Bone marrow drive: Friends and family of a 47-year-old Tampa resident have organized a bone marrow drive Saturday in hopes a match from an unrelated donor can be found. Russell Buckland was diagnosed in January with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and his only chance for survival is to receive a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. The drive is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kowkabany's Family Martial Arts Center, 13910 Monroes Business Park in Tampa. The event also hopes to raise community awareness to the importance of becoming and registering as a bone marrow donor. For information, contact Kimberly Duncan at (917) 952-2085 or [email protected]
Volunteer fair: Attend a nonprofit volunteer fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, 4103 Cedar Circle, on the University of South Florida campus. The "Connect for a Difference Volunteer Fair" is a chance for the community to learn more about local nonprofit and community service organizations. Sponsored by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Emerge Tampa Bay, an organization of young professionals, the event will also give the nonprofits a chance to attract new members and volunteers. For information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Ashley Ehrman at (813) 276-9448 or [email protected]
Carrollwood auditions: The Carrollwood Cultural Center's in-house theatre group, MAS Community Theatre, will hold open auditions for its summer musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, at 5 p.m. May 5 and 7 p.m. May 6. Rehearsals will begin May 13. The show, directed by Craig Hartfield with musical director Mary Jo Hahn, will be presented at the theater, at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, for two weekends: July 12-14 and July 19-21. To audition, you must be 16 or older; prepare a classic (not contemporary) comedic musical theater-style song; read cold from the script; be prepared to move around stage; and bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. There will be no auditions to tracks or a cappella.
Art en Blanc: Wear all white and dine al fresco from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 17 at Woodmont Park, 407 Woodmont Ave. in Temple Terrace, for the inaugural Art en Blanc gala, a fundraising event for the Temple Terrace Arts Council. It is an adult, outdoor evening of food, music, dancing and fun. The idea is based on a dining event that originated in Paris more than 25 years ago. Friends dress up in white and gather together to eat, drink and be merry. All tables, chairs and white linens will be provided. You provide your own food and adult beverage. Several local restaurants are putting together Art en Blanc prepaid and pre-packaged dinners, and the Dennis Pupello Jazz Ensemble will perform. All proceeds will benefit the art programs of the Temple Terrace Arts Council. Admission is $25 per individual, $160 for a table of eight. Order tickets by calling (813) 988-2787 or by emailing [email protected]