Dealing with childhood emergencies is topic
Learn how to handle common childhood emergencies and prevent unintentional injuries from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Town 'N Country Family Support & Resource Center, 7520 W Waters Ave., Suite 8. The course is free. Registration is required. Call (813) 443-3074.
County advisory panels in need of residents
Hillsborough County commissioners are looking for residents to serve on several volunteer advisory boards and councils. Applications are due Tuesday and can be picked up on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 272-5826.
Writers' group to talk about self-publishing
The Tampa Writers Alliance will present speaker and local short fiction author John Charles Miller discussing the pros and cons of self-publishing during the next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble, 10118 N Dale Mabry Highway. Open to the public. Call (813) 962-6446.
Berkeley Prep grad up for rowing award
Princeton University rower Steven Cutler, a 2008 graduate of Berkeley Prep, is among the finalists for the 2011 U.S. Rowing Fan's Choice Awards — Collegiate Rower of the Year.
Despite suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, Cutler continued to fight for his team, juggling time between hospitals and practices. Fans of Cutler can vote for him by going to U.S. Rowing's page on Facebook and searching for the Fan's Choice Awards.
Real estate investors group to meet Tuesday
The Suncoast Real Estate Investor's Association will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St. Networking, informational sessions, vendors and door prizes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program is at 7:30 p.m. Free for members, $20 for guests. Call (813) 287-1515.
Orthopedic surgeon speaks on hip issues
Orthopedic surgeon Stephen Raterman will talk about hip pain and new techniques for anterior approach hip replacement surgery at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Garden Classroom at St. Joseph's Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road, Lutz. For more information, call (813) 443-3078.
Low-impact exercise classes may be answer
Take low-impact exercise classes from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. twice a week starting Thursday at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Classes, which incorporate balance, flexibility, strengthening and moderate cardiovascular conditioning, will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings under the direction of Lynn Donofrio, a certified aerobic instructor and personal trainer. The cst is $36 per month. Students can work at their own pace.
To register, or for more information about this or other classes, call (813) 932-0241 or visit the website at lifeenrichmenttampa.org.
Social Security seminar at Carrollwood center
Baby boomers interested in learning about Social Security benefits can attend a free workshop at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. The workshop will address the program's stability, how people can maximize benefits and other concerns. For reservations, which are recommended, call Jim Whitaker at (813) 884-6648.
Learn about composting and rain barrels
Kids and adults who want to learn about composting and how to build rain barrels can attend presentations by the Tampa Bay Audubon Society at 10 a.m. and again at noon on Nov. 12 at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. Learn about what you can and can't compost. Worms and containers will be available for purchase.
The Audubon Society holds nature presentations for families the second Saturday of every month. A $5 donation to cover costs is requested, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, or for more information, call the Tampa Bay Audubon Society after 3 p.m. at (813) 727-5478.
Tampa martial arts team takes first place
A martial arts demonstration team from Traditional TaeKwon-Do Center in Tampa took first place in the U.S. Open Exhibition Championships at the Isagenix Cup 2011 in Richmond, Va., this month.
The Tampa team was considered an underdog in the event because it received a wildcard invitation.
The team included 15 ranging from preteens to young adults: It consisted of Ezra Hayter, Jeffrey Charles, Tyler Rooks, Daniela Mancuso, Unique Wilson, Jessica Cummings, Jessica Hall, Daryn Steelman, Jeffrey Wingo, Steven Martinez, Sabrina Brunner, Daniel Riley, Evan Sadwick, Rafael Vaello and Andrew Cummings.
Grand Master Gerhard Brunner guided the team, and it received a $5,000 grand prize for winning.
Charles Greacen is an artist working in Hyde Park. To reach him, go to www.towntiles.com