Writer lecture: Award-winning novelist, essayist and playwright Caryl Phillips, born in St. Kitts and raised in England, will give a free lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday about the special tensions and difficulties of being a colonial migrant arriving in the "mother country.'' The lecture will take place in CWY 206, the Military Science building, on the University of South Florida campus. A reception and book signing will follow. The Yale professor, brought here as part of the USF Humanities Institute visiting scholars program, has published nine novels, five collections of essays and four stage plays, as well as many radio plays. He is regular contributor to The Guardian and The New Republic. His most recent essay collection was Colour Me English (2011). At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the School of Theatre and Dance presents "An Evening with Caryl Phillips," including a staged reading of scenes from his play, The Shelter, directed by theatre professor Fanni Green. That event, also free and open to the public, will take place in TAR 120, the Theater Arts Rehearsal building. For more information, contact Liz Kicak at (813) 974-3657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family fun: Kids, parents and grandparents are invited to hear live music, join in sack races, see antique fire trucks and go on a hay ride during the Keystone Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway in Odessa. Hot dogs, corn on the cob, sloppy joes and fresh baked goods will be sold. Also featured are interactive displays for children; pumpkin, face and ceramics painting; classic cars; a butter churn; quilt drawing; and a story teller.
Health festival: Local health experts, vendors, dental exams and fun activities for children will be on tap at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 for the Head Start/Early Head Start Health Festival at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave. Other planned activities will focus on educating families in making better choices to live active and healthy lives. Information on the new Affordable Care Act, obesity and other chronic health related topics will also be available. For more information about Head Start/Early Head Start programs and services, visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/HeadStart or call 813-272-5900.