Housing specials for wartime veterans
The Bridges Retirement Community and the American Association for Wartime Veterans offer reduced pricing for independent, assisted and memory care housing for wartime veterans through the federal Improved Pension with Aid and Attendance program. For more information, call (813) 413-8720.
Center to support homeschool families
The Tampa Bay HEAT, a nonprofit homeschool support group, will open a Homeschool Resource Center at 307 S Parsons Ave. on Jan. 19. The grand opening will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The HRC will offer support to more than 2,500 families in Hillsborough County. Activities planned include dance, drama, art, photography, fencing, chess, pottery, computer and academics. The HRC will also include a bookstore and a computer lab.
Sinkhole assistance grants are available
Hillsborough County homeowners whose homes were damaged by sinkholes from January through March 2010 have until March 31 to apply for a Sinkhole Assistance Grant.
The maximum grant award is $3,000. Only the property owner at the time of the sinkhole damage is eligible to receive assistance.
Application packets are available through the county's Aging Services Department at the Plant City Neighborhood Service Center, 307 N Michigan Ave., Suite 2, in Plant City, or by calling (813) 757-3871, ext. 201. For more information including qualification requirements, call Stephen Gran at (813) 272-5506.
Idols competition at fairgrounds Saturday
The 2011 Florida State Fair presents its World Idols Competition from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Agricultural Hall of Fame Building at the fairgrounds. Singers, dancers, musicians and others will compete. For more information, call (813) 621-7821. Visit floridastatefair.com.
Join the sing-along down on the Farm
Guitarist Richard Kiser will lead a sing-along at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Farm, 7818 Lithia Pinecrest Road. Bring your instruments and join in the fun.
Admission, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks are free. For more information, call (813) 967-3046.
Luncheon focuses on effective advertising
"How to Make Your Advertising Investments More Effective" is the subject of a luncheon that runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Palmetto Club, 17004 Dorman Road. Prudential Tropical Realty will provide a complimentary lunch. For more information, call (813) 417-0481.
HCC classes discuss the issues of aging
Hillsborough Community College SouthShore campus now offers courses that deal with aging.
Classes for professional and private caregivers include Physical and Mental Changes in Aging, Ethical and Legal Issues in Aging, Health Wellness and Nutrition, and Grief: Loss in Later Years. For a complete course schedule, call (813) 259-6151.
Plant clinic offers tips on growing citrus
Master gardener Jim Hawk presents "Citrus and Other Fruit Trees" on Monday at the Seffner/Mango Library, 410 N Kingsway Road in Seffner. For more information, call (813) 685-1055.
Class is for divorcing parents with minors
Hillsborough County's Extension Office is offering the one-day Parenting and Divorce Class for divorcing parents who have minor children. The class fulfills court-ordered requirements. Parents must register individually and may not attend the same session without prior permission. The next classes are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 25. There is a $25 registration fee. For more information, contact Diana Converse, family life educator, at (813) 744-5519, ext. 140.
Sun City Center
Audition if you 'ought to be in pictures'
The Performing Arts Club of Sun City Center is holding auditions for its spring production of the Neil Simon comedy I Ought to Be In Pictures at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center. The call is for three principal characters: a middle-aged man, a middle-aged woman and a younger woman. For additional information, call (813) 746-1222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.