Music workshops: Children ages 2 to 10 are invited to attend a free music workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive. This interactive event allows children to hear and see band and orchestral instruments such as the flute, trumpet, tuba or violin — and try them out. Kids will also make an instrument to take home along with a goodie bag. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Deborah Evans at (813) 685-5998 or by email at [email protected]
Ballet auditions extras: The Brandon Ballet will hold auditions for its production of The Nutcracker from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 161 E Bloomingdale Ave. Individuals ages 7 and older may audition. The fee to audition is $25. For more information, call (813) 684-4282.
Dems to meet: The East Hillsborough County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Barnacles Restaurant, 926 Providence Road. Club members and their guests are invited to attend. Visit easthillsboroughdems.org for more information.
Newsome band fundraiser: In conjunction with the Moms Club of Lithia-Bevis and the grand opening of Busciglio Orthodontics in FishHawk, the Newsome High Band is holding a raffle for a complete Invisalign treatment. Tickets are $10. The drawing will be held at the opening on Sept. 8. For more information, email [email protected]
Library programs: Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., will host programs for kids and adults through September. Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 is Tuesdays at 10:05 a.m. Babytime is Thursdays at 10:05 a.m. and Toddlertime is at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Crafternoons will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. Also, a Harry Potter book party is being held 3 p.m. on Sept. 1. Programs are free. For more information, call (813) 757-9215.
Riverview Garden Club: The club begins its fall season with a meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 12 on how to convert a pot to a water fountain/garden with speaker Michael Jones of Pondscapes. The event is at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. Free parking and admission. For more information, call (813) 727-6567.
Mary & Martha House needs help: The Thrift Store at the Mary & Martha House, 1009 First St. SW, will remain closed through Sept. 4 for cleaning, restocking and refurbishing. The store will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 5. Extra help with sorting donations, cleaning, stocking shelves and yard work is needed during the shutdown. For more information on volunteering for this project, call John at (813) 645-7874.
Sun City Center
Grief support: LifePath Hospice offers an eight-week session of the support group, New Beginnings, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Homewood Residences, 3910 Galen Court. The free group is open to the public. For information, call Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.
Hearing Loss Association: The Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center begins its fall season at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. Theresa H. Chisolm, professor and chair of the communication sciences and disorders department at the University of South Florida, will speak on hearing loss and aural rehabilitation in 2012.
Captioning will be provided and the meeting room is equipped with an induction loop to help those with telecoils in their hearing aids. Those with hearing loss and their hearing friends are welcome to attend. Come early for coffee and donuts at 9:15 a.m. For more information, contact Richard Herring at [email protected] or Barbara Riley at (813) 634-1706.
Volunteers needed: Girl Scouts of West Central Florida seeks troop leaders, both men and women, to volunteer.
Troop leaders help with activities that meet the needs of girls and help girls build courage, confidence and character.
Girl Scouts works in close partnership with troop leaders to deliver information and support. As part of its commitment, the group offers a flexible schedule of in-person and online training for troop leaders, assisting them in developing their skills and learning about the program. For more information on volunteering, visit gswcf.org/volunteer or contact Kristie Wiley at (813) 262-1765 or [email protected]
LifePath volunteers needed: LifePath Hospice is recruiting active duty members of the military, armed services veterans and committed individuals to serve as volunteers with veterans facing life-limiting illnesses. For more information on the We Honor Veterans program at LifePath Hospice, call Janet Ricklick at (813) 984-2307.