, (813) 554-8402.
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