VPK Registration: Parents of 4- and 5-year-olds can enroll them in free summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) at one of 19 participating public elementary schools beginning Monday.
Who's eligible? Children who turn 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2012 (born between Sept. 9, 2006 and Sept. 2, 2007) are Florida residents and have never participated in VPK.
The program will be offered between June 18 and Aug. 8, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. These hours are flexible so parents can drop off children later than 7:30 a.m. or pick them up earlier than 6 p.m.
The VPK program prepares children to enter kindergarten. The district's summer program is offered at the following elementary schools: Alexander, Bailey, Bing, Bryan, Buckhorn, Chiles, Claywell, Corr, Cypress Creek, Gorrie, Just, Mango, Mitchell, Ruskin, Shaw, Sheehy, Sulphur Springs, Summerfield and Woodbridge. No bus transportation is provided. Children will be fed free breakfast, lunch and snack.
Registration takes place at the individual school sites. For more information, contact the VPK office at (813) 272-4840.
Talent show: Blake High holds a talent show based on the popular television show "The X Factor" Thursday at 6 p.m. "The B Factor" will feature a variety of acts as well as special guests such as former American Idol contestant and current student Shannon Magrane and former America's Got Talent contestant and former Blake student Shevonne Philidor.
Knights winter guard: The Robinson High School Starlet A Winter Guard team (color guard) will compete at the Winter Guard International world championship in Dayton, Ohio. This is the first time that a Hillsborough County public school will compete in the world championship. Robinson's team is currently 15th out of 105 color guards worldwide.
The team competed last weekend at the Florida Federation of Color Guard Circuit where the Robinson B guard took 5th place in its division and the Robinson A guard took 1st place.
Volunteers needed: Hillsborough County Public School and SERVE-Volunteers in Education offers an orientation and training session for anyone wanting to work with children in kindergarten through third grade or adult learners.
Building Better Readers Tutor Training, for young learners, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave., and April 18 at the North Tampa Library, 8916 North Blvd.
Those wanting to assist adult learners can attend a training session from 6 to 7 p.m. April 19 at Keel Library.
The literacy tutors for children up to third grade will donate an hour a week to a child who needs a little extra help. Adult tutors assist with academic skills, GED reading, GED math, employability skills, family literacy, practical life skills, and learning to speak, read and write English.
For registration or information, call (813) 872-5254.
Open house: Nature's Classroom is celebrating its annual Woods, Water, and Wildlife open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This event allows members of the public to visit the school normally reserved for the environmental education of sixth grade public school students in Hillsborough County.
The event features nature art displays and sales, live music, children's activities, animal handling, food and a variety of environmentally focused exhibits and events. Visitors may tour the animal compound and native plant garden. A $5 entry donation per vehicle is requested.
Nature's Classroom is located at 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa, about 2 miles east of Interstate 75 off the Fletcher Avenue exit. For more information, call (813) 987-6969.
Golf fundraiser: Sign up for the annual Mary Bryant Elementary Golf Classic scheduled for April 22 at the Westchase Golf Club. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. for the 1:30 shotgun start. Fees start at $98 for individual golfers. Sponsorship opportunities include exposure in local media, social media, the school web site, PTA web site and newsletter. For information, go to bryantpta.com/golf-classic or contact Susan Schaub at leadership@BryantPTA.com or (813)-368-9490.