Event planners: Please send details of your parties, galas, fashion shows and charity benefits, including the sponsoring organization, date, time, venue (with street address), admission price and publishable contact information for the Tampa Bay Times' 2012-2013 Hillsborough County Social Calendar. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: 2012-13 SOCIAL CALENDAR). Deadline for submissions is today.
College fundraiser: Organizers of the first United Negro College Fund Walk for Education are asking people to invite five friends and family members, and have them invite five, to the event at 8 a.m. Saturday at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. The $20 registration fee goes toward helping students stay in school. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Sponsors for this year's walk include Citi, Fifth Third Bank, Florida Blue, Serenity Village, State Farm, Tampa Chapter of the Links, Tech Data, and Wells Fargo. Sign up and get more information at uncf.org/tampabaywalk.
New chamber: Attend the grand opening at 5:30 p.m. Thursday of the Florida chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States. The event will be held at the Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. Network with industry and community leaders and learn about the chamber's various initiatives, activities and projects. Among the honored speakers and guests at the reception, which begins at 6 p.m., will be Gray Swoope, Florida Secretary of Commerce and chief executive of Enterprise Florida; Peter Fischer, head of the economics department of the German embassy in Washington; and Eva Alexandra Countess Kendeffy, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Florida. Admission is free. RSVP at email@example.com or (727) 536-4748.
Shred documents: Local residents and business owners are invited to help prevent identity theft by bringing their obsolete documents to the roundabout in front of the Museum of Science & Industry Partnership School, 4801 E Fowler Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15. There, Proshred will have a shredding truck to destroy documents for $10 per box. All proceeds will support MOSI's education programs. Everyone who participates in the shred-a-thon will receive a buy-one, get-one-free coupon for MOSI's general exhibits. For more information, visit mosi.org
Insomnia treatment: The University of South Florida's Health Management Group will offer a five-week insomnia treatment program beginning Sept. 18. It focuses on improving sleep hygiene, combating unhelpful thoughts and engaging in sleep-promoting behaviors. The sessions will be conducted in small groups from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings. (The first session ends at 8 p.m.) The cost for the program is $75, which is due at the first meeting. The workshop fee includes the five sessions, a notebook, a CD and an insomnia treatment manual that will be used throughout the program.
To register or for more information, please contact the USF Psychological Services Center at (813) 974-2496. Note that space is limited.