New Year's: Celebrate New Year's Eve with a splash from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Florida Aquarium's Aqua-Eve. The event features live music, food, beer and wine along with a champagne toast and viewing of fireworks at midnight. Dinner and dessert will be served buffet style. Beer and wine is included in the admission price, and a cash bar will be available. You must be 21 or older. Tickets are $90 through today; $100 from Saturday through Dec. 29; $110 on Dec. 30 and 31st. Aquarium members pay $85 through December 29. For more information, call (813) 273-4000 or go online at www.flaquarium.org.
Grief support: LifePath Hospice is offering free group support to help people cope with the death of a loved one. A five-week session of the grief support group, New Beginnings, will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Horizon Bay at Hyde Park, 800 W. Azeele Street. The group will meet every other Thursday. Trained bereavement professionals facilitate all LifePath Hospice grief support groups. Registration is requested. Participants do not need to have used LifePath Hospice services in the past. For more information or to register, contact Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.
Lifelong learning: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida invites you to attend their Winter Open House at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at the historic Centro Asturiano Ballroom, 1913 North Nebraska Ave., in Ybor City. The open house will offer complimentary breakfast snacks and feature USF History Professor Gary Mormino, who will speak on the "Birth and Death and Future of the Florida Dream." The learning institute will offer 90 college-level courses, lectures, trips, and educational programs at more than 15 venues throughout the Tampa area, and many of the faculty will be at the open house to discuss their classes with you. Courses are modestly priced, meet weekly for two hours and last six weeks. They are taught by retired professors, current faculty and qualified professionals. There are no grades or homework, but lots of learning with fellow lifelong lovers of education. The open house is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome. To RSVP, leave a message at (813) 974-8036. For more information on learning institute programs at USF, call Joseph R. McAuliffe at (813) 974-5166 or visit www.usfseniors.org