Helping Hand charity event: Teach your kids to give at the Helping Hand Charity Event from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Park Village on Montague and Linebaugh Ave. Baby items and food, school supplies, clothes, personal care items and more will be accepted. Donations benefit Tampa Jewish Family Services, Joshua House, The Spring, Alpha house of Tampa, Metropolitan Ministries, Emergency Care Help for Anyone, Faith Family Worship Center and the Lutheran Church of Your Savior. Call (813) 263-6171.
Town 'N Country: Going Gold, which is planning the 50th anniversary of the community, is seeking volunteers. Find out more at the monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Town 'N Country Recreation Center, 6039 Hanley Road. Call 884-3462.
The Children's Home: A foster and adoptive parent orientation is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in meeting room B at Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580. Call (813) 864-1434.
AARP Driver safety program: Learn the effects of age on driving and how to adjust to them at the Hillsborough County AARP driver safety class from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 in the banquet room at the University Community Hospital, 3100 E Fletcher Ave. Call (813) 615-7300.
Book signing: Jim Swain, author of Midnight Rambler, will sign copies of its sequel, The Night Stalker from 5 to 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 962-6446.
CABA and java: The Carrollwood Area Business Association meets for coffee, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Great Clips, 13129B N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 969-2960.
Rheumatoid Arthritis support group: Get information and support from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Forest Hills Recreation Center, 724 109th St. Call (813) 495-3000.
Handmade Craft Fair: Vendors are needed for the third annual Handmade Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at Broad Street Baptist Church, 3809 W Broad St. Call (813) 884-1390.
Custom Knife Show: Win a custom knife at the Florida Knife Makers Association 11th annual Custom Knife Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 820 E Busch Blvd. Call (813) 967-1471.
Fall Fusion: The family festival is from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Cory Lake Isle Professional Park, 10311 Cross Creek Blvd. The event features music, prizes and more. Call (813) 994-2000.
Senior Games: The 28th annual Tampa Bay Senior Games are Oct. 6-17 at locations across the county. Cost is $15. Call (813) 903-2266 or visit hillsboroughcounty.org/parks.
The Children's Home: The Visitor Inspiration Program and Tour is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Children's Home, 10909 Memorial Highway. Register at least 24 hours in advance. Call (813) 864-1536.
Casino night: The New Tampa Rotary Club Casino night and charity auction is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Grand Ballroom at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. Cost is $75 in advance, $100 at the door. Proceeds benefit charities and school programs. Call (813)-629-1502.
GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club: The sixth annual Fire Safety and Awareness Day is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Tampa Palms Fire Station No. 20, 16200 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. The event includes truck and canine demonstrations, an arts and crafts table for kids, and exhibitors' wares. Call (813) 390-0197.
Harvest Jubilee: Vendors are needed for the GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club Harvest Jubilee. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Woodmont Clubhouse and Park, 415 Woodmont Ave. The events benefit local charities in the community. Call (813) 340-7069.
Mayor Youth Corps: Tampa teenagers can get involved in government by joining the Mayor's Youth Corps Class of 2009. Students in ninth, 10th and 11th grade can apply by Oct. 24. Applications are available in high school guidance offices. The group learns team building, leadership development and community service, has open forums with the mayor, and then produces a monthly youth-focused television show. Call (813) 274-5909.
Call to Artists: VillageFest in Carrollwood Village is seeking fine arts, crafts and gift vendors to participate in this year's event Nov. 22. More than 5,000 are expected to attend. Call (813) 842-7066 or visit carrollwoodvillage.com.
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